I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but this time of year is a really good time to hit up a few Goodwill stores. They have the Halloween racks out, and they are filled with weird stuff. I love weird stuff. Some of my favorite thrift store finds have come from Goodwill Halloween racks. Case in point – red cowboy boots.
There was also a pair of Tony Lama boots there, IN MY SIZE, and my heart just about stopped. But, of course, they were beat all to hell. Beyond repair.
I tried these on and asked my husband, “Do these look ridiculous?” He said yes, and I said, “Well what would you know!?”
First things first, I cleaned them with saddle soap, then Obenauf’s leather preservative. This made a huuuuge difference. When I first got them, these boots were not made for walkin’. They were dry and stiff. After a good oiling, the leather relaxed quite a bit. (I wrote another post about the importance of oiling leather a few years ago.)
The footbed was still a little narrow, but a stretch with a shoe-stretcher was all it took for them to fit.
Love this pic. Super casual. What you can’t see is my baggy flannel shirt, or my hair covered in a coconut oil mask.
Since I had the leather cleaning supplies out, I went ahead and cleaned all my boots.
Oil yer leather.
See you later!