How to Transform Your Regular Shoes to Be Waterproof

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Introduction: How to Transform Your Regular Shoes to Be Waterproof

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Do it yourself :)

Watch the video for how to!

Step 1: #1

Take a simple candle

Step 2: #2

Start rubbing your shoes surface but be accurate and cover well!

Step 3: #3

Take a hairdryer and melt the wax into your shoes surface.

Step 4: #4

Challenge your work ;)

Step 5: The End

The result is amazing it really works ;)

That's the ShiftyWay!

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    Does it really work? I tried it on my sketcher sneakers and it didnt work, help please!

    really really awesome, thanks a lot, i tried also on a hoodie and it worked, now i kinda whant to put it on everything

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    *Fills pool with hot wax* *Jumps in*

    Does it work with any fabric?

    just use sno seal instead of the candle and put your shoes afterwards in the oven for 5-10 minutes at lowest temperature

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    sno seal is good. Norwegian oil is better with leather, my go to for canvas sneakers is camp dry.

    Thanks for the tip!

    Sno-Seal is the one i used in construction for years..melt the sno-seal in the can and apply with a brush..fantastic

    Thanks for the tip!

    This is of course a centuries old solution. It's how water proof canvas was made prior to vulcanized rubber.

    There are two problems with it, both related to temperature.

    In warm weather, say greater than 100f/38C most paraffins will begin to soften, this is especially true if the material is black and composed to sunlight. The softened paraffin oozes out. In cold, weather, the paraffin solidifies, becoming stiff and brittle and as the material is flexed, it breaks and flies out in a kind of dust. Either open wholes in the leather proofing.

    Paraffin tents were widely used in America prior to the Civil War and there are many accounts of them either oozing or turning rigid and breaking like an ice sheet, over and over again until the water proofing effect is lost.

    It's also highly flammable, being essentially a candle wick.

    Still right clime, right conditions, right price, a useful solution to have in one's mental tool box.

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    Thanks for the short summary :)

    I would be interested to know how long the water-proofing lasts. I suspect that after a week or so of continuous use, the wax between the threads will 'wear out' and the surface will start to let in water again. I hope I wrong!!

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    I don't know to the exact time but you can repeat the hole procedure again and again if you want to keep it proofed :)

    the wax soaks through the threads, so i doubt it.. think of when u actually want to get it out, the only way is to iron it, no washing or rubbing will help!

    When I wax a bag or backpack I use a mixture of bees wax, boiled linseed oil and turpentine. It is a traditional recipe.

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    Thanks I check it out soon!

    WD40 or Thomsons WaterSeal works as well if you don't mind the discolouration and the smell. If you want to go retro, Dubbin was the favoured treatment for football boots and footballs.