How to Darken Your Leather Boots

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Many people are interesting in darkening their leather boots, but with the overflow of darkening products out there, it can be hard to decide if they’re trustworthy or worth the money. If you use the wrong product, you can end up with shrinkage, creasing, hardening, bacteria, odors, leather that falls apart, and discoloration of your leather cowboy boots.

If you’re looking to darken your leather boots without spending a ton of money or enlisting the help of a professional, the good news is there are simple ways to get the job done.

Step 1: Make sure your boots are cleaned with a water and rag. Attempting to darken your leather boots with dirt on them could backfire by drying the dirt into the shoe permanently. Allow them plenty of time to dry before you attempt to darken them.

Step 2: Use a vegetable oil for the job: olive oil, sunflower, soybean, canola, coconut, avocado, and rice bran oil are all safe options.  These oils are easy and convenient alternatives to darkening products. Not to mention, these oils can condition your boots and help them last longer.  Simply pour three capfuls of oil into a rag, and brush the rag along each side leather surface on the boot. Work the oil into the leather with your fingers, making sure to remove any clumps or uneven surfaces.

Step 3: Allow the oil approximately 24 hours to dry into the leather.

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How to Darken Your Leather Boots

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dark-leather-boots-sheplers

Many people are interesting in darkening their leather boots, but with the overflow of darkening products out there, it can be hard to decide if they’re trustworthy or worth the money. If you use the wrong product, you can end up with shrinkage, creasing, hardening, bacteria, odors, leather that falls apart, and discoloration of your leather cowboy boots.

If you’re looking to darken your leather boots without spending a ton of money or enlisting the help of a professional, the good news is there are simple ways to get the job done.

Step 1: Make sure your boots are cleaned with a water and rag. Attempting to darken your leather boots with dirt on them could backfire by drying the dirt into the shoe permanently. Allow them plenty of time to dry before you attempt to darken them.

Step 2: Use a vegetable oil for the job: olive oil, sunflower, soybean, canola, coconut, avocado, and rice bran oil are all safe options.  These oils are easy and convenient alternatives to darkening products. Not to mention, these oils can condition your boots and help them last longer.  Simply pour three capfuls of oil into a rag, and brush the rag along each side leather surface on the boot. Work the oil into the leather with your fingers, making sure to remove any clumps or uneven surfaces.

Step 3: Allow the oil approximately 24 hours to dry into the leather.

Stay up to date on the latest trends and maintenance tips for your work boots with our blog.

How to Dry Work Boots

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Any professional knows that proper work shoes are an essential part to an efficient and safe job site. That’s why Sheplers provides comfortable and stylish work boots that cater to your job site needs, whether your site hazards are electrical, water, heat, machinery, or snakes. Once you find the perfect boot to make your long days easier on your feet and back, you’ll want to make sure that you maintain them for long term use.

What’s more uncomfortable than trying to put on wet boots before a long day of work? Since work boots are made from thick material, it can be tricky to make sure they are dried and ready for another day on the job. Find out how to dry your work boots if you didn’t opt for waterproof work boots, with these 5 simple tips form Sheplers, the number one source for men and women’s western wear.

  • If your boots are wet and covered in mud or dirt, make sure you clean them as thoroughly as you can before drying; drying mud onto your boots can permanently stain them.
  • Avoid direct heat like that of a blow dryer. Use a table fan or industrial fan directly on the boot. Place a towel under the boot to dry up excess water.
  • When drying your work boots, remove the soles and let them dry separately. Try placing soles out in the sun or into the dryer.
  • Stuff your shoes with newspaper – which will not only absorb moisture, but also do away with unwanted smells. Changing the newspaper every few hours can speed up the drying process.
  • Place your boot into a bag or container of dry rice, which sucks up moisture quickly.
  • If all else fails, just wrap a clean towel inside the shoe and around the outside. This should dry it up within a few hours.

 

How to Dry Work Boots

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Any professional knows that proper work shoes are an essential part to an efficient and safe job site. That’s why Sheplers provides comfortable and stylish work boots that cater to your job site needs, whether your site hazards are electrical, water, heat, machinery, or snakes. Once you find the perfect boot to make your long days easier on your feet and back, you’ll want to make sure that you maintain them for long term use.

What’s more uncomfortable than trying to put on wet boots before a long day of work? Since work boots are made from thick material, it can be tricky to make sure they are dried and ready for another day on the job. Find out how to dry your work boots if you didn’t opt for waterproof work boots, with these 5 simple tips form Sheplers, the number one source for men and women’s western wear.

  • If your boots are wet and covered in mud or dirt, make sure you clean them as thoroughly as you can before drying; drying mud onto your boots can permanently stain them.
  • Avoid direct heat like that of a blow dryer. Use a table fan or industrial fan directly on the boot. Place a towel under the boot to dry up excess water.
  • When drying your work boots, remove the soles and let them dry separately. Try placing soles out in the sun or into the dryer.
  • Stuff your shoes with newspaper – which will not only absorb moisture, but also do away with unwanted smells. Changing the newspaper every few hours can speed up the drying process.
  • Place your boot into a bag or container of dry rice, which sucks up moisture quickly.
  • If all else fails, just wrap a clean towel inside the shoe and around the outside. This should dry it up within a few hours.

 

Line Dancing Isn’t a Passing Fad

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Country music and the western culture that accompanies it is a part of America’s foundation. Although today’s America is widely known as a melting pot of many cultures and traditions, the country life remains strong in many regions and is on the rise in some surprising areas.

Line dancing has been a pastime of the South and the West for decades, but according to the Boston Globe, the suburbs of New England are “becoming more than a little bit country”. In the last few years, the line dancing scene has become increasingly popular. Residents are now able to enjoy a wider variety of country western bars and country concerts, proving that line dancing isn’t just another passing fad in America.

Line dancing is a choreographed dancing with a repeated sequence of steps, perfect for large groups, singles, or couples to dance along to old and new country songs. While line dancing night have celebrated its heyday in the 80s and 90s, plenty of folks all over the country still enjoy stomping around to country classics, and the newest releases.

What are the most popular line dancing songs today?

  1. Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus
  2. Boot Scootin Boogie – Brooks and Dunn
  3. What the Cowgirls Do – Vince Gill
  4. Copperhead Road – Steve Earle
  5. Good Time – Alan Jackson
  6. Indian Outlaw – Tim McGraw
  7. Baby Likes to Rock It – The Tractors
  8. Watermelon Crawl – Tracy Byrd
  9. Louisiana Saturday Night – Mel McDaniel
  10. Any Man of Mine – Shania Twain

Dance along to your favorite country songs in a pair of Sheplers cowboy boots, jeans, or other western wear for men and women.

What Makes the Perfect Hiking Boot?

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Nature enthusiasts everywhere know the right pair of shoes can make all the difference during your day of outdoor exploration. That’s why seasoned hikers always wear proper hiking boots for maximum protection and comfort. Unfortunately, choosing the best hiking boot can sometimes be more difficult than the hike itself. That’s why Sheplers offers a guide on the most important components of a quality hiking boot.

What are the components of the best hiking boots?

  • A quality hiking boot should be lightweight, offer breathability, durability, and plenty of water resistance.
  • Check for traction. A hiking boot should have enough traction even in the steepest trails and rockiest formations.
  • Type of leather: Hiking boots can be made of full grain, split grain, Nubuck leather, or synthetic materials like polyester and Nylon. Sheplers recommends full grain leather boots, for extra durability, water resistance, and abrasion resistance. They’re perfect for extended trips, weight distribution, and rugged terrain.
  • A great hiking boot will have a waterproof membrane that promotes breathability, and keeps your feet dry in wet conditions.
  • For those that enjoy hikes in colder locations, your perfect hiking boot should have insulation to keep your feet warm.
  • Boots with mid to high ankles offer the best support for more aggressive hikes. Lower cut boots are better for simpler, day hikes.
  • Internal ankle padding is critical to your comfort out on the trails. The perfect hiking boot should offer a secure fit around your heel that will help stabilize your movement, and minimize chafing.

Whether your hike is across wet, dry, uneven, rocky, or smooth terrain, Sheplers western wear has you covered with the right boot for you.

 

What Makes the Perfect Hiking Boot?

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hiking-boot-guide

Nature enthusiasts everywhere know the right pair of shoes can make all the difference during your day of outdoor exploration. That’s why seasoned hikers always wear proper hiking boots for maximum protection and comfort. Unfortunately, choosing the best hiking boot can sometimes be more difficult than the hike itself. That’s why Sheplers offers a guide on the most important components of a quality hiking boot.

What are the components of the best hiking boots?

  • A quality hiking boot should be lightweight, offer breathability, durability, and plenty of water resistance.
  • Check for traction. A hiking boot should have enough traction even in the steepest trails and rockiest formations.
  • Type of leather: Hiking boots can be made of full grain, split grain, Nubuck leather, or synthetic materials like polyester and Nylon. Sheplers recommends full grain leather boots, for extra durability, water resistance, and abrasion resistance. They’re perfect for extended trips, weight distribution, and rugged terrain.
  • A great hiking boot will have a waterproof membrane that promotes breathability, and keeps your feet dry in wet conditions.
  • For those that enjoy hikes in colder locations, your perfect hiking boot should have insulation to keep your feet warm.
  • Boots with mid to high ankles offer the best support for more aggressive hikes. Lower cut boots are better for simpler, day hikes.
  • Internal ankle padding is critical to your comfort out on the trails. The perfect hiking boot should offer a secure fit around your heel that will help stabilize your movement, and minimize chafing.

Whether your hike is across wet, dry, uneven, rocky, or smooth terrain, Sheplers western wear has you covered with the right boot for you.

 

The 2017 Professional Rodeo Tour

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Sheplers has an announcement for rodeo lovers: The 2017 Professional Rodeo Tour is coming soon! Before the event comes to town, make sure you’re prepared with all the right western wear, including cowboy and cowgirl boots, hats, jeans, equestrian apparel, and even some western style jewelry.

Founded in 1991 by 21 of the top bull riders in the world, the professional rodeo series has now grown into one of the largest pro sport leagues in the world. Spectators to the 6-month tour can watch as the most skilled riders emerging from the United States and Canada compete for nearly $11 million in prizes. Competitions will range from Snake River Stampede, Professional Bull Rider Shows, and Extreme Rodeo. The top 35 bull riders in the world will always be competing in the Professional Bull Rider events.

The 2017 Professional Rodeo Tour will run from Thursday, June 22 until Saturday, November 11. With events in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, and China, the 2017 Professional Rodeo Tour could be coming to your city or a city near you. Most stops will be two days or more, but a few stops on the rodeo tour are only one night, so make sure you don’t miss out.

June 22 – Manhattan, KS

June 24- July 22 – Nampa, ID

July 28 – July 29 – Estero, FL

July 30 -Cheyenne, WY

August 2-4 – Costa Mesa, CA

August 12-13 – Tulsa, OK

August 18-19 – Nashville, TN

September 2-3 – Thackerville, OK

September 8-10 – Springfield, MO

September 22-23 – Portland, ME

October 6-7 – Nampa, ID

October 21-22 – San Jose, CA

October 28-30 – Las Vegas, NV

November 11 – Ontario, CA

Sheplers is the number one online source for western wear and boots. We have everything you need to be prepared for the 2017 Professional Rodeo Tour.

The 2017 Professional Rodeo Tour

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Sheplers has an announcement for rodeo lovers: The 2017 Professional Rodeo Tour is coming soon! Before the event comes to town, make sure you’re prepared with all the right western wear, including cowboy and cowgirl boots, hats, jeans, equestrian apparel, and even some western style jewelry.

Founded in 1991 by 21 of the top bull riders in the world, the professional rodeo series has now grown into one of the largest pro sport leagues in the world. Spectators to the 6-month tour can watch as the most skilled riders emerging from the United States and Canada compete for nearly $11 million in prizes. Competitions will range from Snake River Stampede, Professional Bull Rider Shows, and Extreme Rodeo. The top 35 bull riders in the world will always be competing in the Professional Bull Rider events.

The 2017 Professional Rodeo Tour will run from Thursday, June 22 until Saturday, November 11. With events in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, and China, the 2017 Professional Rodeo Tour could be coming to your city or a city near you. Most stops will be two days or more, but a few stops on the rodeo tour are only one night, so make sure you don’t miss out.

June 22 – Manhattan, KS

June 24- July 22 – Nampa, ID

July 28 – July 29 – Estero, FL

July 30 -Cheyenne, WY

August 2-4 – Costa Mesa, CA

August 12-13 – Tulsa, OK

August 18-19 – Nashville, TN

September 2-3 – Thackerville, OK

September 8-10 – Springfield, MO

September 22-23 – Portland, ME

October 6-7 – Nampa, ID

October 21-22 – San Jose, CA

October 28-30 – Las Vegas, NV

November 11 – Ontario, CA

Sheplers is the number one online source for western wear and boots. We have everything you need to be prepared for the 2017 Professional Rodeo Tour.

How to Break in Work Boots

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Once you’re equipped with a pair of Sheplers Western work boots, you’re going to want to wear them on the job site every day, for maximum style and comfort. However, it’s important to soften or “break in” your new work boots before you wear them, to avoid blistering or discomfort. This is normal with all kinds of boots, so we have an easy guide to help you break in work boots quickly.

 

  1. Crush the heels. The heels are the stiffest part of the boot. Try crushing them up with your hands to soften the heel and make it fit easier around the foot. This won’t ruin them, it will help break them in faster.
  2. Wear thick socks. This helps to expand the boot to the proper fit, and help you to avoid any chafing on your foot.
  3. Use hot water. Immerse your boots in hot water for about thirty minutes, then put on some socks and put the boots on. As the leather cools, it will take the shape and size of your foot easier.
  4. Try insoles. Insoles add an extra cushioning in your boot that will bring an extra level of comfort and support to your feet throughout the work day.
  5. Stuff your boots. When you aren’t wearing your new work boots, try stuffing them with clothing that will help them to acquire additional space until your next use.
  6. Boot conditioner or boot stretch spray are also helpful for softening the leather of your new work boots and allowing for extra space.