Our collection of shoes and boots with GORE-TEX® product technology are renowned for their comfort and durability, but have you ever wondered what makes GORE-TEX® shoes so special? Each style is packed with Hotter’s signature comfort credentials making them cushioned, flexible and lightweight but the clever GORE-TEX® membrane adds another element of support that has to be felt to be believed. 

Here we answer six of your top questions about our GORE-TEX® shoes and boots.

What is GORE-TEX® fabric?

GORE-TEX® product technology isn’t a fabric, it is a waterproof yet breathable membrane that sits between the premium outer leather and soft inner lining of our walking shoes and boots.

How is GORE-TEX® membrane waterproof?

Every microscopic pore in the membrane is small enough to prevent water getting into the shoe, but big enough to allow the moisture from inside to escape. Leaving your feet dry and comfortable in all weather conditions.

Does GORE-TEX® technology work?

The GORE-TEX® membrane is a registered trademark of W.L. Gore & Associates who use state of the art machinery to test each pair of shoes to ensure they are completely water-tight. Boots are filled with water and spun at high speeds. The resulting pressure forces water through even the smallest of holes to discover leaks.

Are GORE-TEX® shoes breathable?

The clever thing about shoes and boots with GORE-TEX® product technology is that water cannot get in, but the millions of tiny pores in the membrane allow moisture vapour to escape. This creates a comfortable, climate control environment for busy feet to enjoy.

How to clean leather GORE-TEX® shoes and boots?

Follow these four steps to clean your leather GORE-TEX® shoes:

  1. Use a damp cloth to remove excess dirt.
  2. Apply a water-based polish to regularly in thin layers.
  3. Allow to dry for a minimum of 10 minutes.
  4. Polish with a soft cloth

How to clean nubuck GORE-TEX® shoes and boots?

Follow these four steps to clean your nubuck GORE-TEX® shoes:

  1. Regularly use a spray-on Nubuck protector.
  2. Remove any surface dirt with a stiff clothes brush.
  3. Remove any stains by applying a mild soapy solution.
  4. Allows allow uppers to dry naturally.

Don’t just take our word for it, here is what you say about our GORE-TEX® shoes and boots.

These walking boots are just brilliant. They are light and very comfortable out of the box, as well as waterproof. When they get plastered in mud, which has happened a few times, I just wipe them with a damp cloth and they come up looking like new!

Lynda talking about Rutland GTX® Boots.

These shoes are for walking out and about, to the shops and rough terrain. In fact, great all-rounders. They look good too and for the first time I have a pair of shoes that are comfortable from the outset and don’t need ‘breaking in’.

Davey talking about Thor GTX® Shoes.

These are the most comfortable, stylish, wet weather, walking my dog in all kinds of terrain shoes I have ever purchased. I love, love these shoes!

Susan talking about Mist GTX® Shoes.

Prepare your feet for their next adventure and shop the full collection today.


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