Our Winter Boots Maintenance Guide

So you've just received your pair of winter boots and you want to keep them looking sharp? The lifespan of a boot will depend on how well it is maintained. Here are some tips and tricks!

First use

  • For the made-in-Canada RACHEL boots only:  Your new boots have already received a high-quality waterproofing treatment from the factory.  This includes suede and leather varieties.  Upon the first powder, you have nothing do to but jump right in!
  • Other insulated winter boots: These boots have not received specialized waterproofing treatments.  However, leather is itself a water resistant material which will keep you comfy under normal use.

Treat Your Winter Boots Throughout Winter

  • IMPORTANT: Always test the product on a small out-of-the-way patch to ensure satisfaction before applying everywhere.  Do not over-apply, as it can alter the colour of your boot.
  • Natural leather wax: restores the appearance of your boots, increasing their lifespan.
  • Leather grease: like a hydrating skin cream, nourishes and protects the leather from cracking. Pay close attention to the seams and stitches.
  • Waterproofing spray: Spray as much as you like! Clean your boots with a damp cloth, allow to dry, and spray away! 
  • Suede brush: Helps to remove stains from the suede. Gently brush soiled or scratched regions to restore the suede's original finish. Try both sides on a small patch to ensure satisfaction with one or the other.
  • To prevent the famous white salt stains in winter, keep a rag or sponge by your door and wipe your boots upon arrival, before the salt has a chance to penetrate.
  • The best care tip we can give you: an end-of-season trip to the cobbler. It never did any harm; it's like a spa for your boots!
  • During the off-season, allow your boots to dry completely before storing them in a cool dark place, preferably in a dust bag, free from any source of humidity.


  • Your boots will keep you dry, but it doesn't mean they're rain boots. Avoid spending time in deep puddles. ;)
  • Mink oil: Take note that this product can be damaging for this kind of leather. We suggest a less oily product.
  • All our products are made from quality leather, but it remains a sensitive material. Our boots are designed for city use, not snowshoeing adventures. Avoid excessive rubbing and scraping. It is entirely normal that scuffs and scratches accumulate over time.

Note: Feel free to use an after-market treatment of your choice.  Be sure to always test in an inconspicuous location as some treatments can cause discolouration.

Others Questions?

Visit our Q&A page if you have any unanswered question. If you don't find the answer you're looking for there, don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@maguireboutique.com.

We wish you a happy warm winter!
October 09, 2020 — Romy Belzile-Maguire