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Waterproof Hiking Shoes

Updated on November 16, 2014

Waterproof Hiking Shoes

Hiking is an activity that can be accomplished on most any terrain.  Many hikers prefer to take to the mountainous and wooded areas to walk, run, and enjoy nature.  Others hikers take to rocky places and integrate their regular hiking activity with a bit of climbing and mountain scaling.  Some hikers like to stay away from the rural areas and do their hiking in urban centers.  Regardless of which hiking venue you are partial to, there is something that each one of them has in common.  Each of these different terrains is prone to getting rained on, flooded, obstructed by a creek/river, or affected by water in some other way - unless you are a desert hiker.  Having a pair of hiking shoes that will repel and protect against the intrusion of water is almost essential.  A good pair of waterproof shoes will keep your feet dry and comfortable, allowing you to spend more time doing what you love - hiking.

Vibram Five Fingers Shoes

Vibram Five Fingers Shoes are constructed out of a sort of mesh/spandex/neoprene material which protects against water penetration. The Five Fingers shoes upper is made up of the wetsuit-type material, while the sole is fashioned out of a very flexible rubber. These special hiking shoes not only protect against water intrusion, but they also protect feet against any effects that water with cold temperatures may cause.

In addition to providing protection against both water and water temperature, the Vibram Five Fingers shoes are also ergonomically designed and provide people with a way to walk naturally.  Wearing one of the Five Fingers shoes is just about the same as going barefoot.  Studies have shown that these shoes will improve bone alignment, leg strength, and agility.

Merrell Intercept Gore-Tex Shoes

The waterproof Merrell hiking shoes are a bit more traditionally styled, taking the form of a sort of rugged sneaker with strong materials and deeply grooved treads. Merrell has two different makes in their Intercept line, the regulars Intercepts, and then the Intercept Gore-Tex model. The Intercept Gore-Tex is constructed with a synthetic upper and is coated with a waterproofing Gore-Tex membrane designed to keep the moisture out and your feet comfortable so that you can spend more time on the trail rather than ending the hike early to get out of the sloshy shoes.  These waterproof Merrell shoes rest on a thick and deeply grooved rubber Vibram sole which protects against slippage in wet areas as well as providing a formidable barrier against any water.

Keen Obsidian Shoes

The Keen Obisidian shoe rounds out the general spectrum of the best waterproof hiking shoes with a more traditionally styled boot shoe.  While the shoes does appear to lean more toward the boot category aesthetically, it is actually a sort of hybrid hiking/running shoe for both those who prefer to visit nature in the rural areas, and also for those whose terrain lies in the cities and urban centers. Built upon a rugged and durable sole and a layer of cushioning, the Obsidian upper is engineered from synthetic materials and is put together as seamlessly as possible. The seamlessness of the upper along with the synthetic materials use create a barrier which waterproofs the shoe and acts as a shield against any unwanted water entry. The special KEEN.DRY technology is a membrane which allows any moisture and vapor created by the foot to escape from the shoe, while it keeps any outside water and moisture locked out.


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      Simon Badrick 5 years ago

      An interesting Hub, one problem I've yet to find an answer to: how do you dry out Gore Tex etc lined boots if the water comes over the top - the membrane may let water vapor out but it keeps liquid water in.

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