by Jennifer Smith August 05, 2020 5 min read

Ah, rain. Glorious, wonderful rain.

If you love the rain, then you probably wait for the monsoon season all year long. Well, lucky for you, it’s here now, and you can have all the fun out in the rainy season.

But wait! Hold on. There is a nursery rhyme for rain as well:

Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day…

Um, what? Yeah, it is true. While some people look up to rain as a blessing, other people probably don’t like the idea of rain.

Why is that? I mean, when you think about it, plenty of reasons come up. And the primary reason which we are going to talk about is…shoes!

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. Now, wouldn’t you worry about what happens to your leather shoes in rain?

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Oh, don’t be so stressed out about that. There is a solution to every problem. Well, almost every problem. Here is how you can wear those fabulous leather shoes you bought, in rain without a care in the world. Be it the Oxfords or the leather boots!

We got your back! Or, your feet, I guess?

While dirt and other elements are not the best for your shoes, rain is on the top of that list. Do you know what happens when water comes in contact with leather? Some temporary bonds are formed with oils in the hide.

And when all that water evaporates, some of the oils are gone with it. Your shoes might get discolored because of watermarks all over them. Even if the leather is dried, these marks are quite challenging to remove.

Moreover, the leather may also stretch if your shoes are completely soaked!

Curing your shoes after the damage has been done is one thing, but prevention is undoubtedly better, isn’t it?

Invest in Waterproof Leather!

This has two advantages. It looks great and works great too. These shoes will keep you dry wherever you go.

shoes in rain

If you live in an area where you meet with rain quite often, do check to what extent the footwear is waterproof.  That will make things easier for you.

Waterproofing is not a lifetime solution!

Ding, ding, ding! That layer of wax on the top of new shoes is not going to last forever. The layer is a water barrier, but can you trust that barrier for a very long time?

The answer is, no! You certainly cannot.

So, what should be done about that? Hmmm.

It’s simple, lads.

You just have to look after them in the best way possible. And the way to go is, you have got to invest in a conditioner or oil which will help the shoes maintain their water-resistant properties.

To apply conditioner on your shoes, just grab an old t-shirt or any piece of cloth which is clean. Then, dab that cloth on some oil or conditioner. Next, just work that cloth on your leather shoes and voila! You don’t have to sweat about your leather shoes in rain anymore! So go out and flaunt that black zipper leather boots without a care in the world!

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How often and how hard you are wearing your leather shoes is one way to figure out how much maintenance they need.

Waterproof Cover? Great Idea!

Living in an area where you are met by rain often does have some problems. Since you cannot dodge the rain, you can protect your leather shoes by investing in a waterproof cover.

Galoshes or any other rubber over-shoe is what you need. Just keep them stacked in your car at all times. You never know when you might need them. Your shoes are valuable! Letting the rain ruin them is not very nice, is it?

What to do if your shoes are wet already?

Oh, no! Your shoes were out in the rain without any protection. Now what? Are they destroyed?! What do you mean? I can’t wear them anymore?!!!!

Don’t get so riled up. There is still a lot that you can do. And the first thing? You need to calm down. You came to the right place, and you have us to help you out, don’t you?

Let them dry, dry, and dry!

Do you know the damage which has been done to your shoes can be lessened if you dry them out in the correct manner?

However, before putting them aside to dry out, make sure you put some newspaper in the shoes or shoe trees. This will help them hold the shape up. Wet feet can affect the fit of your shoes!

The best way to dry them is to lay them on their sides. This way, the soles can get dry as they soak up much of the water due to their thickness.

Let them dry naturally. There is no need for an artificial heat source such as a radiator or a furnace vent. Leather dries out quickly, and if any heat source is used, it might cause further damage to your beautiful shoes.

So, your shoes must be placed in a cool and dry place! So it’s time to take out those red Chelsea boots sitting in your wardrobe and walk the fashion statement that you always wanted to make!

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Restore the shoes ASAP!

This part is a pain in the neck, but sometimes you have to suffer for the good stuff.

polish your shoes

Give your shoes a full day to completely dry out before moving on. Firstly, brush the shoes to get rid of any dirt and debris that got in the shoes due to the rain.

Next, apply shoe cream, or you can use a conditioner too as the absence of oil in the leather might crack your fabulous shoes. Just a warning, shoe cream may take away some of the polish of your boots. So, re-polishing them is another thing you will have to do.

Treat the salt stains as well!

Oh well. Rain seems pretty dangerous if it leaves salt stains on your leather shoes! These stains can permanently damage the leather, and you might not be able to wear them again.

However, you can deal with these stains if you work fast.

Once you take off your shoes, look out for any ridges. If you see them, take a damp cloth and rub it. This will lessen the ridges, and the salt will start coming off as well. And when your shoes are dry, you will have to apply either shoe cream or a conditioner.


As said before, prevention is better than cure. But even if you leave your leather shoes in rain, you should know that it is not the end of the world.

It takes an effort to bring them back to wearable condition, but if you are willing to do the hard work, you can do anything! Don’t give up so quickly, and you have a lot left to conquer in this world. And starting from your shoes is a great idea!

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