A Man’s Guide to Weather Resistant Footwear
Weather proofing your expensive pair of shoes can prevent them from becoming much more expensive because you have to retire them early due to improper care.
The Importance of Weatherproofing your Shoes
Weatherproofing your shoes is important – water will destroy the flexibility of your shoe’s leather. Leather is made from animal skins, most often cowhide, or hors, the proteins and fat seal in the moisture when leather is tanned. Your shoes can dry out and crack if you do not treat them properly.
Weatherproofing can help ward off the ill effects of salt, oil and other chemicals that can stain leather. Once they set in, they can be difficult to remove; if not treated they will is color. A layer of wax could make the difference and save you hundreds of dollars on new shoes or repairs.
Wet, soggy, squeaky shoes are not comfortable – walking around with just socks on at work is not an option.
Guide to Weather Resistant Footwear – Making Shoes Water Resistant
However, these steps are important to help you stretch the life of your shoes.
- Waterproofing Compounds
- Polishes that are wax-based – these provider of resistance to salt and water; some brands are available in colors to match your shoes. Consistent application or if the weather is particularly wet is needed to maintain the protection
- Specialty waterproof compounds – Sno-Seal Weather Protectant and Obenauf’s Heavy Duty Leather Preservative are top quality waterproofing compounds. When applied properly these protectants will keep out moisture. Using these compounds along with a polish will provide excellent protection.
- Spray-on waterproofing compounds – These compounds tend to get the most attention – one of the most common arguments is that it does not allow the leather to breath. In addition, if it contains silicone, it dries out the leather. However, it provides a quick application.
- Test your shoes for chemical reactions to waterproofing compounds
Waterproofing compounds can affect the color of your shoes – always test. Choose a hidden area to test, such as beneath the laces. Test in at least two spots before proceeding.
- Applying the Water Resistant Compound
Be sure to create a watertight barrier when waterproofing or you have wasted your time.
Guide to Weather Resistant Footwear – Choosing the Footwear
Specialty Footwear – Today’s shoes are made from a variety of water resistant materials, including synthetic leather. They are favorites due to their durability and stylish design s.
Boots – Boots are a great choice- especially for inclement weather; however, the range of clothing with which they can be worn is limited. Choose your dress boots as carefully as you do your dress shoes. Waterproof them regularly.
Galoshes – these have been the favorite over-the-shoe protection for over a century – they keep the feet and shoes dry provide stability on slippery surfaces..
Guide to Weather Resistant Footwear – What to do if Shoes Get Wet
- Use a dry towel to remove excess water
- Draw out any moisture from inside the shoe with a towel or newspaper. Replace dry paper or dry towel every few hours.
- Avoid placing shoes close to any heat! The leather will crack if dried too quickly-this cannot be repaired.
- Once dry, clean, then condition with a leather cream or balm- polish normally. Follow this routine with each wearing.