How to Waterproof Shoes

How to Waterproof Shoes
Shoes are often worn in harsh conditions such as rain and snow. Moisture can damage shoes by creating water spots and may even ruin shoes. Wet shoes can also lead to mold and mildew inside the shoe material and under the foot bed. Often when shoes are wet, so are feet. Wet feet can develop problems such as blisters and fungus and may lead to hypothermia issues. Applying a waterproof barrier will help prevent these problems and may be done easily using a spray product.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Shoes
  • Water proofing spray
  • Mild soap and water solution
  • Cleaning cloths
Step 1
Remove the laces from the shoes if necessary. This will allow the spray to penetrate all areas of the shoe for maximum waterproofing.
Step 2
Wipe away any dirt and debris from the shoes using a cloth. Use a mild soap-and-water solution if necessary and allow the shoes to dry thoroughly.
Step 3
Shake or prepare the spray waterproofing as directed by the manufacturer. Typically, waterproofing sprays require mixing by shaking the can.
Step 4
Hold the shoe by placing a hand inside it. Extend the shoe away from your body to avoid breathing as much of the spray fumes as possible. Spray the waterproofing evenly over the entire surface of the shoe.
Step 5
Place the shoe in a warm and dry location and allow it to dry thoroughly. Following the manufacturer's directions, apply a second coat of waterproofing spray if necessary.

Tips & Warnings

Allow the first coat of waterproofing spray to dry completely before applying another coat.
Place a cloth underneath the shoes as they dry to catch any spray that may run from the shoes.
Apply the spray in a well-ventilated area. Keep away from open flame or heat. Wear eye protection, rubber gloves and a mask if necessary.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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