Avoid soaking faux leather riding boots.

How to Clean Synthetic Riding Boots

by Jaimie Zinski

Riding boots protect your shins and ankles while trotting around on a horse, but this doesn't mean they can't be fashionable. Whether you're new to riding or ethically opposed to wearing leather, a pair of synthetic riding boots provide an inexpensive, animal-friendly alternative. Clean and care for your synthetic riding boots properly to ensure they not only look great, but also hold their shape and continue to keep your legs protected from the potential perils of riding a horse.

Wipe down your synthetic leather riding boots with a dry, soft cloth. This removes any loose dirt, debris or dust.

Create a mixture of 1 teaspoon mild leather shampoo and 3 cups lukewarm water. Stir the water to incorporate the leather shampoo, which is available at equestrian shops or shoe stores. Dampen a soft cloth's corner with the soapy water.

Dab at any stains with the dampened cloth until they're eliminated. Once gone, dampen a separate cloth with plain water and dab at the treated area to remove the soapy residue.

Wipe down the boots with a soft cloth to remove the excess moisture. Set the boots in a cool spot and allow them to air dry completely.

Dampen a separate soft cloth with synthetic leather waterproofing spray. Gently wipe down the entire outer boot's surface with the product. Allow the boots to dry completely before wearing or storing.

Items you will need

  • Soft cloths
  • 1 teaspoon mild leather shampoo
  • 3 cups lukewarm water
  • Synthetic leather waterproofing spray


  • Insert boot trees into the synthetic riding boots before storage. The trees are available at shoe stores and help maintain the tall boot's shape.

About the Author

Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.

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