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The Ridiculously Easy Way to Waterproof Your Canvas Shoes

How To Waterproof Your Canvas Shoes

With the rainy season upon us, there's never been a better time to waterproof your canvas shoes! This DIY keeps things simple and budget-friendly, so you can wear your favorite sneakers in the rain without worry. Check out the super easy tutorial below to learn how, and be sure to leave your own cold-weather DIY ideas in the comments!

Waterproof Your Canvas Shoes in 3 Simple Steps

Keep your feet warm and dry this winter! In just three steps (really!) you can waterproof any pair of canvas shoes using only a candle and hairdryer. Simply rub a candle over your shoes, coat the entire surface with candle wax, then heat with a hairdryer. When the wax has melted, your shoes will be waterproof and ready for whatever weather comes your way!

Ready to give it a go? Learn how to waterproof your canvas shoes with this simple DIY!

What you'll need:

How to waterproof your canvas shoes:

Step 1: Grab a pair of canvas shoes and a candle. Tip: We found that white unscented taper candles worked best for us. Click HERE to get your own!

Waterproof Your Canvas Shoes Step One

Step 2: Rub the candle against the entire canvas surface of your shoe. It's important to be accurate and cover the canvas thoroughly! By the time you're finished, the canvas should be completely white from the candle wax.

Waterproof Your Canvas Shoes Step Two

Step 3: Take a hairdryer and melt the wax into your shoe's surface. Ta-da! Your shoe is totally waterproof. Repeat the process on your other shoe, and you'll be ready for any rain that comes your way!

Waterproof Your Canvas Shoes Step Three

Watch the video below to see how this DIY is done:

Do you have any cold-weather hacks of your own? We’d love to hear about them! Leave a comment and let us know!

And if you're looking for more ways to make your clothing last longer, I have a couple of ideas here.


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  1. I have no doubt that this process would indeed waterproof the shoes. My problem with the procedure is that it would also prevent the shoe as well as one’s feet from breathing.


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