How to Take Care of Snakeskin Boots

Ciara shows off her snake-skin boots on the T-Mobile Magenta Carpet at the 2011 NBA All-Star Game.

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Whether you're about to step out two-steppin' or working a cow-punk look, you'll want to make sure your snakeskin boots are shiny and spectacular. Snakeskin can easily take on a dull look if neglected, and you don't want anything about your appearance to give the impression that you don't shine. Get your gloss on by spiffing up those boots before you hit the door.


Use a soft, clean cotton cloth to gently wipe the dust and grime off of your snakeskin boots. Sacrifice that old T-shirt with the red wine stain--it'll make an ideal cloth. Move the cloth in the direction of the scales to prevent damage.


Use a soft paintbrush to gently remove any dust that is still clinging to the scales. Don't push up on the scales, though, as doing so will disrupt the sleek look your snakeskin boots have going on.


Apply a coat of neutral cream polish. Again, rub in the direction of the scales, as you don't want to ruffle your reptile. Gently buff the boots until the excess polish disappears and your boots are beginning to get their shine on.


Apply a thin coat of reptile conditioner to your boots with another one of the soft cloths. Apply it to your snakeskin boots, not your snake of an ex-boyfriend. He's not worth it.

Things You'll Need


1.Soft cloths

3.Cream polish

2.Soft paintbrush

4.Reptile conditioner


Tips & Tricks


Be aware that snakeskin tends to yellow. Boot care products cannot prevent or reverse this process.

Do not use silicone spray on snakeskin boots.

Avoid colored or stained polishes, as these will stain the snakeskin on your boots.


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