As a professional dog walker, you're on your feet all day, every day, pounding the pavement. Our desk job-having friends and family would be shocked by the crazy high number of steps clocked by our health tracker apps in an eight hour period. And even when we've got energy to spare and a full day ahead of us, we're often already focused on how tired and achy our feet are by Walk 1.
The best cure for our suffering soles is prevention, so it's crucial to have good quality footwear to help diminish the impact of those thousands of daily steps you're crushing as a dog walker. And just as important for comfort is having warm, waterproof shoes to keep you dry and cozy in any weather you and your fur clients may hike through. Here are our five tried and true, favorite waterproof dog walking shoes of 2019.
If you prefer a lighter weight hiking sneaker, KEEN makes a breathable, everyday shoe that'll keep your toes warm and dry in rain and cold weather. The Oakridge shoe is built with a rubber sole and hydrophobic lining for a dry comfort, and the lightweight leather and mesh upper is designed to last. With its compression-molded midsole, the Oakridge allows for a comfortable, supportive step, making it a smart investment for the health of your hardworking feet.
Best Arch Support
Why choose between performance and comfort when you can have both in Merrell's Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe? Choose from five cool, earthy colors, and keep your feet happy and dry hiking the toughest terrain with your canine companions. It's hard to find a more supportive hiking shoe than the Moab 2 with its contoured footbed with added zonal arch. Ideal for those of us who experience heel pain upon impact, its targeted heel cushioning improves overall comfort by reducing stress on your foot with each step. And M Select DRY technology seals out water and lets moisture escape so you stay dry and cozy for those rainy day dog walks.
Best All Terrain
If you find yourself conducting your dog walking business up hills, through woods, and amidst unpredictable weather, you'll want to lace up a more serious hiking boot. Known for their durable footwear, Columbia designed their Newton Ridge Plus shoes with classic mountaineering style in mind. While hoofing it through more treacherous terrain and colder weather, long-lasting comfort takes priority. This modern boot boasts a TECHLITE lightweight midsole with superior cushioning and high energy return, ideal for long distance dog walkers who want stay warm and comfy while roughing it. Columbia's signature Omni-GRIP traction rubber sole provides high grip across a wide variety of terrain and slippery weather conditions.
Sporty, warm weather dog walkers will meet their match in KEEN's adventurous Newport H2 Sandal. Whether you're hitting the hiking trails or splashing through a river walk with your four-legged friends, these are the best (machine washable!) shoes for reliable traction. KEEN patented toe protection ensures long-lasting comfort and safety, and the compression-molded EVA midsole supports your arches so you can keep up with your active pack, pain free.
Nothing is worse than feeling icy rain or snow seep through your socks when you've still got a day full of dog walks to get to. For those of us doing walks in snowier, harsher climates, warm, waterproof boots are a non-negotiable. Merrell's Aurora 6 Boots have a waterproof shell to keep you dry and a conductor fleece lining for cozy, added warmth. Because stability on ice is that much more crucial with an energetic pup at your side, you'll need a boot with foolproof traction. The Aurora 6's Vibram Arctic Grip outsole will keep you feeling secure and sturdy through sleet, sludge, and snowstorms.