When looking for a pair waterproof running shoes you will find that most are in the form of trail shoes. These shoes tend to have more of a aggressive look and feel compared to regular running shoes and are a little more durable. So lets take a closer look at these shoes and go over some of their components.
At fist glance you can tell the difference between waterproof running shoes made for the trails and normal runners. These shoes look very aggressive and ready to crush rocks, kick up dirt, and trek through water. When looking at waterproof trail running shoes I tend to think of a off road truck or monster truck where normal runners are your plain everyday SUV’s or sedans.
Waterproof running shoes meant for the trails are made with aggressive tread patterns that help to grip the terrain better than regular running shoes. The soles of these shoes are also thicker than non-trail shoes. This part of the shoe is also referred to as the outsole. The thicker sole makes the shoe not as flexible as a tradition runner. So if you have never worn trail shoes before this is something you may have to get use to. But like anything else you will adapt to it over time.
The midsole is the part of the shoe that focuses on the comfortability of the shoe. This part is layered just above the outsole of the shoe, and spans the entire length. Stability, flexibility, and durability all play a major role in the construction of this part of the shoe.
The insole rest right above the midsole and below your foot. This is another component that helps to create the comfort of a shoe. The insole aids in helping to control foot motion and stability. In most cases these insoles can be removed and replaced. Other terms for insoles are called footbeds or innersoles.
The upper front part of this shoe consist of the toe shoe area. This is the section of the shoe where your toes and ball of your foot are placed. The outside section of this shoe is covered with a thick piece of material to help protect the toe area. This is to help prevent objects from piercing through and damaging your toes while on the trails.
The main upper body of the shoe is made of a durable breathable mesh. And when talking about waterproof running shoes designed for the trails, this is the part that is treated so that it can prevent water from entering the shoe. And, at the same time it is also designed to allow your foot to breath. This waterproof durable mesh is usually made of Gore-Tex® a waterproof/breathable fabric. The use of Gore-Tex® or other waterproofing materials is what separates a waterproof running shoe made for the trails from a regular trail running shoe and traditional runners.
The heel counter is the back part of the shoe that helps to support your heel. This component of the shoe is especially good for those who land on their heel when walking or running (which is most of us). The heel counter is built inside of the heel cup and is usually made with a hard plastic.
So to recap a lot of waterproof running shoes take the form of trail shoes. And the main components of trail shoes are the Outsole, Insole, MideSole, Toe Box, Upperbody, and Heel Counter. Every manufacturer has its own name for each part of the shoe but the basics are all the same.