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How to Waterproof Leather Boots for Winter

Leather boots are very popular and expensive footwear because leather boots are very suitable for almost every occasion, every location and every profession. It doesn’t matter you wear it in winter, summer or rainy season you can never question about the comfortability of leather boots. But there is something you need to know if you use your leather boots every day and want to make it long-lasting.

So, what you can do to protect your leather boots? The answer is to waterproof your leather boots. Yes, leather boots are waterproof, but without proper protection, it can lose longevity, especially in winter. In this article, we are about to discuss how to waterproof leather boots for winter? So, let’s jump into it. 

Preparing boots for waterproofing treatment

There are some steps to follow to prepare your leather boots for waterproofing treatment. Because this is the very first thing, you should do before we discuss how to waterproof leather boots for winter. To prepare boots for waterproofing, you should consider the following steps.

  • Clean your boots properly with dry clothing. You can also use a toothbrush to clean up the mud or other dirty things.
  • The second thing you should do is clean your leather boots with water properly. You can also add some cleaning agents like detergent powder or washing powder.
  • Don’t forget to remove laces for boots to start the actual waterproofing process.
  • After cleaning your boots properly, dry out the wet boots naturally. You can also use some artificial process to dry out the shoes.
  • Choose the best waterproofing process which is suitable and start the process.
  • Start your waterproofing process overnight so that you can use your boots the next day.

Different methods of waterproofing

There are four different methods of waterproofing your leather boots. The following techniques will help you understand how to waterproof leather boots for winter. These methods are:

  1. Waterproof wax
    Bee wax is one of the best and effective methods for waterproofing leather boots for winter. You can find bee wax available in the market which comes in a plastic container. To start the waterproofing process with bee wax, the very first thing you should do is to clean your boots properly. Then melt the wax bean with fire or other heating equipment.

    After that, take a toothbrush which is suitable for your boots. Dip the brush into the melted wax bean and apply the wax carefully to the full boots.

    Repeat this process until your leather boots are fully covered with wax. Make sure you finish it properly and dry out the leather boots naturally. Avoid using wax on to the other fabric of the shoes.

  2. Waterproofing spray
    Waterproofing spray is nowadays a standard treatment to make leather boots waterproof because it is so easy and takes less amount of time. If you want to make your leather boots waterproof in a short time and you don’t have enough time to apply other treatments, then spraying is the best solution. They are available in the market and generally come in a can or tin bottle.

    To start the process first, you need to clean your leather boots properly. Then take waterproofing spray can and hold on the spray can 6 or 7 inches from the boots and spray properly. You need to cover the whole leather parts of the shoes.

    Don’t apply the treatment on to the other fabrics of the leather boots. Let the leather boots dry out naturally.

  3. Use of paste
    Using paste to make your leather boots is not that popular treatment like others. To apply the procedure, you first need to clean your shoes properly. Then it would help if you used a toothbrush or clean sponge to apply the treatment. Dip the toothbrush into the paste and apply them into the leather.

    If you are not satisfied with the one round, then go for the second round. But to start the application for the second time you need to dry out your leather boots first. Using paste for waterproofing leather boots is for those who don’t want to spend extra money to purchase waterproofing ingredients.

  4. Saddle soap treatment
    Saddle soap is also one of the best waterproofing treatment for leather boots which is used to clean the horse saddle. Yes, you can use them to make your leather boots waterproof, and you will be surprised to know that saddle soap treatment is beneficial and practical for leather boots.

    To apply saddle soap on your leather boots, you first need to clean your shoes properly. After that, take clean clothing, rub it in the soap and apply the treatment very carefully. Avoid using the saddle soap treatment on the other fabrics of the boots.

    Thereafter, take clean clothing and remove extra soap from the boots and let your leather boots to dry out properly. You can use the treatment whenever you want, but make sure that you are using a proper soap; otherwise, it will damage the leather.


Leather boots are one of the most demanding footwear from generation to generation. If you are using leather boots, you must know how to use them properly and how to protect them from all weather conditions.

In this article, I have discussed how to waterproof leather boots in winter as you can see there. I highly recommend making sure you choose the best treatment for your shoes to make waterproof.

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