If you’re athletic, love hiking or just don’t like pruney toes when you’re out in the rainy weather, or encounter water puddles, the winter and autumn can be a real challenge. Moreover, staying active turns out to be a chore more than anything else. However, if you choose the best waterproof shoes and rest of the gear, your workouts and hikes can become thrilling and adventurous rather than annoying with the water seeping in your shoes. The best part is that your feet remain comfortable throughout!
How so? Well, let me introduce your savior: Waterproof shoes! You can go out in that rain without a shred or worry, walk your dog, get your groceries, train for that marathon, but your feet will remain comfortable, dry and cozy! The lining in waterproof shoes keeps your feet from getting soaked by water.
This ultimately means that you won’t get any blisters either because skin softened by water is prone to abrasions from runs or walks. The best waterproof shoes help you in keeping water away from your feet! Here’s a list of the top 5 picks for the best waterproof shoes you’ll find out there. Keep on reading and find the best pick for you!
Ranking first on this list and all for the right reasons with its super waterproofing is the Women’s Waterproof Rain and Garden Shoe by Sloggers. These come with a sole made out of 50% recycled material which makes them recyclable too!
The Sloggers are especially designed for comfort and keeping your feet dry. These shoes are extremely flexible given their composition which involves a resin that is 100% waterproof! The incredible part is that the shoe is made out of resin and is entirely lined with a patterned fabric.
I adore the prints that these shoes come in! Initially I had expected these shoes to be very hot but they are incredibly breathable because of their insole which is made from open cell polyurethane that absorbs moisture and the biocide keeps bad odor away! My feet remain comfortable and fresh all day long. These insoles are also washable!
However, if I really had to come up with a shortcoming it would be that these shoes are only available in full sizes (6-10) and if you manage to fall somewhere between those sizes, there are inserts given by the company to decrease the size of the shoe by a half size. I suggest that you buy the full size larger than your actual size in that case.
Overall, I’ve had a wonderful experience with the waterproofing on these shoes. It is really unparalleled AND these shoes have such a budget-friendly price tag. I’ll totally buy them again. You can’t go wrong with these if waterproofing is what you’re looking for!
Made out of 100% Nubuck Leather, and sporting a durable rubber sole, we have the runner up of our list: The Men’s Targhee by KEEN! Timberland is a brand that swipes the floor with its features known for durability, traction and of course, waterproof quality!
The Men’s Targhee is a hiking shoe that is imported and sports impeccable waterproof material but not without a breathable membrane which uses a mechanism to keep the feet fully protected from water penetration and provides space for moisture to leave the shoe so your feet remain dry as long as you are wearing these. This comfort is elevated with the breathable mesh lining which allows great inflow of air to keep the feet fresh as well!
Moreover, the external stability shank offers excellent lightweight support which gives improved mobility and torsion control on rough surfaces. For increased comfort and easing the feet, they come with a padded collar which also avoids any blisters on your feet. This cushioned collar keeps the ankle safe from any irritation.
The Targhee have incredible traction in all conditions and on all surfaces due to their lug outsole and the rubber sole. The rubber on the outsole is a non-marking material so you can wear them indoors without fear of leaving marks.
The best part (apart from them being awesome and waterproof) is the comfort that they bring about your. However, there is this concern about them running 1/2 a size small so before buying I had to make sure that they fit me, as my actual size would have been smaller! I decided to buy 1/2 a size larger than my usual size and it fit perfectly! Overall, these are a great investment and provide incredible value for the money you give!
Ranking third is this savior of a shoe are the Comfortable Waterproof Work Shoes for Women by Sticky! These shoes have a synthetic build. Apart from sporting a rubber sole, this shoe gives incredible waterproofing, comfort and quality. They are best suited for work purposes e.g. longer duties of nurses and chefs.
The shaft of this shoe measures approximately 1.00″ from arch and these shoes are made out of synthetic material making them incredibly lightweight, hence very suitable for long time wear. Moreover, these shoes have a powerful non-slip outsole which make them safe to wear on smooth or slippery surfaces. The upper and outsole are both waterproof and made out of quality performance material.
The footbed is made out of an absorbent material and allows moisture to evacuate so you can stay dry while you’re wearing these. These allow greater breathability to your feet as well. Another unique feature is the shock absorber on the sole which works in collaboration with the anti torsion system keeping your feet stable and comfortable.
These shoes are SUPER affordable and come with incredible qualities. However, the only shortcoming could be that they can get uncomfortable for people with sensitive feet, but that’s just me. If that’s not a concern for you, these really are a great deal, ladies!
Following shortly with great features and impeccable quality material, we have the Men’s Earthkeeper Stormbuck Oxford by Timberland. These shoes are made out of 100% Leather with a durable rubber sole for great traction. These shoes are imported i.e. they are not locally manufactured.
The shaft on these shoes measures approximately low-top from the arch. These shoes come with the Durable “Gripstick” and “Green Rubber” outsole for traction which promises excellent grip with a diverse tread pattern on slippery surfaces, keeping you safe without leaving behind marks on smooth surfaces.
Moreover, the 100% recycled PET mesh lining allows great long-lasting comfort for the feet aided with extreme cushioning and great responsiveness from the shoe. The addition of the Anti-Fatigue midsole and the removable footbed mean that you can wear these shoes for longer hours without your feet feeling at all uncomfortable.
The upper material on these is an excellent full-grain waterproof leather and suede which is seam-sealed. This coupled with their waterproof seam-sealed construction makes for the perfect shoe to meet your many needs whether it is formal or casual wear, or different seasons and different occasions. For safe fastening and steady movement, the laces are 100% organic cotton.
Lastly, these shoes can be used for a number of activities and during varying seasons. One downside that I noticed, which may not be applicable to everyone, is that these can get costly! However, that’s just me and my pocket but other than if you can invest or spare the money, you can NEVER go wrong with these!
Running right behind, last but never the least on our list, securing a conclusive position are by another reputable brand: the Men’s Redmond V2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Shoe by Columbia! Packing excellent features and promising the durability, quality material and style, these are made out of 100% Leather and Textile with a quality durable rubber sole especially designed as an advanced traction rubber sole for walking or running around slip-free on different terrains be it a rough ground or a slippery floor.
The shaft of these boots measures approximately mid-top from arch. This shoe features the special advanced technology by Columbia which is their Omni-TECH seam-sealed membrane construction along with the TECHLITE lightweight midsole which reduces impact on feet, provides incredible energy return and gives the most amazing cushioning and comfort.
These shoes, like any quality shoe, are lightweight, durable and provide great comfort to the feet. They, too, come with an excellent quality midsole for superior comfort and cushioning by reducing the impact from rigorous activities and providing great responsiveness and energy return. They too are embedded with the Omni-Grip multi-terrain traction system with varying treads for different seasons.
They’re excellent waterproof shoes with grain-leather and work great all round the year. However, the only and significant downside would be that they’re not as durable as other products on this list. That being said I’ll emphasize that these have been a great pick as they’re pretty affordable for waterproof hiking shoes!