Motorcycle Boot Care: Storage, Cleaning and Replacing
Motorcycle Boot Storage
Motorcycle boots should be stored in a warm, dry place. This isn't really a problem for anybody – a standard garage or home closet is the default option, and it’s a good one.
You should not keep boots near a direct heat source. Room temperature is good; sitting them on the fireplace is bad.
If you don’t want your leather to discolor, keep it away from direct sunlight.
Motorcycle Boot Cleaning
To clean motorcycle footwear, warm water and a cloth is normally all you need. Using soap is risky – it may ruin the oil resistance of the boot. After cleaning, let them air-dry at room temperature.
Ideally, leather boots should be treated every season. If you want to keep them looking new, use a leather polishing kit. If you want to develop a patina, use a leather moisturizing kit.
When to Replace Motorcycle Boots
We’re aware of the special relationship between riders and their good ol’ boots. Against our better judgment, most of us have ridden our beloved shoes into the ground. But it’s a dangerous attachment to keep.
If your boots look like they've survived the Vietnam War – twice – then they probably deserve a dignified discharge. Here are three signs that the time has come:
1.) Near the end of its life, a boot’s fit will go to hell. The uppers, ankles and calves will get loose and baggy. This also makes the shoe very comfortable, so it’s easy to ignore the gradual change. But ask yourself honestly – were these boots always so loosey-goosey? A poor fit means more friction heat, less impact dispersion and too much range of movement. What I’m saying is, it’s not something to be taken lightly.
2.) If your waterproof boots are starting to feel a little … wet … then it’s time to replace them. And I’m not only concerned about hypothermia here. A leaky boot is a sign that the whole structural integrity is compromised.
3.) When the soles are worn out, it’s time to find some new kicks. They might go totally smooth, or develop ruts where the foot pegs make contact. In extreme cases, they can start separating from the rest of the boot. Either way, the quality of the sole is indicative of the quality of the boot. Even when the leather and seams appear fine, a worn sole means trouble.
Wow - that was a lot to learn about motorcycle footwear. If you stayed with us, I hope that you learned everything you dreamed of knowing about riding boots. And if not, be sure to contact our customer service team with further questions!