Before & After: Meltonian Boot Work

I’ve preached over and over about buying quality pieces that will last for a long time.  By ‘last a long time’, I mean it’s OK to spend good money on pieces that won’t go out of style, and can be taken care of.  I bought a pair of Billy Reid Terrance boots a couple years ago, and they quickly became some of my favorite footwear.  They are great.  They’ve broken in very nicely, and they go with everything.  The boots are Italian made, and cost me a pretty penny, but so far they have been worth every penny.

As comes with every quality pair of shoes, they have to be taken care of.  These boots were long overdue for a tune up, so I gave them a deep Meltonian treatment.  I originally used the same cream as soon as I bought them to treat the leather as well as darken them to the desired tint.  It worked before, and I knew it would work again.  Mrs. Red Clay Soul had a pair of Cole Haan boots that needed some love, so I did them both.

For your viewing pleasure, here’s the before and after:

The boots before:

Mrs. RCS’s Boots – showing the difference of two coats of Meltonian:

The Billy Reid Terrance boots, the boot on the right with two fresh coats of Meltonian:

The finished products:

I’m very happy…and so is Mrs. Red Clay Soul.



  1. BMOC
    01/22/2015 / 10:11 AM

    They look great! Can I send you my 20-year old pair of Red Wing Pecos for the same TLC??

  2. Ben
    01/22/2015 / 10:51 AM

    They look great. Now if Billy Reid would just bring back a pair of roper boots.

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