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.
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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.
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.
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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