For anyone that spends a lot amount of time working outside, you know how important a good waterproof work boot is. Keeping your feet and socks dry throughout a work day essential for anyone working in the trades. However, waterproof is a very general term that gets thrown around a lot when talking about boots.


Often the claims don’t measure up when it comes to performance. This is because brands have various methods of waterproofing, which all lead to different levels of performance. Let’s take a closer look at how boots are generally waterproofed.


In terms of leather boots, there are a few key features that are necessary to make a waterproof boot:


  1. The first is a membrane lining inside the boot, which keeps water that the leather soaks up from getting inside the boot.
  2. Built into that membrane should be a gusseted tongue, which creates a seal between the side of the boot and the tongue to keep the water out.
  3. The final feature would be the waterproofing of the leather itself, which is where most brands apply a spray onto the leather once it has been tanned. This spray method does not provide adequate protection, and often wears off after a few months leaving you with soggy socks.


Understanding the mistakes other brands make, we at BRUNT created our triple layer waterproofing system. We start by putting waterproofing solution right into the leather as it’s being tanned. Every seam on the inside of the boot is then coated with a waterproof sealant. Finally, we embed a breathable membrane inside your boot that stops water from getting in, but lets moisture out.


The key to our waterproofing process is that we waterproof our leather while it's being tanned. Brands who opt for a cheaper waterproofing method will spray the leather after it's been tanned which does not provide the same level of protection.


While waterproof boots are essential to many people working in the trades, there are some limitations to think about when selecting a pair.


  • Although leather work boots have come a long way in terms of waterproofing, even the best cannot compete with the waterproofing of completely rubber boots. Work boots are often necessary for certain work environments, but if waterproofing was far and away the most important feature, then a rubber boot might be the answer.
  • In addition, over time the waterproofing on any boot will wear off so it is important to select a pair that is waterproofed in a way that will last. There are certain sprays that can extend the life of the waterproofing, but it is always better to select a pair that is built to last longer than a few months.
  • Finally, the layers of waterproofing can cause the boot to lose some breathability so in a warmer climate or indoor environment, waterproof boots might not be the right choice.

(Our breathable Marin Unlined, which does not contain our waterproofing. )


When selecting the right waterproof boot for you, it is important to think about how you are going to use this boot. If you just need general protection from rain and puddles, then any of our boots with waterproofing will do the trick. However, if waterproofing is the most important factor then we recommend going with one of our leather waterproof boots.


This is due to the fact that waterproofing is generally better and easier to maintain on leather boots than a synthetic material like The Ryng boot. So for anyone who needs and all-weather work boot and protection from rain, ice, and snow then you will want a leather work boot. Good options here would be The Marin or The Marin Comp Toe if you need a waterproof safety boot.


In addition, if you frequently walk through large puddles of water then you want something that will offer more protection, so a higher boot like The Marin 8 inch or The Bolduc would be a good choice. Lastly, it is important to consider if you need waterproofing at all. If you frequently work indoors or in a warm climate where you do not need waterproofing, we would recommend a more breathable boot like The Marin Unlined or The Ryng Low.


Are waterproof work boots hotter?

The layers and membrane of the boot that make it waterproof can make the boot less breathable and can cause your feet to sweat.

Who makes the best waterproof work boots?

While many work wear brands create high-quality waterproof work boots, we like to think that we've created the best due to our triple-layer waterproof system.

Can you waterproof your own work boots?

There are several different sprays on the market that can make a boot wateproof. However, it is always best to purchase a high quality boot that is already waterproofed because the sprays do not provide adequate protection and will wear off quicker.

Are waterproof work boots worth it?

Many people working in the trades need waterproof work boots because they are often outside and exposed to the elements. However, if you work inside then waterproof work boots might not be a good choice because they are generally less breathable. However, if you work outside and in the rain then waterproof work boots are absolutely worth it.