Best Lightweight Hiking Boots for Women

Find out tips for the best lightweight hiking boots for women and how to care for them. See how to clean your hiking boots so they last a long time.

Chapter 1

Cleaning Your Hiking Boots

Okay so, I'm just gonna do a quick article about hiking boots for women and how to clean them. So, my hiking boots do need a bit of TLC and I thought it might be interesting to some people out there. Just some information on, at least what I know, about taking care of hiking boots and how they work, and just a couple of important pieces of information like that and me rambling while I clean, giving me motivation. So, these are my hiking boots and I'm gonna guess I've done about 500 kilometres or so in them. So, they're. . . . . . They're used, but I'm very hopeful that they have plenty of life still in them.

They are a mixture of leather and synthetic, so if you're thinking about the waterproofing of a hiking boot, it has typically either got a waterproof lining, or the shoe's just leather, but you can read reviews for women and see what kind of hiking boot you like. This uses a waterproof lining and it has a gore-tex lining, which is basically like a waterproof sock, that is stitched onto the inside of my boot.

Hiking Boot Cleaning Tips for Women

So things can damage it, like if the boot doesn't fit me properly and my foot is rubbing off it, or if I get little stones in under my in-sole they can kind of rub and rub and rub, and cut through it and suddenly it's becoming a sock that keeps all the water in as opposed to keeping all the water out. So always make sure to check that there's nothing inside attacking your gore-tex lining or your vent or whatever waterproof lining is inside your shoe. So because mine is a mixture of synthetic and leather, I'm actually going to condition the leather. I really haven't taken any care, like, I haven't done anything to these poor boots. They're. . . . . . Probably feeling a bit rejected. So, I'm just gonna be using a shoe wax, for all types of leather. It's a special, like, conditioner. So I have cleaned all the mud off of my boots and now I'm just going to start attacking all this dried out leather. So. . . When leather dries out, it kind of shrinks a little bit, and it can lift off of. . . the kind of - or kind of separate from. . .the soles of your boot or where it connects to rubber sections or synthetic sections, and this can be very damaging towards the waterproofing of your shoe. If suddenly there's a big crack on the side of it, it's not really gonna be as water-resistant and it's not gonna last as long.

So I'm hoping that I can kind of repair any damage that has been done while I haven't been taking care of them, and also, just kind of prevent anything bad happening anytime soon. In Ireland especially,there is a lot of bog and a lot of our ground is very, very wet. So I have known people to put their leather boots on a radiator when they come back from a hike, which is actually not amazing for the leather. It kind of dries out too fast and can lead to this kind of cracking. So never let your boots dry super dooper fast, if they are a leather boot because that can also have detrimental effects. I think ideally you'd use like an old rag. I'm just using some kitchen paper. It's disintegrating a teeny bit, but it should be fine. Especially if you invest a lot of money in a really good pair of leather boots.

I'd recommend doing this after any big excursion. Of course, I haven't done this myself to this, like - I haven't been. . . . . . maintaining these boots as well as I should, so,It's kind of like. . . Practice as I preach, not as I. . . Not as I do. And you can also wax, like, if it's like a brushed leather, or kind of like a suede leather. You can still wax it, it won't keep that texture, but. . . It's. . . I don't know, better for your boot. So. . . Okay, so. . . What time is it? Okay so I've been cleaning my boots - or I've been just rubbing leather [ she means wax ] into it for less than ten minutes and if I hold the two of them up. . . You're gonna - whoops [ laughs ] So, I've been cleaning my boots for less than ten minutesand if I kind of - if you compare the colour the leather, how dried out one boot is versus the other, like, that's what a bit of conditioner can do.

So I'm gonna rub in a little bit more, get it really, really, really. . . . . . saturated so that the leather actually starts to feel kind of healthy again. Then I'll move on to boot number two. Now, you can buy leather conditioner in any outdoors shop,in some shoe shops,online, and what kind of conditioner you go for is really up to you and. . . what kind of boot you have. So if it's a synthetic boot, you can just kind of get a wash for the outside of it. And like, a waterproofing spray. . . I've never used those myself, but I know they exist. And then you can get liquid wax, you can get a hard wax, you can get beeswax It kind of depends on your personal preferences. Once you're using a leather conditioner on the leather of your boot, that's all that really matters. . . . . . In my opinion. Oh, and any. . . horse. . . horse riding shops, because you need it for tac as well. So yeah. I like to take the laces out when I'm cleaning. I just find it way easier to really. . . . . . get in and scrub into those little - those little corners.

So, this is round one, on one boot so far I'm gonna let that all soak in and start on boot two So this is in focus here, I'm just gonna. . . Look at that lovely moisture going back into the leather. Ooooh! Like, it is almost that instant. So while conditioning is super, super important and will lengthen the life of your boots, it's not going to, like, fix irreparable damage. So, if your boots are kind of falling apart, if there's like big proper cracks. They're not gonna - it's not gonna - it's not a miracle cream. Um, it can only do so much, so. Make sure to get to them before they reach that kind of dead stage. So I'd say I was cleaning for maybe 20 minutes there I've put like a load of conditioner - I've really, really rubbed it in. Really. . . Like. . . . . . Deep clean. And yeah, it was like a maximum of 20 minutes. So I think it's really worthwhile cleaning your boots.

I'm gonna let these kind of soak in a bit, I might do another layer. So it took less than 20 minutes of cleaning and I have some wonderfully rehydrated - that looked really weird. So for less than 20 minutes of cleaning I have some completely, like, transformed looking boots. Here we go. They're rehydrated, they'll hopefully now be slightly more waterproof. . . and just last. . . last some extra few kilometres, so I can get them as far as possible. And yeah, so if you have any questions about taking care of your boots, or you just want to chat about different. . . . . . boot types and. . . Wax types, or whatever, I'd love to hear from you. I am a big gear geek. So, do you let me know. And thanks for watching!


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