Hey, Mike back at ya again, and I am going to reveal the all time top 3 waterproof walking shoes.
There will be a waterproof walking shoe for small, medium, and larger budgets as well as my all time personal favorite.
It is important that you look for the right things when searching for walking shoes that are truly waterproof and do not just claim to be waterproof. After all the goal is to really keep your feet dry, not just talk about keeping your feet dry.
If you are looking for quality waterproof walking shoes, you have your work cut out for you. Seriously.
There is more to a high quality pair of waterproof walking shoes than meets the eye.
This should not be a surprise because you might find yourself doing quite a number of things while you’re out walking.
You might have to walk through puddles. Part of your walking trail might be covered in grass. Further down the trail, you might find yourself walking on unpaved or rough terrain.
This is why a great pair of waterproof walking shoes have to have the versatility, design, construction, and base materials that can handle all the challenges a walking trail can bring.
Taking care of the basics: waterproof walking shoes have to keep water out
Waterproof walking shoes are designed to keep your feet comfortable and dry whether you’re walking a mile or ten or more miles for your daily walk.
Keeping your feet dry is crucial to keeping your feet healthy.
If your feet get wet, you run the risk of developing all kinds of fungal infections.
Fungal infections can be very irritating. Who wants to hassle with all that itching and smell?
Moreover, your skin is softened and any small particles or debris that get into your shoes can rub against your skin causing tiny breaks.
While these tiny skin breaks might look innocent enough at first, they might actually lead to infections.
With that said, you should expect more from this specialized type of shoe.
Keeping your feet dry effectively and comfortably should be your minimal expectation. If the ‘waterproof walking shoes’ you’re checking out fails on this count, ditch it and find another model.
This criterion is non-negotiable. The best models are made with Gore-tex-light, waterproof, and versatile. Insist on Gore-tex or some other similar material.
These materials are not just waterproof they are also breathable-they let your shoes dry out instead of trapping moisture.
Engineered for minimal weight
Waterproof walking shoes can vary tremendously when it comes to weight.
The best choices always focus on reducing overall weight. Considering the fact that you’ll be lifting your feet thousands of times during a long walk, you need shoes that are as light as possible.
Heavier shoes weigh you down and eventually help tire you out.
You might not notice the extra weight at first, but it does have a cumulative effect as you get tired.
The best models use Gore-tex or similar waterproof materials that are very light but keep water out.
Moreover, the best models use very lightweight cushioning material for the ball of the user’s foot.
This cushioning material does the job of protecting the base of the user’s foot while not adding much to the overall weight of the shoe.
Cushioned for the long haul
When you first try on most models of waterproof walking shoes, they all pretty much feel the same.
However, don’t get fooled by this seeming similarity-the best models will still feel comfortable after you’ve walked a long distance.
Thanks to proper cushioning, your foot’s ball and sole don’t feel the tired or worn.
They have the proper support they need for long haul walking. Badly designed or cheap units cut back on cushioning.
Always be on the look out for a thick lightweight comfortable cushion.
Designed for maximum movement
Whether you go on brisk power walks, or you prefer your daily walk at a more leisurely pace, you should choose waterproof walking shoes that are designed for maximum movement.
At the very least, these shoes should have a low cuff. Lower cuffs maximize movement.
Since most people who use walking shoes walk on fairly flat or fairly easy terrain, ankle support is not as important as speedy movement. Low cuffs allow more flexibility when it comes to foot positioning-you maintain maximum flexibility as your feet touch down.
This is crucial for comfortably and safely navigating even and uneven ground as well as dry and wet surfaces.
I have reviewed three models of waterproof walking shoes based on the factors above.
As you can tell from my selection, I have gone out of my way to pick models that maximize each of the factors listed above.
You should not expect any less from the best models of this specialized type of walking shoe.
Here Are The Top 3 Best Waterproof Walking Shoes
Merrell Moab GORE-TEX XCR (Medium Budget)
The Merrell Moab GORE-TEX XCR is an extremely versatile walking shoe, that is built for the long haul, these shoes fit great and feel comfortable even after a long stretch of pounding the pavement.
These are so comfortable that they actually don’t require a break-in period.
These shoes wrap snugly and comfortably around your feet.
They provide optimal torsion and foot alignment control.
Not surprisingly, your feet don’t get tired quickly because these shoes can handle the occasional twisting caused by uneven sidewalks or surfaces.
These little surface differences can add up-especially after you’ve walked several miles already.
Thankfully, the Merrell Moab GORE-TEX XCR handles these surface-based fatigue inducing challenges like a champ.
Thanks to its breathable Gore-Tex construction, your feet stay dry even during hot summers.
Asolo Agent GV MM (Larger Budget)
If you are looking for walking shoes that stay warm in the fall and winter and stay cool in the summer, the Asolo Agent GV MM has you covered.
Designed with water resistant suede leather as a one piece design, your feet will be sure to stay dry no matter the conditions.
Built for long-distance walking, this model has a thick cushioned insole that provides optimal comfort whether you’re walking five miles or twenty miles.
While it has a low enough collar for maximum movement, the collar is padded for extra comfort.
Here are some of the key features of this shoe:
- GORE-TEX Extended Comfort Footwear Technology – This waterproof technology will ensure your feet stay dry, all while providing great comfort and breathability.
- Asoflex Natural Shape Footbed – This offers a lot of added comfort to make sure your feet are comfortable throughout your entire walk.
- Highly Technical Vibram Rubber EVA Outsole – A low profile design that offers a natural fit and mainly focuses on impact points of the foot during take off and landing.
This is a great waterproof walking shoe that not only looks great, but is comfortable and will keep your feet dry.
In terms of flexibility, few walking shoes can rival this model. Why? It looks great with both jeans or shorts.
It is a little on the pricier side, but if your budget allows, then this is the shoe for you!
Keen Austin (Smaller Budget)
The Keen Austin is my personal all time favorite mens waterproof walking shoe, and best of all it is in the small budget category!
The Keen Austin is a waterproof walking shoe that has a very roomy toe box and provides elite arch support for those long walks. These shoes are also a great choice for all day use to casually wear with jeans…they look great and are stylish! My wife loves when I wear these.
The Keen Austin sports a waterproof leather upper that is truly constructed for the wettest of wet days.
Whether you’re walking on mud, snow, a gravel road, a cracked sidewalk, or hardpack, the Austin’s outsole is more than up for the job.
In terms of durability, this model can more than hold its own thanks to the rubber tread compound it uses.
Not only does it provide traction when the shoe is wet, but it also aids in overall shock absorption.
Here are some of the features this waterproof walking shoe possesses:
Removable Metatomical EVA Footbed: Provides extreme support and comfort all day long.
Leather and Moisture Wicking Synthetic Footbed: That adds extra comfort and keeps your feet dry no matter what conditions you throw at it. I was shocked at how dry these truly do keep my feet.
Anti-slip Out-sole: The out-sole on these shoes is very impressive. They are non-marking, oil resistant carbon rubber out-sole that can handle any terrain that you put them up to.
If you are looking for a shoe that is engineered from the ground up to excel, you can’t go wrong with this model.
These shoes do not just claim to be waterproof, they truly do keep your feet very dry.
If you have a little bit of extra cash, these shoes are a must have, and the added style makes them a no brainer.