Shoes can be quite expensive nowadays – such as perhaps, that luxury pair of boots you have been eyeing since last month. Running into the hundreds or even thousands of dollars, these expensive shoes can easily be worth their weight in gold, which is why any sane person who purchases them would do everything in their power to protect them. But since they are technically shoes, you cannot protect them in a safe or the like – you have to wear them outside, no matter how against you may be about it. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to avoid them getting damaged by weather elements and the like – and waterproofing is the first step towards it. Here are some tips with regards to the process:
Material – before you run to the store and buy the first waterstop spray for your new shoes, it is important to consider the material your shoes are made of. The material decides what type of product works better with it, and whether the shoes should be waterproofed at all in the first place. For example, shiny leather, patent leather, sequins, fur and the like should not be waterproofed, as this can ruin the material. Soft leather, suede and silk are materials that should be waterproofed on the other hand. The first does well with products such as oils, wax or creams, whereas suede and silk do better with sprays. Keep in mind that regardless of the compatibility, certain products can slightly alter the colour of the shoes – which is why testing on a small patch first is important. If the colour is important, however, there are products that can match several common orthotic insoles Australia (you can bring your shoes with you when asking the sales agent about them).
New or Old? – depending on whether your shoe is new or old depends on how much cleaning your shoe needs to undergo before you can begin applying the waterproofer. Newly bought shoes, of course, are hardly dirty, but since any dirt specks or stains can stick once the product is applied, it would make sense to take a good look at the shoe and run over a cloth to wipe and dust the shoes. However, if the shoes are old, it is recommended to thoroughly clean your shoes before you start the process. Additionally, if they have previously waterproofed, the conditioning layer should also be cleaned off before you apply the new product. Of course, make sure you wait until your shoes have fully dried before you begin!
Embellishments, trims – and finally, do not forget to cover up any accessories, embellishments or trims that are on the shoes before you being to waterproof your shoes. Examples would be sequins, jewels, glittery areas, etc. Unlike the rest of the shoe, these can be damaged by the waterproofing product, so make sure to take care when applying the product.