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Footwear Care Guidelines

Care Guidelines

REBEL Safetygear footwear has been designed and manufactured to be worn in most industrial areas, although extreme temperatures, environments and conditions will shorten the footwear’s life.

It is important to take a little time to care for your safety footwear. Proper care will add to the lifespan of the footwear, it should ensure that the maximum comfort level is maintained for longer, and that hygienically, your shoes or boots do not contribute to health problems.

Safety Footwear Care Tips

  • Avoid scuffing the upper leather or treading on sharp edges that could cut or tear the sole.
  • Clean your shoes regularly.
  • Remove excess mud and dirt and wipe clean with a damp cloth and allow drying thoroughly, preferably overnight at room temperature.
  • Never force dry your footwear if they become wet, as direct heat may distort the upper and cause the leather to crack.
  • If your footwear has a leather upper apply a good quality wax polish or shoe cream regularly.
  • If your footwear has a Nubuck or suede upper it should be gently rubbed with a stiff bristled brush.  
  • Soles should be checked regularly and stones and metal shavings removed from the cleats.
  • If the laces become worn, replace immediately to ensure a good fit.

It is very important to note that damaged footwear will not provide the necessary protection you require, and they should be replaced immediately if not in the suitable condition to protect your feet.

Lifespan of Safety Footwear

There is no set guide for how long your footwear will last. It depends on the environment in which it has been used and stored. PU (Poly-urethane) soles are biodegradable, and if left unused in a dark and humid environment for longer than 36 months, they may degrade.

If the footwear becomes damaged, it will not continue to give the specified level of protection and should be replaced immediately.

Water Damage

Most safety footwear is made from leather. Leather is NOT waterproof, or water-resistant, unless it has been specifically treated. If your boots are repeatedly exposed to water and mud, and they are not listed as water-resistant, they will eventually crack. We will view this as improper use, and will not replace any shoes which have become damaged as a result. If you polish your boots regularly, then the polish will protect against occasional – not regular - water exposure.

If you want a water-resistant boot, then refer to our “Find out What You Need” tab, and select the “Water Resistant” option.