Auf einer Wiese liegt ein Wanderschuh, Wachs, eine Bürste und Imprägnierspray.


The right way to clean and waterproof your hiking boots

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Looking after your hiking boots properly extends their service life. All you need to do is wash them, leave them to dry and apply an waterproofing product – that’s it. In this guide, we’ll reveal how.

Wash, dry, waterproof – that makes a huge difference. In this guide, we’ll show you why not to wash your hiking boots in the washing machine and what to bear in mind when applying waterproofing products. We know that cleaning your shoes is often the last thing on your mind after a hike, but it helps the material preserve its properties for longer. And, next time, you won’t be forced to wear stinky footwear: you’ll be able to put on clean, comfy hiking boots instead.

Ein Wanderschuh in der Wiese, daneben eine Bürste.
Photo © Somara Frick

1. Remove the shoelaces and inner sole

The insoles in most hiking boots are easy to remove and can be washed at low temperatures. They absorb sweat, which can lead to unpleasant odours, so pop them in the washing machine or soak them in soapy water for a couple of hours. You also need to remove your shoelaces before cleaning your boots.

Jemand wäscht seine Wanderschuhe in einem Lavabo.
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2. Wash your boots regularly

Give your boots a quick clean by hand after every outing with a shoe brush and warm water to remove dirt and gravel. Don’t forget about the insides: their textile inners are also put through their paces.

Never, ever wash your hiking boots in the washing machine, as the mechanical friction and heat can dissolve glues and lead to your boots breaking sooner.

Ein Wanderschuh steht auf der Wiese, jemand imprägniert ihn mit einem Spray.
Photo © Somara Frick

3. Apply an waterproofing spray

The ideal time to apply waterproofing products is when your boots are still slightly damp, so the pores are open – meaning that the water-repellent waterproofing spray can penetrate deeper. Most hiking boots are made from a mix of textiles and leather. Waterproofing benefits both materials. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying the spray. In general, do it outside and hold the spray at least 30 centimetres away from the boots. Then wait at least 24 hours before applying wax.

Jemand wachst seine Wanderschuhe.
Photo © Somara Frick

4. Nourish with wax

The final step in caring for your boots is applying wax: work the shoe wax in using a sponge or cloth. Nubuck and suede change their appearance when waxed, becoming darker and shinier. If that’s not your thing, we recommend using liquid wax or roughing up the leather with a firm brush once you’ve applied the wax.

Jemand schnürt seine Wanderschuhe.
Photo © Gian-Paul Lozza

5. Repairs

Your boot’s sole is coming off, a seam is coming loose or an eyelet is broken? Bring your hiking boots to us – we offer a repair service in collaboration with external experts. We can usually also apply new soles, too: just get in touch with Transa customer service or our staff in our store near you. We’ll find a sustainable solution so you can wear your comfy hiking boots up hill and down dale for many years to come.

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