A reader asks: Any suggestion on shoe that is more durable and water resistant?

Hi! 42 year old female here. 5’4″. I guess 158 lbs??? I am a supinator with high arches. I also have a Tailor’s bunion (i.e. on the outside) of both feet. My feet are also wide. Surgery was recommended for my left foot when I was 25. I opted not to have the surgery because I was so young and the idea of a surgeon breaking my toes + shaving away some of my bone did not appeal to me. Instead, I’ve tried to keep any calluses and/or corns related to the bunions in check. I also do my best to find shoes that fit. I was a dancer from age 3-18 and pointe was my area of concentration. I also wore steel toed boots on concrete floors for a minimum of 50 hours/week, for 15 years. I left the factory 3 years ago and embarked on a new career. These days I mow grass (I mostly push mow) and operate tillers for a living, which means I’m usually walking on steep banks or rough terrain. My left foot still flares up occasionally, but I’ve had the problem so long I know what to change when it does.
I am looking for a waterproof (or at least water resistant) shoe to work in. I have decent boots I wear when I’m working in snaky areas or around heavy equipment. What I really need is a go-to shoe for mowing banks that will accommodate my “Flintstone Feet”. Ghost 8’s and 9’s have been really comfortable for me. But if the grass is wet at all, then my feet are wet, too. Though I have been pleased with how comfortable Ghosts feel, I need something more durable. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Christy.

Answer

Hi Christy. Thank you for reaching out. If you’re comfortable with Brooks Ghost 10, you can use its waterproof version, Ghost 10 GTX (a GORE-TEX footwear that keeps your feet dry and comfortable with optimized breathability). Other great options are Mizuno Wave Rider 20 GTX and Asics Gel-Cumulus 19 GTX (also known for their durability). But these are road shoes which are best for pavement. If you need more grip on the ground/grass, choose a top trail shoe, like Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX and Altra Lone Peak 3 Neoshell. These are neutral cushioned trail running shoes which are best for wide-footed supinators.