So I love washing my car, going on hikes, and walking in the rain, however my some of my every day shoes are mesh topped. They soak up water like a sponge. I wanted to make them water repellent yet highly breathable. I bought a few cans of water repellent fabric protector to experiment (https://amzn.to/2sHCNHw )!
This is an experiment, not a DIY. If you plan to use this info, use at your own risk.
I bought a few cans of water repellent fabric protector spray Scotchgard Water and Sun (https://amzn.to/2sHCNHw ). There are other types of Scotchgard that may be better (https://amzn.to/2S9eQaq ). The Water and Sun fabric spray was meant for patio and pool furniture and outdoor fabric. I figured it was probably ok to test this on a pair of old mesh hiking shoes.
I gave the shoes a quick wash the day before and let them dry. Then I took them out for spraying. I read the Scotchgard Water and Sun instructions, shock the can, and gave my shoes a single coat of fabric protector.
The fabric protector did darken my shoes suede leather and mesh fabric. More over also repelled spilled on water. However it was not water proof. It the impact or pressure of the water hit the mesh fabric hard enough, water still soaked into the shoe.
Overall it was a fun and educational experiment. I plan to add a second coat to see if its more effective. However, with one coat it is already quite water repellent and useful!
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