Best rain sneakers for men

Last updated January 29, 2017

If you prefer casual outfits in your day to day life, you know how annoying it is to wear sneakers on rainy days. Most sneakers, and especially the best ones, get soaked and you have to go around in wet shoes. You have probably tried to search for some rain boots. But what to do if boots aren’t your style?

Here we have picked some good water-resistant sneaker-type shoes for rainy season that are worth to take a look at.

ProductWidthPriceWaterproofTractionSizing Overall score
Vans Men's Sk8-Hi MTE Skate ShoeVans Men's Sk8-Hi MTE Skate Shoe M $26.99 - $172.00
80%
80%
4-14,5 US4,7
Converse Unisex Chuck Taylor All Star Leather Hi SneakConverse Unisex Chuck Taylor All Star Leather Hi Sneak M $14.31 - $145.00
80%
50%
3-17 US4,5
Nike Lunar Force 1 Duckboot Boot Nike Lunar Force 1 Duckboot Boot M $164.94 - $259.99
80%
80%
8-13 US4,8
Nike Jordan Men's Air Jordan 1 Basketball ShoeNike Jordan Men's Air Jordan 1 Basketball Shoe M $69.84 - $272.65
90%
80%
7-14 US4,6
adidas Performance Men's Kanadia 7 TR M Trail Running Shoe adidas Performance Men's Kanadia 7 TR M Trail Running Shoe M $35.99 - $99.90
30%
80%
7,5-14 US4,4
ASICS GEL-Lyte III Retro Running unisex-adult Shoe ASICS GEL-Lyte III Retro Running unisex-adult Shoe M $39.95 - $140.00
80%
60%
4-14 US4,4
Skechers Sport Men's Waterproof Hiker Sneaker Skechers Sport Men's Waterproof Hiker Sneaker M $47.85 - $79.95
80%
60%
6,5-14 US4,3
Reebok Men's Work N Cushion 2.0 Walking Shoe Reebok Men's Work N Cushion 2.0 Walking Shoe M – 4E$38.74 - $84.99
90%
80%
6,5-14 US4,0

Best waterproof sneakers for rainy days seem to be Vans shoes Sk8-Hi MTE with leather top. Nike black Air Jordan rain sneakers are also very popular.

Leather

While choosing rain shoes look at the material the shoes are made of. If you go for leather you may choose almost any style without hesitation. Leather is naturally waterproof which makes the shoes usable in the wet.

Leather sneakers will keep your feet dry and are the best choice if you like casual style and need “rain boots”.

Waterproof sneaker protection

You may think that waterproof shoes don’t need protection and care. Well, think again. Because if you would like your shoes to last, you need to take care of them. Here is what we recommend to do:

  1. Apply some water repellent before wearing the sneakers for the first time to block out moisture.
    Rust-Oleum 280886 NeverWet 11-Ounce Boot and Shoe Spray, Clear
  2. Dry the shoes immediately after walking in rain. Use electric shoe dryer or some other remedy to dry the shoes fast. Do not wear wet shoes – they may start to stink.
    PEET Dryer - Original 2-Shoe Electric Shoe and Boot Dryer, Black

Poor grip

A matter to consider when choosing sneakers for rainy weather is a poor grip on slippery surfaces. Sneaker soles are not made with good traction in mind as they are supposed to be light and easy to wear for all kinds of activities. This often makes them very slippery on wet surfaces.

Choose sneakers with large treads and soft gripping rubber outsole in order to protect yourself from slipping. For example Adidas Performance Men’s Kanadia Shoe.

Other ways

If you don’t want to buy new sneakers or need something to cover the shoes in case of a sudden rain here are some options on how to waterproof the shoes:

  • Bike shoe covers are perfect to keep your sneakers clean and dry.
    Louis Garneau - Neo Protect 2 Cycling Shoe Covers, Black, XL
  • Try rubber overshoes or galoshes. They are an ultimate waterproofing solution for all types of footwear.
    Tingley Men's High Top Work Rubber Stretch Overshoe,Black,XL(11-12.5 US Mens)
  • Try on shoe shields that you insert inside the sneaker just below breathing holes. They are a good choice to help prevent the shoes from creasing.
    Sneaker Shields - Sneaker Protector Toe Box Decreaser, Anti Crease Wearable Inserts for Shoes - Keep Your Kicks Crease Free - Pre Notched Universal - 1 Pack - Medium - Men's 9.5-12 / Women's 10.5-13
  • Nylon overshoes are a little bit heavy and expensive, but they work really great.
    NEOS 15
  • Wear sandals if it’s warm outside. They will dry out quickly and you won’t damage the sneakers. They will also prevent your feet from overheating if it’s really warm.
  • If it’s wet and cold outside wear wool socks along with windproof sock. They will not protect the sneakers, but will keep your feet warm and dry.
    Carhartt Men's Extremes Cold Weather Boot Socks,  Navy, Shoe: 6-12
    +
    Seirus Innovation 6901 Windproof Winter Cold Weather NeoSock with 50% More Stretch, Black, Medium

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