There’s nothing worse than going out and your favourite sneakers underperforming in extreme weather conditions, leaving you left to nurse wet feet for the rest of the day. Avoid this with this selection of the coolest waterproof sneakers out on the market – all with their different styles to suit your outfit but most importantly keep you dry and fearless. Luckily more and more brands are going towards waterproof offerings, whereas most still keep to a water-resistant upper. That’s fine in a light drizzle, but we want full protection in this instance. Although, notable mention goes to the likes of the Karhu Fusion 2.0 or Nike’s ACG range for its stylish kicks.
Salomon SPEEDCROSS 5 GTX Trail Running Shoes, £145
The Salomon Speedcross is a tour de force of trail running footwear and has been used in collaborations with various brands via exciting colourways to suit its creative flair. Even the likes of Palace Skateboards have lent their streetwear credentials to the Speedcross. Strip away to the raw DNA of this beast of a sneaker and you have a lightweight running shoe with super cushioning insoles made in weatherproof Gore-Tex® that leaves you free to tackle snow, ice or puddle with the Contagrip® TA sole.
Available at Salomon’s website.
Adidas Originals Stan Smith Gore-tex® Infinium Thermium, £120
The legendary court shoe that is the Stan Smith just got a waterproof makeover, giving you the chance to keep up with the style stakes without getting cold feet. Walk around the city with slouchy fitted trousers and an extra-long webbed belt for a fashion pack look that will keep you in good stead whatever the weather.
Available at Adidas’ website.
Arc’teryx Norvan LD Trail Running Shoe, £170
Extreme outdoor specialist Arc’teryx know what they’re doing when it comes to creating waterproof performance gear. The Norvan LD Gore-Tex trail running shoe uses Gore Invisible Fit technology that is designed for a wide range of conditions. This shoe wins out for a crosscountry mountain range run. Don’t let that hold you back from wearing day-to-day as the comfort and weather protection is perfect at any time.
Available at Arcteryx’s website.
Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo Shield, £195
Made with a waterproof outer shell with sealed seams you can train with reassurance in Nike’s all-weather Shield version of its running shoe. This edition of the Zoom Pegasus Turbo has a nifty zip shroud detail that allows for easy access and removal. You might not want to remove them too quickly though as the slick style is perfect for all your streetwear and sportswear needs.
Available at Nike’s website.
ASICS GEL-FUJITRABUCO 7 GORE-TEX Mesh And Rubber Trail Running Sneakers, £115
Part of Asics’ Trail pack, this GELFUJITRABUCO™ collaboration adds some colourful highlights to the shoe. A bold look to pair with a subdued, outdoorsready outfit, they can work equally well with wide leg trousers or technical cargo pants. It also includes Asics’ Dual-Density System that helps stabilise you on uneven ground if you should suddenly and confusingly find yourself up a mountain.
Available at Mr Porter’s website.
Ecco X Norwegian Rain ‘The Waterproof Shoe’, £350
When the weather fails you, look no further than this limited-edition collaboration between waterproof specialist Norwegian Rain and purveyor of comfortable footwear, Danish brand Ecco shoes. Both brands have partnered up to use their expertise to create a stylish high-top waterproof sneaker that uses Ecco’s revolutionary Dyneema bonded leather with comfortable Fluidform technology moulded footbed and sole unit. The weather might fail you; these won’t.
Available at Norwegian Rain’s website.
Adidas Gore-Tex Terrex Free Hiker, £170
Made for the mud, this is a reboot of the famed Terrex Free Hiker now featuring Gore-Tex® waterproof technology, built to tackle a mudslide with confidence. A mouthful to pronounce but a big performer when it matters, Adidas’ Primeknit upper is paired with waterproof fabric-sealed in key locations. This shoe is flexible and sturdy while the Boost midsole provides uncompromising cushioning. There’s no shame in wearing these in the city, though their natural habitat is a mountain trail.
Available at Adidas’ website.