New leather boots are durable and flexible. When you purchase them, they are usually shiny and bright. Often people would prefer the worn look of faded leather boots. Wearing your boots frequently will help them to fade, but you may not want to wait that long. You can use some techniques to distress your new leather boots to give them a rugged look and help them feel softer and more comfortable.
Rub a wire brush across the boots. Rub gently so as not to rip the leather but just distress it.
Rub extra-fine sandpaper up and down the leather boots to create a worn look. Rub back and forth and around in circles to make the wear appear more even. Rub more around the toe and heels to make them look naturally worn.
Soak a toothbrush in rubbing alcohol and brush it against the boots. This will fade the leather. Do not saturate the boots, but allow them to become slightly damp.
Place the boots in a clothes dryer and tumble on a cool setting for five minutes. This will soften the leather.
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