When it comes to hiking boots, we think that most of you will agree that waterproofing is pretty important. It does, of course, depend a lot on where you are hiking.
If you are willing to hike in any weather and through all terrains, even if they are wet or muddy, then we think that waterproofing is pretty essential. However, if you live in a dry area and know for sure that you will not be encountering enough water to warrant waterproof shoes, then you can give it a miss.
It should be noted though, that having wet feet can be harmful. If you have wet feet for a prolonged period of time then you are more susceptible to infections, blisters, and even trench foot!