The Best Way to Waterproof Boots

The Best Way to Waterproof BootsDry feet are important to any hiker. Wet feet are not only aggravating out on the trail but can cause painful blisters. There are a number of silicone-based boot dressings that will keep your hiking boots dry and comfortable.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Waterproofing Your Boots

Things You’ll Need:
  • Silicone boot dressing
  • Hand towel
Step 1
Clean the outer surface of your boots to remove any dirt or debris. Use a wet rag or hand towel to remove any caked-on mud or dirt.
Step 2
Dry the boots thoroughly. Use a hand towel or place them next to a heater or dehumidifier.
Step 3
Place a dab of silicone boot dressing on a portion of the hand towel and wipe the dressing onto the boot in a circular motion. Start at the boot's toe and work your way back.
Step 4
Allow the boots to dry overnight, and then inspect them to make sure that all areas are thoroughly coated. Rub more dressing onto any areas where the initial coating of dressing looks a bit thin.
Step 5
Add a second coating of dressing if you hike in wet or rainy areas. The silicone does an excellent job of beading water off of the boot's surface and preventing moisture from seeping through to your socks.

Tips & Warnings

Make sure to use a boot dressing that contains silicone. Some boot dressings do not and will not make your boots waterproof.
Do not store boots in a damp place. Allow them to dry completely before your next hike.

Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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