Gear Question

Are these shoes water proof?

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Are these shoes water proof?

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According to the Salewa website, Yes they are.

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Chris, Salewa rep here. These shoes are not waterproof, but the same model is available in a Gore-Tex version that is waterproof (http://www.backcountry.com/salewa-alp-trainer-gtx-hiking-boot-mens).

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Chris, if you haven't gotten them yet, GTX in a shoe this low-cut is not worthwhile. You're better off with non-GTX here so that when your shoes get soaked (which is certain to happen with a low-rise option), they'll dry out much faster thanks to higher breathability. You'll also be preemptively addressing hot spots and blisters as your feet with stay cooler with the added ventilation (something GTX does help). Believe me, after tramping many 20+ mile days with wet feet on the AT, I've very familiar with the pros/cons of GTX.