SPY Guide: The 5 Best Ways to Waterproof Your Shoes

How to Waterproof Shoes: 5 Best Ways to Keep Shoes Dry and Clean
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* Protect canvas, suede, Nubuck and regular leathers from the rain
* Effective spray-on solutions and full shoe covers
* Makes shoes last longer and look better

Not wanting to ditch your favorite pair of shoes for boots during the rainy seasons is totally understandable. Whether you just got a fresh new pair or have a trustworthy, worn-in pair that you can’t go without, your go-to shoes are hard to beat.

But most shoes aren’t built to cope with rainy weather, puddles and mud. Thankfully, brands are finally taking notice of this conundrum and creating sprays, covers and waxes that protect your kicks from the elements. Below is our roundup of the five best products for all kinds of sneakers, dress shoes, booties and more.

1. Shoe Goo Adhesive

There are few things worse than water sloshing around inside your shoes, and Shoe Goo works to fix that. Using a toothbrush or gloves, apply it to the soles of your shoes and let dry for 24 hours. Some users also suggest smoothing the goo with ice after applying for a more even spread.

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2. Waterproof Reusable Shoe Covers

If you’re just commuting to work or school in the rain (especially on a bike or motorcycle) and wearing different shoes everyday, a shoe cover like this is the way to go. Just slip them on over your shoes on the way out the door, and take them off when you get to work or class.

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3. Nikwax Nubuck and Suede Spray-On

For protecting Nubuck or suede kicks (sneakers, chelseas, etc) use this Nikwax spray-on. Simply spray it on and let dry, but make sure to cover any wood soles as the Nikwax could discolor them.

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4. Crep Protect Rain and Stain Resistant Spray

One of the hardest kinds shoes to keep fresh during winter is canvas sneakers, which everyone owns and loves. Crep Protect offers a solution with this spray on water and stain resistant barrier. Shake and spray evenly on the shoes, then let it dry for 10 minutes and apply a second coat. For the best protection, re-apply the Crep Protect every 2-3 weeks.

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5. Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather

Nikwax’s signature waterproof wax protects leather shoes, which are notorious for getting over-softened and discolored by water damage. First wash off any dirt or grime with water or a soap-based cleaning product. Then rub the wax into the leather using your fingers (it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals or solvents), and then rinse with a damp cloth.

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