But finding sneakers that are wholly waterproof can sometimes be challenging. That said, it's important to pay attention to the shoe's material more so than their description to really know if they're going to protect your feet from the elements. One material that comes to mind is Gore's GORE-TEX breathable waterproof membrane. It's commonly used in clothing and footwear because of its water-shielding properties.
Waterproof sneakers are available in a wide variety of styles. I'm talking slip-ons, leather, sock-like, lace-ups—you name it. There's something for everyone and every outfit. To help you sort through the sea of styles floating around, we've curated some of our fave picks below for you to add to your wardrobe.
The best waterproof sneakers for rainy days
Thinking about taking a run in the rain or hiking in a super wet climate? These Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GORE-TEX sneakers belong in your closet. The uppers are made with GORE-TEX, a sturdy material that keeps out water and moisture between your toes. But that’s not the best part. The shoes also have a gaiter on the side to prevent debris and other particles from getting inside.
Not only are these shoes rain-proof, but they’re also totally customizable. You can switch out the insoles to create a more comfy fit. But you shouldn’t have to, since these Ortholite® insoles are super cushiony and have a ton of arch support to keep your feet happy all day long.
The best part of these shoes isn’t just the GORE-TEX waterproof material, but it’s how easy they make walking a golf course feel. The magic is the Ortholite® insoles and soft leather uppers that really cushion your foot. And unlike many golf shoes, these ones are entirely spike-less so they’re easy to walk in when you’re off the greens.
If you’re going to be on your feet all day, these Skechers Relaxed Fit Squad Work Slip-On Sneaker may be what your shoe rack needs. They have a waterproof mesh upper and a soft memory foam footbed that makes your feet feel like they’re walking on a cloud.
If you like to spend most of your time exploring new mountain trails, the The North Fave VECTIV Escape FUTURELIGHT Trail Running Shoe is your total “sole” mate. Think of these are your go-to for hikes, camping and everything else in between. They can endure any climate, thanks to the FUTURELIGHT waterproof membrane and the special VECTIV rocking sole. These help provide extra stability and traction during tougher hikes.
If it weren’t for the description, I would have never known these were golf shoes. They’re stylish, lightweight and super comfortable to wear. The Ortholite® sockliner and flexible cushioning even allows your feet to burst off the ground and propel forward more smoothly.
Calling all runners, you’ve got a real keeper with these ASICS GEL-Cumulus® 23 GORE-TEX® Sneakers. GORE-TEX waterproof uppers? Check. Cushioned insole? Check. The secret is the FLYTEFOAM® Lyte Technology that’s incredibly soft and shock absorptive. This helps to take pressure off of your joints and allow you to feel more nimble.
Originally $200, now $140
This high top sneaker really is the perfect substitute for your chunky rain boot. It has the waterproof exterior to protect your feet from puddles, plus a thermal layer to provide some added warmth. But the real reason we love them? The removable insole. This allows you to adjust your fit and add your other custom orthotics.
Another shoe to add to your hiking essentials bag are these Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof Shoes. It’s tailor made for adventures seekers who like to be on the trail one day and hit the town the next. What stands out is the Vibram® TC5+ outsole, which helps deliver A-level grip, traction and increased durability. Additionally, they’re a lot lighter they look and have a soft EVA footbed to give your heels some extra support as you walk.
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