How to Waterproof Leather Boots for Winter

How to waterproof leather boots for winter?

As the season’s change, so does the weather. We are getting to that time of year when the rain starts to fall and puddles start to form. Nothing is worse than stepping out of your truck and into an ice cold puddle, only to realize your boots are no longer waterproof. Having to work all day in wet boots doesn’t sound like fun to me, and I am sure it doesn’t to you either.

The good news is that this can all be prevented. Simply taking fifteen minutes out of your day today to inspect and perform some basic waterproofing on your leather work boots can ensure that your feet stay dry this winter.

You will have some options as far as which waterproofing products to use when waterproofing leather boots for winter. They can be broken up into three basic categories

Waxes

Oils

Silicon Sprays

Each of these methods has advantages and disadvantages

Below are the basic steps on how to waterproofing leather boots for winter.

Step 1: Make sure the boots are worn or at least a little broken in, you don’t want to waterproof brand new boots as the leather won’t absorb the waterproofing product as well

Step 2: remove laces

Step 3: Make sure the boots are clean, remove all excess dirt. If you would like a more detailed breakdown of this step check out my guide here!

Step 4:  Based on your product of choice follow the instructions below.

If using wax, heat up wax until it is spreadable, do so by warming it with a heat gun or hair dryer, the wax should be spreadable, not runny Apply wax in thin coats to the boots, do so using a rag or cloth. Apply multiple coats as needed and remove excess wax using a damp cloth.

If using Oil, apply the oil and make sure that is penetrating the leather as much as possible, this may require massaging the oil into the leather and repeating this process several times.

If using silicone simply spray the boot down and follow the instructions on the product.

Step 5: Let the boots dry overnight in a dry place

Step 6: Look over the boots and wipe away excess wax, inspect the boot to make sure the oil penetrated every part of the boot. If any part of the boot is not coated, recover and let dry again.

Make sure to reapply your waterproofing solution as directed, this may vary from a week to several months depending on your product of choice.

And there you have it! Now that you know how to waterproof your leather boots for winter, your feet will stay dry!