HAVE you ever been caught unawares on a long walk when the heavens have opened unexpectedly, leaving you with soggy socks for the rest of the day?
It’s not a great feeling, and can easily be negated with a pair of the best waterproof trainers.
Comfortable, easy to wear and endlessly practical, waterproof trainers are usually styled as low-profile hiking trainers or trail runners. They’re made from weather-resistant materials and come with Gore-Tex linings, which are both comfortable and prevent wet socks: what’s not to like?!
If you want to know more, we’ve got everything you need right here, from buying considerations to the best waterproof trainers on sale now.
Best waterproof trainers at a glance
Best budget: KEEN
Most understated: Flowing Plume
Best value: Mountain Warehouse
Most luxurious: Columbia
Most durable: Regatta
KEEN Men's Nxis Evo Waterproof Hiking Shoe, from £32 at Amazon – buy here
An easy pick and one that features all the hallmarks of a classic waterproof trainer is this Keen pair. Made with a synthetic upper and a canvas insole, this comfortable, well-cushioned design has a robust all-terrain rubber sole that offers plenty of grip both on the pavement and halfway up a mountain.
The 4mm thick multi-direction lugs promise a reassuring amount of grip, while also remaining lightweight and flexible so as not to weigh you down. Elsewhere, the waterproof membrane will be sure to keep your feet dry no matter how hard it pours, while a mesh liner is sweat-wicking and breathable, so your feet won’t overheat.
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