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Leather Uppers and Rain

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by Sadly Not Yohji Yamamoto, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. Sadly Not Yohji Yamamoto

    Sadly Not Yohji Yamamoto Well-Known Member

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    Jul 5, 2017
    Most, or all, of what I've come across on shoe care when our shoes meet water relates to the leather soles. However, what is the advice on when water meets your uppers (but haven't soaked through further)?

    I've read that the solutions for waterproofing your shoes are not yet recommended and may damage the integrity of the leather. Galoshes seem to be the only clear option, unsightly as they are.

    However, when it's only a moderate downpour...
    1. Is it safe for the uppers to wear your leather shoes?
    2. As long as the insides of your shoes aren't wet and so don't need to be dried with paper towels, what is the common advice for caring for leather uppers exposed to some water? Wipe off the water droplets surely, but then what, if anything else?

    Thank you.

  2. breakaway01

    breakaway01 Senior Member

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    Aug 29, 2013
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Leather has been used for shoes for thousands of years. You'd think that people would have abandoned the use of leather for footwear long ago if rain was such a problem. IMO you should definitely use shoe trees though so that the uppers keep their shape as the leather dries. Don't heat the shoes to dry.

  3. JohnPatShop

    JohnPatShop Active Member

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    Jul 28, 2017
    Even $50 department store leather shoes absorb rain water the same as $200 calfskin. As long as the shoe is not waterlogged and damp through and through, I think you're okay letting it air dry and then using cedar shoe trees.

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