What’s the best way to dry wading boots? They’re not cheap and obviously I want them to last as long as possible.
AModern synthetic materials dry quickly, but leather should be treated with care. In hot weather, it’s best to leave them in the shade to dry slowly. Dry them too quickly against a high heat and leather may crack. In cool weather, start the drying process in a ventilated area of a garage and then bring them indoors to dry completely. Never leave them in a bag or corner of a shed where mould can develop if they’re left damp. It’s a good idea to rinse off mud or gunk that may become encrusted in felt soles. This is a precaution against spreading invasive species that may hide in the felt and it reduces the weight of the soles, the glue from which can fail over time.