Can You Waterproof Mesh Running Shoes?

can you waterproof mesh running shoes

Due to its material, many shoe owners are wondering whether mesh running shoes can be rendered waterproof, unlike leather shoes that naturally repel water. The question is not surprising because these shoes, when saturated, tend to diminish their comfort and functionality.

The answer is yes, you can ensure your mesh shoes don't get wet.

One of the best ways to achieve this is by using a waterproof spray specifically designed for footwear. For best results, it's advised to thoroughly spray the shoes, allowing the water-repellent solution to properly penetrate and saturate the mesh fabric.

These sprays usually contain silicone or acrylic polymers, which work exceptionally well with absorbent materials like mesh.

Let us share with you more about this easy and handy solution, which is one of the most common methods of waterproofing running shoes.

Benefits of Waterproofing Your Mesh Shoes

Unlike suede shoes, fabric shoes, and leather footwears that are commonly used, mesh shoes serve multiple purposes. They are typically utilized for activities that require breathability and lightweight comfort, such as running, hiking, and everyday wear.

Prevent Discoloration

One significant benefit of waterproofing mesh shoes is that it helps to prevent discoloration. Regular exposure to moisture can lead to discoloration, especially for lighter-colored mesh. Waterproofing sprays form a protective layer that guards the fabric against water damage, thereby maintaining the original color of your shoes.

Protection for Key Areas of the Shoe

Waterproofing also protects key areas of the shoes from elements such as dirt, mud, and stains. This is particularly important for areas like the toe box and sides, which are more prone to getting dirty or stained.

Water-Repellent Properties

Since waterproofing sprays are water repellent, they don't just waterproof your footwear. The spray creates a barrier which prevents water from seeping in, thus keeping your feet dry even in wet conditions. This is especially beneficial for runners, hikers, or anyone regularly exposed to wet environments.

How to Waterproof Mesh Running Shoes

Step 1: Clean Your Shoes

Start by thoroughly cleaning your shoes. Remove any dirt or debris from the mesh surface as it could interfere with the waterproofing process. Use a soft brush and gentle soap, if necessary, to ensure the entire shoe is clean and ready for treatment.

Step 2: Apply the Waterproof Spray

Once the shoes are completely dry, apply the waterproof spray. Ensure that the spray is evenly distributed across the entire shoe, paying particular attention to the mesh areas as these are typically the most absorbent and susceptible to wet conditions.

Step 3: Leave the Shoes to Dry

After the application, leave the shoes to dry for a few hours. This allows the waterproofing solution to properly penetrate the mesh fabric and form a barrier that enhances the shoe's water resistance.

Step 4: Repeat the Process

To achieve the highest level of water resistance, it's recommended to reapply the waterproof spray. Wait until the first coating has dried, then apply a second layer. This step is especially crucial for those frequently running in wet conditions.

Step 5: Regular Maintenance

Finally, remember to reapply the waterproof spray periodically based on the frequency of use and exposure to water. Cleaning your shoes and reapplying the spray will ensure that your mesh running shoes maintain their water resistance, keeping your feet dry and comfortable, regardless of the weather.

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Quick Guide: How to Waterproof Shoes of Different Materials

As a bonus, let us take a quick look at how to waterproof other types of shoes using different methods.

Suede Shoes

Waterproofing suede shoes can be achieved using a beeswax method. Beeswax is a natural, highly effective waterproofing treatment for suede.

  1. Start by cleaning your suede shoes thoroughly to remove any dirt or grime.
  2. Next, take a cube of beeswax and gently rub it over the entire surface of the shoe. The friction will cause the wax to melt and seep into the suede.
  3. After the application, use a damp cloth to evenly distribute the wax across the shoe's surface.
  4. Leave the shoes to dry overnight to allow the beeswax to fully penetrate the suede and enhance its waterproof properties.

Using beeswax is a great way to waterproof your suede sneakers, keeping them dry and extending their lifespan.

Leather Boots

Leather boots can be waterproofed using paraffin wax.

  1. Initially, clean your leather boots to ensure no dirt or stains interfere with the waterproofing process.
  2. Melt the paraffin wax in a double boiler.
  3. Use a cloth or brush to apply the melted wax to the boots, ensuring every part of the shoe is evenly coated.
  4. Let the shoes dry naturally, allowing the wax to harden and form a barrier against water.

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Fabric Shoes

Fabric shoes can also be made waterproof through wax treatment.

  1. Clean the shoes and let them dry.
  2. Melt the wax (beeswax or paraffin wax can be used) and apply it to the shoes using a cloth or brush, making sure to cover every part of the shoe.
  3. After applying the wax, use a hairdryer to evenly distribute and melt the wax into the fabric.
  4. Allow the shoes to dry completely before use.

Wax treatment is an excellent way to waterproof your fabric sneakers, making them suitable for wear in all weather conditions.

Tips to Effectively Waterproof Your Mesh Shoes

The steps mentioned above can help you waterproof your mesh running shoes successfully. However, there are a few additional tips to keep in mind for optimal results:

Choose a high-quality waterproof spray

Cheapest waterproof spray often lacks the necessary protective ingredients, making them less effective. Invest in a high-quality spray from reputable brands like Stone and Clark to ensure maximum protection for your shoes.

Read the instructions carefully before applying the spray

To effectively waterproof your shoes, it's essential to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. This will ensure you apply the right amount of spray and allow for proper drying time. Also, try the spray on a small area first to ensure it doesn't discolor or damage your shoes.

Always clean your shoes thoroughly before applying the waterproof spray

The waterproofing solution needs a clean surface to work effectively. Dirt and debris can interfere with its ability to penetrate the mesh fabric and form a protective barrier. That means it is essential to clean your shoes thoroughly before applying the spray.

Allow sufficient time for the spray to dry before wearing the shoes

Most sprays will dry to touch after 20 to 30 minutes. But, we always recommend our customers to leave the shoes and let the treatment sit for 24 to 48 hours before wearing them. This allows the spray to fully penetrate and bond with the fabric, ensuring maximum waterproofing protection.

Reapply as needed

Sometimes, one coating of waterproof spray may not be enough, especially if you frequently run in wet conditions. Always reapply the spray periodically to maintain the shoes' water resistance.

Key Takeaways

Maintenance and care are the key to keeping your mesh running shoes waterproof. With proper cleaning and periodic reapplication of a high-quality waterproof spray, you can ensure your feet stay dry during your runs regardless of the weather. Remember to give your shoes enough drying time, follow instructions carefully, and always choose high-quality products for optimal results.

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