Using a shoe protector spray or waterproof spray for shoes is the perfect way to preserve your footwear and keeping them in pristine condition. With our Woly 3×3 Shoe Protector Spray & Famaco Protector you have two fantastic choices when looking for a waterproof spray for shoes & boots.
When purchasing a new pair of shoes, the first thing you want to do is wear them out for everyone to see. The last thing you want to do is have them marked or stained by a drink spillage, rain or puddle splash. With that in mind using a shoe protector spray is a quick, simple and affordable way of protecting them rather than potentially ruining them after the first wear!
To demonstrate the simplicity and effectiveness of these great waterproof sprays for shoes, below is a test on a brand new pair of Clarks Desert Boots. A great casual pair of boots, Clarks are the creator of the original desert boot, a timeless design which is smart enough for the office but also casual enough to be worn on nights out or to pubs or bars. With this diversity however comes a number of risks and that’s why protecting your new shoes is so important.
First of all it’s a great idea to apply some shoe polish to your new shoes to maintain their shine, stop them from fading and start the protection process. All you need for this is a good tin of shoe polish and a suitable polishing cloth. Apply the polish sparingly and evenly across your shoes. Allow it to dry before beginning the buffing process.
With your shoes now polished and a base layer of protection applied, you can add the main protection against liquids, salt and dust in the form of your shoe protector spray. Using the above sprays is very straight forward, the only things to consider are not to apply too much to one area in one go and also not to spray your shoes too closely.
That’s entirely up to you but for the best possible level of protection we would say yes. Leaving the laces in will likely stop the spray from reaching the area of shoe beneath them and this could cause that area to fade or become stained later on whilst the rest of the shoe still looks as good as new. Removing and refitting laces is a quick and simple process so why not do the job properly so that you don’t regret it later on?
Despite being quite a pleasant smell we highly recommend applying your shoe protector spray outside or at least in a well ventilated area. You’ll also want to avoid getting the spray on other items such as tables, sofas and similar even though it will likely just add a layer of waterproofing to them!
To ensure an even coat, from experience the best method is to place your hand inside the shoe and rotate the shoe itself rather than moving the can around the shoe. You can still adjust the angle of the spray to ensure the protector gets into the welt and other tight areas but in holding your shoes in one hand and the spray in the other it’s much easier to fully cover the surface and avoid spraying too much on one area.
After spraying on your first coat you can leave the shoes to dry. This doesn’t take long at all but it’s the perfect opportunity to get yourself a drink and take 15 minutes out before adding a second layer.
Repeat the process twice more as this will ensure that the entirety of your shoes are well covered and that no moisture is going to get through and stain them.
You’re nearly there and all that’s left to do now is re-lace your shoes. Wait until the shoe protector spray is completely dry before doing this but then you’re fine to lace your shoes just as you normally would.
Our shoe protector sprays are designed to be effective for around 15 days but this depends on how much or little you wear the shoes during that time. Wear them every couple of days and they will likely be good for a month. Wear them every day in terrible conditions for sport or gardening and we’d suggest repeating the above process again after 15 days.
The sprays mentioned above will provide you with quite a few coverings so are well worth investing in rather than having to replace stained and tired looking shoes!
Have you tried our protectors? Let us know what you think, we’d love to hear your feedback.
Published 6th July 2016