Maintenance instructions

Treat and nourish our high-quality leather

Our Vintage Handmade boots are made of high-quality leather that has been specially treated. As a result, it is water repellent, it dries quickly and remains soft and supple. Because leather is a natural product, it needs maintenance. Therefore, treat the leather regularly with our Vintage gel. This way, you prevent drying out of the leather and you keep the leather beautiful and supple. You can order the special Vintage Handmade cleaning kit in this regard.

The membrane that makes the boots waterproof is located directly behind the leather and has billions of microporous pores. To enhance the boot’s water repellent feature, you can use Vintage Handmade care products. The leather can thus not get saturated with water and impede the breathability.

Cleaning your boots

If your boots have become dirty due to mud or dirt, you can remove this first layer of dirt with a cloth or brush. You then apply the leather cleaner with a sponge or cloth with a rotating motion. After the dirt has disappeared, briefly rub the boots with a clean cloth. After that, it is best to let them dry for 48 hours and then treat them with Leather gel for an optimal protection.

After contact with acids from manure, with salt water and/or snow, it is best to clean the boots and soles with a generously moistened sponge. Contact with brine, manure and sea water can cause leakage.

Drying the leather

Have the boots become wet, for example, due to cleaning? Then first, remove the insoles and allow the boots to air dry naturally for a minimum of 48 hours before continuing the treatment. Never use a forced heat source for this; our boots do not like that. In order to preserve the shape, you can use a spanner and newspapers.

Questions or complaints?

Vintage Handmade boots come with a one-year guarantee (not on the wear and tear). If you have questions or complaints, you can return to your
Vintage dealer with the boots and your purchase receipt for an initial assessment. A proven production defect is a well-founded complaint. In case of repairs or a guarantee
the dealer will send the boots to Paul Company. The lead time is approximately 2 weeks.

Do you have another question about the boots? Then contact the store where the boots have been purchased.

Prevent damage

In order to enjoy your new acquisition as long as you can, because soon you will not be able to miss your Vintage Handmade boots anymore, we would like to give you some tips to prevent damage and, eventually, to repair them:

  • Wear and tear inside, for example by chafing of one’s toenails, can cause a hole in the inner lining in the front part of the boot. This can be prevented by obtaining advice regarding the right size for you. The anatomy of your foot and the care of your toenails also play a major part in this type of wear and tear. This type of damage is not covered by the guarantee. Repair is unfortunately not possible.
  • Do not use any greasy substances, like saddle cream, on the boots. Instead of grease, rather use Vintage Handmade gel. Grease penetrates right through the le-ather so that the pores are sealed, the leather becomes saturated and the feeling of leakage can arise. Not only does the breathing capacity disappear as a result, your feet could also feel cold and wet/moist. This claim is not covered by the guarantee. Repair is unfortunately not possible.
  • If the foot has too much leeway in the heel counter, the inner lining at the heel/heel counter could wear off, that could cause leakage. This problem can be prevented by obtaining advice regarding the right size. If your foot anatomy has a major impact on this type of wear and tear, you can opt to use an inlay sole in the boot. This way, your foot will be situated a little higher, causing it to move less up and down. This claim is not covered by the guarantee. Repairs are possible in certain cases.
  • Vintage Handmade boots are waterproof. The water-proof membrane extends to just above your ankle. You can therefore walk through the puddles with ease without getting your feet wet, but, walking through a ditch or a pond for long periods of time? No, that’s not a good idea, because leather absorbs water, unlike rubber. In some cases, it could happen that water seeps in between the leather and the membrane. This leakage is not covered by the guarantee.
  • Zippers, leather and stitching on the inside wear out due to chafing during walking. Only the stitching will wear out initially. If you walk with it for too long, even the leather will disappear. It is often the way of walking of the consu-mer that is the cause of this. This type of wear and tear is not covered by the guarantee.
  • As a result of stepping on sharp objects, the sole can break. This type of damage is not covered by the guarantee, nor the wear and tear of soles due to use. Having the boots resoled is possible. The sole will then be glued once again. If you have already used glue yourself, the guarantee will also expire.
  • Damage to the boots due to improper use, for example, by cleaning out stables or industrial applications, is not covered by the guarantee.

In order to keep the boots in the best possible condition, we recommend using our special Vintage Handmade Cleaning Kit. This cleaning kit is available at the store where you have bought the boots, but can also be ordered online eventually. Additionally, adhere to our maintenance advice. It is recommended to carry out the cleaning operations on  a regular basis. This way your boots will not only look  beautiful, but they will also perform optimally!