Although we adore our shoes, we are frequently negligent in our shoe care routine, particularly when it comes to shoe protection. Which is ridiculous given what we put our shoes and boots through while walking in the rain, puddles, dirt, and even – GASP! – snow!
Why use waterproof spray for shoes or boots? Because one of the best and safest ways to waterproof shoes is to use a waterproof shoe protector spray. It provides an invisible shield to your footwear, protecting the upper materials from the elements, primarily water and dirt.
This protective barrier reduces the likelihood of rain, dust, and debris damaging the upper material of your shoes. The coating also makes your shoes easier to clean and increases their lifespan.
Some waterproof spray brands are multi-purpose, meaning they can be used on handbags, belts, and even upholstery! Other waterproof sprays are designed for specific shoe and boot materials such as suede, leather, canvas, and others.
I’ll list them by shoe material so you can quickly scan the article to the section that’s best suited to your shoe type. Fortunately, many of these shoe spray options are suitable for a variety of boots and shoes!
Are you ready to protect your shoes? The best waterproof shoe sprays for shoes and boots to use at home are listed below!
Best All-Purpose Waterproof Spray for Shoes & Boots
Kiwi Protect-All Waterproofing Spray
Kiwi, one of the most well-known shoe care brands, offers a variety of shoe protection sprays. Their multi-purpose protect-all waterproofer spray will keep rain, snow, saltwater, and dirt out of all types of shoes.
Best suited for: all color heels, leather, suede, nubuck, fabric, and textile shoes and boots.
Crep Protect Universal Shield
With its hydrophobic properties, Crep Protect Shoe Spray Protection will help protect your shoes, boots, and other items from stains and heavy rains. Its unique, quick-drying, and transparent coating allows moisture to roll off rather than soak in.
It is ideal for leather, suede, nubuck, and canvas footwear, and it can even be used to protect finished art projects!
NeverWet Boot & Shoe Spray by Rust-Oleum
Neverwet Boot & Shoe Water Repelling Treatment by Rust-Oleum is a one-step product with superhydrophobic, water-repelling properties. By using this clear product, you can keep your shoes, heels, sneakers, and even boots dry for longer.
It also has no effect on the fabric’s appearance or feel. The trigger spray makes it even more convenient to use!
All types of fabrics, including canvas, polyester and cotton blends, leather, and suede, are best suited. It is not advised to use on nylon materials.
Best Waterproof Spray for Suede Shoes & Boots
Nubuk Protecto & Scotchgard Suede
If you want to protect suede and nubuck, use a Scotchgard product designed specifically for these delicate shoe materials. This spray repels salt stains and protects against rain, sleet, and snow.
Although, like most waterproof shoe sprays, the product has an odor, rest assured that it will disappear once dry.
All suede and nubuk products, including shoes, heels, boots, handbags, and accessories, are best suited. This product should not be used on smooth, finished leather.
Waterproofer for Kiwi Suede and Nubuk
Another great product from Kiwi that protects suede and nubuck footwear from stains and water, extending the life of your lovely shoes, loafers, boots, and heels! This particular item is a shoe lover’s favorite.
Suitability: any color of suede and nubuk.
Spray UGG Protector
Of course, when it comes to caring for UGG boots – or any type of suede upper sheepskin boot – you can bet UGG knows a thing or two about shoe care for their beloved boot! The UGG protector is non-toxic, non-aerosol, biodegradable, and free of animal products.
This shoe protector spray is also available in the UGG Care kit, which includes a cleaner/conditioner, shoe freshener, bamboo handle brush, and suede scuff eraser.
If your suede shoes aren’t brand new, spray them after a thorough cleaning. More information on how to clean UGGs and remove salt stains can be found in my dedicated post.
Ideal for: all sheepskin boots, shoes, and slippers, UGG or otherwise.
Magic Spray Jak Snow
If you’re looking for a non-toxic shoe spray, Jak Snow Magic Spray is an excellent choice. It’s a colorless, eco-friendly, non-aerosol formula that protects shoes and bags from everyday water damage, oils, and dust buildup, and it even helps with UV color fading. Yes, it’s that kind of magic!
Suede and nubuck shoes, boots, sneakers, and accessories are ideal.
Best Waterproof Spray for Leather Shoes & Boots
Gardé Rain & Stain Water Repellent by Apple
Apple Brand’s Gardé Rain Rain & Stain Repellent is another fruit-named brand. It repels water and resists oil, grease, and sweat stains on shoes and accessories.
This colorless spray has no effect on the texture or color of the fabric. It dries quickly, so you can get back into your shoes as soon as you’ve waterproofed them!
Best suited for: all-color leather shoes, boots, and accessories.
Spray-On Nikwax Fabric & Leather Waterproofing
Nikwax Fabric & Leather proof spray is eco-friendly and simple to use, and it helps keep dirt and water out of fabric. This water-based, biodegradable formula comes with a sponge-on applicator to make application easier.
This non-aerosol shoe protector spray contains no PFCs, VOCs, added scents, or optical brighteners.
All textured leather shoes, bags, accessories, and coats are best suited. Gore-Tex is unaffected.
Check out my post on how to shine leather shoes now that you’ve got the tools to protect your leather shoes and accessories from moisture and grime!
Best Waterproof Spray for Canvas Shoes & Sneakers
Scotchgard Fabric Protector
Another all-purpose fabric waterproof spray from Scotchgard that works wonderfully on fabric footwear! This clear fabric water shield is lighter sealant that will help repel spills from water-based liquids without leaving a residue.
Makes it that much easier to wipe your canvas Vans, Keds and Superga sneakers and shoes clean from mess before it penetrates the fabric.
Best suited for: canvas shoes and sneakers, boots, backpacks, books, outerwear and more.
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Best Heavy Duty Waterproof Spray for Shoes
Waterproofer for Kiwi Boots
Ideal for: Outdoor hiking boots and gear, but also works well on x pumps and x loafers. Do you require a more potent formulation? Kiwi’s Camp Dry Heavy Duty Water Repellent is a great option.
Heavy Water Shield by Scotchgard
Looking for a more robust waterproofing spray for your shoes and boots? Scotchgard Heavy Duty Water Shield is ideal for patio furniture and is tough on shoes after just one coat!
This odorless formula creates a durable, yet breathable barrier that keeps shoes, clothing, and even furniture and sporting equipment dry for longer periods of time and contains no CFCs.
If your shoes aren’t as odorless as this shoe protector spray, check out my post on how to get rid of stinky shoes!
As you’ve learned in this post, there are a number of factors that can ruin the look and feel of your shoes while also reducing their longevity.
Why take the chance when you can simply grab one of the top-performing shoe protector spray products listed above to coat your footwear with an invisible barrier?
For harsher weather conditions, such as the cold and soggy conditions up here in the Great White North, I recommend a waterproof boot, such as these fabulous waterproof combat boots for women. Alternatively, reach for a great pair of Canadian winter boots to keep you dry and warm!
Waterproofing your shoes and boots after cleaning them at the end of the season is also a good practice before storing winter boots for the summer, as it prevents dust damage.
Because this post about shoe sealant spray would be incomplete without answering some frequently asked questions about the topic, please see the list of frequently asked shoe waterproofing questions below.