Cleaning the Outside of Your BootsWhen you buy your boots pay attention to the manufacturer's care instructions. Some leathers may discolor or you can ruin the finish if you use products that are not recommended.
Save your leather boots for riding and pull on a pair of rubber boots or safe shoes for grooming or mucking out. You'll find these at farm supply stores and department stores. Alternatively, try a rubber riding boot if you ride English. Aigle make a very stylish synthetic, soap and water clean boot that is very durable. I literally put hundreds of miles on my Aigles and they still looked great.)I out grew them or I'd probably still have them!)
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Boot Cleaning Tips From the Forum:
If you use neatsfoot oil on them you'll not be able to get a good polish. Too much saddlesoap can also make it difficult to keep a shine on boots. I sponge off dirt with plain water, using saddlesoap only when there's sweat and crud that's hard to remove or when the boots need a really thorough cleaning, then wipe on Lexol lightly. I let them sit overnight before applying polish and giving them a good rub.
One thing, don't oil them. I use Fiebings saddle soap after using a damp sponge to take off dirt, and then I use Passier Lederbalsam and Feibing's mink oil to produce a little water protection and shine, and if I'm showing, I use some Vogel's leather conditioner, that if left on overnight, sinks in and leaves a beautiful shine with great water protection, that lasts for when you want to use water to rinse off the dirt on the bottoms and sides of the boots without it penetrating the leather.
Cleaning the Soles of Your BootsIf the soles of your boots have begun to smell of manure, cleaning them with one of the pet odor and stain remover sprays available may help. Try spraying the product on a rag and wiping it onto the sole of your boot to avoid the spray getting onto and possibly discoloring the leather.
Franny Syfuy About Guide to Cats has lots of information about odor control products: Top Cat Urine Odor Removal Products . I clean the bottom of my paddock boots occasionally so they don't have to be banished to the cold garage for fear of lingering barn smells.
Cleaning the Inside of Your BootsIf you've ever been stuck sitting beside someone who has just removed their boots after a long day's riding you'll know it isn't just the outside of a boot that needs cleaning. Like any other footwear, the inside of your riding boots may become a tad 'odoriferous' especially after a hot or rainy day!
If your boots or riding shoes are retaining the odor of too many hours in the saddle and too long standing in the stable there are lots of products on pharmacy shelves. Try insoles that contain charcoal if there is enough room in your boots to accommodate them. Consider wearing socks designed to absorb perspiration. Good socks can also help prevent blisters - a problem with new boots. Wendy Bumgardner, Your Guide to Walking talks athletic socks
Sarah Aguirre, About Guide to Housekeeping offers tips for using baking soda to combat shoe odor.
These articles from About Shoes Guide Desiree Stimpert, may help you avoid foot odor altogether.