Caring for Alvies cowhide leather boots

Caring for Alvies cowhide leather boots

Cowhide is the world’s most popular boot leather (except among cows) because of its classic look and unmatched durability. 

Alvies cowhide leather boots are made with the highest quality leathers available, so they don’t require much in the way of regular maintenance. But if they do need to be cleaned or polished, here’s how: 

Step 1: Clean 'Em

Start by removing dirt and dust with a soft brush or damp cotton cloth 

Step 2: Protect 'Em

While your Alvies are still damp, use a soft rag to apply a light coat of quality leather conditioner (we love Bickmore Bick 4) all over the outside of your boot. Use light coats so you don’t clog the leather or cracks. 

Step 3: Polish 'Em

If you’ve got a hot date (or a parole hearing) that requires a shiny boot, polish with a matching color or neutral crème. Apply in circular motions until you see a shiny haze on the boot — do this until the entire boot has been coated. Let the polish dry, then brush off with a soft cloth.

For water protection, add a light coat of non-silicone stain and water protector with a soft cloth.

Alvie Faulkenbery

About Alvie

Alvie is the founder of Alvies (makes sense, right?), a man obsessed with boots and flip-flops. He spent six years designing and selling them out of an Airstream. That time was like his vision quest, where he learned everything he could about traditional bootmaking and leatherworking in order to build the best boots and flip-flops on the planet. In addition to being our Presidente and chief product designer, he’s also our resident boot expert and dropper of knowledge on the blog.


The Alvies blog is a sappy-yet-also-hard-rocking love song to boots: how they’re made, how they’re worn, and who they’re for (spoiler: they’re for everyone). It’s also a tribute to the great city of Austin, Texas. And a place to get the latest Alvies news.