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Can Ostrich Cowboy Boots Get Wet? And What You Should Do

Can Ostrich Cowboy Boots Get Wet? And What You Should Do

Although ostrich leather cowboy boots are one of my favorite cowboy boots because they’re incredibly soft, comfortable, and durable, I’ve never actually showered them in the rain.

Well, the truth is that if you leave your ostrich boots wet for too long without proper care, they can still be damaged.

Today we will go into more detail!

Is It Okay if Ostrich Cowboy Boots Get Wet?

Briefly speaking of ostrich leather, I’m sure this is a very popular leather in the world of cowboy boots. Simply because they have all the important qualities that are great durability and comfort.

Ostrich leather possesses many pores so it is very breathable.

Besides, thanks to its natural oil properties, it is very soft (comfortable) and not dry or crack (durable) like many other leather types.

Even so, ostrich boots are not invulnerable and those properties don’t help them much when getting wet, especially for long periods of time.

The truth is that ostrich leather is still damaged by water seeping in, though it is very resistant and more durable than other types of leather. After all, leather is leather, when soaked in water for too long, the quality will be significantly degraded.

Light rains may not be a big deal, but with heavy rains, it’s a good idea to leave your ostrich boots at home.

Women wear ostrich cowboy boots

Most cowboy boots are quite water-resistant because that is a common characteristic of leather, but they are not completely waterproof.

In heavy rains, your feet can still get wet in cowboy boots since water can still seep through the stitching. Being wet for too long not only damages the ostrich leather but the lining, insole or other parts of the boots also deteriorate.

Except for boots made specifically for outdoor work and marked “waterproof” in the product description, you can consider using them every time it rains.

What to Do?

The most important thing when ostrich leather cowboy boots get wet is to dry them, inside and out.

A pair of cowboy boots with a cowboy hat on the top of them

For a cowboy booty guy like me, I like to use a boot dryer because it is effective and fast.

Many people often have trouble drying cowboy boots on the inside, a boot dryer is a great solution.

But if you don’t have a boot dryer, the wind from the fan will be a friendly choice for drying.

Or using a hair dryer to dry boots is also a good idea, you will need to pay attention to its temperature, and do not let it get too hot.

It is best not to leave the ostrich boots wet overnight. You can also stuff some absorbent paper inside your cowboy boots to make sure they don’t get wet on the inside.

Also, when cowboy boots get wet, they tend to shrink a little, affecting their shape. You should consider using boot trees. They are good at absorbing moisture and keeping the shape of cowboy boots effectively.

Womens boot tree from Tecovas

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There are also many waterproof sprays on the market these days that help protect your boots from rain and snow, so you should have them ready for the upcoming rainy (or snowy) season.

Well, we have a very thorough article on how to dry cowboy boots here, you should check it out. In general, the way to dry cowboy boots made from ostrich leather is not much different from other types of leather, so don’t worry too much.


In short, although ostrich boots are very durable, water is still an inherent weakness for them like any other leather.

You can wear them in light rains as they are still fairly water-resistant. But remember to dry them as soon as you get home.

There are different methods to dry cowboy boots including using a boot dryer, hair dryer, blower, or stuffing absorbent paper, etc. These are great tools to ensure your boots are dry inside and out.

You should stay away from heavy rains. But if it is the rainy season, a layer of waterproof spray will be a good solution to help you avoid sudden rains.

Good luck!