How to Waterproof Your Shoes

  • THIS WORKS ONLY FOR CANVAS SHOES
  • MAKE SURE SHOES ARE CLEAN BEFORE APPLICATION
    • If there is dirt present the wax will not adhere to the fabric of the shoe properly
    • Cleaning shoes after application is extremely difficult
  • MAKE SURE THE LACES HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE SHOE
  • SOME ELECTRONIC APPLIANCES ARE NECESSARY

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Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

  1. Taper Candles
    • 10 in. white candle stick
  2. ANY Canvas Shoe w/o laces
    • Converse, Vans, Keds, etc.
  3. Hair Dryer w/ high heat setting
  4. Paper Towels
  5. Old towel OR newspaper

Step 2: Prep Work Area

  • Place an old towel or newspaper down to prevent any messes throughout this process.

Step 3: Check the Shoe(s)

  • Make sure that the shoe is dry, clean, and the laces are removed.

Step 4: Prep the Shoe(s)

  • Tightly pack paper towels into the shoe for support.

Step 5: Remove Plastic From Candle

  • Remove the plastic from the candle before applying to the shoe

Step 6: Apply Wax to Shoe(s) WITH FORCE

  • “Color” the shoe with the candle stick
  • Apply forcefully

Step 7: Apply Until a White/Waxy Coat Appears

  • If there are still dark spots on the shoe then reapply the wax harder to those areas.
  • Make sure the ENTIRE shoe has a thick layer of wax.

Step 8: Set Hair Dryer to High Heat

  • If the hair dryer is on low heat then the wax will take longer to soak into the fabric.

Step 9: Apply Heat to the Shoe(s)

  • Wave the hair dryer back and forth along the entire shoe slowly.

Step 10: Apply Heat Until the Wax Disappears

  • If the wax appearance is still on the surface of the shoe, you haven't applied enough heat.

Step 11: Let Shoe(s) Cool Off

  • Let the shoe cool off for 1-2 minutes before performing the next step

Step 12: Test Your Results!

  • Slowly pour water on the shoe to test if the shoe is waterproof or not!

Step 13: Repeat IF NECESSARY

  • If the shoe is not waterproof, allow the shoe to dry.
    • Air-dry
    • Apply Heat with hair dryer
  • Repeat steps 2-9.

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    Penolopy Bulnick

    3 days ago

    I didn't know you could do this! Thanks for sharing :)