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How to waterproof your canvas shoes on a budget

Canvas shoes offer style and comfort, but their vulnerability to moisture can be a challenge. In this guide, we’ll explore five effective methods to keep your feet dry and extend the lifespan of your canvas shoes.

How can I waterproof my canvas shoes?

To waterproof your canvas shoes, use a waterproofing spray, beeswax, or Otter Wax, and apply it evenly over the entire surface. Pay attention to seams and vulnerable areas. Allow the shoes to dry completely before wearing them.

If you’re using wax, rub the wax bar over the entire surface of your shoes. Then, use a blow dryer to melt the wax into the canvas.

Reapply the waterproofing product from time to time to maintain protection.

Here’s a breakdown of the steps to follow.

Step 1: Clean the shoes

Start by removing any dirt or debris from the shoes. Use a soft brush or cloth to gently scrub the surface. Ensure your canvas shoes are clean and dry before proceeding to the next step.

Step 2: Choose your waterproofing product

Use a waterproof spray specifically designed for canvas shoes. Read the product labels and choose one that is suitable for your shoes.

Alternatively, you can also use beeswax or Otter Wax.

Otter Wax is a fantastic solution that effectively repels water without relying on petroleum-based synthetic ingredients.

Step 3: Test in a small area

Before applying the spray or wax to the entire shoe, test it on a small area. This will ensure that the product doesn’t discolor or damage the fabric.

Step 4: Apply the spray/wax

Spray the solution evenly over the entire surface of the shoes. Pay extra attention to seams and areas prone to water penetration.

When using wax, apply the wax bar across the entire surface of your shoes. Next, utilize a blow dryer to heat and melt the wax into the canvas, creating a protective barrier.

Step 5: Allow your shoes to dry

After applying the spray or wax, give your shoes ample time to dry. Follow the recommended drying time specified on the product label to ensure optimal results.

Depending on the level of waterproofing desired, you may need to repeat the process for enhanced protection.

Step 6: Maintain and reapply as needed

Over time and with wear, the waterproofing coating may wear off. Check your shoes from time to time and reapply the waterproofing product as necessary.

What is the cheapest way to waterproof canvas?

The cheapest way to waterproof canvas is wax. Beeswax can be melted and applied to your canvas shoes, creating a protective barrier against water. If you want to take things to the next level, you can use Otter Wax.

While these solutions may not offer the same level of long-lasting protection as silicone-based waterproofing products, they can still provide a budget-friendly option for occasional use.

How long does canvas waterproofing last?

The duration of canvas waterproofing varies depending on the waterproofing product used, how often you wear your shoes, and the environmental conditions the shoes are exposed to.

In general, properly applied canvas waterproofing can last from a couple of weeks to three months.

Keep in mind that waterproofing is not a permanent solution. The effectiveness of the waterproofing may diminish over time due to wear, exposure to moisture, heavy rain, or rough use.

To maintain optimal waterproofing, you should periodically inspect the condition of your shoes and reapply waterproofing products as needed.

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