Waterproof hiking shoes are a miracle of modern technology. Basically low-top hiking boots, they keep water out while at the same time wicking moisture away from your feet. That’s a true win-win situation. Waterproof hiking shoes generally have uppers of full-grain, split-grain or nubuck leather, or some mix of synthetic materials. The key to all is that they feature uppers with a GoreTex or some other waterproof, breathable membrane to keep the water out. If they don’t have such a membrane, they’re not really going to be waterproof, and you’re not really going to be satisfied. Good waterproof hiking shoes also have EVA or polyeurathane midsoles, strong arch supports and outsoles with gripping lug patterns. Fit is critical to your selection of the right pair of waterproof hiking shoes. You’ll seldom see a happy hiker with a pair of ill-fitted shoes.