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How do I waterproof my Converse sneakers? It’s simple

Want to keep your Converse shoes protected from rain and moisture? This guide will help you waterproof your favorite Converse shoes, keeping them dry and in excellent condition. Let’s get started!fcavs

How to waterproof your Converse sneakers

What you’ll need: 

  • Silicone spray for fabric, waterproofing spray, or beeswax
  • A soft brush and an old toothbrush to scrub any dirt off of your shoes
  • A blow dryer if you’re using wax

Step 1: Clean your Converse sneakers

Take out the laces and put them aside. You can use a pencil to push them through the eyelets.

Use a soft brush to gently scrub your sneakers using circular motions. Use an old toothbrush to scrub any dirt off of your shoes.

If you have any stubborn stains, you can use water and mild detergent to remove them. In this case, it is important to wait for your sneakers to dry completely before applying any waterproofing products.

Step 2: Apply the waterproofing product

To effectively waterproof your Converse shoes, you have three top options to choose from: silicone spray for fabric, waterproofing spray, or beeswax.

Apply an even layer of silicone spray for fabric or waterproofing spray onto your Converse shoes. Make sure to cover all fabric areas. Allow the spray to dry overnight before wearing your sneakers.

Reapply the product as needed, especially after wearing your Converse in wet conditions.

Another effective and slightly cheaper option is beeswax.

Rub a small amount of beeswax onto the canvas parts of your Converse shoes. Use a hairdryer to gently melt the beeswax into the material.

Let your sneakers cool and dry before buffing off any excess wax.

Make sure to reapply the product after exposing your Converse shoes to wet conditions.

Are Converse shoes water-resistant?

Most Converse sneakers are not waterproof or water-resistant because they are made of cotton canvas, which doesn’t repel water. However, you can use waterproofing sprays or beeswax to make them weatherproof and keep them in good condition for longer.

While the majority of Converse shoes are not waterproof, the company does offer certain models that are specifically designed to be waterproof.

These waterproof Converse models incorporate special materials to provide better protection against water.

If you’re curious to learn more, feel free to explore Converse’s weatherproof collections.

Are Converse 70 water resistant?

The Chuck 70 Explore Waterproof line is designed to be weatherproof. These sneakers are made of weatherproof leather and feature a waterproof inner bootie.

The durable traction outsole is designed to provide reliable grip and traction in various weather conditions.

Is it OK to wear Converse in the rain?

Converse sneakers are not designed to be waterproof or water-resistant. Wearing them in light rain or drizzle for a few minutes should generally be fine.

Avoid wearing Converse shoes in heavy rain. They are not designed to withstand these conditions. Excessive water can saturate the fabric, leading to stretching, warping, or damage to the shoes.

Can I submerge my Converse in water?

It is not recommended to fully submerge your Converse shoes in water. Converse shoes, particularly those made of canvas, are not designed to be completely waterproof or suitable for submersion.

Full immersion in water can lead to saturation of the fabric, stretching, warping, and potential damage to the shoes.

What happens if my Converse shoes get wet?

When Converse shoes get wet, they can absorb water, leading to a heavier feel. The fabric may stretch or warp, affecting your sneakers’ original shape and fit.

Continuous exposure to water can also weaken the canvas and reduce its durability.

Colors may fade over time, and moisture can cause unpleasant odors due to bacterial and fungal growth.

To minimize these effects, it is important to waterproof your Converse shoes or avoid wearing them in wet conditions.

Use rubber boots in heavy rain.

How long does it take for wet Converse to dry?

It can take between 24 to 48 hours for Converse shoes to air dry completely. The drying time for wet Converse shoes can vary depending on the material, the extent of wetness, and environmental conditions.

Canvas tends to dry faster compared to leather. Placing your Converse sneakers in a well-ventilated area or using a fan, can help speed up the drying process.

The more saturated the shoes are, the longer it will take for them to dry. If the shoes are only slightly damp, they may dry relatively quickly.

Enjoy your weatherproofed Converse and keep your feet comfortable and dry no matter the conditions!

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