Women commonly ask if the boots and shoes they are trying on are waterproof. I follow up their question with one of my own: why is waterproof boots important to you? Many of our shoe brands and styles are waterproof, but as a rule, leather shoes are going to keep your feet dry unless absolutely drenched. We'll explore when and why waterproof shoes and boots should be important to you, when will water-resistant will do, how we can make your shoes more water-resistant. Now let's get puddle hopping!
First things first—have you evaluated your shoe closet lately to find out what kind of waterproof shoes you own? Even if you don’t need to buy a new pair or two, you definitely want to clean your existing pairs. Invest in suede cleaner, leather cleaner and water-resistant spray to freshen up your existing shoes. Donate or trash the shoes that don’t have enough life left for another season. There are many local and national resources for donating your gently used shoes. In Central PA, I recommend Suits to Careers for your professional pumps, shoes and clothing--including scrubs. Read my blog on cleaning out your closet for more tips on tidying and donating.
With the knowledge of what you have, it’s time to determine what you need. Do you need something truly waterproof? Or will water resistant do? Shoes that are labeled waterproof typically mean that they are lined with a waterproof material, such as Gore-Tex®. The leather or suede may also have been treated so that water will bead on the surface. This makes it less likely to stain.
Choose something waterproof for:
- Warmth. A waterproof shoe with a Gore-Tex® lining will retain heat, making it a warmer choice.
- Long periods in questionable weather. Even if you get caught in a shower or snowstorm, your feet will typically stay dry unless your shoes get saturated. Water does not quickly pass-through leather or suede. It will, however, flow in through the seams. It’s a waterproof lining that prevents leaks.
All of Blondo's boots are stylish AND waterproof! We love the lug soles for the looks as well as the traction in slippery weather.
Remonte offers several choices that straddle the line between sneaker and boot--while being waterproof, comfortable and stylish.
This waterproof leather boot from Naot is a classic that you'll wear for years.
Choose something water resistant for:
- Running errands. Typically, shoes don’t get wet enough while running between your car and your house to create a problem.
- Keeping feet cooler. Some people run hot. If your feet like to overheat, a water-resistant shoe might be better for you because the shoes aren’t sealed by the lining, trapping in warmth.
PRO TIP: YOU can make it water resistant! If something isn't noted as being water-resistant, a water and stain protecting spray, such as we sell at both stores, should be enough to keep leather or suede looking good in wet weather conditions. Water-resistant spray can be used on suede, nubuck or leather. Hold the can about 8-10 inches from the shoe (or handbag, or leather jacket, etc.) and lightly spray the item. It's better to do 2 or 3 light coats rather than one heavy coat to avoid accidental staining. 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 is another great option to add a fresh shine to leather as well as providing a water-resistant barrier. 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.
With a little bit of water-resistant spray, you don't have to be overly worried about light colored shoes and boots. My favorite pair from Ara comes in a lovely nude shade that I wear every week!
Shop our waterproof collection of women's boots. and shoes. If water-resistant will do, shop our boot collection and don't forget to pickup a can of waterproofing spray. Do you live in Central PA? Both the Harrisburg and Camp Hill stores are well stocked to take care of your wet weather needs!