Are Vegan Shoes Waterproof?

Yes, a lot of vegan shoes and boots are completely or partially waterproof. Some of them can survive a slight rain, some of them are able to completely protect your feet no matter the source of water.

Do you want to know more about the types of vegan shoes that are waterproof? Continue reading to find out more about the materials used and how to take care of such vegan shoes. 

What makes vegan shoes waterproof?

While most non-vegan shoes that use leather or other animal-based products aren’t impermeable, almost all vegan shoes have high levels of waterproofness. How is that possible?

The secret is as simple as it might seem. The synthetical materials that are being used to manufacture this kind of shoes are, at their chemical structure, waterproof. It means that most of them cannot be penetrated by molecules of water if there isn’t any space in their knitting. However, it is almost impossible to knit material so tight that molecules of water would not be able to penetrate it, so manufacturers had added a particular layer that is altogether rejecting the water. 

Of course, not all vegan shoes have such elements, but an average vegan leather shoe is more impermeable than moderate animal leather, sure. And that is a fact!

Also read: Are Vegan Shoes Durable?

How to take care of waterproof shoes?

The biggest issue with vegan, waterproof shoes is taking care of them. The incorrect caring after your shoes can lead to the reduction of its ability to reject water. However, if properly dried out and cleaned, they can remain waterproof for 3-4 years. 

First of all, I must say that for every material there are different types of maintenance. Nevertheless, there are some basic rules that, if obeyed, can lengthen your shoe life. Here are some of the most important. 

  • The most important thing to remember for all your footwear is to read the advice that the manufacturer is giving you. If it says on the box that the pair is not machine washable, don’t throw them in the washing machine every time you want to. Also, look carefully after the temperature you are washing them in. 
  • Some shoes, especially faux-leather boots, cannot be placed near direct heat to dry them out. It will destroy the structure of the material and the glue that keeps the shoe together and, after 10 or 20 such dries, they will just be done.
  • Wash all the dirt and other stains after the usage, if there are any, and don’t let them stay dirty for the whole night or more. This rule can be applied to all kinds of shoes, not only vegan ones. 

If you will follow these instructions properly and won’t torture your shoes, they will remain waterproof for long years and, even if they lose this quality, it won’t be a complete disappearance. 

Also Read: What is Vegan Leather?

Final word

As I said, not all vegan shoes are waterproof, and if a pair says vegan, it doesn’t mean that you can wear them in heavy rain without taking care of them and expecting a complete impermeability for ten years straight. As with other shoes, they need maintenance and care in order to provide the best quality throughout the years. 


The founder of this site and the man whose idea was used to write the first article on it. Before establishing, Brandon was an activist and a regular participant of many legal meetings that pleaded against cruelty and inhumanity in many businesses