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Cleaning / Moisturizing WWII Leather Boots?


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Do a search for this. Most folks recommend nothing, because anything foreign seems to degrade the leather. Clean it with a damp cloth, that's all I did.

Looking for the following:

452nd and 447th Bomb Group items

Anything 12th Armored- especially uniforms

155th Assault Helicopter Company, Camp Coryell, or Ban Me Thuot Vietnam items[/center]


WWII US Navy Uniforms from the Battle Off Samar: USS Johnston DD-557, USS Hoel DD-553, USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413, USS Heermann DD-532, USS Dennis DE-405, USS John C. Butler DE-339, USS Raymond DE-341, USS Fanshaw Bay St. Lo, White Plains, Kalinin Bay, Kitkun Bay and Gambier Bay...


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As someone heavily into high quality leather footwear otherwise, I would definitely not recommend not conditioning them at all. Get a jar of something like Venetian Shoe Cream or Lexol conditioner that you can apply to the buckle cuffs of the boots as well as the welt (sole stitching). If you do not want the dubbed look but still want to soften the uppers of the boots, you can actually apply the Venetian to the insides of the boots. If the boots are already dubbed and you just want to soften and waterproof them further, get some Sno Seal and apply it to the uppers. There are lots of guides on the internet on how to do this.

 

Do not use saddle soap or any type of vegetable oil - the former will dry out the leather and the latter will go stale!

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