Discover the transformative power of waterproofing for your beloved canvas shoes. Imagine a world where raindrops slide effortlessly off the surface, where muddy puddles are no longer a threat, and where your shoes remain stylish and pristine even in the face of challenging weather conditions. With this guide, you can turn that vision into a reality. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you will unlock the secrets to effectively waterproofing your canvas shoes, ensuring they stay clean, dry, and protected. Say goodbye to wet and soggy feet, and say hello to a new level of durability and function.


This process will change the color and texture of your canvas shoes.



  1. Start the process by removing the laces from the shoes. This will provide unobstructed access to the shoe surface and ensure thorough cleaning and waxing.
  2. To maintain the shoe's shape and prevent any potential deformities during the cleaning and waxing process, gently stuff the shoes with crumpled paper or a suitable material that offers ample support.
  3. Use a horse hair brush or something similar to remove any dirt, dust, or debris that may have accumulated on the shoe's surface.


Position the wax bar against the canvas surface and apply moderate pressure while rubbing the bar back and forth across the shoe. This will ensure an even distribution of wax and facilitate its absorption into the suede.

While applying the wax, be mindful of getting the wax in the seams and creases of the shoe. You may use a smoothing tool to get the wax in these hard-to-reach areas.

After applying the wax, proceed to smooth it out for an enhanced finish by employing a firm and deliberate motion with your finger against the suede, effectively working the wax into the material. This process will promote a consistent appearance.


For optimal absorption and integration of the wax, utilize a heat gun or a hair dryer set to a moderate temperature. Direct the warm airflow against the newly waxed canvas surface, allowing the heat to aid in the absorption process. This step will help the wax effectively bond with the material.


In hard-to-reach areas where excess wax may accumulate, employ the smoothing tool to remove any excess residue. Be meticulous in your approach to guarantee a clean and refined finish, paying attention to intricate details and hidden corners.


Keep in mind that the shoes may feel slightly tacky to the touch for approximately a week. Although you can wear them immediately, take care to prevent dirt and pet hair from coming into contact with the material during this curing period. The curing time can vary based on factors such as temperature and humidity. Thicker wax layers and colder, more humid conditions may extend the curing time, while thinner wax layers and hotter, drier conditions can expedite it.


To maintain the shoe's pristine condition and prolong the effectiveness of the wax, consider reapplying the product as necessary or desired. Regular touch-ups will ensure ongoing protection and appearance.

Avoid washing, soaking, submerging, or dry-cleaning waxed fabrics. These fabrics require special treatment and should not be subjected to traditional cleaning methods. Spot-cleaning with Canvas Spot Cleaner is the recommended approach to address specific stains or dirt buildup.