How do I look after my hiking boots?

The first thing to do is to clean your boots every time you return from a hike.

For this, the easiest and most effective thing to do is to wash your shoes by hand (or with a soft sponge) in tepid water with a little neutral soap. If your footwear is very dirty, you can use a little brush to clean the seams, eyelets and other parts the laces go through.

Once clean, leave your boots to dry in a ventilated area, sheltered from sunlight (see “pitfalls to be avoided”), after making sure you have removed the insole (sole described as “ventilated lining”).