Essential Outdoor Skill: Condition Your Boots

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Neglected boot leather dries, cracks, stiffens, and chafes your feet, leading to blisters. Here's how to condition leather boots easily and naturally.

Use a steel brush to clean off caked mud, dirt, and debris. Heat the leather with a hair dryer for a couple of minutes. Use a soft cloth to rub beeswax into the boots. Concentrate extra wax into seams. Prop the hair dryer up so it's aimed at the boot. Keep adding and working in wax as it melts into the warm leather, which will become soft.