White shoes are extremely versatile. You can wear them all year round with basically any outfit. They go great with a pair of jeans and a white T-shirt. But there’s one major disadvantage when it comes to white shoes: they stain really, really easily.
For this reason, wearing white shoes (be it old school sneakers or canvas shoes) when it rains and it’s muddy outside is a nightmare. First of all, your feet will get wet. Second, removing stains from white shoes is a very difficult task. Moreover, oftentimes, those stains are there to stay. So it’s best to avoid getting your white shoes wet or stained in the first place.
The good news is that you can quickly solve this problem with the help of a waterproofing spray. However, not all the sprays available on the market can be used for waterproofing white shoes. In this guide, I selected the best waterproofing spray solutions that are safe to use on white shoes.
Best sprays to waterproof your white shoes
1. Kiwi Sneaker Protector waterproof and stain repellent spray
This spray protects your white shoes against rain, stains, and dirt. You can use it on virtually any type of material ranging from synthetic and faux leather to canvas, suede, mesh, nylon and fabric.
I used this spray to protect my white trainers. A few weeks in, and they’re still white. One piece of advice though: make sure to use the spray outside, the smell is very strong. But that’s the only down side I can think of.
2. Crep Protect Pill Ultimate Rain & Stain Spray
Spray this product on your white shoes and water and other liquids will simply roll off your shoes.
3. COLOURLOCK Waterproofing Spray
This product doesn’t affect the breathability of your shoes. You can use it to waterproof canvas shoes, suede, sheepskin and more. Yes, this means that you can use this spray to waterproof your UGGs as well.
This spray locks in the color of your shoes. In other words, as long as you use this product, your white shoes won’t have any yellow patches on them.
Before you start using one of the sprays listed above, you need to take some precaution measures. Waterproofing sprays are toxic and should be applied in open space areas, ideally outside the house.
These are 3 of the best waterproofing sprays that I’ve used on my white shoes (mainly canvas sneakers and old school trainers). If you’ve got other product recommendations, let me know in the comments below.
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Last updated in October 2021 to add additional information.