Running Shoes

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Jasmine Vigar

March 14, 2024

Top 8 Waterproof Running Shoes to Tackle Any Weather

Explore the top 8 waterproof running shoes for every condition. From trails to roads, find our coaches’ favorites for a successful rainy-day run.

A crowd of people running uphill in a foggy forest setting.

Rain-soaked trails, dewy mornings, or unexpected downpours—runners face a myriad of wet conditions. Investing in a durable and comfortable pair of waterproof trainers can make all the difference for those wet runs, making them that much more enjoyable. If you ensure your running wardrobe is adapted to all weather conditions, nothing can get in your way. 

Plus, sometimes the best runs happen when you get out when most others wouldn’t, embracing the rain and feeling empowered by your own resilience.

The debate about waterproof running shoes often centers around the trade-off between water resistance and breathability. Here are our top recommendations at Runna, using our coaches’ expertise and experience of those wet miles to provide you with some well-researched suggestions. 

Hopefully, it will provide you with a better idea on which pair may be the best shoe for you—or if you even need them at all.

Is it worth getting waterproof running shoes?

Before investing in waterproof running shoes, it's natural to question—are they worth it? 

It is important to consider the genuine value they would bring to your running experience. Running, after all, often involves embracing soggy toes and muddy legs, which can be part of the fun. However, would you have even more fun having that extra protective barrier, allowing you to run further for longer? 

Waterproof shoes can act as a shield, repelling moisture and preventing the accumulation of absorbed water. This not only keeps your feet dry but it also reduces the added water weight from each stride. 

So, while running in wet conditions is undoubtedly an adventure, waterproof running shoes can enhance your experience by minimizing discomfort and maintaining a lighter, more enjoyable run. If you are prone to blisters and feel as though soggy feet are exacerbating this, it may be time to give a pair a go. 

On the other hand, the water repellent technology of waterproof shoes does compromise some of the breathability of a normal shoe. In warmer but wet conditions embracing the soggy feet and using your more breathable non-waterproof running shoe may be a better option. 

Therefore, it is important to consider your usual running environment and weigh up whether you’ll get enough wear in those wet winter months, or whether braving the rain may make more sense for you. 

If you are still considering buying a pair, here are some of our coaches' favorites. 

Remember: all feet and running strides are different, so we recommend visiting your local running shop to give these a go on a treadmill for a proper gait analysis and to ensure they suit you and your needs.

Top 8 waterproof running shoes for those rainy miles

Here are our coaches’ recommendations for the best trail, road and all round waterproof running shoes. It includes: 

  1. Best overall: Hoka Speedgoat 5 GORE-TEX
  2. Best waterproof trail shoe: Terrex Agravic Flow GORE-TEX Trail Running Shoes 2.0
  3. Best waterproof road shoe: Nike Pegasus 39 Shield
  4. Most versatile shoe: option 1 - Hoka Challenger 7 GORE-TEX
  5. Most versatile shoe: option 2 - Nike Pegasus Trail 4 GORE-TEX
  6. Best waterproof shoe for long distances: Hoka Clifton 9 GORE-TEX
  7. Best waterproof shoe for speed: Saucony Endorphin Speed 3 Runshield
  8. Best waterproof shoe for support and cushioning: Asics GT-2000 12 GTX 

1. Best overall: Hoka Speedgoat 5 GORE-TEX

Coach Ben’s Pick 

Men’s shoe: HERE

Women’s shoe: HERE

Product shot of Hoka Speedgoat 5 GORE-TEX.


  • GORE-TEX membrane for breathable, waterproof shoe
  • Vibram Megagrip with Traction Lug for effective grip on loose ground
  • Work well on both trail and road 
  • Provides strong stability 


  • May be too warm on hot but wet run days
  • Not for long stretches of road due to rubber traction grooves wearing down over time 

Weight: 272g (W) / 327g (M)

Heel/toe drop: 4 mm

Support: Neutral

Cushion: Protective

Price: £160

The Hoka Speedgoat 5 GORE-TEX takes the lead as our top choice for the best overall waterproof running shoe. 

With GORE-TEX technology ensuring reliable waterproofing and extra support and cushioning for varied terrains, this shoe strikes the perfect balance. The traction lugs provide effective grip on trails, while Hoka's cushioning technology delivers a comfortable yet responsive shoe. 

Lightweight, durable, and versatile, the Speedgoat 5 is our preferred option for runners seeking an all-round optimal performance in wet conditions and is Coach Ben’s top waterproof shoe. 

2. Best waterproof trail running shoe: Terrex Agravic Flow GORE-TEX Trail Running Shoes 2.0

Coach Steph’s Pick

Find the shoe here: HERE

Product shot of Terrex Agravic Flow GORE-TEX Trail Running Shoes 2.0.


  • Durable trail running shoe
  • Waterproof, yet breathable GORE-TEX
  • Midsole cushioning and foot-hugging mesh for support and comfort
  • Firm for support and protection on a trail


  • Some find them too stiff around the ankles 
  • Not as light as some other running shoes 

Weight: 340g (M) / Women’s 300g (W)

Heel/toe drop: 8mm

Support: Neutral

Price: £150


Terrex Agravic Flow GORE-TEX Trail Running Shoes 2.0 is Coach Steph’s favorite waterproof trail running shoe, using GORE-TEX to provide a protective yet breathable shield. It uses a ContinentalTM Rubber sole for durability and grip to ensure a confident stride on challenging terrain. 

Adidas suggest sizing up from your usual size to ensure a perfect fit. This shoe also provides cushioning in the midsole, which will be helpful for those who need extra support with impact and over long distances. 

3. Best water-repellent road shoe: Nike Pegasus 39 Shield

Men’s shoe: HERE

Women’s shoe: HERE

Product shot of Nike Pegasus 39 Shield.


  • High cushioning 
  • Insulation for warmth 
  • Traction for wet road running  


  • For road running only 
  • Water-repellant rather than water-proof so doesn’t completely protect against wet feet 
  • Some reports of creaking sound 


Weight: 284g

Heel/toe drop: 10 mm

Support: High support

Price: £134.95

For road runners seeking a slightly more protective shoe on rainy days, this is a strong option. It uses a water-repellent finish, so don’t expect the complete water-proofing some trail shoes provide. 

However, for rainy road running this shoe is highly effective and offers extra warmth and protection against the elements. It also provides extra grip for when wet roads become slippery so you can power on with confidence. 

4. Most versatile shoe (road and trail): option 1 - Hoka Challenger 7 GORE-TEX

Men’s shoe: HERE

Women’s shoe: HERE

Product shot of Hoka Challenger 7 GORE-TEX.


  • Built for both road and trail 
  • Extremely light for a shoe of this type 
  • Use GORE-TEX for breathability and waterproofing 
  • Highly supportive 
  • Extra cushioning 


  • Not as durable as some trail running shoes 


Weight: 198g

Heel/toe drop: 5 mm 

Support: High level of support, designed to prevent excessive inward roll or overpronation

Price: £150


The Hoka Challenger 7 GORE-TEX stands out as a versatile and reliable trail running shoe, combining the renowned Hoka comfort with waterproofing technology. Engineered to conquer diverse terrains and weather conditions, this shoe is equipped with a GORE-TEX membrane, providing a waterproof yet breathable barrier. This is a strong option if you’re looking for a shoe which can do everything. 

5. Most versatile shoe (road and trail): option 2 - Nike Pegasus Trail 4 GORE-TEX

Men’s shoe: HERE

Women’s shoe: HERE

Product shot of Nike Pegasus Trail 4 GORE-TEX.


  • Built for both road and trail 
  • GORE-TEX for breathability and waterproofing 
  • Ankle gaiter for extra water and debris protection
  • Lightweight and durable 


  • Not so good for technical trail runs 


Weight: 278g (M) / 223g (W)

Heel/toe drop: 9.5 mm (M) / 8.5mm (W)

Support: Neutral

Price: £144.99


The Nike Pegasus Trail 4 GORE-TEX is a waterproof trail running shoe designed to provide exceptional performance and protection both on road and trail. 

With its GORE-TEX waterproof membrane, this shoe offers reliable protection against rain, puddles, and wet trails, keeping your feet dry and comfortable throughout your run. The Pegasus Trail 4 features a durable and grippy outsole with lugs designed to provide traction on rugged terrain, making sure you feel stable and confident on the trails. 

Its responsive cushioning and supportive design make it suitable for long-distance runs, however, for highly technical and loose terrain, a more trail specialized shoe may be a better fit. This is another highly reviewed option for a ‘do-it-all’ shoe, being Coach Ben’s favorite waterproof running shoe!

6. Best waterproof shoe for long distances: Hoka Clifton 9 GORE-TEX

Men’s shoe: HERE

Women’s shoe: HERE

Product shot of Hoka Clifton 9 GORE-TEX.


  • Highly cushioned for protection against impact 
  • Highly supportive 
  • GORE-TEX providing breathable waterproof ventilation
  • Durabrasion rubber outsole for improved traction in slippery conditions
  • Excellent long-distance road shoe


  • Stiffer shoe than original clifton 9s due to GORE-TEX layer so takes a few wears to get used to 


Weight: 273g

Heel/toe drop: 5 mm

Support: High support 

Price: £150


The Hoka Clifton 9 GORE-TEX stands as a notable addition to the renowned Clifton series, combining Hoka's signature cushioning with GORE-TEX technology for an exceptional running experience. Engineered for both comfort and weather protection, the GORE-TEX membrane ensures a waterproof and breathable barrier against the elements, making it an ideal choice for wet and unpredictable conditions. 

The Clifton 9's plush cushioning, coupled with its lightweight construction, offers a smooth and responsive ride. With a focus on versatility, these shoes are suitable for a range of running activities, from daily training runs to longer distance workouts. 

The Hoka Clifton 9 GORE-TEX effectively focuses on comfort, performance, and weather resistance, making it a reliable companion for various types of weather.

7. Best waterproof shoe for speed: Saucony Endorphin Speed Runshield

Men’s shoe: HERE

Women’s shoe: HERE

Product shot of Saucony Endorphin Speed Runshield


  • SPEEDROLL technology to propel you forwards with each stride 
  • PWRRUN PB cushioning for comfort and bounce 
  • Nylon Plate aims to center each stride and for fast sessions  
  • FORMFIT creates a personalized fit 
  • XT-900 for durability and traction 
  • More specialized shoe for road running and faster runs 


  • More specific shoe so cannot be used in as many situations 


Weight: 204g (W) / 229g (M)

Heel/toe drop: 8 mm

Support: Neutral

Price: £186

The Saucony Endorphin Speed 3 Runshield is a practical choice if you’re seeking a balance of performance and weather resistance. 

The Runshield upper provides protection without compromising breathability, ideal for unpredictable conditions. With responsive cushioning and speed technology, these shoes help give bounce to each stride, catering to those of you looking to increase their pace. This makes them ideal for rainy race days and faster training sessions with unpredictable weather. 

An added benefit is they use recycled materials to make an eco-conscious shoe. 

7. Best waterproof shoe for support and cushioning: Asics GT-2000 12 GTX

Coach Beth’s pick 

Men’s shoe: HERE

Women’s shoe: HERE

Product shot of Asics GT-2000 12 GTX


  • Focus on cushioning using FF BLAST PLUS, PureGEL and 3D guidance system technology for impact support and comfort
  • GORE-TEX for dry feet whilst allowing breathability  


  • Could have more grip for wet conditions 

Weight: 253g (W) / 290g (M)

Heel/toe drop: 8 mm

Support: Neutral

Cushion: Extra

Price: £150


The ASICS GT-2000 12 GTX waterproof running shoe brings a solid mix of weather protection and support to your rainy day runs. Its waterproof GORE-TEX lining shields against rain and wet conditions, ensuring your feet stay dry during your run.

The ASICS GT-2000 12 GTX is a top pick for superior support and cushioning. They are engineered with a 3D GUIDANCE system for extra stability and Asic’s famous PureGEL cushioning for impact absorption. 

This is a well-rounded solution for runners who need a more supportive shoe with extra weather protection. However, it's worth noting that some users have observed that the grip of the GT-2000 12 could be improved. This is an important consideration, especially for those who frequent uneven terrains or challenging trails.

Get rainy day ready with the right running shoes

Whether you are looking for a speed shoe that can cater for unexpected rain or whether you are searching for an all-round road and trail shoe, hopefully we have provided you with some suitable suggestions. Remember, individual preferences vary, so visit your local running shop for a personalized gait analysis to ensure the selected shoes suit your unique needs. 

Check out our tips on running in the rain if you’d like to know more. 

If you need any help with an upcoming race or you fancy trying to run your first 5k, we will have a personalized plan to help you achieve your goal. Have a look at our plans here: 

Good luck!

FAQ: All you need to know about waterproof running shoes

Is there such a thing as waterproof running shoes?

Yes, waterproof running shoes are specially designed to resist water and keep your feet dry in wet conditions using technology such as GORE-TEX membranes, providing both waterproofing and breathability. 

Which brand has the best waterproof shoes? 

There are a range of brands which offer high-quality waterproof running shoes. Reliable and popular brands such as Adidas, Hoka, and Asics are known for their excellent running shoes for all types of weather. 

However, everyone has different needs and preferences, so there isn’t a single brand that’s best. We suggest going to a local running shoe store to try different brands and models and find the best fit.   

What shoes do Navy SEALs wear in water? 

Navy SEALs often opt for specialized water shoes designed for amphibious operations, offering water drainage, traction, and durability. 

What are the best trainers to wear in the rain? 

Choose waterproof running shoes like Terrex Agravic Flow, Nike Pegasus 39 Shield, or Hoka Challenger 7 GORE-TEX for both water resistance and comfort.

Are GORE-TEX shoes waterproof? 

Yes, GORE-TEX running trainers are known for their waterproof and breathable properties, making them suitable for wet conditions. 

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