Rainy season is on its way, followed by snow and salt stain season. *sigh*
Since you’ve gone ahead and followed my stellar advice, you’ve got a fabulous shoe collection that needs to be properly taken care of.
What I’m getting at is it’s time to waterproof the hell out of those bad boys! Nothing ruins a nice shoe faster than rain, snow, and salt stains.
I’m sure you all know there are products you can purchase. Hell, as soon as you bring the shoes to the checkout counter they try and up-sell you with shoe grips, polishes, protectors and inserts.
Well, showing you how to naturally protect your collection will be my “Damn the Man” moment this week!
Sheep aren’t just for counting yourself into a deep sleep anymore. No, no my friends, they are much more useful than that.
Sheep wool naturally produces oil called Lanolin. Lanolin is a natural water repellent substance that can be removed from the sheep without any harm to the animal. Packaged and bottled, you can find it in any local pharmacy or health food store.
Another natural substance that is just as useful is beeswax.
Beeswax is produced in the beehive of honey bees and is a complex wax made of several compounds. Its complex physical characteristics are why beeswax was considered humans first plastic.
Resilient to most climatic changes and its natural oils make it another solid choice for natural waterproofing.
So how does one go about this? Well listen up ladies because I’m about to school you step-by-step on how to waterproof your shoes. Naturally.
Before you use Lanolin or Beeswax on your shoes, be sure to give them a thorough cleaning. Much like applying makeup to a clean face, these products will work better on a clean surface.
Be sure your shoes are thoroughly dried after cleaning or you will be trapping moisture in the material which will cause one hell of a stink down the road.
Once dry, use a circular motion and apply a small amount of Lanolin or Beeswax to the entire surface of your shoes. If this is your first go at it, be a little more generous with your application but remember that too much of a good thing is never actually good!
Now that you have fully lubed up your shoes, give them a good 4-6 hours of alone time. This will allow the water repellant properties to really set in the material.
If you see excess goop on there because you didn’t listen to me during the application portion of this DIY, then use an old rag to wipe it off and listen more carefully next time! Jeeeeeez!
To maintain a healthy shoe, repeat this process every 3 or 4 months. If you live in more climatic region you may need to do this a little more often.
If you’re like me and my girlfriends, you appreciate your shoes, love them and cherish them, so take care of them.
Invest some TLC in them and they’ll last a helluva lot longer than if you ignore them. I reckon if my bestie took this attitude and applied it to men, she probably have a boyfriend…
Nah, she’d probably rather have shoes!
What about you? Shoes or boys? Nah, I’m just playin’….I already know the answer is shoes! But what I reeeeaaaalllly want to know is if you gals have any other handy tips on how to waterproof your shoes? If so, share that shit in the comment section below!