Do Waterproof Running Shoes Work on Treadmills?

A lot of readers ask me if waterproof running shoes work on treadmills. Even though some might consider this a silly topic, I think it does need to be addressed.

First off, let’s look at where these types of shoes are typically used.

Who Needs Waterproof Running Shoes?

There are 3 main times that you need these types of shoes.

The first is if you live in an area that receives huge amounts of rain. The first place that comes to mind is Seattle, considering that place is always soaking wet.

The second group of people that should get these shoes is swamp people. As you might expect, these are the people living in regions such as the Everglades or southern Louisiana. Swamp people tend to get into a lot of trouble, so they’re constantly running away from alligators, snakes, and man-eating mud monsters.

PHOTO CREDIT:  Muddy shoes by vitahall, Flickr

PHOTO CREDIT: Muddy shoes by vitahall, Flickr

The third group, which is probably the group you belong to, is the group of people who like to run in the ocean naked. Obviously you’re just asking for trouble by not having any shoes on, so you better keep those feet dry if you partake in this kinda thing.

But even though these are the main times you’d want shoes, you can, in fact, use them on a treadmill. Here are a few things to consider though.

Waterproof Shoes and Treadmills

Personally, I don’t recommend taking these shoes on a treadmill.

The first reason is that a good set of shoes isn’t cheap. You’re going to spend at least $100, so why would you tear them up while running on a treadmill?

Don’t get me wrong- I’m not saying that your treadmill is made out of sharp rocks or concrete or something. But generally, there’s no reason to take your nice running shoes onto a treadmill.

Instead, try using flip flops. They’re meant to be destroyed anyway. You could also try wearing something like Crocs. They’re made out of rubber- kinda.

That said- maybe you still want to run on a treadmill. Make sure you do the following before you get going.

Treadmill Running Checklist

First, make sure that your running shoes are laced up nice and tight. I can’t tell you how many times I tried to run with the laces untied, only to wind up flat on my face. It doesn’t feel very good- I don’t recommend it.

Second, strap on your GPS running watch. I know, I know- what good is a watch using GPS if you’re just on a treadmill? Well, here’s the thing. If you got attacked by a pack of zombies while you’re on the treadmill, the only way someone will ever find you is by tracking your GPS watch.

Third, get some good quality running gear. Cotton works okay, but typically isn’t the best material for running. It gets hot and absorbs all of your sweat- not fun. Instead, invest in running shorts, shirts, underwear and socks that wick away moisture. That way you can at least feel comfortable.

PHOTO CREDIT: Legs by Håkan Dahlström, Flickr

PHOTO CREDIT: Legs by Håkan Dahlström, Flickr

Fourth, spend at least 5 minutes stretching before and after your workout. Stretching has been proven to reduce your chances of injury, quicken recovery time, and give you the powers of Superman. The most important stretch, as you might imagine, is laying on your stomach and then stretching out your arms in front of you, while straightening your legs out behind you.

Finally, attach a footpod to your waterproof running shoes. This will help you keep track of your pace and cadence.

Now let’s talk about a few things to look for in your shoe.

What Makes a Good Running Shoe?

The most important feature of a good running shoe is the support it provides your foot. Most runners don’t have perfect running form, so your shoe should compensate that. For example, someone with high arches usually needs a shoe that provides great arch support.

Another important feature is a grip on the bottom of the shoe. If you’re running on treadmills, this isn’t extremely important. But if you decide to take a run up a cliff or on the ceiling, you’ll want the best grip you can get.

Finally, make sure that your foot gets extremely hot while running in the shoe. This verifies that no moisture is getting in. Sure, maybe your foot will smell bad enough to knock out small animals and children with one sniff, but at least they didn’t allow in moisture.

The Soggy Truth

Waterproof running shoes work pretty well on treadmills. Even though that isn’t exactly what they were designed for, don’t feel too silly about trying it sometime. You might be surprised and realize that you like it, similar to that time you tried an egg, beet and Snickers sandwich.

(PHOTO CREDIT on Featured Image: Treadmill by maHidoodi, Flickr)

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