How to Waterproof Running Shoes

How to Waterproof Running Shoes
The most efficient way of keeping your feet dry when running is to wear waterproof running shoes. However, this may not be possible if you are especially particular about your running shoes (which may not be water resistant). And purchasing waterproof shoes just for inclement weather can be expensive. If you get caught in rain and need something to keep your running shoes dry, you may want to consider buying athletic waterproof overshoes. Waterproof overshoes are typically less expensive than water resistant running shoes. They are also easy to use, and they safely retain the traction of your own running shoes. Waterproof overshoes are also quite durable, keeping your running shoes clean and dry in puddles and even in snow.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Athletic waterproof overshoes
Step 1
Put on your running shoes and tie the laces.
Step 2
Slip the waterproof overshoes over your own running shoes; make sure the waterproof shoes fit securely and snugly.
Step 3
Securely fasten your overshoes. Make sure all enclosure clips and hook-and-loop fasteners are tied.

Tips & Warnings

Pick waterproof overshoes that have plenty of traction or expose the most traction from the bottom of your running shoes. You will need a lot of friction to avoid slipping on wet ground. Avoid the heavier overshoe models because they can drag and add unnecessary weight, which can slow your running speed.
Athletic waterproof overshoes are not easy to find. There are usually more models available for cycling and gardening, but with enough patience you can find one that works well and is significantly cheaper than water resistant running shoes.
Do not use plastic bags to waterproof your running shoes. This is dangerous and can result in serious injuries.

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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