If you live in the country, or anywhere grassy, try staying dry in your normal trainers. It doesn’t happen. Having been forcibly reminded this morning when I stepped outside – think dogs and long grass – I started a hunt for trainers/trail shoes to keep me dry wherever I go particularly as I’m going on a trip that will involve both the gym and walking in the hilly countryside of Provence. And I only want to take one pair of trainers……
I looked for trail shoes with Gore-Tex that didn’t look like hiking boots and that could be worn to run in, walk in and climb a steep hill in. There are so many hiking boots and trail shoes that would be perfect for walking in the Lake District or somewhere similar – ie very wet and rugged terrain, but few that look like trainers. Of course these have a heavier sole, that’s essential for outdoors, but I’ll keep my hiking boots for the hills, my Nike Pegasus trainers for the gym or road walking and running, Geox grey suede and metallic sneakers for city wear and wear these for everything else. Is that too many pairs of shoes? Probably.
Perfectly packable you should be able to wear these anywhere and stay dry and comfortable. Adidas Performance Kanadia GTX trail running shoes are well priced and good looking, they also come in other colours, as do Lowa Ferrox GTX Lo.
The North Face Hedgehog Fastpack Lite will again keep you totally dry thanks to the Gore-Tex membrane and because it matches the shoes it won’t look too heavy. Another all purpose trainer that comes in different colours including a seasonal garnet with a bright orange trim.