Our products vary in their level of water resistance, depending on their intended use. Some shoes are more water-resistant than others.
Durable Water Repellency (DWR): The DWR finish on our boots is the first line of defense against water, causing it to bead up and roll off the shoe.
Outer Material: Our shoes are made of leather, which is naturally waterproof. However, prolonged exposure to water can cause seepage. Some shoes also feature mesh sections, which are treated to be water-resistant.
Stitching: We use tight stitching to prevent water ingress. However, the stitches can absorb water and transport it into the layer beneath.
Protective Membrane: Our shoes contain a membrane with a hydrostatic head rating that exceeds industry standards. This rating indicates the amount of water the membrane can repel before it breaches.
Breathable Membrane: The membrane is designed to allow moisture to escape from the shoe. However, if you’re active and sweat while wearing the shoes, you may still experience dampness.
Lining: The lining, made from recycled plastic bottles, wicks moisture away from your foot and towards the membrane for evaporation. If the outer materials are saturated, water will not escape from the shoe.
Entry Points: Water can enter the shoe from the top unless you’re wearing full waterproof trousers, preferably with a gaiter. Once inside, it’s difficult for the membrane to expel the water.
Factors Affecting Waterproofing: Many factors can affect the waterproofing of our shoes. For instance, standing in a puddle for an hour might leave your feet dry, but walking through a field of wet grass for 10 minutes could wet your feet.