As global leaders in the wholesale footwear industry, we can tell you that there isn’t a foolproof way to make your shoes and boots waterproof for however long they last, however you can make most footwear water resistant during the wet, muddy, and sometimes icy conditions common during the winter season. We know that many shoes are quite pricey, and you want them to hold up well under any weather conditions. We have a few tips that will help ensure your feet stay dry, while those pricey shoes stay protected to the greatest extent possible.
It’s important to remember that nothing will keep your footwear waterproof permanently, but you can protect them for the short-term using various products and methods, depending on the materials they’re made of.
Waterproof sprays are designed for various materials, so read labels to see which one is right depending on whether your shoes are suede, canvas, leather, or another type of material.
Silicone based waterproof sprays work on nearly all shoes, but with any product you’ll want to test in an inconspicuous area to make sure it doesn’t cause any discoloration or other problem.
Want to waterproof leather dress shoes or boots? The first step is a thorough cleaning, using saddle soap and water, unless the shoes are new. After cleaning, polish your leather shoes using a circular motion before removing excess product with a clean cloth. Once this is complete, apply a spray or product that’s rubbed into the shoe, and that’s designed to be used on leather, following instructions carefully.
For shoes made of canvas, beeswax works well. Using a small block, rub it over the shoes evenly until the beeswax becomes visible on the canvas. Once that’s done, simply work it in using the heat of a blow dryer until your shoes return to the original color. You canvas shoes will be waterproof for a few excursions out into wet conditions!
Some claim you can use a candle if you don’t have any beeswax on hand, or Vaseline in place of wax. With any method, regardless of whether you’re using products designed for this purpose or a DIY approach with products around the house, always test in a small area first to make sure the results are what you expect.
The Jay Group is a leading global distributor of quality wholesale footwear for domestic and international customers in need of the latest styles and trusted brands at the best possible price. Whether for your flea market, domestic discount chain, or online sales, contact The Jay Group Ltd. today.