* Leather boots should be treated with leather food and polished regularly to keep them looking good. * Faux leather and hi-tech fabrics should be wiped after each use to avoid a build-up of dirt, which could cause staining. * Suede boots can be treated at good dry cleaners or shoe repair centres with a water-resistant coating to offer some (although not complete) protection. Invest in a suede eraser to rub out scuffs and stains. * Slippery-soled boots can be scored with a blade to offer more grip, or rubbed against gravel to cut the sheen of the sole. A thin rubber sole can be added for additional anti-slip.