Depending on where you live, running from November to April might mean slogging through cold, wet, slushy, snowy or muddy conditions. Do you need a pair of waterproof running shoes? Ultimately, the answer comes down to the conditions you regularly run in and your personal preference. Waterproofing technology from Gore-Tex, eVent and Polartec has improved considerably in recent years, allowing waterproof shoes to be more flexible and breathable than those sold five to 10 years ago. Consider, too, that many water-resistant shoes (which offer more breathability but less weather protection than waterproof models) might suffice.
• Feet generally stay warm and dry in wintry conditions and allow for uninhibited running in inclement weather conditions. Plus, there’s less chance of getting cold feet or even frostbite, and, of course, they eliminate some of the excuses for not running in bad weather
• Waterproof running shoes are typically not as flexible and are a bit heavier as compared to traditional models without waterproofing, and they often cost $15–$30 more than non-waterproof models. Feet are still vulnerable to getting wet from moisture that enters at the sock and wearing waterproof shoes in in mild or warm weather can make feet feel hot.
Here are nine great waterproof running shoes for fall/winter running in whatever kind of bad weather you encounter.