We’ve all been there. You see the sun outside, you put your freshest pair of kicks on and you head out for the day. Mother Nature decides she wants to piss all over those white sneakers of yours and quite literally rains on your parade. Water starts splashing at your feet, puddles form and you inevitably find yourself ankle-deep in one, your feet and socks become soaked and your day is ruined, forcing you to curse every expletive under the sun at the sky.
You can easily invest in a rain proof jacket to keep your body dry, so why not give your feet the same treatment? Fortunately, there are plenty of pairs of waterproof shoes and sneakers available today that make generous use of innovative materials in their DNA, so you needn’t worry any longer about walking around in your own personal squelching puddles.
Many of the pairs on this list have been designed to be waterproof from the get-go, and we’ll admit their designs might not be to everyone’s taste. However, some younger brands have been able to do their research and understand exactly what it is the modern gent needs from a pair of sneakers, so have been able to combine timeless style with modern waterproof tech.
Either way, if you’re someone who values dry feet all day long, then this is the list of waterproof sneakers you need.
Waterproof Shoes FAQ
Waterproof shoes are typically made of rubber and/or PVC materials for the sole and synthetic leather or neoprene for the upper. The footwear’s non-porous membrane keeps liquids from penetrating inside. Yes. You can use waterproofing sprays on suede, canvas and other shoes with textured materials. Just look for ones with silicone or acrylic polymer as ingredients. No. Weather resistant shoes are not as impermeable as waterproof footwears. While they can protect your feet from getting wet during rains, they will not prevent water from seeping in when submerged.
How to know if a shoe is waterproof?
Can suede or canvas shoes be waterproofed?
Is weather resistant the same as waterproof?
Waterproof shoes are typically made of rubber and/or PVC materials for the sole and synthetic leather or neoprene for the upper. The footwear’s non-porous membrane keeps liquids from penetrating inside.
Yes. You can use waterproofing sprays on suede, canvas and other shoes with textured materials. Just look for ones with silicone or acrylic polymer as ingredients.
No. Weather resistant shoes are not as impermeable as waterproof footwears. While they can protect your feet from getting wet during rains, they will not prevent water from seeping in when submerged.
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You may wonder, then, how a pair of sneakers made from wool will be waterproof? Well, the Mizzles collection is still made from ZQ Merino wool for the ultimate in comfort, but they have been treated with a water-repellent coating (that is also eco-friendly) to banish away rain when the heavens open.
While all pairs of Danner footwear are suitable for outdoor adventures, pairs such as the Logger 917 go that bit further by offering a fully waterproof design and Gore-Tex liner to prevent water seeping in, while simultaneously allowing moisture and sweat to escape.
Clarks has a fair few pairs of waterproof shoes and boots, including this pair of Wallabee Boots with Gore-Tex. Taking Clarks' classic Originals Wallabee boot, this pair is given a winter makeover, being gifted Gore-Tex to banish away any incoming liquid, a more textured upper section and a Vibram sole keeps you planted on the ground without adding too much weight.
The Cloud Waterproof is the ideal sneaker then for heavy outdoor use. On's Zero-Gravity foam, combined with CloudTec in the outsole provide long-lasting comfort, along with superior shock-absorption. Abrasion pads on the sole help keep you firmly planted on the ground and the membrane upper is both wind and waterproof, meaning your feet will never notice a change in weather conditions.
They certainly think they cracked it with the Everyday sneaker, which is available in a multitude of colours (slip-on and more city-focused pairs are available too). The Everyday sneaker uses the company's proprietary Dyma-tex fabric, which is 100 per cent waterproof, yet employs a knit design to provide ample airflow for your feet to breathe and remain sweat-free. Antibacterial insoles with cloud-support and a herringbone sole keep your feet planted and caressed in comfort.
That same waterproof technology has now been applied to these SH/FT Outdry Mid sneakers (also available as a boot), which benefit from the company's own SH/FT foam midsole, which absorbs energy from each stride you take and give it back in a pleasing bounce. The headline feature, however, is that they're 100% waterproof, despite having a knitted upper layer. And, better still, we think they're pretty easy on the eye.
The Alatalight sneaker is designed for hiking and, as the naming implies, is the company's lightest ever. The upper section is tear-resistant, so no more worrying if you catch them on rocks, while proprietary M Select Dry Barrier technology provides a completely waterproof seal to keep your feet high and dry. They're vegan-friendly too, making them an even more appealing purchase.
Naturally, if you're going trail walking or hiking, you can expect to be outdoors for considerable lengths of time, so you're going to need a shoe that you know will support you through any weather condition. These Garrison hiking shoes are a perfect fit. They're made using Timberland's own TimberDry waterproof membrane, with appropriately-named TimberGrip technology integrated into the sole for supreme traction. Better still, as hiking shoes go, we think they're rather handsome, and could easily be worn away from the trails if conditions allow.
The XC4 Prentiss Plain Toe are fully waterproof, incredibly soft and feature a breathable lining made from sheepskin. They're a handsome pair too, and will gift your feet comfort and dryness.
The Alaric sneaker is available in a range of colours and employs a conventional, minimalist low-top sneaker silhouette. The advantage it has over its peers however, is that it is entirely weatherproof. It does so by making use of a liquid sealant-filled seam that prevents water getting in, but lets moisture out. The fabric technology also allows you to easily remove any stains, keeping them looking fresh for years.
These Fresh Foam 880v10 GTX take the 880v10 shoe and give it a Gore-Tex treatment. That means they'll happily protect against rain and water, while the Fresh Foam sole provides cushioning to absorb shocks and fling you into your next stride.
The V12 sneaker is water repellant too, despite having mesh panels in its upper. Splashing of sustainable leather are used to add to its hydrophobic credentials, and a gum rubber outsole helps provide traction when conditions get slippy.
The Canyon sneakers aren't specifically advertised as being waterproof, but the fact you can wear them whilst wading through lakes and rivers suggests they'll be able to handle a slight downpour. They're engineered to drain water as quickly as possible and are made froma. quick-drying material so the remainder can be whisked away. A slip-resistant sole, breathable construction, SprintLace system and DualCushion for comfort makes them the perfect pair of sneakers to wear all day everyday.
Technologies used in the production are updated too, and Gore-Tex now features prominently. Widely regarded as the most effective weatherproof fabric technology currently available, you can rest assured the Helix will keep your feet dry even during heavy downpours. They're not totally isolated though, as breathability is second-to-none. The design is a bit more 'out-there' compared to some other pairs, but if you value comfort and dryness then they'll serve you well.
And some consumers want waterproof shoes, so Vans has taken its classic Sk8-Hi silhouette and made it decidedly more tough. The slip-resistant sole is the only immediate giveaway that these shoes are different to their inspiration, as the 8 oz Vansguard canvas and suede uppers, which effectively fend off liquid and dirt, look just like a regular pair to the untrained eye. You also get Vans' UltraCush sockliners for enhanced comfort for all day wear.
The OUTbound GTX sneaker is one such example of a perfect blend, forging a good-looking sneaker silhouette (and one that you can easily wear away from the mountains) with Gore-Tex for a completely weatherproof shoe. A toe cap protects your tootsies from rocks or stubs on table corners, a lightweight build will make you wonder if you've even got them on and the Contagrip outsole will keep your feet planted on terra firma. If you spend any time outdoors when conditions harsh, then you need this shoe.
These Ultra Fastpack IV Futurelight shoes takes one of TNF's current shoe models and upgrades it with proprietary Futurelight and FastFoam technologies. The former is essentially TNF's answer to Gore-Tex, being a lightweight membrane that promotes airflow, yet repels water (it's also sustainably made) while the FastFoam midsole absorbs energy and returns it in each slide. You also benefit from a Vibram Megagrip outsole to prevent you from sliding down mountains. Sure, they're not the most stylish of shoes to have ever graced the earth, but for performance, they're up there with the best.
It should come as no surprise, then, to learn that Converse has teamed up with Gore-Tex to release some pairs of waterproof Chuck Taylors that look like their non-waterproof counterpart, but bring the added benefit of dry feet during a downpour.
Such as these Striper Storm Chukka boots. A regular-looking pair of chukkas they may be, but their leather and suede uppers are fully waterproof and aided by a completely seam-sealed construction. A clever diamond lug outsole provides ample traction, so you remain dry and planted.
And you may not have known it, but the globally recognised Air Force 1 sneaker can be had with Gore-Tex technology applied to it. It's available in a range of colours, as you'd expect, and with Gore-Tex onboard, it instantly becomes completely weatherproof. If it weren't for the large Gore-Tex branding, quite possibly the more deceitful weatherproof sneaker we've come across.
This pair of Adipure SP 2.0 sneakers look like a conventional low-top, but turn them over and you'll find a traction outsole designed to tackle the fairway. It's a spikeless design, so you needn't worry about stabbing yourself, and a fully waterproof design will keep your feet dry when wading through tall wet grass when you inevitably hit your ball wide of the green.