For constant downpours we recommend choosing from our vast assortment of rain boots from Hunter and Bogs among others . However, it does happen that you get caught in the rain with your cherished pair of leather shoes . Art of Manliness offers a few tips on what to do when your shoes are already wet!
In the case you do soak a pair of quality leather shoes. Because despite all of your planning, you’re bound to get caught in the rain once!
Remove excess water from the outside of the shoe using a dry rag or towel.
Pull the moisture from the inside of the shoe. This can be done with newspaper or a small dry towel. The key here is to draw the moisture out, so every hour or so replace the moist paper with dry paper. Depending on the extent of the soaking, this could take from 2 hours to 2 days.
Do not place the shoes near a heat source; let them dry slowly at room temperature. If you heat them you will cause the moisture to leave too quickly and greatly increase the chance of the leather cracking. Cracked leather cannot be fixed on a man’s shoe or boot.
Once the shoes appear dry and no more moisture is being drawn out of the shoe, clean and condition with a leather balm or cream and finally polish normally. Over the next week ensure you clean and polish after every wearing.