How to get the most out for your BOVA footwear and prevent hydrolysis
08 February 2018
All BOVA boots featured in our Lightwear, Heavywear and Paramilitary ranges are made from genuine leather with Polyurethane (PU) soles. PU has a biodegradable polymer that breaks down over time damaging the soles. Whilst this is great for the environment, this is not always good for wearer. There are four main factors that contribute to this process: water, temperature, darkness and time.
In order to maximise the lifespan of your PU boots, we recommend the following:
- Be aware of the climate in which the footwear will be worn. Avoid wearing PU soled footwear in wet environments where gumboots would be more suitable.
- Clean your shoes regularly, with the cloth provided in your Bova box, to remove dirt and grime on the leather upper.
- Polish your boots regularly to protect the leather by using a commercial footwear product. Do not use squeegee type bottles with sponge ends.
- Never force-dry your footwear by leaving them in front of a fire or heater as a direct heat source may distort the upper and cause the leather to crack. Open up the tongue as far as it will go, remove the top sock from the footwear, crumple newspaper into balls and jam them into the shoe / boot to absorb water overnight.
- Always undo the laces before removing the shoe / boot and avoid turning the footwear into slip-ons. The constant application of pressure to the back of the boot may cause the upper to loosen from the sole.
- Never throw foot powder into the shoe / boot. When powder is applied to the inside of a shoe / boot it can mix with sweat and become a paste. This traps air flow, reducing the breathability of the leather, thereby increasing the temperature inside the boot.
- Do not store your boots in dark, unventilated areas for long periods of time.
These easy to follow tips will ensure your BOVA boots will live a long and healthy life and provide the safety and comfort you’ve come to trust.