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A Guide to Waterproofing Your Dress Shoes

by Neletha Skelton December 29, 2016

A Guide to Waterproofing Your Dress Shoes

Have you read our recent article about problems plaguing our favorite shoes during the winter months? If so, you're probably wondering what steps you can take to keep your shoes safe for long-lasting style. Wearing dress shoes, particularly leather or suede styles, when it's snowy and icy requires special precautionary measures. Learn how to keep your favorite pair in tip-top shape below!

Why Waterproof Your Comfortable Shoes?

Waterproofing is an excellent means for protecting your beautiful, comfortable shoes. Besides, water and salt damage can be very expensive. When you don't waterproof your shoes, you're leading them to an early retirement because of difficult tears and stains. Over time, you end up spending a lot of money to replace your once-stylish shoes that weren't shielded from the harsh winter elements.

Waterproofing your shoes regularly keeps them looking fabulous while keeping money in your pocket. Luckily, there are numerous ways to keep your favorite footwear safe.

What Are Different Waterproofing Solutions?

Various waterproofing solutions are available for your shoes. For example, they come in the form of creams, sprays, and waxes. It's important to choose solutions that are compatible with the material of your shoes.

If you have leather shoes, you may want to invest in a natural waterproofing leather treatment, which can last months. The top solutions on the market are made to deep-condition leather products and are free from additives, harsh chemicals, and sticky residue.

Do your leather shoes need nourishment instead? Opt for wax-based polishes, which typically last a few wears. Applying a wax polish provides your comfortable shoes with light resistance to water and salt -- and a nice shine.

When it comes to suede shoes, a spray-based solution can work wonders for waterproofing. It's easy to apply, and it preserves the unique texture of your suede shoes. A spray-based solution can also last for a few wears.

A variety of waterproofing methods exist, such as creams, sprays, and waxes, to keep your comfortable shoes looking fabulous.

How to Prepare Your Comfortable Shoes

Make sure you remove the laces and thoroughly clean your shoes with a brush and cloth prior to waterproofing. After your shoes have been cleaned, you're ready to test the solution. Choose a discrete part of your shoes, such as the side of the tongue under the laces, to apply it. Wait a few hours to see how this area reacts.

Afterward, test a bigger area for the same amount of time, such as the inner back of your shoes. If all goes well, you should be ready to move forward with waterproofing the entire shoes.

What if They Are Already Wet?

If your favorite shoes are already wet, don't worry! There's a good chance you can save them. Use a dry rag or cloth to remove excess water on the outside of your shoes. Move your way to the inside to get rid of water. You can also soak up water inside your shoes with newspaper. This process of drawing out moisture could take a couple of hours, or up to a few days, depends on the amount of wetness.

Avoid putting your shoes near a heat source, and let them dry at room temperature. Doing so helps preserve the material. Clean, condition, and polish them as you normally would after they dry.

Interested in trying out some beautiful and comfortable shoes from our collection? Feel free to shop all pumps to your heart's content. You can find a variety of wonderful styles in leather and suede.
Neletha Skelton
Neletha Skelton

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Women's Shoe Size Guide

US Size

Euro Size

UK Size



4 34 1/2 2 21 8 1/4
4.5 35 2.5 21.5 8 1/2
5 35 1/2 3 21.5 8 5/8
5.5 36 3.5 22.5 8 3/4
6 37 4 22.5 9
6.5 37 1/2 4.5 23 9 1/8
7 38 5 23.5 9 1/4
7.5 38 1/2 5.5 24 9 1/2
8 39    6 24 9 5/8
8.5 39 1/2 6.5 24.5 9 3/4
9 40    7 25 10
9.5 40 1/2 7.5 25.5 10 1/8
10 41 8 26 10 1/4
10.5 41 1/2 8.5 26.5 10 1/2
11 42 9 26.5 10 5/8
11.5 42 1/2 9.5 27 10 3/4
12 43    10 27.5 11
* U.S. conversions are listed next to a country or region's nearest size equivalent. * Items may not be offered in all sizes. Measurements in Inches and CM refer to foot heel-to-toe length.