CARE and MAINTENANCE

It is important to take care of your boots in order to prolong their life. Please refer to the instructions below to know more and to the "Accessories & Care" section under "Products" to procure any necessary supplies.

Zamberlan USA Boot Maintenance Guide - Knowledge Center Article (click here)

Care and Maintenance Guide .pdf Download (English, Italiano, Deutsche, Franšais) (Product Insert)

CARDINAL RULES of BOOT CARE

Please note, there are some cardinal rules of boot care that everyone must follow. Not following these rules will not only lead to uncurable damage to your boots, but will devalidate your warranty. Here are the cardinal rules:

Rule #1: Never put your boots near a heat source.

When you place your boots near a source of heat, like a fireplace, heat register, or even under a blast of hot air from a vehicle heater, you essentially dry out the leather to a point from which it cannot recover, causing shrinkage and wrinkling.

If your leather boots are wet on the outside, congratulations, you're an outdoor user! Outdoor wetness is completely normal and fine. Just let the boots dry naturally in open air and they will be fine. Once every few months use a quality leather conditioner approved for use with Gore-Tex membranes (if you have a boot with Gore-Tex) and ensure a proper level of hydration (not too much, not too little).

If you step into a deep stream or experience heavy rain and the insides of your boots become wet, do not use heat to dry them out on the inside. Instead, use (a) the open air to naturally dry with time, (b) newspaper, which acts like a sort of sponge absorbing moisture, or (c) a Peet boot dryer, which uses room temperature air to dry the boots more quickly. Do not let the boots sit long without addressing moisture inside of the boot as this may allow for the formation of mold.

This is the primary rule of leather boot care!

Rule #2: Do not use a leather conditioner that is not approved for use with Gore-Tex membranes.

Gore-Tex membranes require that a specific type of leather treatment be used on the boot. Silicone-based and other non-approved treatments can clog the pores of the membrane, which will cause them to stop breathing and will also devalidate your Gore-Tex warranty. We recommend using our Hydrobloc cream (full grains) or spray (nubucks, split grains and Perwangers) or another product on the market approved for use with Gore-Tex (i.e. Nikwax).

Rule #3: Buy the right boot for the right purpose.

Zamberlan strongly recommends buying boots that are well suited for the intended purpose. While this seems obvious, it is not always readily apparent when evaluating different models. There are specific reasons why Zamberlan offers many different models of product within the same category, and that is because usage varies greatly depending on the user and the geography in which the activity is being enjoyed.

For example, for customers selecting a backpacking boot to be primarily used on-trail, we suggest a supportive model with a 4.0mm insole (i.e. 996 Vioz), but don't necessarily suggest a boot with a rubber rand (for weight savings). On the other hand, a backpacker who plans on navigating the rough backcountry or areas with tough rock and even shale, we strongly recommend buying a more rugged boot employing a full rubber rand (i.e. 960 Guide). Selecting the wrong boot for the activity not only affects user experience and performance, but product durabilty as well.





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