How to Protect Your Shoes from Rain

Oh the shoes and rain… A discussion without end!

For all lovers of fine shoes rain is no doubt our worst enemy.

Traces of salt, leather, which knocked up, which the gondola, etc. She is responsible for all the evils…

And sometimes used as an argument by unscrupulous sellers to cover up the poor quality of their products.

Yet, in itself, rain is not so bad.
Of course I recommend you jump in the first puddle that arises, but, you are not required to spend your time to look at the skies, ready to pull out a spare pair of your bag, the less threatening cloud.

With a methodical approach no longer, almost, to worry about the time that he made:

  • What rig choose to keep their feet dry?
  • Should we focus on soles in leather or rubber?
  • There are leather more resistant to rain than others?
  • How to protect your shoes from rain?
  • How to maintain shoes that took the water?

I think that after that you’ll be fully armed to face the next downpour!

What rig for the rain-resistant shoes?

Shoes, among other things, aims to protect your feet. This means that they should not be wet / damp / soaked in a downpour.

It’s an unpleasant feeling is okay, right?

If it’s cold it’s the best way to get sick!

So, when a budget is spent on shoes, we’re able to wait until they are tight.
So be careful, because according to the editing (and how it is achieved) it may not be the case.

Classify them tight at least the more airtight with a few remarks and details each time.
Note: If you are not familiar with the following terms I advise you to read the article on the different montages of shoes for more details on the subject.

The welded (or pasted)

We will move quickly on this edit I you, repeatedly, should avoid the most because in addition to being unsustainable is really not very tight.

By the way: some glues used do not support the water and you will have the surprise, in addition to having feet soaked, see your shoes come off.
Note: more qualitative glues will not budge almost in contact water but it’s always the same story: they cost much more expensive so they are rarely used on entry / mid range.

We are now entering the sewn assemblies.

The presence of this seam naturally offers a better seal to work.
But its design, the sewn Blake is not the most watertight fixtures.

Some (the type of wire used, the density of the points, made under burning) features to increase airtightness.
So be careful if you buy shoes sewn Blake that the Assembly not be done no matter how.

Sometimes you can have the good (or bad, as the case may be) surprised to see that a good Blake will be more waterproof (and sustainable) as a bad Goodyear.

Some signs have understood: they strive to propose the Goodyear simply because it is the editing which everyone talks (and everyone recommend).
Yet if it is not done correctly it can be a disaster.


With its two seams, this Assembly is, theoretically, more airtight than previous ones.

Design in 3D around the Welt to offer a waterproof structure.

If you want to be really picky it may be noted that a flat Welt reveals a small gap where water can seep.

To remedy the said Goodyear Stormwelt there with a trimmed Welt in Y (>-) in which it comes to realize Goodyear side seam on the branch from the bottom while the top branch comes to dump on the shank of the shoe for a better seal.

As for Blake, the type of wire, nature and the density of points or even the presence or not of an engraving will influence the strength and tightness of the whole.

Sewn Norwegian

The most common fixtures it is the tightest.

The two seams to come perfectly pin Welt from the rod leather and thus avoid that water seeps.

The presence of a midsole will also avoid that the water rises through capillary action up to your feet (this point is further developed in this article) and offers through better insulation in the cold.

Sewn Veldtschoen

This less known is a cousin of the Norwegian.
His design / realization is the tightest of all.

You don’t believe me?

Yet at a time, the English Lotus manufacturer to demonstrate the perfect this mounting sealing (to be precise, it was a small variation of the above drawing), placed a pair of shoes behind the glass, in a bucket of water, so that everyone can see that the inside stayed perfectly dry.

You would think that water can seep through the holes in the various seams (also frequently asked the question). If the mounting is done wires are coated with pitch that just plug the holes!

Leather or rubber: what soles in the rain?

You guessed it, rain, the choice of editing is very important.
The sole is just as much to brave difficult weather!

Because-even if your shoes have a robust mounting Norwegian – with a poor quality sole your feet will wet!

Here the choice is more limited:

  • leather insoles
  • rubber soles

I’ll make it short: the rain prefer rubber soles!

So I know those leather are more elegant, but they do not like water.

This goes back more easily by capillarity (more so easily that the leather is of poor quality) until you reach your feet.As well as avoiding slides laying skids on leather soles will protect them from the water.
Opt for a double (or even triple) sole leather will prevent this upwelling of water up to your feet. But I wish you luck to make this type of insoles!

A sole leather completely soaked with water will also take several days to dry.

This is very important because the water softens the leather which will be much more sensitive to abrasion.

Must dry long enough if they take water (I speak you below)!

What leathers are the most resistant to rain? 

You would think that all leathers react the same way to the rain.

That’s WRONG!

Some leathers must not know the slightest drop of water. So much so that an term was coined by some calceophileswhen it rains:

“This isn’t a time to put on a pair… outside. “(I’ll let the care supplement)

I told you already, but your shoes should be adapted to the use you plan to make (and this includes the weather conditions).

A pair of varnished leather Pumps is better suited to a well-dressed party (and dry) for a fall walk in the Woods.

I know, I’m exaggerating, but it is clear at least.

Let’s review the different leathers to see if they are suitable for the rain.
Note: we have devoted an article to the manufacturing of leather that can be helpful to understand the following terms.

Leather covered

Whether it is by a thick layer of pigments or plastic (= bookbinde) these leathers behave very well in the rain.

The finishing layer makes them waterproof. So the water is not deep.

The downside of these leathers is that you can’t maintain them properly, because in the same way as water, creams and other products do not penetrate.

But if you have a pair made with a similar leather so you can totally make your pair for the days of bad weather.

This isn’t the alternative the most noble and the most qualitative but it works and it’s not bad, right?

Sueded leather (velvet or nubuck)

Contrary to what one might think these leathers are much resistant to rain.

Of course it is never good to have a completely soaked suede but it will be less serious than drowning your beautiful box!

Because, once dry, this type of leather to clean very easily with a pancake (or brass) brush to get rid of all impurities present in the water.

Well Yes, that’s the problem: beyond water, it is especially what it contains will come and attack the leather of your shoes and will need to be get rid quickly.

Moreover, nothing prevents you to waterproof them with an aerosol spray from time to time. Personally I do not. I am simply vigilant about maintenance on rainy days and my shoes are not worse.

Leathers fat

These leathers are waterproof. Already discussed in our guide on the fat leather but to do it quickly, even for this they are designed.

During the manufacturing process they are more or less saturated fat.
Suddenly the fibres in the skin can no longer absorb water coming beading / dribble on the surface.

That’s also why some good hiking shoes are made with fat leather.

Careful though: there is leather more or less fat so more or less impermeable.

Aniline leathers

Here the problem is that there is nothing to prevent the water (and the dirt she carries) to penetrate.
So we have to be very attentive on maintenance if this type of leather is to take (too much) water.

A good way to waterproof this type of leather is to use Paste wax.

Since this product remains on the surface, the layers you will deposit will serve as “shield” for the leather against external aggression.

The downside is that it will consider, from time to time, give leather strip that he breathes, and so that you can feed and hydrate it as it should be with a cream.

Protect Your Shoes From Rain: The Galoshes (Or Shoes)

You understood it’s not easy to save your shoes on rainy days.

If in addition to attention:

  • to theassociation Shoes / Socks ,
  • to be certain that this model will go well with your outfit of the day
  • etc.

The model is made in the good leather, with good editing and good sole, you’re going to need quite a collection of shoes.

In my situation I just advise you tobuy more shoes. (yes I put a link to our e-shop just in case).

But whether it’s financially or in storage space is not the simplest solution.

Fortunately there’s galoshes (or sur-chaussures).

It is a piece, usually rubber, you just put on top of your shoes to protect them from the rain while keeping your feet dry.

So yes, you tell me that this is not the most aesthetic solution. And you are right.

But we must know what we want: protect our beautiful rain leather shoes or be stylish in any situation to the risk of having feet soaked and, worse yet, having to throw our shoes on the way home at night after a day of heavy rain?

These sur-chaussures exist for very many years and are especially known in the wettest parts of the planet.

But, I don’t know why, in recent years they have turned into real fashion accessory.

So, you’ll be able to find something for every taste and in every color.
Women are not outdone seen that there are even some on shoes for high heels.

The only limit is the price that you will be willing to spend.

It runs from a few tens of euros for the most basic models to more than one hundred others.

Constant enthusiasm for this type of product, some themselves are immersed into the breach and offer much more complex products.


  • Firstly, because it’s a little nicer than a rubber shell.
  • And also because some users have found that the rubber left ugly marks on the leather.

It’s no nerd?

So there now are amounts models, combining rubber and technical fabric in order to fully cover your shoes.

They have even driven away really working the aesthetics of the object by adding for example a stretch:

How well do your shoes to dry after rain?

If, like me, you:

  • are not a fan of the sur-chaussures,
  • don’t spend your time watching the weather channel,
  • have decided that today ‘ today you want to wear this model and not another, even if the weather doesn’t look favorable.

So we have to be very careful when your shoes to dry.

It is absolutely essential. If you do not it’s premature death of your shoes.

Before I give you the right methods let me talk to what it shouldn’t do.

Stuff your shoes with newspaper. Here it is said.

Worse still, stuff them with newspaper and put them under the radiator so that they dry faster.

Why? It’s very simple:

  • the newspaper takes forms that we give him and is, therefore, perfectly suited to any of them.
    By doing so you are going to cause deformation at the level of the instep as wet leather is very malleable.
    If someone claims to be able to put newsprint battery-hair to the shape of her shoes I’m interested photos and technology!
  • the source of direct heat, from the outside, will lead to a toughening of the leather. Not really ideal for longer shoes.
    This direct heat can also have adverse effects on different materials of your pair (glue, Cork, etc.)

Now that you have what he shouldn’t do, let’s see what it is advisable to make.

Slow drying

It is the ideal solution for me but it has the disadvantage of taking several days.

As soon as you remove your shoes put them on shoe trees (not sure which ones to use? Then read our guide on the shoe ).

They will help maintain the good shape fit. Always the same story of wet leather that is flexible and deformable.

If the soles are leather, put your shoes on the edge to dry them too.

And… That’s all!

Don’t do anything at least for 3-4 days (more if you can).

Fast drying

You do not have 22 pairs of shoes and you cannot wait for 3 to 4 days for the one who took the water to dry?

You are at the hotel, on vacation or on the road, and you have no other shoes on hand so I need to dry more quickly.

Then the following will be of interest to you!

Do it from the inside to speed drying. NEVER from the outside (for the reasons given above).

The ideal is to use a blow gun. I know, we rarely have that on hand but it circulates air that is not hot so it’s fine.

Otherwise a blow gun, a hair dryer can do the trick. Attention only to the setting. Don’t put it on the hottest position and the strongest.

Then simply you blow inside at 30 / 40 cm.

Good Care For Shoes That We Taken Water

Once they are dry going to conduct an interview in the rules of art.

BEFORE the classic cream and wax going to feed the leather in depth.

For this you have two products:

  • The milk (or cream universal Sapphire)
  • The renovator. Richer than milk, this product will nourish and moisturize the leather even more in depth.

Then you can proceed to the interview in classic way.

If you notice, and more, that there are traces of salt on your shoes then it will take to get rid of.

If you don’t know how to recognize and remove: the article dedicated to the tasks of salt on the leather will be your best ally!