Waterproof shoes you say?

I’m a bit worried about this whole cycling through Europe in the depth of Winter thing. In particular, I’m concerned about keeping my feet warm and dry. I have waterproof SealSkinz socks and overshoes, but persistent rain will get through pretty much anything, so I was looking into ways of waterproofing my shoes a bit more, without breaking the bank!

I read an article about using beeswax to waterproof canvas shoes, so I thought I’d give it a shot with my cycling shoes. Today I bought a bar of beeswax for a couple of euro, and rubbed it all over the shoes. Then I used a hairdryer to melt the wax and it penetrates the fibres and seams. I did this three times and still had half the stick of wax…..so I watched a couple of videos on YouTube and it seems people mix regular candle wax with the beeswax, and there are other combinations with turpentine and linseed oil. So I melted the ends of a few candles I have here in the apartment and the remainder of the beeswax in a jar. Then I used a paintbrush to properly get the wax into the seams between. I think the turpentine acts as a thinner as the wax set very quickly. I’m not bothered to be honest as I don’t have it, and I’m not buying it just to do this.

So anyway, the results look good. Running water over the shoes, the water beads up and runs off the shoes no problem. It’s definitely not waterproof, but it’s most certainly very water repellent, which is probably about the best I can hope for after spending a couple of quid on the stuff. Couple of photos below showing the shoes with the wax melted and unmelted. You can see they’re quite shiny after doing it, but otherwise you wouldn’t know. They’re a bit darker alright, but that’s about it.  Result, so far!

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This is like studying for an exam, instead of studying for the exam I always clean my room, organise notes etc… Instead of training for cycling to bloody China, I’m waterproofing stuff! Although I do need to do some of this stuff – while I was in town today I picked up a bigger camping pot, a bigger fuel bottle for the stove and some proper waterproofing rinse my raincoat and waterproof trousers. I definitely need them to be as watertight as possible! 

I may have also spent a small fortune on more GoPro stuff….I have no control when it comes to gadgets and gizmos! 🙂

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