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post #1 of 8 Old 08-17-2012, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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how to keep synthetic leather supple

This thread isn't about tack per se but riding boots...I couldn't find a better place to post, but please move if there is one.

I wear cheap synthetic boots because they're cheap and the brand I get fits my wide feet well. Still, I'd like to keep my new pair as long as possible. On my last pair, after being used and abused for quite a while, the material cracked/split open across the top of the foot (where the crease forms from walking). They were still otherwise wearable, but boots with holes in them aren't very good at keeping dirt out. So, is there any way I can keep this from happening in my new boots? I see a crease starting to form already after a half dozen wears, and the synthetic material seems to crease more sharply rather than making a big smooth dent like in real leather. Can I use some leather conditioner on them or something to keep the area supple so it won't crack?
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Not much you can do with synthetic boots to keep them supple. They're inexpensive for a reason.

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Never found anything that helps, they seem to have a plastic coating that nothing penetrates till after the crack.


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I have Saxon riding boots which are synthetic. I purchased them when I wasn't riding all that often. They don't have any cracks and no wear at all and I use them 7 days a week. So other than getting a decent synthetic pair there's nothing you can do other than buy leather. Synthetic are not ment to last nearly as long as leather.
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How long have you had them Poppy? I used my prior pair for a good year at least before they started falling apart. The tack shop I get them from carries Saxons and the ones I buy (I think the brand is Equistar). They are the same price, and I prefer the look and fit of the Equistar boots over Saxon. But maybe
Saxons are better quality? They do seem to be more popular. But anyway I'm happy enough with my current boots, they're only $40 so I can afford to replace them on occasion.
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Over a year now but I don't wear them in winter or my feet would freeze. I can easily anticipate several more years. They broke in quickly and most people are surprised to find out they aren't leather. They don't have that weird plastic coating. I do have the tall boots and they cost me about $60.
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Hmm well I'm guessing the tall boots are better made. I wear lace up paddocks w/ half chaps for all my riding.
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I love tall boots. Saxon works well for small feet and wide calfs :)
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