If you're an avid hiker or trail runner, a pair of waterproof running shoes can go a long way. They can repel water so your feet will live to see another puddle, especially if you're heading for a run on a rainy day. Sure, you could use your regular runners, but you’ll be stuck running with squishy wet socks. You could also buy a pair of waterproof socks as an added layer of protection to help keep your feet dry, but those aren't always reliable either. In this list below, we've highlighted some of the best waterproof running shoes to buy.
In the meantime, think about where you plan to run and other new areas that you want to tackle this year. If you’re sticking to the roads, a basic running shoe with water-resistant features will do wonders for your feet. If you love to run off-road, trail-running shoes can help keep your feet dry and give you extra traction for those tight corners and turns in the mud.
|Materials:||Rubber sole, synthetic and textile upper|
Covered by a two-year warranty, these Salomon men’s X Ultra 3 running shoes have been tested and redesigned to give you a shoe that's ready to take on wet surfaces and tough terrains.
The SensiFit foothold supports your foot and allows you to customize the fit while the protective mudguard keeps your feet safe from mud-covered paths. With two types of rubber covering the sole and foam cushions to keep your feet supported, these durable shoes were made to go the distance.
|Materials:||Rubber sole, mesh and TPU upper|
Head out on your next run with confidence in these Saucony Versafoam Excursion running shoes for women. Packed with versarun cushioning to keep your feet comfortable and responsive through every step, these shoes feature a rubber sole covered in triangular lugs to hold you steady, regardless of the terrain. With a wide range of sizes to choose from, these waterproof shoes will keep your feet locked in place and protected from dirt and debris.
|Materials:||Synthetic & mesh upper, rubber sole|
Ready to face tough hills and rough terrains, these Mountain Warehouse waterproof trail shoes combine durability with lightweight materials to give you a shoe that won’t hold you back. Available in five sleek designs, they use an IsoDry waterproof and breathable membrane that works to keep water out without overheating your feet.
Made from a synthetic and mesh upper, these shoes are a great lightweight option for spending the day roaming trails. Its high traction outsole gives you an extra edge of stability and grip while the heel and toe bumpers reinforce your shoe for a longer lifespan.
|Materials:||Synthetic upper, rubber sole|
Outfitted with deep, sharp lugs perfect for running on soft, muddy terrains, these Salomon waterproof running shoes are worth every penny. If you’re looking to run in some seriously rough terrains, these Salomon Speedcross trail runners are the shoes for you. Built from 100 percent synthetic materials and a rubber sole covered with aggressive grips, these Gore-Tex protected running shoes are perfect for people who aren’t afraid to get a little down and dirty.
|Materials:||Synthetic upper, EVA midsole, rubber sole|
Face wet trails head on — or foot first — in these waterproof, durable and supportive Adidas Terrex Agravic TR GTX running shoes. Known for their stylish and comfortable shoes, these Adidas Terrex Agravic Gore-Tex runners don’t disappoint. With a wide range of sizes, these trail runners use an EVA midsole and a lace closure to give you a supportive and comfortable running shoe. Built with an abrasion resistant mesh upper and the renowned waterproof and windproof Gore-Tex membrane, these shoes can carry you across rough and slippery roads with ease.
Although both of these materials work to repel water and keep you dry, products claiming to be water resistant can only keep you dry for so long. If you’ve ever bought a rain jacket that you thought would keep you dry, only to head out into the rain and find that your clothes somehow still managed to get wet, chances are your jacket was water resistant. Water resistant means that your jacket or shoes can handle a light drizzle of rain for a short amount of time, but it’s not equipped to handle heavy rain for long periods of time.
If you know you’re going to be spending a lot of time outside exposed to water and lots of rain, opting for products claiming to use waterproof materials means that no water is going to break through. A simple way to remember is to break down their names. Water resistant will only be able to resist a bit of water before letting it through, while waterproof is full-proof — no water will breach its defences.
Aside from Gore-Tex, some heavy-duty hiking boots and athletic shoes use synthetic leather materials that give the look of a leather shoe without the consuming upkeep. Not only do they look great, but they also provide great durability and water resistance.
Rubber or polyvinyl chloride, also known as PVC, is another common type of material used in waterproof shoes. Just think of rubber rain boots, or galoshes if you’re from across the pond. Rubber works great for keeping water out and provides solid flexibility, traction and durability.
Although waterproof shoes won’t solve all of your rain related issues, they can however be a game changer on your next slippery run or adventure into a muddy trail. When shopping for your next (or first) pair of waterproof running shoes, remember to take note of if the shoe is waterproof or water resistant so you’re not disappointed when you head out on a rainy day. It also doesn’t hurt to read other customer’s reviews to help you get a better sense of how durable and waterproof each shoe actually is.
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