How To Waterproof Golf Shoes

how to waterproof golf shoes

There is nothing worse than going for a few rounds of golf and having water squelch beneath your feet, not only that but your feet will be cold which will affect your overall game. For that reason it’s vitally important that you learn how to waterproof your golf shoes.

You will need to clean the shoes, dry them, and then apply some sort of waterproof or water-resistant spray to the shoe. In this guide, we will break it down step by step…

Step 1: Lay out your waterproofing and cleaning equipment

Firstly you will need some equipment. A clear fiber cloth, some water, spray, and soap. You will also need some form of waterproof spray we would recommend x. This guide is specifically for a leather golf shoe so if you don’t have a leather golf shoe then you will need to choose an appropriate guide.

Step 2: Clean the golf shoe

Before we make the golf shoe waterproof we first need to ensure the golf shoe is properly clean. This will provide a good surface for our waterproof spray to stick to, if we were to apply to spray first the surface would not be appropriate. When cleaning the shoe you want to ensure that you do not get the shoe too wet, this could damage the surface of the shoe. Instead, apply a little water to a cloth and begin to wash your shoe using small circular motions to remove all the excess grime and dirt.

Step 3: Leave the shoe to dry

This step is pretty easy! Simply leave your golf shoes to dry. Do not place them in a warm place to try and speed up the drying process as this could damage the leather. Instead, just have a bit of patience and leave the shoe to dry.

Step 4: Polish your golf shoe

Once the golf shoes are dry it’s time to polish them. Use the regular leather polish that you normally use. Apply plenty of polish and begin to buff your shoe using small circular motions. We recommend using a toothbrush and a small cloth. You will need to make sure your golf shoes are dry before we begin to apply the waterproof spray, make sure you leave your shoes for long enough so that the polish is 100% dry, this will give you a good surface to apply your spray.

Note: make sure to remove your laces before polishing the shoe.

Step 5: Use your waterproof spray

The final step is to finally waterproof the golf shoe. You will want to purchase yourself a high-quality waterproof spray. We have recommended one below that you can purchase. The spray will be in a small canister and you want to spray from a distance of around 30cm to ensure you apply the spray evenly. Make sure you read the recommendation for how often you will need to waterproof your golf shoes, some sprays last longer than others once applied.

TIP: You may want to apply multiple coats to the shoe, you will need to leave the coating to dry before applying the next coat. The will give you even more chance of making sure the shoes stay dry.

Which Waterproof Spray Do We Recommend For Golf Shoes?

There are hundreds of waterproof sprays that will work. However, it makes sense to use one that is highly reviewed and tried and tested.

One product we have had success with in the past is the Nikwax Fabric and Leather Proof Waterproofing.

Nikwax Fabric and leather waterproofing spray

nikwax waterproof shoe spray
  • Adds water-repellency to synthetic or leather footwear
  • Clean first with Nikwax footwear cleaning gel for best results
  • Spray-on application
  • Recommended use on smooth leather, fabric, or GORE-TEX shoes, boots, and gloves
  • Water-based, biodegradable, and contains no PFCs, VOCs, optical brighteners, or added scent

Are Waterproof Golf Shoes Worth It? 

It depends on what you’re looking to pay, you can save a lot of money by using the spay above and making sure the shoes are cleaned and dry after each session. If you want to pay a little more you could purchase a waterproof golf shoe.

Will wd 40 Waterproof Golf Shoes?

Yes you can actually Waterproof your winter boots and golf shoes by giving them a coat of WD-40.It’ll act as a barrier so water can’t penetrate the material. Just spray WD-40 onto the stains and wipe with a clean rag.

Do golf shoes need to be waterproof?

Golf shoes don’t necessarily need to be waterproof as most shoes have some form of natural protection from water. However, if you plan on playing during those winter months then you may want to consider a waterproof pair. Having cold feet when playing golf could affect your game, especially as the feet become numb. There’s plenty of technology available to keep your feet dry, comfortable and stable, and there’s a wide range of styling out there for you to find your favorite pair.

Can you re waterproof golf shoes?

Yes, you can re waterpoof golf shoes by following the exact steps in this guide and using a water-resistant/waterproof spray.

How to dry Golf Shoes?

You can speed up the drying process by stuffing your shoes with crumpled up paper towels, newspapers, or clean dry clothes. Its also recommended not to leave the shoe in a cold damp environment such as a garage, make sure your they are left at room temperature to dry.=


Keeping your golf shoes waterproof is no different than keeping regular boots waterproof. It’s important to regularly apply the waterproof spray and ensure you keep the leather dry in-between golf sessions so that moisture cannot infiltrate the lining of the shoe.