Waterproof Trail Trainers - suggestions please


New Member

Just joined and looking for guidance for trainers to use for walking.

I can't walk much due to ill health (about 15mins/day)

I'm looking for some trainers that are comfortable and are waterproof.

I tried some Salomon XA Elevate GTX via mail order, initially a size 8, but too tight, so tried the 8.5, but still a bit tight width-wise. I also thought they probably were a bit firm; not enough cushioning.

I know ideally I'd go to a shop to try on, but due to above mentioned health issues, that's very difficult.

I have a pair of old Merrell Moab mid boots in 8.5 that are a reasonable fit (but leak) and also a pair of New Balance All Terrain trainers in an 8 which are fine for fit, but not waterproof.

I was also looking for lightweight boots to replace the worn out Moabs; tried some Salomon 3 GTX in a wide fitting, but a bit too snug/tight and it looks like a another pair of Moabs that I've just received will be ok!...

So, I'm wondering if Merrels are a good (wide) fit for me and if their Nova Gore-tex shoe might do the job?

Any thoughts on these and any other suggestions most welcome please

Many thanks


New Member
Any ideas please for wide fit, waterproof trainers?



Regular Member
One thing I was told whilst running round a very muddy trail race was that, as they keep water out they also hold it in, so if you step in a big puddle potentially you're going to be walking round with a trainer full of water unless you take them off to empty them.
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