Life Lessons: How to Waterproof Your Shoes
As rainy and snowy seasons draw near, it’s time to winterize and waterproof all your favorite wearables. That old pair of Toms or Vans isn’t getting any more waterproof as the months go by, and you’ve gotta keep your toesies warm! Here’s a ridiculously easy way to waterproof your canvas shoes using nothing but beeswax and a blowdryer.
<br/>– beeswax (available at most hardware stores or Amazon)
– blow dryer
– shoes! (we used Toms)
Here’s a quick shot of before and after waterproofing. As you can see, the beeswax also stiffens up your shoes a little bit. They’re still comfy, just need a little re-break-in.
Rub the beeswax over the entirety of the shoe. If you have dishwashing gloves or rubber gloves, throw those on to keep your hands clean. The beeswax washes off pretty easily though so this isn’t crucial.
Next, use a blow dryer to seal the deal. Melt the wax all over the shoe then let set for about 5 minutes before wearing! Splash a little water to test out your new waterproof shoes.
Now get outside and splash around in all those rainy puddles!!
Have you tried waterproofing your shoes with the beeswax method? How did it go for you? Tell us in the comments below.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!