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I have a great set of walking boots but you don't always want/need the clumpiness. I've had a series of walking shoes from Gelert, Karrimor increasing costs all claiming to be waterproof and all lasting around 2months before walking on wet grass for a mile or so means wet feet. Anyone any recommendations-max cost £100-looking at Merrell Chameleons at the mo. Help!!!!

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I have a pair of waterproof shoes from Cotton Traders and have not had wet feet so far.

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Any stitched shoe, no matter how good is at risk, over use, of developing leaks through the stitching and laces. There are many water repellent sprays, and other products on the market to prevent this by periodic reapplication.

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Jezzerb, I’ve had the same problem over the years. Apparently, ‘waterproof ‘ simply means that some of the material used in the boots may be impervious to water - but other parts, seams and stitching may not be, just simply ‘water repellent’ !

 

Look on the label for the IPX rating which goes from zero up to the highest rating of IPX-8, which means your foot will stay completely dry even if totally submerged.

 

John

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I use Scarpa Vortex. Full price is about £150 but the last ones I bought in January were about £100 in a sale at Go Outdoors and before that about £110 from Rathbones in Keswick. I have a pair for walking in the hills that do not require boots and a pair for walking around home. The gortex lining keeps your feet dry. The tread pattern gives good grip but the ones used at home can wear out over about a year of walking on tarmac footpaths most days, whereas the other pair is quite a few years old and still in good condition.

https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/15896484/scarpa-vortex-xcr-men-s-walking-shoe-15896484

 

When buying footwear you should try them on to see if they fit so care needs to be taken if buying over the internet to make sure they can be returned.

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Check out Salomon. As mentioned by Paul1957, look for "Gortex" (if looking at Salomon, look for "GTX") to keep you feet dry, and try them on to make sure of a good fit. 

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Over a lifetime as a mountaineer/hill walker/rescue team member I’ve had experience of all sorts. IMO. There’s pretty much no guarantee of long term waterproofing in a lightweight shoe/boot. 
 

Goretex or similar membranes are as good as you’ll get, but the first bit of fine grit inside them will abrade the membrane, and then they’ll leak forever more. 
 

The only way I’ve found of keeping  dry feet is with a well waxed pair of leather boots. And well fitted gaiters. Overkill for most use. And hot, and sweaty. 
 

My go to shoe is whatever Karrimor cross trainer I can pick up. Fairly sturdy, even for big days out in the hills in good weather, dryish in the wet. But I accept wet feet as par for the course. 
 

Merrell/Salomon or other brands perform similar, but are often twice the price. 

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Thanks folks-some great advice; I've tried repeated sprays but they don't make much difference. Found some all leather Chameleon 8's at £100 so am going to give those or salomen or scarpa equivalents a go-gore tex being the aim! 

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 OH bought some skechers, they kept his feet dry and were very comfortable, but they didn't last long , the soles were showing signs of wear

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Both my wife and I needed some new walking shoes/boots when we were away in North Norfolk with the van last year.  We visited a great outdoor clothing specialist shop in Holt and were looked after really well by the owner who was knowledgable but not pushy.   He had a vast range of possible boots but, having listened to what I needed - he knew immediately what was required and gave me just one pair to try on.  They were Merrells and I have never felt anything fit so perfectly and feel so light yet supportive.   Walking in them was, and is, a dream.  Yes, they were slightly more expensive than some other  brands but I was very happy and they have worn really well. 

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2 hours ago, Flying Grandad said:

Check out Salomon. As mentioned by Paul1957, look for "Gortex" (if looking at Salomon, look for "GTX") to keep you feet dry, and try them on to make sure of a good fit. 


I don’t recommend these. I had a pair and within a year they split either side at the toe portion. I used them most days on level ground through woodland so not really extreme wear. I claimed under warranty and they sent a replacement pair, these failed after 6 months, exactly the same fault. I’ve now got a pair of north face and they’re superb.

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1 hour ago, Stockcroft said:

They were Merrells and I have never felt anything fit so perfectly and feel so light yet supportive.   

 

Whoops....there was I singing the virtues of Merrell.  Have just been into the garage on another errand and saw the boots in question - they are Meindl (Austrian).

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1 hour ago, Dave Capiro owner said:


I don’t recommend these. I had a pair and within a year they split either side at the toe portion. I used them most days on level ground through woodland so not really extreme wear. I claimed under warranty and they sent a replacement pair, these failed after 6 months, exactly the same fault. I’ve now got a pair of north face and they’re superb.

 

Can't argue with your experience Dave but three pairs (full boot, mid boot and approach shoe) of Salomon have given me exemplary service.

Never tried The North Face so can't comment but I'll check them out next time I need a new pair.

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Have a look at Grisport shoes and boots. I'm on my second pair(first still waterproof but soles getting worn after 4 years of use). Vibram soles, very comfortable and durable. Shoes cost about £75  or so.

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2 hours ago, Dave Capiro owner said:


I don’t recommend these. I had a pair and within a year they split either side at the toe portion. I used them most days on level ground through woodland so not really extreme wear. I claimed under warranty and they sent a replacement pair, these failed after 6 months, exactly the same fault. I’ve now got a pair of north face and they’re superb.

 

18 minutes ago, Flying Grandad said:

 

Can't argue with your experience Dave but three pairs (full boot, mid boot and approach shoe) of Salomon have given me exemplary service.

Never tried The North Face so can't comment but I'll check them out next time I need a new pair.

I had a pair of gtx that literally wore through the sole I had them that long.  

Replaced with new and like Dave had them split in under a year.   They now have an unsightly glue line where I repaired them. So must be manufacturing issue at a guess 

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Wellie boots!

But even they leak if the water's too deep !

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If you want someone to resurrect your 20 year old  fits like a glove boots /shoes have a look on here.

 

https://tinyurl.com/y8dygzt8

 

They also repair all manner  of awnings, clothing, rucksacks and so on.

 

I've used them for awning and tent repairs, no 2 son for bike leathers.

 

Not the cheapest but do a good job, they are always very busy all year round and have been going for years, which is always a good sign.

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I have had Salomon GTX shoes for at least 12 years, for everyday use and have been very good. I also have a pair of Scarpa that I am using now for general dog walking at least 4 years old and have not given at all, although the soles are wearing now. They do seem better made than the last pair of Salomon I have bought last year.

The Salomon have thicker soles, but all have failed like has been said above, around the toe/sole area, but not prematurely. 

 

I like the Scarpa and will look to buy another pair, although they are expensive

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19 minutes ago, Benny65 said:

I have had Salomon GTX shoes for at least 12 years, for everyday use and have been very good. I also have a pair of Scarpa that I am using now for general dog walking at least 4 years old and have not given at all, although the soles are wearing now. They do seem better made than the last pair of Salomon I have bought last year.

The Salomon have thicker soles, but all have failed like has been said above, around the toe/sole area, but not prematurely. 

 

I like the Scarpa and will look to buy another pair, although they are expensive

 :o I've bought cars for less than that.

  I've worn heavy boots for most of my working life and was looking forward to having some nice shoes in my retirement, but I cannot get on with them. At the moment I have a pair of Site safety shoes from Screwfix, cost £16 and, so far, are waterproof. Only had them for 4 months though. :)

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From the responses on here, it would seem that Salomon have been cutting corners with manufacturing to reduce costs, whilst relying on their reputation to maintain sales. I hope my newer pairs stand the same sort of abuse as the first ones I bought.

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Found a pair of Merrell's i like-Chameleon 8. Pricey but Goretex and leather so time to bite the bullet-well over twice what I've ever paid but if they last more than  4 mnths  I'll be on a winner!!!

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North Face Hedgehog. Great grip and comfort from the outset.

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I have a pair of Irish Setters - all leather and guaranteed 100% waterproof.  Had them for 5 years+ and never a hint of dampness.  Thermo-lined and they fit and feel like a pair of slippers.  All depends if you favour the mid-calf length, though.  I also treat them with Mink Oil virtually every time I wear them and I am quite happy wading through shallow streams without any danger of getting my feet wet.  Bit beyond your £100 limit though - but in the long run, a good investment in my opinion.

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Was having a squint here just the other day, scroll to the bottom for general info.

 

https://runrepeat.com/ranking/rankings-of-waterproof-hiking-shoes

 

 

Stay safe - Griff.  :ph34r:

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