Our friend Lauren from W'menswear sent us a handy little tutorial on how she cares for her W'Menswear Space Pilot Boots, and the same technique can be applied to the Ponytail Desert Boot. While I have been a bit precious with mine because I didn't want to ruin them, it's nice to know that I can and should be giving them a bit more of a workout because they can definitely handle it! These shoes were meant to be worn, loved and taken on adventures for years and years, so I know (as soon as I'm allowed to step foot out of my house) that's exactly what I'll be doing!
Enjoy the following content courtesy of Lauren on her Ponytail Journal blog!
I've been wearing my Space Pilot's Boots for a solid 6 months now. They've been through city and countryside, forests to mountain top. Over the past month, I've been on the road visiting factories, shooting the new W'menswear look book on the Mekong river, to New York for fashion week, and through the sludgy marshlands in the UK. As my only pair of shoes on the trip, these boots got quite a beating so by the time I brought them home they looked like monsters of the deep.
After a decent mud bath in the marshlands, I let my boots completely dry. They had been sprayed 6 months before with a waterproofing spray which helps to protect them from moisture. Once completely dry, I brushed them with a dry bristled brush. A clean shoe brush would be perfect.
Once the mud completely brushed off, the shoes looked good as new. If they're looking like they need a bit of moisture, you can polish the shiny sides with a natural beeswax polish to lock in moisture or give them another spray.