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Navigating Winter with Style: The Ultimate Guide to Women's Waterproof Boots & Shoes

When the chilly winds blow and snowflakes start to fall, the right footwear becomes an essential part of your winter wardrobe. With wet and slushy conditions, it's no wonder that women often wonder about the waterproof capabilities of their boots and shoes. If you've ever found yourself pondering whether waterproof shoes are worth the investment, you're in the right place. Let's dive into the world of women's waterproof boots and shoes, explore when waterproof matters, when water-resistant will suffice, and learn some clever tricks to enhance your shoes' water resistance.

Evaluate and Revamp

Before you dive into the realm of new winter footwear, start by evaluating your current collection. Take a peek into your shoe closet to identify which shoes are already waterproof or water-resistant. Even if you're not looking to add more pairs to your collection, a little maintenance goes a long way. Invest in suede and leather cleaners, along with water-resistant spray, to breathe new life into your existing shoes. Dispose of shoes that have seen better days, and consider donating them to local charities.

Assessing Your Needs

Now that you know what you have, it's time to determine what you need. Are you looking for truly waterproof options, or will water-resistant suffice? Waterproof shoes often feature a lining made of materials like Gore-Tex®, which provide an impermeable barrier. The leather or suede might also be treated to repel water, preventing staining. Water-resistant pairs lack the seam-sealing properties of a waterproof shoe, but the material is still treated to stay looking its best despite the weather. 

When to Choose Waterproof:

  1. Warmth: Shoes with a Gore-Tex® lining provide better insulation, making them a fantastic choice for keeping your feet warm during chilly winter outings.

  2. Extended Outdoor Exposure: If you anticipate being out for prolonged periods in unpredictable weather, opt for waterproof footwear. Even if your shoes get wet, the lining will ensure your feet stay dry, as water doesn't easily penetrate leather or suede.

Stylish and Waterproof

Brands like Dolce Vita, Remonte and NAOT have mastered the art of combining style and functionality in some of their most popular waterproof boots.


black leather waterproof low heel boots

When NAOT added a waterproof layer to these classic and comfortable boots, they created a pair that everyone needs!


Remonte lace up waterproof boots with faux fur cuff

Remonte's waterproof lace-up boots effortlessly invoke visions of frolickinging in the snow, making them a versatile addition to your winter wardrobe.


Love light colored boots, but live in fear of ruining them? You'd never suspect that these winter white boots are also waterproof! 

When Water-Resistant Works:

  1. Quick Errands: For short trips between your car and home, water-resistant shoes should suffice. They protect your feet from minor splashes and won't pose an issue during short exposures to damp conditions.

  2. Temperature Regulation: If your feet tend to overheat, water-resistant shoes are a better option as they allow for better breathability.

Becoming a Pro at Water Resistance

If something isn't noted as being water-resistant or waterproof, there are a few methods of creating a water-resistant barrier. 

  • Use a Waterproof Spray: Purchase a quality waterproof spray designed for leather or suede shoes. Ensure your shoes are clean and dry, then spray them evenly with the product. Allow them to dry thoroughly before wearing them in wet conditions. Light colored leather or suede is more prone to getting water marks if not treated, so be sure to apply a water-resistant barrier BEFORE getting caught in the rain 
  • Mink Oil or Polish: For leather shoes, applying mink oil or shoe polish can add a layer of water resistance. It not only protects against moisture but also keeps your shoes looking fresh. And no, it’s not made from mink—the name just invokes their water repelling coat. Apply it to leather with a soft cloth, then buff it to a shine. Always spot-check to make sure that the finish or color doesn't change upon application. Neither polish nor mink oil should be used on suede.  

Keeping Your Footwear Clean in Winter 

To keep all your footwear looking good and performing at their best, follow these care tips: 

  • Regular Cleaning: Clean your shoes regularly to remove dirt and salt. Use a soft brush or cloth to wipe off any surface dirt. For tougher stains, follow the manufacturer's cleaning instructions. Road salt can leave unsightly stains on your shoes. Invest in a salt stain remover and follow the manufacturer's instructions to remove these stains. Be sure to spot-check on a hidden area first. 
  • Reapply Water Repellent: Over time, the water-resistant properties of your shoes may diminish. Reapply a waterproof spray or oil as needed to maintain their water-repelling abilities. 
  • Proper Drying: If your shoes get wet, allow them to air dry naturally. Avoid using direct heat sources like heaters or hairdryers, as excessive heat can damage the materials. Do not box them while damp, as this encourages mold and mildew.  
  • Store Them Properly: When not in use, store your water-resistant shoes in a cool, dry place. Avoid leaving them in direct sunlight or extreme temperatures, as this can affect their longevity. 

We've discovered the easiest way to keep shoes and boots clean!  Just a few dollars investment in a pack of these cleaning wipes designed for shoes, boots and sneakers will keep them looking fresh.


Brave the Elements with Confidence

Discovering the perfect balance between style and functionality in your winter footwear is a journey worth taking. Our collection of waterproof women's boots and shoes ensures you don't have to compromise one for the other. If water-resistant is your choice, explore our boot collection and consider grabbing a can of waterproofing spray to tackle unpredictable weather with ease.

Central PA Residents: We've Got You Covered

If you're in Central PA, both our Harrisburg and Camp Hill stores are equipped to cater to your wet weather needs, or shop or waterproof collection online. From waterproof wonders to water-resistant classics, you'll find the ideal pair to keep your feet cozy and stylish throughout the winter season.

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