Best Waterproof Running Shoes Reviews 2020

April 23, 2020
8 minutes
Last Updated On 
July 16, 2021

Best waterproof running shoes

Throughout the years, water protection footwear was “an option” when buying expensive shoes. But now, you can buy some, where technology and design have improved to increase durability and comfort, and the best part about it, they come with the shoe themselves as a complete package.

Waterproof shoes are best designed to take you through urban puddles, trails, and ever the worst downpours and a myriad of wet conditions all while keeping your feet nice and dry. As more people desire them, functionality has to improve especially when it comes to running shoes. When picking a waterproof running shoe, some features need to be taken into consideration. So, today, we’ll help you with that, by discussing waterproof running shoes, which makes them functional, and when you should buy them!

SALOMON Men's Speedcross 4 GTX

Embrace toughness

When it comes to waterproof running shoes, the Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX is a great choice for rugged outdoor adventure trail running, probably the best. The design allows you to tackle the toughest of terrains while staying light and nimble. The combination of its durable design and the Gore-Tex upper make this shoe perfect for wet muddy conditions or colder snowy climates.

The lugs on the rubber outsole in this version are a bit smaller but more frequent as a way to help with grip and durability. These lugs also help to absorb shock, so there can be less midsole material and thus, an overall lighter weight shoe. Although there are some overlays, which are not breathable, the overall breathability of the shoe is much improved compared to its predecessor, making it a better option for trail running.

Compared to the Speedcross 5, it would be best to say that it still has an upper advantage on the durability side and the waterproof factor thanks to the gore-tex membrane present on the Speedcross 4 GTX. Generally, on the trail, the Salomon Speedcross 5 may outdo the 4 GTX due to its improved grip and somewhat better cushioning but when all factors come into play, it may not stand a chance.

Pros and Cons

What we like:

  • Great cushioning
  • Durable
  • Breathable upper

What we don't like:

  • Breathability needs work
  • Pretty heavy
  • Toe box a bit small for some

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Killer grip

This latest evolution of the best selling Xa Pro 3D GTX may be Salomon's best and lightest trail waterproof shoe yet. The synthetic upper is coated with polyurethane for durability and water resistance, and the Gore-Tex lining offers further waterproofing as well as great breathability. Whether you running across a stream, into puddles or through the snow, you have no chance of catching a soggy sock, landing it a spot high up among the best waterproof running shoes.

Salomon trail runners boast a Contragrip outsole for maximum traction that is comparable to Vibram soles. Plus, this new version also features Descent Control technology for superior grip, support, and protection on those big downhills.

Another nice feature of this Salomon trail running shoe is the speed lacing system: the laces are tightened with a slide instead of knotted, which is perfect for getting them on and off while wearing gloves. An excellent option for winter trail running and year-round hiking on steep and technical terrain. This pair does well to be compared with the likes of the La Sportiva and Speedcross 5 among other top trail running shoes and does not disappoint.

It's not only six-year-olds who hate tying their laces and there are quite several people way past puberty who share the same sentiments. Well, here comes Salomon to the rescue! The Quickace system is amazing — it just works. Slip your feet into them, pull a quick and easy toggle, and bam —  you’re laced up and ready to go.

After putting it to the test, the XA Pro 3D is not just a fantastic trail running shoe but solidifies its place among the best. If you’re looking for a solid, slightly heavy trail runner that can double duty as your wilderness trekking shoe, this just may be the ticket.

Pros and Cons

What we like:

  • Great traction
  • Stable, especially for hikers
  • Great cushioning

What we don't like:

  • Narrow fit
  • Quicklace was a drawback to some

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Foot care in silence

Here’s a running shoe that best takes care of your safety, comfort as well as looks. Built for trail running, Silentcare has a streamlined design that adapts to the shape of your feet, offers good ankle support as well as a flexible steel midsole that protects your feet from impact and sharp objects. Apart from trail running, these shoes can be used for hiking or mountain climbing too.

From the padded tongue and collar to the soft, padded insole, plenty of attention has been given to comfort and cushioning for we know that it’s as important as safety when you must be on your feet for long. Their interiors are lined with soft moisture-wicking material to keep you cool and dry. The mesh upper allows for ventilation so, you won’t feel suffocated in these trail running shoes.

They also have an aesthetic design with the best ankle support and reflective accents for night presence for those evening trail runs. The safety steel strip in the midsole is highly malleable and flexible – it doesn’t make the shoe stiff or heavy. Available in an attractive black and olive colour options, these shoes with their mesh uppers and reflective strips are a stylish option to wear to work.

Pros and Cons

What we like:

  • Great foot protection
  • Great cushioning
  • Sturdy sole

What we don't like:

  • Can be a bit bulky

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TFO Women's

Girl Power!

If you’re just looking to test light terrain before tackling steep trails, these are a great option. They perfectly balance design, durability, and functionality and have outstanding grip. You can wear them when trail running or hiking. These water-resistant synthetic leather shoes are equipped with a built-in TPU skeleton to absorb shocks and prevent ankle injuries. Talk about cushioning.

Included is a new technology featured is the multi-terrain footwear that keeps the air in your running shoe fresh and therefore alleviates your foot fatigue, and also to be breathable enough to let out sweat humidity as your feet work harder. The waterproof outer on this pair stand out among the best apart from the tongue that is only partially waterproof.

Under the premise of ensuring protection, the whole shoe carries on the lightweight improvement, the long time running also will not bring the weight feeling. The basic style of trail running shoes can withstand the evolution of fashion and have two main points of durability and practicality. They use specially-made durable round rope and copper buckle shoelace holes, making them more stable.

Pros and Cons

What we like:

  • Midsoles great for absorbing impact
  • Comfortable inside especially when running
  • Variety of colours
  • Rubber toe box offers great protection
  • Ankle protection

What we don't like:

  • Not the best traction

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Rugged class

This pair has a striking resemblance to the Knixmax and the Columbia Women's Redmond V2, most noticeably the upper. Using a combination of suede and mesh upper, this shoe will protect you from scuffs and abrasions while still allowing plenty of air movement. It’s about halfway between a trail runner and hiking boot so it’s not going to fit either category perfectly but it’s a good compromise for most runner needs.

Out on the trail, they will still provide comfort and warmth without causing a sweat. The mesh lining allows them to breathe more than some of the other pairs mentioned on this list, allowing your feet to sweat without making you aware of it. Their outer makes them waterproof for light trail running but not through extreme wetness, say streams, but that still does not take them off the list of the best waterproof trail running shoes

When it comes to shoes for trail running, they clean up fairly well, the suede leather is a bit harder to clean but that seems to be more of a cosmetic detail. The removal of mud from the soles is easy and they will be ready for the next day's run within five minutes. This may be one of their best features.

"They fit perfectly and the memory foam is very pleasant. Takes a little getting used to, but not in a bad way, just something new and different way. The colour and build is very high quality and should last many years I imagine.", were the words of a pleased customer. These words tend to stick with you when you're out looking to pick out a trail running shoe.

Pros and Cons

What we like:

  • Great traction
  • Lightweight
  • Great foam

What we don't like:

  • Not true-to-size

Check price here!


We know that there are countless trail running shoes out there and this article aimed at giving you a list of our picks for the best waterproof running shoes. We hope that this has shed some light on some questions you may have had when picking out a pair for yourself. All the best!

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