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Coastal 101 | September 25, 2021

5 Tips to Get the Most from Your Hiking & Work Boots

When you buy a solid pair of work or hiking boots, you want to get plenty of miles out of them. Especially after you’ve broken them in, and they’ve become super comfortable. To help out, we chatted with the pros in our footwear department for their top tips to get the most out of your next pair of hiking or work boots.

1. Clean Them and Keep Them Dry


Whether your boots are leather or syntenic, water, mud, dirt, and other debris can affect the outer portion of your boots. If they’re waterproof, run a hose over them to get off any excess dirt and mud each day. Or try wiping them clean with a towel if they’re simply water-resistant. But don’t just stash them away in the garage after washing them off. Dry them off each day. A boot drier or placing them inside your home can help.

2. Remove the Insoles Each Day


FAQ: How can I prevent my boots from smelling?
Answer: Remove the insoles of your boots every time you take them off to prevent them from smelling. This helps minimize moisture inside your boots and cuts down on pungent smells. That’s because the insoles suck up a lot of the moisture created by your feet. The insoles can also harbor bacteria. Be sure to inspect and replace your insoles when needed.

3. Reapply Waterproofing or Leather Treatment


FAQ: How do I make my boots last longer?
Answer: Adding waterproofing or leather treatment every season can add life to your boots. This will keep the leather supple and/or the fabric on your boots pliable. Plus, they’ll just look better.

4. Avoid Saltwater


FAQ: Will saltwater negatively affect my boots?
Answer: Yes. Saltwater can damage boots.
Hiking near the ocean or even walking or working in areas where salt is used on slippery roads can damage leather and other materials. The telltale signs are salt stains that don’t go away without some scrubbing. If you find these, try to remove them before the salt can begin to dry out the fabric and cause cracks. To remove the salt, soak the boots and allow the salt to rise to the top. Then wipe the boots clean and allow to dry.

5. Replace the Laces BEFORE They Break

Adding a new pair of laces is one of the easiest bits of maintenance you can do for your boots. Be sure you get the right length and type of laces for your boots and needs.
FAQ: What type of laces should I use for my hiking boots?
Answer: Synthetic laces are the best choice for hiking boots.
FAQ: What type of laces should I use for my work boots?
Answer: Leather laces are the best choice for work boots, especially if you are around sparks and heat.

Coastal tip: If the heel on a boot is slipping, try taking out the slack over the top of your foot. Then, add a double-crossover across the eyelet closest to your heel. Then pull everything tight.

Coastal is your Boot Headquarters


We carry one of the largest selections of hiking and work boots in the Northwest. That includes boots for men, women, and kids from some of the best brand names you know and trust, like KEEN. These amazing bootmakers have been hard at work to mingle performance with good old-fashioned grit. Slip-on a pair of KEEN Utility work boots and you’ll notice their attention to detail right away, including KEEN waterproof boots and Flint II boots.

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