Updated 02/2018. Have you ever had to spend a day at work with wet feet? It totally sucks – guaranteed to ruin your day. We all have to deal with water at some stage during work, and for some people, it’s a daily battle. If you’re constantly wondering how your feet got wet, again and again, maybe you need to look at getting a pair of the best waterproof boots around (which will typically be made of rubber).
If you don’t need such a hardcore waterproof type of boot, but are just looking for a way to improve the general waterproof-ness of your current boots, you’ve come to the right place. There are three ways you can do this. Before we dive in, it’s important to remember that you cant ever completely waterproof leather boots, but all you can do is slow the water coming in; you can never completely stop it.
To waterproof your leather boots, you have three options:
This is the easiest and quickest way to waterproof your boots, but you must reapply every few weeks if you want to keep those toes dry. There is an ongoing debate about which product works the best, so its best you check this page for our top picks.
How to do it:
These are a good option if you’re a little lazy and time poor, just spray on and be done with it. Like cream, you should really reapply every few weeks to maintain the dryness.
Use silicone or oil based spray if you’re sporting tight-grained leather (which is smooth looking), or use acrylic copolymer (known as ‘water repellent’) if your boots are nubuck leather or suede (which has more of a rough, hairy look).
How to do it:
Note: read the instructions on the can as some types require a second coat.
If you need to waterproof your boots in a hurry and you cant get a paste or spray, you can try the following quick-fix methods. However, remember that they are only temporary. You must give your boots a damn good scrub before reapplying with a legitimate cream or spray next time.
So, now that you know how to waterproof your hardcore work boots, which product will you choose? Well, why don’t you check out our top picks on the best waterproofing products here, it will make the decision a lot easier for you.