How To Waterproof Leather Boots

If you routinely walk in the rain or in wet areas, it might serve you well to know how to waterproof leather boots as protection against the elements. Perhaps you bought a pair of boots that had no weather-proof coating, and you found yourself having to use them in ways you didn't foresee or perhaps, you don't know if they're protected or not. In either case, there is a simple way to waterproof leather boots and to know for sure that they're properly conditioned for use in watery areas.

You will need the following items to waterproof leather boots effectively:

  • Lanolin
  • Beeswax
  • Rag
  1. Clean your boots. Before you try to waterproof your boots, make sure they're clean of all dirt and dust. You can use an old shirt or a thick, bristled brush to do this. If you need to actually wash your boots, then leave them to dry in the sun for a day before continuing.
  2. Apply the beeswax coating. Heat the beeswax until it begins to melt, but don't let it get too hot. Use a rag to apply a thick layer onto your leather boots. After this, leave it overnight to dry, and then buff it in the morning.
  3. Use lanolin wax. Rub the lanolin wax into your leather boots. Lanolin has the additional benefits of keeping your boots more flexible, thus making it resistant to cracking.


  • You should waterproof leather boots each time after cleaning them, or at least once after every two cleanings. Don't wait more than a year to waterproof them again.
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