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TLDR: What kind of shoes do you wear that keep your feet dry in wet, dew grass?

Every morning in the Midwest the grass is heavy with dew. Feet get soaked so fast its no fun to play until noon. Even then, shady grass is still wet.

Back when I used to ball golf, the shoes were waterproof so that I never remember this problem.

I dowsed my normal hiking boots with the silicone waterproof spray which seems to give me 20 extra minutes before my feet are soaked.
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Old 09-15-2020, 09:41 AM
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I have worn both Merrell and Keen waterproof hikers. They each have their merits, but are great for keeping your feet dry, until they wear out. They are hot and sweaty feet can become an issue. Half the solution to wet feet is a sock answer.

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...Half the solution to wet feet is a sock answer.
When I was a little kid, my mom would put plastic bread bags on our feet before putting on our winter boots.

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When I was a little kid, my mom would put plastic bread bags on our feet before putting on our winter boots.
Yep, Ive totally done the bread bags over socks.
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Given the difference in the length of grass, you can't compare walking on a nicely manicured golf fairway to walking on a disc golf course.

It's amazing how wet your feet can get just walking in a field with nothing more than morning dew.

Decent hiking boots that feature a Goretex or similar waterproof liner seem to work well... for a while. Depending on how long and wet the grass is, they can keep your feet dry for an entire morning round.

But if the grass is particularly long and holding a lot of water, your socks could be wet by the back 9, even with decent Goretex hikers.

All those membranes seem to lose at least some of their effectiveness after about a year or so, but they still seem to delay the inevitable sock soaking longer than "regular" hiking boots, and definitely better than most running shoes

I bring a few pairs of shoes on road trips so I can put on dry shoes and socks after a wet morning round.

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Yep, Ive totally done the bread bags over socks.
Just to be clear, bread bags are NOT the sock answer.

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TLDR: What kind of shoes do you wear that keep your feet dry in wet, dew grass?

Every morning in the Midwest the grass is heavy with dew. Feet get soaked so fast it’s no fun to play until noon. Even then, shady grass is still wet.

Back when I used to ball golf, the shoes were waterproof so that I never remember this problem.

I dowsed my normal hiking boots with the silicone waterproof spray which seems to give me 20 extra minutes before my feet are soaked.
Various ways to go about this, each with pros/cons. Some of these might sound ridiculous to some, but be the perfect solution for others:

1. Simply bring an extra pair of shoes and socks (or 2 or 3...) and change between rounds.
2. Waterproof hiking boots. H2O-proof at the cost of mobility/agility. Expensive.
3. Some combo of waterproof sock (I've had great results and a long life out of all my Sealskinz waterproof socks/gloves) and semi-waterproof shoes. I've used Merrill and Sealskinz, and even got a pair of shoes half a size larger to accommodate the thickness of the heavy winter trekking socks. This option has worked best for me after trying out the other options, but it's an investment in gear some might not want to make. This is, literally, walk through freezing rivers quality of foot protection, warmth, and dryness. To be clear, this is a wool sock, then sealskinz, then hiking shoe setup. I wouldn't recommend Merrill, though; try any of the other good hiking shoes (e.g., Keen et al.)
4. "Water-proof" shoes and some other sort of water mitigation method: sprays, dips, plastic baggies (lol!), basically anything that adds some measure of added protection but doesn't quite achieve great results.
5. Be a man and wear cotton tennis socks and adidas sneakers and gut it out over multiple rounds in over a foot of snow.

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Just to be clear, bread bags are NOT the sock answer.
Waterproof socks? Well, Ill have to go shopping. Didnt think of that, but its a fantastic answer because I wear Lems shoes/boots and didnt want to buy another brand for DG. Your genius is showing.

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