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How to Weather Proof Your Boots

Oct 1, 2015

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Believe it or not, Chiberia (that’s what we call the arctic tundra that is Chicago during the winter months) is fast approaching, friends. I always get mixed feelings during this time of year. On one hand, I absolutely love fall. I love the fresh, chilly air, cozying up and watching football with close friends and lot’s of amazing snacks (fine, I mostly like football for the snacks), pulling my boots and sweaters out of storage, and most of all–it’s the season when Neal and I fell in love ☺ (Aw. Woof. Sorry.)

Okay, you’re with me. That’s the good part. On the other hand, it means we’re just one step closer to winter. Shudder. Chiberia is no joke. Blizzards, water freezing in mid air, and often, our favorite fall boots getting chewed up and spit out by a combination of those nasty elements and pounds of sidewalk salt. (OH the sidewalk salt.)

BUT. On the bright side, that also means Christmas, pretty lights strung down Michigan Avenue, hot-spiced wine, staying in with lot’s of wine, Old Fashioneds, and lot’s of homemade soup. Plus, I’m going to show you how to avoid getting your favorite shoes eaten alive by Chiberia.

You got me. Fine. Part of me IS really excited for winter. But enough talk about that, and let’s get on with how to weatherproof your shoes.


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The Backstory 


I can’t tell you how many fallen pairs of shoes I’ve lost to winter. I’m pretty rough on my shoes in general. I find a pair I absolutely love, and I wear them into the ground. But to help them last as long as possible, I make sure I weatherproof them with Scotchgard Protector. I’m teaming up with them this season to show you how you can Chiberia-proof literally everything.

Scotchgard Brand is a brand we always had around the house growing up. When I went off to live on my own, my mom continued to nag me to “Scotchgard your new shoes before you set foot outside!” Neal now echoes the same sentiment.

Well, like any average 22 year old, I brushed off my mother’s nagging to be just that–unnecessary nagging.

And shocker. Guess what. She was right. Guess how long it takes to ruin a pair of non-waterproofed boots? Or suede pumps?


Ever since, I’ve been pretty diligent about weatherproofing my shoes. So when Scotchgard Brand reached out to me about this partnership, I was like–well obviously, hopefully I can help you guys save your shoes too! (#SOS! Save Our Shoes!)

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Which shoes need proofing? 

I originally thought it was only necessary to proof materials like suede. But honestly, you can spray it on just about anything (more on that in another post!) I use the Scotchgard Fabric & Upholstery Protector on my sneakers, too. (My white fabric sneaks are my favorite, but OH do they attract all of the dirt.)

In particular, my brand new suede ankle boots are just asking to be spilled on. I actually really need to shoot them but I decided not to even set FOOT outside in them without spraying them first. You know, knowing my track record. (Side note, full outfit shoot coming soon!)  


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Spray, Dry, and Go! 


Let’s be honest, this is a no-brainer. You don’t need my step-by-step instructions. But some pointers:

Spray in a well-ventilated area, thoroughly in a sweeping motion, about 6 inches away from your shoes. Be careful not to oversaturate–two thinner coats are better than one thick one! Then let dry overnight, and you’re ready to go the next morning. Pretty easy, right?

Other questions: 

Will it affect the texture of my shoes?

No, the spray does not affect the texture. The suede on my shoes was still as soft as before.

Will it change the color of the material?

This isn’t typical, but it can, though not drastically. I’d recommend testing on a really small patch (maybe the back of your boots, or the inside of your right and left shoes, to make sure the color doesn’t wipe off.)

How often should I re-apply?

It depends on how often you wear your shoes. If you wear them a ton, a couple times per season can’t hurt!

Which spray should I use for which material?

For suede boots, opt for the Scotchgard Suede & Nubuck Protector. For canvas shoes, use the Scotchgard Fabric & Upholstery Protector.


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Now, join me next weekend! 

On October 3rd, I’ll be at the West Town Art Walk with Scotchgard Brand, showing you more tips and tricks to care for your favorite items during winter and protect the things you love. Be sure to also join in the conversation by tagging your social posts and images using #LoveYourThings and #Scotchgard. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Haven’t pulled the trigger on new fall boots yet? Shop some of my favorites below! 


Photos by Kelly Larkin  

I am a compensated Scotchgard Brand-sponsored blogger.  Opinions are my own and all additional products used in the project were selected by me.

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