Q. I have some old camping shoes, but they’re winter hunting shoes. I need a pair of warmer-weather shoes that can get wet and still be dry on the inside; and so my feet won’t stink. Can you help me?
—Shoeless Kenny, Cumming, Ga.
A. I’m happy to help. I think you’re looking for what’s called a waterproof/breathable shoe. Basically it’s made with a fabric that has a waterproof membrane that’ll keep water out while still allowing your body heat and sweat to escape. Your feet will stay dry and cool (though not as cool as they would in a straight pair of mesh shoes).
Most hiking and trail running shoe brands have waterproof/breathable models made with membranes from Gore-Tex or eVent or their own private label. So there are lots to choose from. The bad news: To get a truly waterproof/breathable shoe you’re going to have to spend about $100. Bad News Part II: If you step in a stream that’s more than ankle-deep your feet are gonna get wet. That said, here are two affordable waterproof breathable shoes to consider:
Finally, regarding stinky feet. No shoe or boot will be automatically stink-free. You are personally responsible for that. However, here are a few things to help minimize the stink: