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Step 1: Gun those gunboats
Step 2: One boot finished, one to go
The heat gun also causes regular shoe polish to be absorbed into the leather of dress shoes, rather than have it be wiped off by buffing.
I always wear heavy boots when I do outdoor work around my yard, sometimes in wet areas. For decades I bought department store boots, on sale, replaced them when they wore out. In my dotage, I realized that my feet had suffered, so I bought these really sturdy, comfy Red Wings, which were expensive. To protect my investment I have regularly applied the conditioner, and these boots have provided many years of service under tough conditions. Same applies to other brands, but if you want to find Red Wings, look in phone book yellow pages or do Internet search, as they are usually sold in freestanding independent stores rather than department stores or malls.
CREDIT: Photo background made of genuine pegboard.