Waterproof shoes you say? Not possible you say! Well, actually, it just might be. In fact, not only is it possible, but the secret tool you need in order to do it is probably already sitting in your house right this instant.
Far from being a complex formula or magical solution, the secret to puddle-proof footwear is actually just – drumroll please – the humble candle.
After recently writing an article about all the unusual ways you can use candles to brighten your days, I was surprised at how versatile paraffin wax can be. With a melting point somewhere between 46°C and 68°C, its odorless scent, and most importantly, its insolubility in water, it makes the perfect water resisting material.
With the longly anticipated mystery finally uncovered, it’s time to grab your shoes, your candles, and prepare to have your mind blown.
Let’s begin with this awesome life hack:
The first step to waterproofing your shoes? Wax & lots of it
First things first, make sure your shoes are nice and clean. When that’s done, you can move onto the first step of the waterproofing process.
Using a long, taper candle, start rubbing the wax vigorously onto your shoes. Don’t be afraid of over-applying, as the wax will disappear completely once heated. Try and get into all the corners to ensure all areas are covered.
Depending on whether you’re aiming for puddle-proof shoes or rain-proof, you may decide just to wax around the base of your trainers, or all over.
Repeat with your other shoe and once you’re happy with the coverage, you can move onto the next step.