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Caring for Alvies Nubuck Leather Boots

By David Callaway,
Caring for Alvies Nubuck Leather Boots

Nubuck is similar to suede, but we like it better for boots. Why? Great question. Both nubuck and suede offer a velvety texture, and both are made by sanding down the outer layer of leather to produce a soft “nap.” 

But while suede is made by sanding down the softer interior of a piece of leather, nubuck is made by sanding down the sturdier exterior layer. That means nubuck is tougher, more water resistant, and just generally a much higher quality leather. 

While Alvies nubuck boots don't require a ton of maintenance, here’s how to keep them looking their best. 

Step 1: Protect 'Em

Lightly spray your boots with nubuck protector every 6 months or so to maintain water resistance.

Step 2: Brush 'Em

To restore the nap and remove dirt or grime as needed, gently brush the surface with a horsehair brush or a nubuck brush.

Step 3: Clean 'Em

For tougher stains, gently clean with mild dishwashing soap and a toothbrush. If you have an oily/greasy stain (late-night queso accidents, etc.), use a leather degreaser and follow the instructions on the packaging.

Alvies Nubuck Boots

The Stassney
New boot
Women’s Boots
The Stassney
Regular Price:
$265
The Duval
New boot
Women’s Boots
The Duval
Regular Price:
$265

 

    David Callaway

    About David

    David is a lifelong flip-flop wearer, and has always had a pair of cowboy boots for when he needed to dress it up. Until that fateful day when his dog chewed up his beloved boots. That dog’s ironic name: Cowboy. So when he got a chance to help Alvies sell cowboy boots and flip-flops, it seemed like a perfect match. Partly because he really needed a new pair of boots. An Austinite for more than 20 years, David blogs about the city’s best places to eat and drink, Alvies news, and other dope things.