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Button boots are iconic and beautiful to look at but can be hard work to close using just your fingers. While buttonholes will soften with use (especially if prepped with a leather conditioner such as Angelus Lustre Cream), there's a common 19th-century tool that every lady owed that'll make your life much easier with a bit of practice - the buttonhook!
Buttonhooks are inexpensively (and widely) available in antique stores. We also have a reproduction button hook available as an option with our button boots. Buttonhooks can also save time (and fingers) when buttoning gloves, bodices, shoes, and waistbands.
You can find a helpful video below.
Another technique that works well with buttons that do not have a wire loop and are threaded directly to the boot.
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