Barefoot shoes are meant to be functional, and for many people that means they need to withstand wet conditions. You can find a list of waterproof and water resistant barefoot shoes here, and there are several ways to waterproof shoes yourself.
Spray-on water protectants are good for shoes you don’t want altered, but they do need to be reapplied every so often and definitely after cleaning. For more intense waterproofing, wax based protectants are very effective but they can change the look and feel of the shoe material. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Aquaseal – This is used to repair holes or seal seams on your shoes!
- Nikwax Footwear Care – Nikwax has a variety of options for different types of shoes. I use the suede spray frequently.
- Kiwi Protect-All Spray – Works on all materials, including vegan and fabrics
- Nano Tech Waterproof Leather Spray
- Otter Wax
- Sno Seal – Very effective, but DEFINITELY changes the leather (unless you are dealing with a glossy black to begin with). Watch me demonstrating how to use Sno Seal here.
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