How to Give Boots a Vintage Look

by Christina Martinez

Give your boots the vintage look by using a distressing technique.

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Vintage in the fashion world refers to an item of clothing that is several years old. Instead of purchasing vintage boots, distress your own -- whether work boots, cowboy boots or fashion boots -- to give them that old look. Give your brand new boots the vintage look with some sandpaper and then wear them with a vintage t-shirt and a pair of skinny jeans for a casual look.

Items you will need

  • Newspaper
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Two soft rags
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Boot brush
  • Black boot polish
  • Boot wax polish
Step 1

Crumple up newspaper and stuff it inside your boots.

Step 2

Dip a soft cloth into rubbing alcohol. Run the alcohol all over the boots so they become soft and more pliable.

Step 3

Rub fine-grain sandpaper on your boots. Focus on areas where distress would naturally happen like around the toes and heels. The more pressure you use, the more distress you will add to the boots.

Step 4

Put a small amount of black polish on a boot brush if you want your boots to have more of a darker, vintage look. Blend the black polish into the parts of the boots that you have distressed with the sandpaper.

Step 5

Apply a clear wax boot polish to your boots to complete the vintage look.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Christina Martinez has been writing professionally since 2007. She's been published in the California State University at Fullerton newspaper, "The Daily Titan." Her writing has also appeared in "Orange County's Best" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and print journalism from California State University.