After reading a few blogs on the matter, I decided to try out the "don't bother with waterproof footwear just let your feet get wet" philosophy. The theory is that waterproof liners always fail eventualy and make footwear less breathable and slower to dry out. I got myself a pair of trail runners last year (Topo Athletic Terraventure) to replace my leather boots and they are heaven in comparison, light and comfy - when it's dry. I've only ventured out once in serious rain though, the other day, and I think must have been a cat in a previous life, because it was horrible! To ease myself in gently I wore waterproof socks (Dexshell) and I could have sworn they leaked as water got in - however once dried I checked this by refilling with water - no leaks. Hmm. Maybe water got in over the top? Perhaps the sock membrane doesn't work when walked in, ie. with a person's body weight compressing them? My plan for the winter was to use waterproof socks to keep my feet warm - however I'm not sure that I have confidence in this plan now! Just wondering where folks stand on this issue? Any thoughts/experiences?