Best Women’s Gore-Tex Running Shoes for Rainy Days


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There is a saying that “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad equipment”. When it comes to running in the rain and cold, some runners may choose to run indoors or not at all. But, when the bad weather keeps coming (or when your only option is to run outside), then you dress up and go outside. With the right gear, running in the rain can be both a memorable and enjoyable experience.

Luckily, there are great running shoe options to keep every step dry and protected, so you can ignore the weather and enjoy the run.

Gore-Tex running shoes are collaborations with leading running shoe brands and the textile masters of Gore-Tex to create waterproof and breathable versions of their best-selling styles, giving runners the familiarity of their favorite style but in a waterproof format. Not only are Gore-Tex running shoes waterproof, but they also add a layer of protection allowing them to be tough versions of the style. This is especially useful for the trail and gravel builds so you can hit the most aggressive trails all year round with a tough upper ready for action.

There is now a whole range of Gore-Tex shoes available and here is our list of the latest Gore-Tex running shoes available in 2022 so far (pro tip: during a time of supply chain shortages, many brands have Gore-Tex in stock).

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Best Gore-Tex Road Running Shoes for Women

Brooks Ghost 14 GTX | $160

With an invisible Gore-Tex membrane, the Brook Ghost GTX version is a best seller with mid-road cushioning for a running shoe that’s neither too soft nor too hard – that’s just what it’s necessary.

New Balance 880 v11 GTX | $160

An eye-catching technical knit upper treated with Gore-Tex helps the New Balance 880 v11 GTX stand out from the crowd both visually and comfortably. It’s a great choice for riders looking for comfort on the road to winter glory.

ASICS Cumulus 23 GTX | $130

The Cumulus GTX is the everyday training shoe designed for winter and wet running conditions. It’s padded, it’s a high-mileage trainer that’s ready for the road in wind, rain or shine.

ASICS 2000-10 GTX | $140

A good option for pronators, the ASICS 2000 10 GTX edition is a great road shoe for those runs in the rain that just need to be done.

Best Gore-Tex Hybrid/Gravel Shoes for Women

Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX | $160

The perennial bestseller, the Nike Pegasus ‘The Peg’ transitioned to a trail edition a few years ago to great reception. This Gore-Tex take on the trail shoe is a welcome edit of one of Nike’s best-selling styles of all time.

Salomon Sense Ride 4 GTX | $160

New Gore-Tex treatments mean that waterproof versions are more flexible than in previous technologies. The Salomon Sense Ride is no different in the mesh upper with an “invisible fit” Gore-Tex liner that provides a comfortable yet waterproof ride.

HOKA Challenger ATR 6 GTX | $150

The Gore-Tex version of the HOKA Challenger ATR is sparsely available, but if you can find a size and you’re a HOKA fan, this is a classic trail shoe in waterproof form.

Best Gore-Tex Trail Running Shoes for Women

Brooks Cascadia 16 GTX | $150

A padded trail shoe for ultimate comfort alongside the waterproof protection of an invisible Gore-Tex membrane. If comfort is your goal, this is your trail shoe of choice.

New Balance Hierro V6 GTX | $160

This dedicated all-terrain version of the Hierro trail shoe features a grippy Vibram outsole and Gore-Tex waterproof fabric for a protective shell. Featuring the comfort of New Balance’s signature Fresh Foam cushioning, the Hierro v6 is a modern trail shoe for a comfortable ride.

La Sportiva Bushido 2 GTX | $160

With an invisible Gore-Tex membrane, this version from La Sportiva means the style fits like the regular version but gives you the freedom of the waterproof, breathable upper.

Merrell Antora 2 GTX | $150

A lightweight Gore-Tex trail running shoe for women. It cradles the heel and has comfortable lacing for the perfect fit. In addition to the Gore-Tex upper, the Vibram sole grips perfectly.

HOKA Speedgoat 4 GTX | $160

With a maximum-cushioned midsole, this is the go-to long-distance wet-weather running shoe. The HOKA Speedgoat 4 also has a wide platform for good stability in technical terrain.

Salomon Speedcross 5 GTX | $150

This is the ultimate trail shoe for tough running conditions from the brand known for its trail roots. Aggressive grip means you won’t slide down the trail in wet conditions or even soft snow. This Salomon style’s unique lacing system means you can dial in the micro laces for a precise fit with ease with wet and cold fingers. This style runs small, so sizing up is recommended.

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