What To Do if Your Shoes Get Wet: 3 Budget Tips

Autumn and winter are periods when there is a lot of moisture forming outside – from puddles or snow cover. During a walk or a short drive from home to work, your shoes can get wet, and that can lead not only to deformed shoes but also to colds.

Shoes get wet from the inside or outside – causes

Before looking for a remedy for moisture for your shoes, you need to determine why the shoes began to get wet in the first place. The reason may lie in damage to the material or the sole – in order to understand this, carefully examine the shoes from different sides. If you find holes, cracks, or any other signs of deformation, take the shoes to repair or throw them out.

Also, shoes get wet if the material they are made of is not resistant to a lot of moisture. Then you must create an additional protective layer – in this case, the impregnation of shoes from the store or remedy prepared by your own hands will help.

Only those boots, boots, and sneakers that are made of rubber or smooth genuine leather will not get wet. Nubuck, suede, and any other materials with a hairy surface will get soaked quite quickly – it is better either not to choose them for such seasons, or to treat them with something.

Water-repellent impregnation for shoes with their own hands – options

If you decide that winter or fall boots need protection, do not rush to buy an expensive product from the mass market – make a universal solution with your own hands. You do not know what to do so that the shoes do not get wet – write down the options.

Treating shoes with paraffin with gasoline for lighters

Wash and dry your shoes, then make sure you have:

  • grated paraffin – 1 tsp;
  • gasoline for lighters – 100g.

Mix the above ingredients in a container until the paraffin is completely dissolved. Soak a cotton pad in the resulting solution and treat an inconspicuous area of the shoe with it. If there is no change, do this with the entire surface of the shoes. Leave the shoes overnight, and then use them as intended.

Oil-Based Drenching Shoe Soak

This remedy is also suitable for natural leather shoes, and if artificial leather gets wet. You will need:

  • castor oil – 2 tsp;
  • linseed oil – 2 tsp;
  • Grated paraffin – 100 gr.

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and heat in a water bath until the paraffin is dissolved. Lubricate your shoes with this mixture, but not too abundantly, as too much “castor oil” may make the shoes stiff and uncomfortable. Leave shoes for 6-8 hours, and then use them for walking.

Pure paraffin or wax – an option to protect shoes from water

As an alternative to the aforementioned products, you can use paraffin or wax without additional ingredients. Take into account that stearin candles are not suitable in this case – stearin contains a lot of fatty acids, and they do not protect against moisture. In order to guarantee the dryness of your shoes, rub your favorite pair with paraffin or wax, and then dry with a hair dryer – this method will help you forget about soaked feet.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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