How to Waterproof Your Leather Shoes

by Stephanie Cai ; Updated September 28, 2017

Preserve your leather shoes by waterproofing them. Images

Leather shoes can be expensive to purchase, but if you take proper care of them, they can last for many years. Although leather is a durable material, water can fade and discolor it over time. An important step to add to the longevity of your stylish leather shoes is to waterproof them. You can waterproof leather shoes by spraying a protectant spray or by using oils and wax. Regardless of which way you waterproof your shoes, you will preserve them for years to come.

Items you will need

  • Beeswax, cream or oil for heavy leather
  • Oil-based silicone spray
  • Soft cloth

Wax or Oil

Step 1

Remove any dust, hair or dirt from your shoes with a dry, soft cloth.

Step 2

Using another soft cloth, smooth a thin and even layer of wax or oil over your leather shoes. Use a dime-sized amount of the product and gradually add more if needed. Rub the cloth in a circular motion to buff and work the product into the leather.

Step 3

Remove any excess oil or wax with a soft, clean cloth. Leave the boots to dry overnight before wearing.


Step 1

Remove any dirt, debris or dust with a dry, soft cloth.

Step 2

Shake the can of the waterproofing spray and hold the can 6 inches from the leather shoes. Spray a thin and even coat over the shoe. Repeat with the other shoe.

Step 3

Carefully set the shoes down and do not touch the coating. This will avoid prints and smears. Allow the shoes to dry overnight before wearing.

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About the Author

Stephanie Cai began professionally writing for clients in 2010 and freelance writing in 2008. She is currently a writer for various online publications and is knowledgeable in fields such as health and beauty, fashion, celebrities, films and video games. Cai graduated from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing.