Our design studio is located in Szczecin, close to the Baltic Sea. As you may imagine, we get here a fair share of rainy days, so we know what a nightmare wet weather is for your shoes and feet.

During wet season it is paramount to take a good care of your leather shoes to make sure they are fit to last for a long time. Below we are sharing some useful information on the topic of waterproofing your Liebre leather shoes.

Should you Waterproof Leather Shoes

details of harris scotland boots in the forest
Harris Scotland boots in the wild

Leather is a natural fibre that contains moisture and fats making it strong and supple. But repeated soaking and exposure to salt from icy roads, makes leather dry out, crack, and eventually split.

Waterproofing your leather shoes performs two vital functions: it stops water soaking into the leather, and it nourishes the fibres, keeping them tough and flexible.

When we say waterproof, what we really mean is ‘weatherproof’. As a natural product, leather will only ever be water resistant – if you step in enough puddles, your feet will eventually get wet. But by caring for your leather properly, you can maximise the time before the water gets in. Below is how.

How to Waterproof Leather Shoes

Waterproofing your leather shoes is a simple process. Just follow these five steps every time you waterproof your leather shoes for the best results:

1) Remove the laces of your shoes

2) Use saddle soap and water to rub away any scuffs

3) Don’t get the leather too wet and don’t let shoes dry out in the sun

4) Polish your shoes using a soft cloth to apply the polish

5) Use circular motions to go over the polish and remove any excess

Concerning the textile in your Liebre shoes, you may want to use a waterproof spray if you live in a particularly rainy place. However, remember that our Harris Tweeds and Silks are very resistant to rough climates and don’t really need extra coverage.

caring for the leather in brown leather shoes by liebre style
Polishing leather

What to do if my Shoe get Wet

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Harris Scotland in the wild

Should your shoes get a real soaking, you must dry them for at least 48 hours before applying a layer of balm or cream. Stuff them with newspaper and leave them in an airy spot away from heat sources like radiators and fireplaces which could cause your shoe leather to crack and curl.

Even if it’s not raining you should rest your shoes for a day after each use to allow the perspiration from your feet to dry and if possible use a cedar wood shoe tree to enable the drying process.