Step 1: Remove the Laces
If they’re dirty, run them through the washing machine or replace them.
Step 2: Clean Loose Dirt and Debris
Use a soft cloth or a brush to remove any grime that may be stuck to the shoe’s leather surfaces.
Step 3: Apply Soap
Mix a solution of warm water and dish soap, dip a soft cloth into it, wring it out and wipe the exterior surfaces of the shoe.
Step 4: Wipe Off Soap
Use a second clean, damp cloth to wipe off the soap. Dry with a towel. Warm, soapy water will also remove water stains and scuffs.
Step 5: Condition Leather
Apply leather conditioner to protect from stains and add shine. You can buy a commercial leather conditioner or make your own by mixing 1 part vinegar to 2 parts linseed oil. Apply to leather, let sit for about 15 minutes and buff with a soft cloth until the leather shines.
Step 6: Dry
Let your shoes and boots dry in the open air. Don’t put them in the sun or by a heater, as this may cause the leather to fade or crack