Waterproof or not?
OK so apart from price whats the real difference between a waterproof shoe and a non waterproof shoe?
How can I benefit as a runner?
Previously waterproof shoes have only been made waterproof via Gore-Tex, a company who lots of us have known and trusted for years. The market has moved on and now you can find waterproof linings made from the footwear brands themselves!
For example ON and Nike both use their own waterproofing liners or coatings with much the same effect.
Also a good bit of information to be aware of is previously for Gore-Tex to keep in control of their lining quality brands that have wanted Gore-Tex technology in their footwear would have had to send their finished footwear product off to Gore-Tex for them to fit the liner themselves. This has generally made Gore-Tex lined footwear half a size smaller but that’s not an issue as we have a simple solution for that, go up half a size…
Going forward Gore-Tex are allowing brands, under strict regulations, to insert the Gore-Tex liner during manufacturing which will in turn allow these waterproof shoes to be more flexible and not half a size out, winner!
Pros and Cons …
- Waterproof footwear is a dream for those early morning wet road or off road runs.
- Waterproof footwear is also windproof which in turn makes the shoe warmer
- Dry & warm feet will keep your feet in better health over time.
- Waterproof footwear has a slight increase in price from its non waterproof sibling
- Waterproof footwear is also windproof as above which isn’t great in warmer months…
- Gore-Tex Waterproof footwear is amazing at keeping water out however not so good at getting water out so if your planning on going through rivers, Gore-Tex is not for you.
All in all over the last 2 months I have been grateful daily for my waterproof off road shoes, keeping my feet dry and warm on morning sessions has helped keep my chilblains away which in turn has improved my performance.
I would highly recommend runners to have at least 1 waterproof model in their collections just in case.