I live in brogues and oxfords. 'Uniform dressing' allows me to allot all creative thinking time to my work. All clothes, shoes, and bags are on regular rotation, which means I really do invest in the pieces that I buy. I used to buy a pair of brogues at least once a year because I wear each pair out so bad. Not just because of rainwater, but also because of ink and paint splatters!!! AAhhhhh. Parting with a favorite pair is always a painful process. :P
When I learned about Collonil Waterproofing spray, I ordered one right away! Collonil is a German brand that's been around since the early 1900's, and they specialize in products for leather and textile care. I kinda went waterproofing-crazy; brought out all my favorite shoes and sprayed on all of them! I swear, it's like magic. I don't have to worry about spilling paint or ink on my leather loves!
It's a no-brainer thing to apply: you just lay your shoes on some newspaper (to protect your flooring!), then spray a coating or two all over the shoes, and let it dry for a few minutes. It worked perfectly, even for these suede brogues! Afterwards, all liquids-- water, ink, paint, drinks, or food that falls on your shoes will just slide off.
For my super favorite brown shoes, I used their leather cleaning foam to remove the ink splatters. Worn in, but (finally) stain-free!
And my white gumsole Vans can now see cloudy & rainy days. It's such a relief to not have to worry about getting them wet and dirty! You just need to re-spray the waterproofer after about 8 wears. A bottle of this Waterproof Spray is P1,095. I went all-out and sprayed on the covers of my Moleskine notebooks as well! :)
Online store: Collonil.ph
Check Facebook.com/CollonilPH to see videos of waterproofing tests! :)