Cheap And Easy Ways To Waterproof Your Western Boots

No matter how durable your western boots may seem to be, they can certainly start to break down and let in moisture. If your feet are getting cold and wet while you work, it's time to focus on waterproofing your boots. This list includes several cheap and easy products you can purchase to waterproof your favorite pair of western boots.

Wax Toilet Ring 

Yes, you read that right. For less than $5 from your hardware store, you can waterproof your western work boots in no time. Simply place your boots and the wax in a warm place -- like near a sunny window, next to the oven, or near a heating vent. You need your boots and the wax to be soft and warm, not hot. While wearing gloves, rub the wax ring all over the outer surfaces of your boots, particularly in any areas where you're noticing leakage. After rubbing on the wax, place them back in the same warm spot for about an hour to let the wax fully penetrate. Then all you have to do is buff away the excess wax with a soft-bristled brush or cloth. 

Coconut or Olive Oil

Coconut and olive oil are all-natural, yet effective ways to waterproof your western boots and get them ready for your busy work life for less than $10. Each one needs to be applied a little differently. If you opt for coconut oil, be aware that it's solid, yet soft, at room temperature. Just like if you were applying wax, you need to rub it in, let it sit for at least an hour, then buff away any excess. The perk of using olive oil instead is that because it's liquid, you get results right away. No waiting period or buffing. Coconut and olive oils aren't quite as durable as wax though. You're going to need to reapply the oil about every four weeks if you use them regularly for work. 


If you're not familiar with lanolin, it's the natural oil found in sheep's wool. Not only can lanolin completely waterproof your western work boots, but it's also cheap and easy to apply. A tube of anhydrous lanolin is less than $5. Plus because it's soft, all you have to do is rub it in. No buffing necessary. Some health stores even sell it in liquid form.

Before you start waterproofing your western boots, make sure you clean off all dirt and debris and let them thoroughly dry. Avoid applying waterproofing agents to the soles of your boots. With proper care and waterproofing, even rugged and worn down work boots can last for years.