Brinkers recommends Skidmore's waterproofing beeswax for "weatherproofing the crap out of those Blundstones" or other leather work boots. Mink oil, like beeswax, is a heavy-duty protectant that should only be used on shoes that you don't mind somewhat changing the appearance of. It's best applied in small amounts so as not to mask any other scent your shoe may have.
If you want to protect a new pair of shoes, then we recommend Brinkers' new Clear Waterproofer. This product can be worn away from shoes (or any other surface for that matter) to create a protective film that prevents moisture and debris from sticking to your shoe material.
Clear Waterproofer is a wax-based product that is easy to apply; just rub it into your shoe with a soft cloth. The more you use it, the longer the protection will last. When washing your shoes, use a gentle cleaner rather than a soap solution or you'll wash away the protection layer.
You can also protect leather items such as bags and jackets by spraying them with a waterproofing agent such as Brinkers' Clear Waterproofer. Just make sure that you choose a spray version rather than a paste because you want the product to disperse evenly across the item.
Once your item has been protected, try not to wear it around water unless otherwise stated. This will help the protection remain effective over time.
Expert Advice on Weatherproofing Shoes and Boots
Most individuals will add a waterproof spray on their shoes to protect them, but this is one of the worst things you can do. Instead, Mesquita advises water-resistant sprays, leather conditioners, and shoe waxes to protect shoes from moisture (excluding patent leather, which will not absorb any treatments).
The best way to keep your shoes comfortable and clean is with the right footwear for the job. Inspect your shoes regularly for signs of wear and tear including scuffs, scrapes, or holes. If you find an issue with your shoe, have them repaired by a professional shop as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
Shoes that are too small will cause pain when walking and won't provide much protection from the elements, while shoes that are too large can cause other problems like back pain. Try on a variety of sizes until you find a pair that fits comfortably. You should be able to walk in both pairs of shoes without feeling discomfort anywhere else on your body.
Waterproofing chemicals will protect your shoes from rain and snow but they can also harm your feet if used incorrectly.
Spray waterproofing spray on your shoes. Choose a pair of waterproof textile-based sneakers. While it is feasible to waterproof almost any type of shoe, the best results will come from a more absorbent fabric. The wax you'll use will easily penetrate the woven threads of fabric shoes. However, you can also waterproof leather shoes by applying a thin coat of wax.
Waxes for waterproofing fabrics are available in all-purpose and sports-specific varieties. They work by preventing water from entering the shoe through the sole or uppers. Some waxy products contain chemicals that break down over time, releasing small amounts of formaldehyde into the air. These compounds are considered harmless, but some people may still have concerns about using products with formalin in them. Sports-specific waxes are designed to withstand heavy use and remain effective for longer periods of time.
Waterproof your shoes so you don't get wet when it rains or springs a leak if you walk in deep mud or puddles. This will help keep bacteria away from your feet too!
Use a fine-tipped brush to apply the wax. Make sure not to apply the product to any area where it might be visible, such as around the laces or tabs. Allow the product to dry before wearing your new shoes. You can speed up the process by placing them in a warm oven (150 degrees F) for 10 minutes before putting them on.