The best leather protectors you can buy
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- Nothing can completely prevent scuffs, scratches, and damage on leather goods, but a good leather protector can help.
- Our top pick is the highly-rated Guardsman Protect & Preserve For Leather, which works on everything from ankle boots to car seats.
For Christmas I received a pair of Everlane Day Boots in a limited-edition metallic color. I love these shoes, but I'm kind of afraid to wear them too often. They're super comfortable, but the leather is delicate - and did I mention limited edition???
If you, too, have some precious leather goods you'd like to shield from the elements, it's might be a good idea to invest in a leather protector. Most protectors come in spray or balm form and guard delicate leathers from rain, snow, liquid, and wine you spilled on your desk chair while working late into the night.
They won't protect your items from all signs of wear-and-tear - abrasions, creases, and scuff marks are somewhat unavoidable - but it's an extra step you can take to ensure your leather items age gracefully.
While leather protectors are especially useful for pieces you plan to take outside like jackets, shoes, and bags, it can't hurt to apply them to furnishings you want to keep in tip-top shape, either. And the kind of leather protector you should buy depends on the type of leather you're planning to use it on.
Here are the best leather protectors you can buy:
- Best leather protector overall: Guardsman Protect & Preserve For Leather
- Best suede protector: Scotchgard Suede & Nubuck Protector
- Best leather protector for boots: Kiwi Boot Protector
- Best leather protector cream: Aquaseal Leather Waterproof Cream
- Best leather protector kit: Apple Brand Leather Care Kit
Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.
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