5 Best Waterproof Running Shoes in 2024
Running outdoors is not always sunny and warm. There are also days when you have to deal with rain and moisture; hence, the creation of waterproof running shoes.
These shoes are made with a Gore-Tex membrane, which keeps water out. And since there are waterproof versions of both trail and road running shoes, it might take some time to go through everything.
To help you trim down your options, we have created this list to give you the finest shoes among all the waterproof models that we have intensively investigated. We are proud to say that each shoe went through our meticulous testing and we have really confirmed or disproved their claims during our process. Curious? Read on to find out.
How we test running shoes
Before putting any waterproof shoe on this list, we always test it out first through our own shoe testing lab, and religiously follow these protocols:
- We buy each of the shoes we test with our own money to create bias-free reviews.
- We run in each shoe for at least 30-50 miles to examine its durability and overall performance.
- To dig deeper, we slice each shoe into several pieces.
- We then proceed to measure every model in 30 different parameters. Of course, the star feature, waterproofness is also tested. We start by pumping smoke inside the shoes and evaluating how much clears out by rating it from 1 to 5, with 5 being the most breathable, thus most permeable, and least waterproof. Of course, there are waterproof shoes that are also breathable so we further investigate by putting the shoes under a source of bright light and our microscope. This way, we can assess how tightly woven, interlaced, and thick the materials are.