You can wax synthetic footwear but this type of boot is not waterproof.

How to Wax Your Boots

by Mimi Bullock

Whether you're an avid hiker or just like sporting boots on occasion, this trendy footwear may need waxing to maintain the desired level of shine. A thin application of boot wax adds a sturdy layer of water resistance and keeps boot leather supple and less prone to cracking. For the best results, start with clean, dry boots. You may need to wax the boots a few times a year to maintain the shine, depending on how frequently you wear them.

Spread out a towel or some newspaper on a flat surface, such as a table.

Remove the boot laces from the boots and set them aside. Wipe away any dust on the boots with a microfiber cloth.

Wrap a cloth around your index and middle fingers. Rub the cloth across the surface of a wax compound.

Use your cloth-wrapped fingers to apply the compound to the boots. Work in small circles, massaging the product into the boot material. You may work from top to bottom or bottom to top. Do not forget to wax the tongue, too.

Allow the shoes to dry for ten minutes. Buff the shoes with a waxing brush to get a shiny finish. For an extra glossy look, apply several coats of wax, buffing in between each layer.

Items you will need

  • Towel
  • Newspaper
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Wax brush


  • Wax boots before you store them.
  • Dab petroleum jelly on the boot eyelets to keep them in working order. Wipe the jelly off after the waxing treatment is complete.
  • Wear an old shirt and pants when working with wax.

About the Author

Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.

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