How To: Waterproof Canvas Shoes

If you can't find it locally, Amazon has beeswax.

If you can’t find it locally, Amazon has beeswax.

Claire and I were walking across the University of Indianapolis campus to volunteer at the Fletcher Place Culinary Collage fundraiser and it was pouring down rain. Claire was wearing her Toms and I said something along the lines of “your feet must be soaked.” To which she replied: Nope, waterproofed them with Beeswax.

Since I love canvas shoes, I had to try this out when I got my new Keens in the mail. It was easy and it works. Here’s how to do it to your canvas anything.

What you need:

Beeswax (Claire got it from the honey guy at her local farmer’s market)
Hairdryer
Canvas Shoes
30-45 Minutes

How to:

  1. Take the laces out of your shoes.
  2. Using a decent amount of pressure, rub the beeswax all over your shoes. The wax should be visible on the shoes.
  3. Melt the layer of beeswax on your shoes with your hair dryer while rubbing it into the fabric with your fingers until you no longer see the beeswax.
  4. Repeat.
  5. Done.

Its seriously that easy, and it actually works to waterproof canvas shoes. Unlike ScotchGard you don’t have to wait 24 hours to wear your shoes, you can wear them immediately. Personally, I’ve never had the best luck with ScotchGard. It protects the look of my shoes but doesn’t keep my feet dry in the rain. This does both.

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