How to care for shoes in winter

Tomáš Jančařík

Please note that natural leather is not 100% waterproof due to its nature. When exposed to a large amount of water, shoes made of natural materials may become partially wet. The steps and description below will help increase the water resistance of your leather shoes, but do not guarantee that they will be waterproof.

A simple procedure in three steps:

  1. Remove dirt from the shoes and let them dry ( always at room temperature, never near a heat source)
  2. Use the cream on the skin and let it dry again (for models with perimeter stitching, use cream especially on cuts and stitching)
  3. Impregnate the shoes and let them dry (repeat this step twice and focus on the areas around the cut and the sole)

More detailed procedure:

Winter boots require more treatment than footwear designed for warmer seasons. Shoes in winter need to be protected not only from water and snow, but also from road salt.


Before applying any products to the shoes, the surface of the leather needs to be cleaned. For this you can use universal cleaning foam that not only cleans the shoes, but also nourishes the skin at the same time. Then allow to dry thoroughly at room temperature - never near heat sources.


Cream properly cleaned and dry shoes. You can choose the cream of your choice. It is important to remember that colored creams can change the character and color of the skin. We recommend it for shoes Shoeboys universal colorless cream . You can apply it to all color shades from our offer except Camel color (this is nubuck). For quilted models, focus mainly on the areas around the perimeter stitching and the cut of the sole.


The last and also the most important step in the basic treatment of your shoes is impregnation. Always choose a suitable impregnation according to the type of material to be impregnated. You can find it in our menu universal nano impregnation spray , which is suitable for all models and materials in our offer.

Better to avoid cheap impregnation sprays. They may not be 100% effective, and in addition, there is a risk that they will leave stains on the delicate natural leather and damage the upper. Spray the impregnation spray from a distance of approximately 20 centimeters, let it dry and then repeat the application. Two coats are enough. However, if the product still soaks in and does not run off, you can safely apply a third layer.

You should impregnate even when you don't wear shoes, because leather materials in particular tend to dry out. As a rule, it is necessary to impregnate whenever it seems to you that the footwear is losing its resistance to water. Impregnate smooth skin treated with creams and oils approximately once every 4 to 6 weeks; however, if you are going to wear it in frozen snow, which abrades the surface of the shoes, then you can also wear it 1 to 2 times a week. It is advisable to impregnate footwear made of suede - velour, textile and nubuck more often, especially if you wear the shoes every day.

After returning to the dry area, treat the shoes, clean them and let them dry slowly

Moisture, wetness and road salt can cause cracking, swelling or maps on the surface of the shoe material, so as soon as you get home, wipe the shoes with a damp cloth, especially if they have been exposed to road salt. Before wearing your shoes again, it is important to let them dry and air out, but slowly at room temperature, never directly on the heater. The close proximity of heat sources can distort the shape of the shoe. The skin is often at risk of cracking or hardening. It is better to dry the shoes freely, or at least stuff them with newspaper to draw in the moisture.

Shoe stretchers are a great helper not only for proper drying of shoes. Thanks to them, the shoes retain their shape and the formation of unsightly wrinkles on the upper is limited; thanks to the shoe stretchers, they will be evened out and smoothed out. Of course, it is best to use wooden, unpainted tensioners, which absorb moisture best.