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

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Take a simple candle

Step 2: #2

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

Step 3: #3

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

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Challenge your work ;)

Step 5: The End

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The result is amazing it really works ;)

That's the ShiftyWay!


ShaleenaA (author)2017-03-27

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

franker (author)2015-08-09

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

build627 (author)franker2016-02-11

*Fills pool with hot wax* *Jumps in*

VibeD (author)2015-09-30

Does it work with any fabric?

vkapadia (author)2015-08-15


samyuktha (author)2015-08-01


LaysDIY (author)samyuktha2015-08-03

thanks :)

ChrisK34 (author)2015-07-21

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

J2SARET (author)ChrisK342015-07-21

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

LaysDIY (author)J2SARET2015-08-03

Thanks for the tip!

LloydF2 (author)ChrisK342015-07-27

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

LaysDIY (author)LloydF22015-08-03

Thanks for the tip!

shannonlove (author)2015-07-24

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.

LaysDIY (author)shannonlove2015-08-03

Thanks for the short summary :)

grayl (author)2015-07-15

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!!

LaysDIY (author)grayl2015-08-03

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 :)

alala5 (author)grayl2015-07-22

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!

gijoebob (author)2015-07-21

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

LaysDIY (author)gijoebob2015-08-03

Thanks I check it out soon!

Phil_S (author)2015-07-21

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.

LaysDIY (author)Phil_S2015-08-03

It sounds interesting! Thanks for the tips :)

levas (author)2015-07-21

I saw, some nanotech products protect from water and from dirt (clothes do not get dirty). It would be interesting to test it against dirt :D

LaysDIY (author)levas2015-08-03

me too :)

MichaelG9 (author)2015-07-21

I have one of those Aussie Old style Rain slickers (AKA duster like Clint Eastwood used when he was acting as a cowboy) and they use an oily/soft wax coating.

Also those old canvas tents were treated the same way as the dusters.

Candle wax might be a little too stiff for this application but the idea is to get water to shed rather than soak in.

LaysDIY (author)MichaelG92015-08-03

I like the candel idea because it's easily accessible but yeahh it's not the ultimate waterproofing solution...

cbosse1 (author)2015-07-21

There is a product called "fireman's friend" or something that is a softened bee's wax meant for exactly this. It's been around for at least 30 years. It's great on leather, though it causes some discoloration.

Given my experience with that, I imagine this will last about a month before you need to throw on another layer (it will be easier the second time, but it's still some effort). Not too bad for the price, though eventually the wax will start accumulating dirt and you may not love the color of your canvas shoes after that. Then again, if you want to wear your canvas duds in the fall, they'll stay nice longer with this than on their own.

LaysDIY (author)cbosse12015-08-03

I never heard about fireman's friend so thanks for the tip!!

Mugsy Knuckles (author)2015-07-21

This works, but be advised that it turns your breathable canvas shoes into a plastic bag.

Them dogs gonna be barkin', as we say here in the great Commonwealth of Kentucky. You'll be pouring sweat out of these shoes after a long day in the sun.

LaysDIY (author)Mugsy Knuckles2015-08-03

:D :D

Nebuvo (author)2015-07-20

I guess, you can't wear those shoes at hot conditions, yes?

LaysDIY (author)Nebuvo2015-08-03

I think you can wear it just repeate the procedure more often if you want to keep your shoes waterproof

osamalios (author)2015-07-14

thnx waaw!! i will test it and give you feedback! thnx for sharing ^^

LaysDIY (author)osamalios2015-08-03

Thank you too I'm waiting for the feedback :)

whipsandfeatherdust (author)2015-07-14

Ooooh, this looks awesome!

Thank you :)

bjkayani (author)2015-07-14

amazing idea. i will try it for sure. thanks

LaysDIY (author)bjkayani2015-07-28


Kozmicblues69 (author)2015-07-14

Wow!! Really???!! I also have problems with my shoes when it rains! I must to try this! Thanks for sharing it :)

LaysDIY (author)Kozmicblues692015-07-28

Thank you too :)

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