How to Make Shoes Waterproof

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How to Make Shoes Waterproof
How to Make Shoes Waterproof
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It can be difficult making sure you don't wear your favorite leather shoes on a day that it's going to rain. You don't need to face that choice again, after you follow this How to Make Shoes Waterproof tutorial. This easy trick shows you how to waterproof anything leather, but most importantly, shoes. If you've wondered how to make leather water resistant, this tutorial teaches the easiest way. Use this trick for leather outdoor decor, leather shoes, leather bags, or any other leather item under the threat of water damage. Try this great hack today!

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsCandle Wax

Primary TechniqueDIY Craft


Project TypeLearn a Technique

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I didn't know you could do this on leather furniture, jackets, etc. That is really good to know!

This is a great idea! I also wonder about what kind of wax to use. Has anyone tried this? I think the wax will bond with the leather and not melt out...

My husband needs this project! He goes through more shoes than anyone else I know. His feet are often wet, and the shoes dont last. I picked up Shoe Goo tonight and saw instructions for water-proofing shoes on the package, but I think I would prefer to try a chemical free approach first. My concern though is what happens in the heat? Does the wax ooze out of the leather or make a mess of the shoes?

This seems like a great idea. I have a spare pair of hiking boots but aren't at keeping the wet out even with shop bought sprays. Since recusing a Pitbull who has more energy than a child my usual 5km walk has turned into 10 to 12km walks and our relaxing weekends have turned into hikes to tire her out I think my spare boots may have to start been used so I will definitely give this trick a go, fingers crossed for me it works.

Sounds like a great idea! Has anyone ever tried this technique? I am wondering if over time, the candle wax would begin to check and crack. Also, the breathability of the leather might be compromised, although, I guess in wet rainy conditions, comfort is less of a worry. Also wondering if the wax type would make a difference - parrafin, beeswax, palm? which type would be best? Would be a great idea in an emergency situation for sure! Thanks for sharing!


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