How Do I Soften Hard Leather Boots?

Those cute boots you have been checking out for months finally went on sale, so without hesitation, you snap up a pair. But while they felt fine when you tried them on in the store, wearing them for more than a few minutes proves to be a test of wills -- the boots are so stiff, your feet want to disown you. As tempting as it may be to take them back, you needn't worry. There are treatments out there that will soften those new boots so you won't ever want to take them off.

Step 1

Take a cotton ball and soak it in rubbing alcohol. Rub it all over your boots until they are saturated. Repeat as many times as necessary to loosen up the leather.

Step 2

Rub the surface of the saddle soap with a damp cloth until it develops a lather. Take a cloth and rub the soap well into the surface of your boots. Allow them to dry.

Step 3

Rub petroleum jelly all over your boots, using your fingers, to further soften them.

Step 4

If the leather on your boots is unfinished, treat it with mink oil. Using a dry cloth, rub the mink oil into the boots to condition the leather. Remove excess oil immediately.

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