In a fashion mishaps tournament bracket, wet socks easily make the finals (facing off against ripped pants). And unless you’re going for this very prestigious championship, waterproof shoes for men should be in your closet, ready to sub in at a moment’s notice.
You want three main things out of a waterproof shoe. First, and this might come as a shock, is that they should be waterproof. Not water-resistant, waterPROOF. That’s not to say that your rain-ready shoes have to be knee-high rubber boots. The amount of rain you typically encounter might only require a pair of low-top waterproof sneakers (or some DEFCON 5-level all-terrain boots). Second, they should have a good slip-resistant outsole. Wet socks aren’t the only thing you have to worry about. Third, they should look good. Having to trudge through through the rain is glum enough and having to do it with a nasty pair of galoshes just makes it worse. Though most of the men’s shoes that we consider to be essential earn that status for their timeless design, waterproof shoes make the cut for their utility. But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with a shoe designed by some schmuck.
Thankfully there’s plenty of hydrophobic footwear on the market to get you through the rain drip dry. Trail running shoes, work boots, even loafers come in waterproof variants. So whatever your style is, there’s a shoe that will fit in your closet and keep your feet dry. We filtered through it all and brought you only the best of the best. So scroll on and keep your drip dry.
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