If you are anything like us, then you are very particular about your sneaker care regimen. Growing up with two sneakerhead parents I was always told one thing: you don’t wear your sneakers in the rain, or any place where you could potentially be around a lot of water. So for most of my life, I have stayed away from wearing sneakers in rainy weather or any other setting where I knew there was going to be a lot of water in the attempt to avoid ruining a perfectly good pair of kicks. Many of my colleagues feel the same, so that had us thinking about whether or not there was some sort of middle ground. Certainly a good pair of waterproof sneakers could solve that problem right?
You don’t always have to put your sneakers back in the closet whenever the forecast shows rain, and we have compiled a list of 20 different waterproof sneakers that you can rock with your rainy day attire. Check them out and let us know what you think!
There’s a select few who enjoy doing their daily runs/jogs in the rain. If you are in this category, then the Under Armour Charged Pursuit 2 Running Shoes are just for you. Light and comfortable, the shoe has a mesh upper with breathable fabric, and a cushioned midsole to protect your feet while running. Some running shoes can also be worn casually, and these could also go well with regular athletic attire. Regardless of where you choose to wear them, your shoes will be safe in the rain.
Not only are the Vessi sneakers waterproof, but they are also Vegan which is a double bonus. Similar to the Under Armour shoes, these also have a mesh upper and comfortable midsole. Vessi guarantees that these are 100 percent waterproof, and the Vegan Sneakers have received mostly positive reviews from buyers with one even admitting that they literally stuck their sneakers in the pool for extra confirmation. That is a bit on the extreme side, but at least we know for sure that these shoes are extra protective.
Being an outdoor athlete means carefully considering the durability of your shoes when making your purchase. Since soccer players are primarily outdoors, it would be wise to have rain cleats on hand in case you have to play on a day with poor weather. The Nike Tiempo Legend 8s have calfskin leather along with a multi-ground plate for traction on both natural and artificial grass, meaning that you won’t have to worry about ruining your shoes, or slipping while playing. A win-win all around if you ask us.
Adidas offers plenty of outdoor sneakers, but since we already have a few solid black shoes on this list, we decided to give you something more colorful. These are primarily hiking sneakers, but they come with waterproof material if in the instance you get stuck in the rain, or find yourself having to maneuver through puddles. The Continental Rubber Ground outsole makes it easier to walk in wet conditions, and provides good ankle support. On a different note, these seem more prone to getting dirty due to the colors, so we recommend them only for hiking, camping, etc.
Yes the Cortez is waterproof, so you can breathe a sigh of relief if you already have a pair in your closet or plan on purchasing soon. This shoe is designed to hold up during rainy weather, and Cortez’ in general are a strong sneaker that can hold up for a long time if taken care of properly. That said, we still wouldn’t recommend making these your go-to rain sneakers as it can wear down the overall appearance of the shoe. Just our opinion.
At first glance, you wouldn’t necessarily think these are water resistant, but according to Steve Madden they are! These just may be the most stylish sneakers on this list, and are so nice that you almost don’t want to wear them in poor weather! Steve Madden has three different colorways for these: Baby Blue, Maxima Blush, and Charcoal, and all are priced at $100. Not a bad buy at all.
The Berkeley’s are a waterproof sneaker made specifically for hiking, but you can also use them for everyday wear too. The shoe features a DryVent Waterproof membrane, rustproof hardware, and temperature sensitive rubber lugs to ensure that your shoes are protected and slip-resistant. Simple, but effective.
The Racers are a slightly cheaper alternative that still gets the job done. While not on the ‘stylish’ side, the shoes are comfortable, lightweight, and most importantly waterproof. There isn’t too much to these sneakers—they are your standard resistant shoe built for rain, water puddles, and pool days, but you don’t have to spend that much as opposed to other brands.
Columbia shoes may not be at the forefront of every major sneaker drop, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check them out. Eye-catching and a solid fit, the Mid-Breeze sneakers have a mesh upper to protect against rain, and carefully designed ankle support. The only concern on this shoe may be the laces. The confetti laces are a nice touch, but could wear pretty easily if often exposed to bad weather. However, that is a pretty correctable fix as laces can be easily swapped or replaced.
While we have never personally owned a pair, the Salomon sneakers seem to be ranked pretty high on the list of must-have water resistant shoes. Just about any hiking/trail shoe is going to be waterproof due to the possibility of rain and puddles, but unlike some of the others, the Salomons are also interchangeable for work due to their color and design. The laces are waterproof too, which is always a great feature because having to consistently replace laces can be somewhat annoying.
Have you ever had UGG sneakers? Well if not before, now would be a good time to give them a chance. The texture is neat because at first glance the shoe appears to be suede, but it’s really waterproof leather. The UGGs have flexible outsoles, cushioned insoles, and also has a black colorway option if that is more of your style. The waterproof leather has sealed seams for additional protection, and the shoes in general are great for jogging/walking, but still fancy enough for dinner.
Heading back to Nike, the Reacts are made to be a long lasting shoe that can withstand terrible weather conditions. Nike allows you personal customization options where you can choose your lace shroud, toe/tongue, and base. This is the first sneaker on this list that offers personal design options, which is cool because you can create a shoe based on your own preferences.
Columbia deserves another entry on this list because we definitely had to include the Outdry Mid Sneakers. The shoe has a water resistant upper complete with full-grain leather overlays. These sneakers are also on the smaller side, and have a sock fit. If you want you could rock with the standard black color, or choose from four other colorways if you are looking for something more vibrant.
Let’s switch it up and go with something different. Sneaker boots tend to be a hit or miss depending on whether you love or hate them, but these are doable. While the Bolteros might be better suited for the winter season, these could work for those icky days when snow and ice melts into water. Timberland currently has two colorway choices available (black or the standard Timberland sand), and is perfect for everyday wear.
How about another Under Armour? The 8s are covered in mesh all around, while providing extra cushioning for comfort and support. The EVA sockliner is an added feature, and the rubber outsole provides stability when walking through slippery conditions. Other features on the 8 include: a lace-up closure, a round toe, and comfort technology. The reviews on these sneakers are definitely worth looking into as those with foot conditions have raved about the overall comfort level, and others have noted the shoe’s breathing room. Whatever the case, Under Armour seems to be pretty good at this water resistant sneaker thing.
Any shoes labeled as being ‘indestructible’ are worth the buy. Like many of the other sneakers on this list, the Indestructibles are layered with a waterproof mesh material, and the shoe has a ‘tactical combat’ design along with a military-themed colorway. Providing long-lasting protection, the Indestructibles are built with a special military grade kevlar. While lightweight, kevlar is a strong material that can withstand any weather condition, and the outsole also features military material to keep your feet safe. If desired you can choose to add on no-tie laces, and the breathable mesh helps to prevent sweat.
While suede and rain are typically not a good combination, certain suede materials can work in the rain depending on the overall structure of the shoe, and other materials used. By now you know that regular Vans and bad weather are an automatic no-go, but the company does offer a water resistant option for those that still want to rep Vans in poor weather.
The UltraRange sneakers are constructed with water-based inks , and also have…you guessed it…a breathable mesh in the upper. Lightweight with sock-fit cushion, you can get out a lot of these shoes, and there are loads of colors to choose from depending on what you are feeling. The reviews are great too, so this is certainly a good buy that is worth the investment.
It took some convincing for us to really believe that these shoes are waterproof, but after some digging, we found out that the Atoms Shoes have passed the lie detector test. Made with high durability coated TPU yarn blend, the Atoms feature a custom foam midsole, and non-slip rubber outsole. In addition to being water resistant, the sneakers have a ton of other unique features such as laces that only need to be tied once (yes once), and an antimicrobial copper lining that serves to keep the sneaks squeaky clean. These are also very stylish, and can be dressed up or down depending on the event.
These Hawaiian-themed joints are another great investment if you are wanting to add a pair of waterproof shoes to your sneaker lineup. Priding themselves on the Hawaiian active lifestyle, the Trench Blues were literally made for the water as they can be used as a surfing sneaker. If these sneakers can withstand a full surfing day, then they can definitely handle a thunderstorm.
The only difference from the other shoes on this list is the unique drop-in-heel feature, which is somewhat rare on sneakers. If you are somebody that needs to have ankle support for stability, then this shoe may not be for you, but if you are okay with low drops, then these are potentially a solid choice.
Last but not least, the Forces. No this is not a figment of your imagination—Nike really does have a waterproof version of their Air Force 1s, and in our opinion they have a case for being one of the hardest Forces in the Nike Lineup. The crisp leather combined with the GORE-TEX technology makes the shoes so fresh, so clean, and an absolute must. If you are feeling the brown patent colorway, then you can choose either the all-black version or the deep brown edition if that’s more your style. Not bad Nike, not bad.
So what did you think of this list? Are there any that we missed? Let us know your thoughts!