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The simplest way to make sneakers waterproof — grab a hair dryer!


Sneakers are having a serious fashion moment and they’re as versatile as they are comfortable. Wear them casually with athleisure duds and trendy denim looks or dress them up with feminine dresses for a stylish flair.

Let’s be honest though: As much as crisp weather calls for cozy scarves and unfussy sneakers, there’s nothing quite as uncomfortable as frosty, slushy, sopping-wet feet. Ew!

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Here’s an easy at-home solution that’ll have you dipping your toes into the next rain puddle with glee.


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All you need is beeswax to repel water from the surface of the shoe. No beeswax? No problem! You can also use a candlestick, in cream or off-white, for comparable results.

What you need:

  • Beeswax (or a cream/white candlestick)
  • Hair dryer
  • Canvas shoes

Instructions:

  1. Buff beeswax onto canvas shoes, don’t forget to pay special attention to the seams and crevices between laces. Expect that the wax will leave a slight sheen on the surface — it’s temporary!
  2. Put your hair dryer on medium to high heat and the point the nozzle directly onto the surface of the shoe, allowing the heat to melt the wax into the canvas. That shiny appearance should nearly disappear.
  3. Hit the canvas with your “cool shot” button or allow the shoe to cool down and reach room temperature in about five minutes. This will finish sealing the wax on the fabric’s surface.

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And, there you have it! While the treated shoe may darken very slightly, it’s mostly undetectable and will look as good as new. Now it’s time to raid the closet to revamp older kicks and make kid’s shoes last so much longer!

Keep in mind: This DIY is for canvas shoes only — think fabric sneakers, slip-ons, loafers and boat shoes. Don’t attempt this trick on leather, rubber or synthetic fibers that might include plastics, rayon, pleather or vinyl.

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