Waterproof running shoes - pros and cons

If you don't want to give up your running training in fall and winter, you need to be well equipped: rain, mud & slush - the uncomfortable weather conditions not only put your inner pig dog to a tough test, but also our footwear. But do you really need waterproof running shoes with an integrated membrane, for example from Gore-Tex, eVent or Sympatex, or will a conventional model do? In recent years, enormous progress has been made in the development of waterproof membranes and technologies, so that the latest waterproof running shoes are significantly more flexible and breathable than their predecessors. A good compromise for light rain and warmer temperatures are water-resistant running shoes that offer slightly less weather protection in favor of breathability. Ultimately, choosing the best running shoe depends on your individual needs and the conditions in which each run takes place. To help you decide, we've summarized the pros and cons of waterproof running shoes for you.


  • feet stay pleasantly dry
  • the good heat insulation prevents cold feet
  • uninhibited running fun in adverse weather conditions
  • bad weather is no longer an excuse to skip workouts


  • in mild, warm weather the feet sweat easily
  • waterproof running shoes are usually less flexible and somewhat heavier than ordinary running shoes
  • waterproof running shoes cost on average 10-20€ more
  • the waterproof membrane does not prevent water from getting into the shoe from above (e.g. via the socks or the hem of the pants)