I have a pair of Dr Martens 1460 Vegan Black shoes. Every time I wear them in the (not really strong) rain, I get slightly wet feet quickly, mostly at the toes.

Is this normal?

Some years ago I had a pair made of leather and can't remember that they got so easily wet inside.

  • I don't think this is on-topic. What part of this relates to veg*n lifestyle or similar? You might as well post a question about whether rubber tires are waterproof.
    – Riker
    Jan 17, 2018 at 19:08
  • @Riker I think the question is a bit trivial, but not off-topic because of the reasons you mentioned. If rubber tires were usually non-vegan and had qualities such as good water resistance, it would be, IMO, in scope of this site to ask about their vegan counterparts and their respective qualities. Jan 17, 2018 at 19:13
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    @AlexanderRossa this doesn't ask "Are Dr Martens Vegan Black Shoes more waterpoof than normal shoes", it just asks about a quality of those shoes that does not pertain to their vegnness. Heck, I've got similar non-vegan shoes that are horribly non-waterproofed.
    – Riker
    Jan 17, 2018 at 19:15
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    Thanks for your comments. I updated the question. For me it is about comparing the vegan version whit the leather one.
    – Den
    Jan 17, 2018 at 21:25
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    @AlexanderRossa OK, I understand. If you want to help OP with a question that should be closed, then I personally suggest commenting accordingly. Closed questions with accepted or upvoted answers will never be deleted automatically, so it doesn't make much difference whether they are open or closed, except as a vague warning to visitors not to ask questions like this (which arguably has some value)
    – Zanna
    Jan 20, 2018 at 12:11

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The product page for the shoes you described does not mention waterproofness anywhere. Did a store assistant promise you that they are waterproof? Or do you have any other reason to believe they are? Things usually are not waterproof by default.

The product page does not say what the material used is, only that it is synthetic and vegan, and there is quite a good chance that the material simply has worse waterproofing abilities than the leather in your previous pair.

One thing you can do is to buy an impregnating spray and impregnate the shoes yourself - it would be good to know the material your shoes are made of though as some of the impregnating products cannot be used on synthetic materials etc.

If the wetness is localised at your toes, this might indicate that there is a certain point or area of entry for the water - try to inspect the shoes for any signs of damage in these parts as this might be covered under your warranty.

While a long shot (since the shoes are probably just not waterproof) but your feet might also get a bit wet if the material your shoes are from is not breathable enough and so your feet simply sweat. You don't even have to be warm for this to happen and synthetic materials in general are quite prone to this breathability issue.

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