Do you Need Waterproof
Running Shoes?

Waterproof running shoes will keep you safe and dry in extremely wet and slippery conditions. However, there are drawbacks so make sure they are right for you before you make a purchase.

Waterproof shoes are made from a waterproof, breathable material. The most common waterproof material for shoes is GORE-TEX®. These shoes have non-slip, thick soles, which are great for rough terrain and slippery conditions. You will feel much more comfortable if you wear them in heavy rain or wet snow. If you are going to use them in cold temperatures, an insulated pair will keep your feet toasty warm. Having cold toes during a run is not a pleasant experience.

Waterproof running shoes are more expensive and less breathable than regular or water-resistant running shoes, but they will help keep your feet dry and warm in extreme conditions. A water resistant shoe will help keep your feet dry in light rain or in small amounts of water, but will not keep you dry in more severe conditions.

How to Identify
Waterproof Running Shoes

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Waterproof Running Shoes

Many shoe manufacturing companies make a waterproof model, but also make an identical pair of water-resistant shoes.  It can be difficult to identify which one is actually waterproof if you don't know what to look for.

As most waterproof shoes are made from GORE-TEX®, they can easily be identified as they include "GTX" on their label. Keep this in mind to ensure that you are purchasing GORE-TEX® shoes. Also, ensure that you buy the best running shoes designed for you feet, considering whether you are an overpronator, underpronator or a neutral pronator.

Before you buy your next pair of wet-weather running shoes, consider the conditions that you are most likely to be running. Extremely wet weather and slippery conditions will require waterproof running shoes to keep you dry and safe. For less severe wet conditions, a cheaper, more breathable, water-resistance shoe would probably be sufficient.

If you don't want to purchase a new pair but you will be running in wet weather, try this cheaper alternative to feel more comfortable in wet running conditions. Pick up a can of waterproofing spray and treat your regular shoes to make them water-resistant. Of course, they won't keep your feet as dry as a pair manufactured as water resistant, but they will keep your feet dryer than a regular pair.

How to Dry Wet Shoes

If you run regularly, you will no doubt encounter wet weather and regular running shoes will get quite wet and soggy. How do you safely and quickly dry your shoes in time for your next run?

Running shoes should not be exposed to direct heat. You can, however, place them in a warm area with a heat source nearby. Remove the insoles if possible and stuff the shoes with newspaper to help remove the excess water. Your shoes should be dry in about 12 hours. Whenever possible, I like to hang mine outdoors and let the wind dry them.


Popular Brands

The Asics GT-1000 GTX is great for mild to moderate overpronators requiring a blend of enhanced cushioning and stability. This waterproof version of Asics' most popular performance model has a rear foot and forefoot GEL® cushioning system and a rubber out-sole for long-lasting wear. A great reliable shoe. Heel Height: 1 1⁄2 in Weight: 13 oz

The Saucony Ride GTX is one pair of waterproof shoes that don't look like they are waterproof. They are designed for neutral runners. Its GORE-TEX® liner provides breathable and waterproof protection and a Sundry molded sockliner provides comfort and wicks away sweat. Differential: 8 mm Weight: 9 oz

The Brooks Adrenaline ASR is a great waterproof running shoe if your running takes you over multiple terrains. This running shoe is great on grass, dirt roads, gravel paths and pavement. The Brooks Adrenaline ASR GTX is a stability shoes that is suitable for pronators with medium and lower arches.

La Sportiva Wildcat GTX gets great reviews as a light weight, breathable, comfortable GORE-TEX® shoe with lots of cushioning. It has a waterproof liner and a rubber out-sole with great grip. The La Sportiva Raptor GTX is also a great waterproof running shoe.

The Salomon XA Pro 3D GTX gets great reviews and is a sturdy and comfortable waterproof stability running shoe. It has a removable insole, speed lacing system and quick drying, breathable mesh.

Other popular waterproof running shoes include:


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Cold Weather Minimalist Shoes

Vibrams Lontra are a great choice for the barefoot runner who runs in cold and wet weather conditions. Check out the Vibram Fivefingers Lontra shoes for both men and women. They are insulated and water resistance and the TC-1 Dura outsole provides traction and grip over a variety of surfaces.


Another option to keep your minimalist feet warm and dry during cold weather, is the Vivobarefoot Stealth II Winterproof. It has a waterproof coating and a removable thermal insole, so your feet feel great in the coldest wettest conditions. The Stealth II includes all the essential barefoot principles, allowing your feet to move as nature intended while still providing you with the best possible outdoor barefoot experience in cold and wet weather conditions.

So no more excuses for not running in cold, wet weather! There are lots of options to keep your feet dry and warm in all seasons even if you like barefoot running


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