Your boots shouldn't have to suffer in wet weather — but neither should your outfit. Whether you're looking to protect Uggs, hiking boots, or leather knee-highs, the best waterproof sprays for boots ensure that any pair withstand rain, snow, and whatever other elements come your way. That said, without the proper prepping tactics, you risk ruining your boots, so some initial research helps.
The first thing to do is figure out which material your boots are made of. Most have uppers made from suede, leather, canvas, or synthetic fabrics, all of which are porous to varying extents.
Waterproofing sprays work by filling in tiny holes between fibers, so moisture stays out and stains wipe away instead of settling into the material. Keep in mind that most waterproofing sprays are extremely flammable and need several hours to set after application. Each material reacts differently to various waterproofing substances so be sure to test on non-visible parts of the boot, especially to check that your boot's dye is colorfast, which is the ability for materials to keep their color; but also because, greasy solutions stain suede and canvas, while overly drying formulas zap the sheen from genuine leather.
When shopping for waterproofing sprays, read labels very carefully to ensure the formula is suitable for your boots' material. For your convenience, every option on this list works on virtually any material so you'll be able to waterproof anything in your closet — even clothing.