The Best Waterproof Walking Shoes for Men

Vessi’s Everyday Classic will keep you dry, comfortable, and in style.

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Waterproof Walking Shoes for Men
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Whether you’re backpacking, sightseeing on a rainy day, or just commuting to work, a great pair of waterproof shoes should be on your feet when the clouds open up. Who wants to walk around with soggy socks? Nobody.

As a matter of fact, walking around with wet feet can lead to health issues like cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection that can enter through a crack or break in your skin, according to Suzanne Levine, a podiatric foot surgeon and author. Diabetics with diminished circulation should be especially careful.

You should also make sure your waterproof shoes are comfortable. In her career, Levine has seen a plethora of health issues relating to poor footwear, from fungus to dermatitis to blisters, fissures, and corns, so opt for something that feels good right away. “You shouldn’t be looking for something that you have to ‘break in’ for it to feel comfortable,” she said.

According to our research, the most comfortable waterproof shoe is Vessi’s Everyday Classic, but scroll down for more options including hikers, work boots, and trail runners.

These are the most comfortable waterproof walking shoes for men:

Best Overall

Vessi Everyday Classic

Vessi Everyday Classic

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Why We Love It: An innovative design allows these shoes to be both waterproof and unbelievably light.

What to Consider: There isn’t much grip, so they’re not the best for trail hikes or running.

Vessi’s Dyma-tex waterproof technology involves thousands of tiny pores that manage to keep you dry while allowing your foot to breathe. The result is an extremely lightweight sneaker that weighs just 6.7 ounces per shoe, and it looks cool, too. 

To keep water from getting in, the Everyday Classics have a sock-like fit to your ankle and let you slip on and go. And when you’re going, you’ll be in comfort with ultra-light midsoles.

Vessi also sells models optimized for running, slip-ons, boot-cuts, sneakers, and slippers.

These blue leather sneakers have superbly sealed seams to keep your feet dry in any condition, while the lugged rubber outsole is designed for maximum grip.

Price at time of publish: $135

Sizes available:‎ Full sizes 6-14 | Weight per pair: 13.4 ounces

Best for Hiking

Hoka Speedgoat 5 Running Shoes

Hoka Speedgoat 5

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Why We Love It: These are high-performance, lightweight trail runners that’ll last.

What to Consider: They don’t have Gore-tex and are built to be runners more than walking shoes.

Hoka One’s Speedgoat 5 is a terrific all-around hiking shoe that has even won over the fickle thru-hiker crowd. First off, they’re comfy — they feel like a slipper and have an EVA midsole and a Vibram Megagrip outsole that provides excellent comfort. They’re also very light and do the trick of keeping out any moisture despite not being made with Gore-tex. Plus, they’re vegan

Price at time of publish: $155

Sizes available:‎ 5-11 | Weight per pair: 20.5 ounces

Best for Commutes

Allbirds Men's Wool Runner Mizzles

Allbirds Wool Runner Mizzles

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Why We Love It: They’re cozy and comfy city shoes you can easily slip on.

What to Consider: These are firmly a city shoe that won’t do too well on a trail.

A water-repellant modification of Allbirds’ first shoe that put the brand on the map, the Mizzles are super duper comfy — like walking in a snug wool sweater. They also have decent traction for slippery days and are made to be slipped into. True to all Allbirds products, the Mizzles keep Mother Earth in mind, as they’re carbon neutral thanks to a combination of natural materials and buying offsets.

If you’re looking for a waterproof running shoe, check out Allbirds’s Wool Dasher Mizzles.

Price at time of publish: $125

Sizes available:‎ Full sizes 8-14 | Weight per pair: 19.8 ounces

Best Running Shoes

Nike Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GORE-TEX

Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GORE-TEX

Nike

Why We Love It: The Nike Pegasus Trail 3 is an industry-leading running shoe plus Gore-tex.

What to Consider: They can run hot if you use them in warm weather.

Nike transformed one of its most comfortable runners into an almost unbeatable pair of waterproof travel shoes by adding Gore-tex, so you know you’ll be set for any and all soggy weather. These shoes also have excellent traction so they’re perfect for trail running and have a protruding heel to give you a wider surface to stay balanced. 

A really cool thing about these is how snug your heel feels in the cup, and they’re very light. 

Price at time of publish: $160

Sizes available: 7.5-12, 13, 14 and 15‎ | Weight per pair: 21.8 ounces

Best Slip-on

Blundstone Men's Thermal Chelsea Boot

Blundstone Thermal Chelsea Boot

Amazon

Why We Love It: It’s a fully waterproof version of a durable classic.

What to Consider: These boots are heavier and more heavy-duty than what many need.

Timeless in style and how long you’ll own (and love) them, this sturdy version of the classic Blundstones are great for whatever nature throws out at you. Quality leather and a TPU outsole will keep them in good shape for years and have your feet cozy in cool weather due to a Thinsulate liner and a removable sheepskin footbed. 

If it doesn’t get too cold where you are, the original Blundstone Chelsea Boot is just water-repellant, not waterproof, but is still a terrific year-round option.

Price at time of publish: $250

Sizes available: 6-12 and 13‎ | Weight per pair: 46.5 ounces

Best Trail-to-town

Hoka Anacapa Low GTX Hiking Shoes

Hoka Hiking Shoes

Hoka

Why We Love It: It's a wonderful waterproof shoe you can wear all day, every day, regardless of the terrain.

What to Consider: The protruding heel can be awkward if you’re not used to it.

Chunky shoes are in these days, and these Hoka Ones certainly pull off the hip-dad look. Good thing too, because they’re stellar waterproof shoes, with Gore-tex, a grippy Vibram outsole, and an extended heel for added support. They also have an American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Acceptance, which means they’re certified for being beneficial for foot health.

Price at time of publish: $170

Sizes available:‎ 7-13, 14 and 15 | Weight per pair: 28 ounces

Best Ankle Support

Salomon Men's X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Hiking Boots

Salomon Men's X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Hiking Boots

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Why We Love It: They’re one of the most popular hiking shoes with a higher shaft to provide ankle support.

What to Consider: They won’t win you any fashion contests and are heavier than lower-cut options.

Salomon has been a trusted brand in outdoor gear for more than 75 years, and these boots live up to the name. Made with Gore-tex and an EVA foam midsole, they’re both heavy-duty and comfy, while offering support with an over-the-ankle cut. They also have excellent tread so you can put your faith in them for any kind of terrain and come in wide sizes. 

Price at time of publish: $116

Sizes available: 7-8, 9, 10.5-12.5,‎ plus wide sizes | Weight per pair: 29.6 ounces

Most Breathable

Arc’Teryx Men's Aerios FL 2 GTX Hiking Shoe

Arc’Teryx Men's Aerios FL 2 GTX Hiking Shoe

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Why We Love It: They deliver near-perfect waterproofing with an attractive minimalist look.

What to Consider: They’re pricey and a bit stiff.

Arc’Teryx is known for its high-quality (and expensive), Gore-tex jackets, but its shoes are also worth checking out. The Aerios FL 2 is a light walking shoe that does not sacrifice breathability while remaining waterproof thanks to Gore-tex. They’re also very durable, with a Vibram Megagrip outsole and beefed-up TPU toe cap, which is unique among the shoes we reviewed.

Price at time of publish: $136

Sizes available: 7, 7.5, 9-13 | Weight per pair: 24 ounces

Best Leather

Merrell Moab Adventure Lace Waterproof Shoes

Merrell Moab Adventure Lace Waterproof Shoes

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Why We Love It: A classic waterproof shoe with all the quality you can expect from Merrell. 

What to Consider: They’re pretty heavy and aren’t fully waterproof.

Merrell is probably the brand you think of when it comes to hiking shoes, and their Moab Adventures do the trick if you’re looking for a pair of leather kicks. Made with a mix of nubuck leather and breathable mesh, they’re durable and water-resistant, though will get soaked if they get submerged in water. The comfort is great with these, thanks to a quality EVA midsole and Vibram outsole underneath.

Price at time of publish: $117

Sizes available: 6.5-12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 plus wide sizes | Weight per pair: 54 ounces

Best Work Boot

Cat Footwear Threshold Waterproof Steel Toe Work Boot

Caterpillar Threshold Waterproof Steel Toe Work Boot

Amazon

Why We Love It: It’s a tough work boot that won’t hurt your feet after hours of standing.

What to Consider: They’re not as waterproof as pairs with Gore-tex.

These 6-inch steel-toe work boots are as rugged as they look. The waterproof full-grain leather upper will keep you dry and is abrasion-resistant — though it’s not fully waterproof, so don’t walk through any puddles. 

With a flexible ERGO midsole that is claimed to be 30 percent lighter and more shock-absorbing than standard EVA, these Cats are comfortable and have a slip-resistant outsole.

Price at time of publish: $90

Sizes available: 7.5-12, 13, 14‎ and 15, plus wide sizes | Weight per pair: 1.6 pounds

Most Breathable

On Cloud 5 Waterproof Shoes

On Cloud 5 Waterproof

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Why We Love It: It’s a light, cool-looking shoe with a cloud-like sole.

What to Consider: They don’t have much give.

People with high arches need a shoe that’s light and comfortable, so they may want to give these On Running shoes a try. Made with 100 percent recycled materials, the Cloud 5 shoes are very light and have a unique sole that’ll add a bounce to your step. The elastic lacing system allows you to tie them up in no time, and the fact that they look really cool certainly doesn’t hurt. 

Sizes available: 7-14 | Weight per pair: 19.82 ounces

Best for Flat Feet

Brooks Men's Ghost 14 GTX Running Shoes

Brooks Men's Ghost 14 GTX Running Shoes

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Why We Love It: There’s a removable insole so you can swap in orthotics.

What to Consider: They’re pretty heavy.

Brooks is the go-to for anyone with flat feet, and this pair will also keep you nice and dry with Gore-tex. The arches are supportive, and this sneaker is certified by the American Podiatric Medical Association as beneficial for foot health. They’re comfortable, too, with Brook’s trademark DNA Loft soft cushioning. 

Removable insoles allow you to slot in your orthotics. 

Sizes available: 7-13, 14 and 15‎ | Weight per pair: 1.48 pounds

Tips for Buying Waterproof Walking Shoes

Put comfort first

According to Levine, comfort is a non-negotiable for any travel shoe, and you shouldn’t need to break them in. “It's important because you don’t want any skin breakdown or exacerbation of any existing biomechanical difficulties in the foot,” she said. So make sure the shoes you pick feel good by trying them on at home before going outside. 

Consider drying time

Synthetic materials such as Gore-tex will dry much faster than leather, especially if they’re soaked. When drying, be sure to take out the laces, open up the tongue as much as possible and aerate.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How should I care for my waterproof shoes?

    Levine says to always keep the inside of your waterproof shoes as dry as possible, and if they do get wet, aerate them well before wearing them again. She also says to check the creases of your shoes for any fungus and wipe it away.

  • What’s the difference between waterproof and water-resistant?

    There are actually three levels of water rankings. Water-resistant materials, like leather, will be able to resist the penetration of water, but they won’t do too well if soaked. Water-repellent products are treated with a coating that will cause water to drip off. Waterproof is the most impermeable to water, and Gore-tex is the most reliable standard for this category, though there are newer materials that also do the trick.

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For this article, writer Joel Balsam, a frequent traveler who has visited more than 50 countries, reviewed and selected from the footwear industry’s best options.

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