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    Hiking shoes/ WATER PROOF

    What hiking shoes do you suggest, that are really waterproof.
    I have keen's
    And Merrill's.
    The keen I walk 10 feet tru wet grass , and I can ring out my socks and get half a glass of water. Not talking stepping in a mud puddle up to my ankles, just walking in wet grass.
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    If you find a pair, other than straight rubber let me know.
    I've never come across any yet.



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    Tagged. I'm in the market for a new pair too. I've had Keens (shoes) for 4 years with nary a leak.
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    The water proofing on my Merrill,s last about a year or about 500 miles. Never wash them with soap it destroyed the water proofing in one pair of mine.
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    I gave up on "waterproof" boots (that will actually keep feet dry in standing water). I treat my (leather or fabric) boots as best I can, and if I am going to experience extremely wet conditions I just wear rubber boots (add some insoles and they can be quite comfortable). At times I have slipped a plastic grocery store bag over my socks, cut off the excess, and that works too....and they are cheap/free to replace.

    By the way, on rubber boots: I bought a pair of (made in Canada) Kamik Ranger rubber boots on Amazon I believe it was for 25.00.....they are the best rubber boots I have ever owned. They are light and very easy to get on and off, have been used extensively this year and do not leak (so far). When I go hunting I will always have them in the truck as a backup, and I use them for fishing every time I go.
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    I wear rubber when wet. I have had GoreTex work and fail. If I get a new pair of boots I will take them for a test run. If they leak I take them back. They are warrantied. I have many waterproof boots that work pretty well.
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    Just buy shoes/boots with GoreTex lining. Some manufacturers use a variety of processes and claim "waterproof". Some have their own version of breathable waterproof membranes (basically socks woven into the inside of the shoe) which work pretty good. Others just "waterproof" the outers and call it good. This is usually what gets wet feet. I stick with GoreTex and then just use a DWR wash or spray depending on what it is (jacket, bivy sack, rain fly, shoes, etc.). Or rubber boots. :P
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    I have been wearing ECCO boots for years. My last pair lasted about eight years of daily use before the soles wore slick. But they are still in service. Now the dog chews on them.

    I go through wet grass and shallow water with nary a leak. I've been wearing my current pair for about four years. Still good. I have a new pair in the closet waiting their turn. No break in period. Comfortable from the get go.

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    red wing are my first choice, and danner makes good shoes too. i have merrils that say waterproof but just by walking in dew covered grass my feet get looking like prunes
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    Vooch nailed it ! Leather, Goretex, etc. might be water resistant but only rubber is totally waterproof and will keep you dry.
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