Restoring your shoes after water damage

Restoring your shoes after water damage

The rainy season is now upon us. We are now at that time of the year where it rains unexpectedly after being sunny all day and when we carry mini umbrellas everywhere in anticipation of a sudden downpour. These downpours lead to a variety of inconveniences which range from wet documents to ruined outfits. One effect of these rains that lasts longer than others is water damage to shoes.


Water damage varies in nature and is the reason why some people put away their best shoes during this time as water damage can be expensive to fix and in some cases, is permanent. Fortunately, there are ways to restore shoes from water damage in the comfort of your home.


  • If shoes get drenched in water, dry them out the day it happens. Do not leave them overnight or else they are at risk of developing unpleasant odors. Dry them in the sun if it comes out but if not, make use of the age-old trick of hanging them behind your fridge so that they get fry from the heat exhaust.

Dry them till there is no sigh of the water damage and remove the insoles if you must.


  • The rainy season also comes with a lot of mud on the ground. If you are unlucky and mud gets on your shoes, remove them as soon as possible. However, you should be gentle in your removal process to avoid damaging the shoes. Leave the soles of the shoes in a bowl of shallow water that touches only the shoe bottoms.

This will allow for the mud to absorb water and this makes it easier to clean. Use a damp cloth to wipe off the rest of the mud and then dry. No matter how caked on the mud is on your shoes, do not use sharp objects to remove them as you risk damaging the shoes.


  • If your shoes have water spots, it is best to first attempt to remove them with a dry cloth. After this, put some dry newspaper or cloth on the shoe and let it dry away from direct sunlight for a while. This will prevent more spots from forming. It is often recommended to use a combination of ammonia solution and borax. However, it is probably best to take the shoes to a professional to minimize the risk of damage.

The rainy seasons don’t have to bring shoe damage with them. If your shoes have been affected in ay way by the rin, follow the above spets to keep them looking good through the rainy season and beyond.