Take off the laces
You need to take off the laces from the boots and take the tongue of the boots out. Then clean the laces with same method as you will clean the boots. Remember that the laces can be cleaned even if you do not remove it from the boots. However, they won’t be cleaned effectively if they stay in the boots.
Rub off dirt
Next you need to ward off dirt as much as you can from your leather boots. You can use a dry brush for this purpose or even a soft, dry cloth or rag. Wipe the whole surface in order to brush off dirt.
Apply dampened soft cloth
In order to get rid of any remaining dirt, you need to dampen a soft cloth or rag and apply it. You need to wipe the whole surface until your boots are cleaned. It is advisable that you re-wet the soft cloth or rag if required. However, avoid using soaked cloth as it may saturate the leather.
Clean dirt from the welt
Next you need to clean dirt from the welt which is the joint between the sole and the leather upper of the shoe. Use an old toothbrush for this purpose.
Dry the shoes
After cleaning, you need to dry the leather shoes in a warm area. Avoid placing them in front of heater or under sunlight as you may end up fading or cracking the leather of your shoes.
Apply waterproof treatment
You can apply waterproof treatment on your leather shoes. It is recommended that you use beeswax or oil-based treatments on your shoes. You can easily find these treatments at a cobbler or your local sporting goods store.