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The myth of the waterproof shoe

If you have planned a hike in a cold, wet and high humidity conditions. If you are going to entail a long journey consisting of prolonged rain, soaking wet grass, snow melting, creek crossings. You might prefer wearing waterproof shoes but, are waterproof shoes actually waterproof? Will help your feet stay dry? Can shoes actually be waterproof? Marketing strategies make it look like their shoes can resist any wet conditions, but they are oblivious to the fact that they are some limitations to these product with its design and material flaw. To know more about waterproof shoes visit AllThingsWaterproof.

Design Flaw

Water can easily drip or pour into the opening of the seal through which you insert your feet, and if you try to stop this by trying to adjust your shoe tongue, you may be allowing more space for the water to enter. You might think that putting you pant over the opening of the shoe will it but it soon becomes uncomfortable and the situation is going to be worse if you find a creek crossing. One can assume an integrated waterproof grater can help, but it fails to keep the water out. Rubber suits can give you the dry feeling but is a task to put on and then later take off.

Material Flaw

Waterproof shoes fail due to the quality of the material too! Some footwear made of leather is treated with the polyurethane which, when new, does not allow water to pass through and keep the feet warm and dry. This coating is going to break over time and restoring the shoe to its former glory is almost never as successful as the factory coating. Another way of having a waterproof shoe is by using waterproof breathable material, although not completely breathable also will degrade over time. If kept in reasonable condition may last you long but will not be as efficient as they were when they were new.

Maintain clean feet

Even with all the best materials and designs if you do not keep your feet healthy, you will experience wetness of feet. This is due to wearing shoes for an extended period, traps perspiration which leads to feet producing sweat. It is natural and cannot be controlled. Taking care of your feet might help in keeping your feet dry for more extended periods. Some steps that can be taken are:

• Protect your feet by applying Leukotape on blister-prone areas of your feet

• Keeping your toenails short to prevent blisters from forming

• Keep your toenails rounded, so they do not hurt your other toes

• Wear a clean pair of socks that sits snug on your feet.

• Air out your feet at least once by taking both shoes and socks out

• Night time give your feet some time to recover

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