Leather is a widely popular material for footwear and is known for its durability, quality and rich look. But often while buying leather shoes, people worry about their limited usage during the monsoon weather. It is true that too much water can be a problem for your leather shoes but does that mean you need to slide them to the back of your shoe drawer during rains? Fret not, we have covered all your possible rainy weather+leather boots doubts below.
Why does leather get affected for worse by water?
Leather is a porous material which soaks water quickly. When this water dries out and leaves the material, it leads to premature damage and mostly, cracking of the leather. You will be surprised to know that compared to other materials, pure leather is the strongest. If you have shoes made of genuine leather, then expect it to dodge any water damage for a considerable time and avoid wrinkling too fast. Not just water, leather footwear is also usually safe to wear during winter and on low ice.
How to prevent your leather shoes from water damage?
Now, we know that you are not letting your shoes get soaked in the rain on purpose but life happens and sometimes you end up stepping in that wet ditch or get caught in an unexpected rain shower while wearing your favorite leather boots. Here’s how you can you protect your gorgeous leather shoes during rains:
1. KEEP YOUR BOOTS CLEAN
Before applying any sort of waterproofing treatment to your leather shoes, make sure they are thoroughly clean. Try to knock off any dirt with a stiff shoe brush as dirt can penetrate into the leather and become permanent or hard to get rid off. If the shoes are too dirty, use a damp cloth to rub away any fresh stains.
Rule number one to remember while trying most weatherproofing tricks is- it is not forever. A popular method is to coat new leather shoes with a layer of wax that provides a water barrier. This wax layer can deplete over time hence it’s important to remember that the weatherproofing your shoes is not permanent and you should repeat the procedure once in 15 days, depending on the number of times your leather boots might get drenched. Having said this, it is always better to buy water-resistant or water-proof leather footwear. At Urban Shepherd Boots, we love leather footwear as much as you do. Our leather boots are water resistant and almost water-proof!
3. CONSIDER A WATERPROOF COVER
If you live somewhere where it is unlikely to dodge rains often and it rains regularly, we suggest investing in a good waterproof cover for your leather shoes. Keep a pair of shoe covers stashed in your bag or in your car to keep some immediate shoe protection handy. After all, your premium-made leather shoes are valuable!
What to do if your leather shoes get wet?
1. Dry Shoes Quickly
As soon as you reach home or your workplace - take the shoes off and allow them to dry out thoroughly. Heavily drenched feet can affect the fit of your leather shoes as well so make sure you place some newspaper or shoe tree inside the shoes to protect the shape before putting them aside. The right way to lay your shoes is on their sides. Like we said - Leather tends to dry out soon, which in turn can cause cracking of the skin. Hence, you don’t want to lay them next to a heat source.
2. Restore the moisturization
Once the leather footwear is nice and dry, apply a colorless leather conditioner, which will restore flexibility in the fibers and help prevent any further cracks from the humid weather. Remove shoelaces before conditioning and use only a nickel-size amount of leather conditioner onto a clean cotton cloth or soft sponge and apply all over the boots outer surface.
To conclude, YES you can wear your leather footwear in the rain...as long as you keep our tips in mind to avoid any water damage to your boots. In fact, your leather shoes will become the backbone of your rainy-weather wardrobe, subtly supporting your light knits, while you take proper protective measures.