The Art of caring for Dubarry Boots.
We all have them. At least one or two. Lurking in our wardrobes and on our shoe racks.
You may even have a nickname for yours. I know a woman who calls hers ‘the national treasure.’ Not publicly of course. Publicly such things are acknowledged with a self-deprecating ‘this old thing!’
This garment might be a dress, or a coat, a sweater or a pair of shoes. A wearable item that is almost like an old friend; that has stood the test of time and even after years of service still attracts admiration.
Such attention will be familiar to wearers of Dubarry boots; they are to country dwellers what Manolo Blanik was to the girls of Sex and the City.
Dubarry boots and country life go together.
They are the iconic boots for stomping through mud in the same way that Manolos are suited to trotting daintily through the streets of Upper Manhattan. Though it has to be said that Manolos are only really suited to trotting anywhere if you don’t feel pain and you are blessed with core strength and good balance.
Unsurprisingly for such quality and reputation you can expect a sizeable outlay of hard earned cash – the cost of the Dubarrys significantly less than the Manolos, but still a purchase that warrants a little consideration.
How long can you expect Dubarry boots to last?
Are Dubarry boots really worth the price tag?
Will Dubarry boots really stand the test of time and attain ‘national treasure’ status?
There are forums all over the web debating these very questions. But if you lean in closer we’ll tell you our trade secrets and save you trawling the chat rooms of well-known equestrian magazines and mumsnet.
OK, right. Listening?
The biggest impact on the lifespan of your boots is how you look after them.
Dubarry boots are made using a special process that combines soft supple leather with a GORE-TEX lining, in addition the sole is directly moulded to the boot, with no glueing or stitching, giving a perfect seal to keep out the water. The result is a fully waterproof and breathable boot.
But critically this is not a wellington boot. Waterproof, yes. Capable of keeping your feet warm and dry whilst you squelch through mud and splash over boggy ground, yes.
Capable of withstanding this abuse over a prolonged period, day after day, yes. But only with a little aftercare.
This is especially true if you plan to wear Dubarry boots to do yard work or walk on below the tideline on the beach. Manure, waste liquids and salt water are very corrosive to leather.
To prolong performance and protection for your Dubarry footwear, always scrub them with a soft brush and rinse with fresh tap water after each exposure.
Longer term, Dubarry produce a range of care products specifically designed to enable their boots to stand up to the battering we all know their boots take.
Again you’ll find a lot of chat on the forums about the Dubarry care products and there is broad acknowledgement that although the Dubarry care products might cost slightly more, only a small amount is needed. Consequently they last a really long time and no other product give a better finish or better protection.
The lifespan of Dubarry boots is greatly increased by regularly following this easy seven-step care programme using the Dubarry care products:
Rinse mud, yard manure, dirt and salt with fresh water.
Apply Dubarry cleaner and scrub with a brush to help remove more ingrained dirt. The cleaner has been developed using skin care technology and it contains a light beaded material that aids in the removal of dirt and other residues.
Rinse with fresh water.
Leave the boot to air dry away from a direct heat source. For best results leave for 24 hours. The boot is now in prime condition ready for proofing and conditioning.
Spray the boot, all over, with the Dubarry Footwear Protector. Apply several layers, allowing each dressing to be absorbed before applying the next. For the cleanest results, this step is best completed outside.
Leave them to dry naturally again. This time for just 2-3 hours.
As an added measure for really hard working boots (leather only), finish with Dubarry Leather Cream, especially in the flex part of the foot. This will help to protect and preserve the leather.
Word of Warning
Sometimes it’s as important to know what not to do.
We have heard of people using saddle soap to clean their leather boots and we would strongly advise against this. Saddle soap risks softening the leather to the extent that it loses its shape and form, causing it to stretch and even collapse at the ankle.
Another big no is using artificial heat sources to dry boots. It is absolutely critical that boots are dried at an even room temperature. Dry your boots out too fast with too high a heat and you risk cracking the leather.
Finally, enjoy your boots. Take them out, work them, become old friends together, look forward to the admiration you will get and to issuing a self-deprecating ‘these old things!’
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