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How to Care For Your Oil-Tanned Leather


Oil-tanned leather is made with minimal finishing materials, which creates a distinctive perfectly worn-in look and feel.

This is a highly durable and versatile material that does not require much upkeep. In fact, one cleaning per month should do the trick. But regular maintenance is the most effective way to ensure your footwear maintains its integrity and longevity.

What Is Oil-Tanned Leather?

Also known as “boot leather”, oil-tanned leather is a strong, rugged, workable leather that can stand up in the outdoors, or look sleek and stylish in indoor settings. It is semi-soft, flexible, water and stain-resistant.


Oil-Tanned Leather Goods:

  • Footwear
  • Belts
  • Handbags
  • Garments
  • Upholstery
  • Small Leather Goods

Care Instructions

Walter’s Shoe Care products will ensure your oil-tanned leather continues to look good for years to come. Using a simple three-step process to clean, condition and protect.

Here’s how to care for your oil-tanned leather.


Products You’ll Need:


Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Remove the laces from your shoes or boots.
  2. Using a premium horse hair polishing brush, clean off any loose dirt or mud. For heavily soiled areas, use Walter’s Foam Cleaner with a brush. Wipe with a damp cloth and allow leather to dry.
  3. Using a non-abrasive cleaning cloth, apply a light, even coat of Walter’s Leather Conditioner to the entire exterior of the shoe. Allow to dry. Proper conditioning keeps leather healthy and extends the life of your footwear.
  4. Lightly mist Walter’s Leather Protector, approximately 6-8 inches away from the shoe. Leather Protector provides a shield against dirt and moisture. Allow to dry for up to one hour.
  5. To prevent dirt, water and stains apply a layer of Walter’s Weather Guard.