Will Waterproofing My Shoes Actually Work?


Whether it’s due to unpredictable weather conditions or accidentally standing in a puddle. We have all been unfortunate enough to experience the feeling of a wet foot. So is there a solution to fix this?

Well fortunately for us all there are a few methods that can help regardless of the materials being used on your shoe. Let’s face it no one likes a soaked wet foot. It’s just a nuisance and one of the worst feelings ever. So, let me help you find out if waterproofing does actually work.

Now that we are getting closer to the cold winter temperatures its time to find a suitable fix to help keep our feet dry all the time. I have taken some time to do some research and find out what methods of waterproofing is out there and if they actually work.

So, here are some tips that may just help you.

Waterproof Sprays

There’s a huge new craze for all sneakerheads worldwide to start using waterproofing sprays from brands to help keep their footwear dirt free and waterproof. But the question is do they even work?

Well, yes they do.

They work to a certain extent because it is a product you have to spray on to uppers that are not made to be waterproof. They are great when they work but unfortunately for us all they are not a permanent fix. This is fine but it just means having to constantly purchase new spray cans every few months just to keep your shoes waterproof. This isn’t the best option because the dollars will start adding up and it can just turn into an expensive habit.

Plus these are not really ideal for all materials used for the upper of a shoe. So do read the instructions when using one of these because they can end up discoloring or damaging your perfectly great shoes. These sprays are far better for sneakers with different upper materials.

It’s not an instant fix, you have to spray these on in room temperature leaving your shoe to dry for around 30 mins and then give another coat on top in order for you to get the best results. So, it really isn’t one of the quickest fixes, you would have to be prepared beforehand for any bad weather. Or delay going outdoors for an hour or so.

If you are looking for something far more permanent then you may just need to purchase a pair of waterproof shoes. This is more of a permanent fix and they will keep your feet dry even on the wettest of days.

Home Fix – Candle Wax

Some of us don’t want to go out and spend extra money on products. So, we can try using something we might find in our homes. You may have come across this solution before.

The well-known wax waterproofing method with the help of a candle and a blow dryer is a go-to for many of us when winter is around the corner. It’s a very simple fix to help you keep water away from your shoe.

All you do is simply add some candle wax on to the upper of your shoes. So that they are covered. You then switch on your blow dryer and melt the candle wax on your shoes to seal the full upper. Once the upper has been covered with the candle wax let it cure for 10 mins. You can then test is by pouring water over them to see if they truly are waterproof.

This is a good tip but they won’t stay waterproof for a very long time. So you will need to do this again. As soon as you start to realize that your shoe is no longer waterproof, then its time to find that candle wax again.

Polishes and Compounds

There are also many different polishes out there that will keep your shoes nice and dry. Wax based polish is one of the most popular options, but these are usually used for leather uppers. Placing these on your leather shoes is great as it gives the shoe a light layer of coating to protect it from the harsh weather conditions outdoors. It also gives the shoe a shine as any shoe polish would.

Water and salt can damage the leathers supple quality so you should try to protect leather shoes. Even though leather has natural waterproofing qualities it is prone to damage as it is animal skin after all. I wouldn’t recommend these for any shoes so only stick to leather shoes.

There are also special waterproof compounds which can be used for leather shoes. These are far better than their polish counterparts. These tend to stick better to the upper of the shoes allowing for better coverage of the shoe. They do work and help keep out any water or moisture out of the shoe.

What Can I Do If My Shoe Gets Wet?

Let me help you with some simple steps that will help you when you do end up with a wet foot and shoe. Because it has happened to me before. So, here’s what you can do.

The first thing you can do is simply remove or wipe off any water with a towel or tissue from the upper and outsole of the shoe.

Next thing you want to do this remove any water from the shoe. You can do this by placing some newspaper, tissue or a towel within the shoe. This will help absorb all the water, however, you may need to do this more often as the item placed inside the shoe can get soaked and waterlogged. It may take up to 2 days for your shoes to dry completely naturally.

Don’t try to place them on a radiator or dry them off with a blowdryer, its a recipe for disaster. Let them dry at room temperature or outdoors but only if it’s not too hot outside. This can potentially increase the chance of the shoe shrinking and the glue within the shoe to expand and shrink.

It will ruin your shoe whether its a sneaker or a formal leather shoe. It can even damage the supple leather on the shoe allowing it to tear and rip where creases could be formed. The cracked leather is very difficult to repair and replace so do be careful.

Let your shoes dry naturally, once they have dried completely from inside and out. You want to use a shoe deodorizer within the shoe to help take away any bad smells left within the shoe. But make sure they are completely dry before you do use one of these deodorizers or else you’ll get another foul smell in your shoe.

Once you have freshened the shoe from the inside, then its time for you to use one of the methods above to waterproof your shoes. So, that you don’t come across this same problem any time soon.


Here are a few things that could help keep your foot dry at all times. It all depends on what you are looking for and how quick of a fix you will need.

Hopefully, these tips do help, if you have any more tips and tricks then please don’t forget to add them into the comments below.


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