While Bean Boots are primarily waterproof, LL Bean makes a boot guard that goes the extra mile to make sure the leather portion of the boot repels the elements. With any natural product, like genuine leather, it needs the occasional upkeep to maintain its beautiful appearance. Boot guard contains beeswax, lanolin, and natural oils to help prevent drying, cracking, and salt stains by conditioning the leather.
You’ll need :
Step 1: Wipe down the boots with a slightly damp cloth to get any dirt and debris off.
Step 2: Test a portion of the boot guard polish in a spot no one will see and let it dry ten minutes. It may darken it a little bit so you’ll want to make sure that you’re OK with how it affects the leather. Here’s where I tested mine:
Step 3: You’ll want to use a cloth specifically designed for shoe polishing. (Kiwi Shine Cloths are readily available locally, such as a Target or grocer, and great to have on hand.) I was generous with applying the boot guard and used the cloth to rub it into the leather and the stitches. You’ll want to make sure to get the stitches since it helps prevent *stitching damage.
*My husband’s first pair of Bean Boots had stitching damage after three years of use and they replaced his pair with no questions asked. This time I made sure to put boot guard on it to prolong the wear and tear and keep the stitches in tact.
Step 4: You’ll want to let the boots dry for another 10-15 minutes and then use the unused portion of the cloth to wipe away any excess.
Step 5: Lastly, I took a shoe brush and went over the entire boot to finish it off.
My tan pair of bean boots are newer so I didn’t notice a huge difference in polishing, but my bison leather pair (below) had some cracks in it and the polish made a big difference. I wouldn’t use boot guard too often, maybe once a year depending on the amount of use and if your boots look like they could use a little love. Lastly, make sure to never store your boots next to a heating vent in order to prevent drying out the leather.