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Making waterproof footwear out of leather is complicated as leather is not man-made, like for instance the PVC used in a Wellington boot, and is prone to water seeping through.
To ensure waterproofness the shoe has to go through extra processes:
1) The leather is treated to increase water resistance. This process does not guarantee waterproof-ness on its own but ensures it takes longer for water to penetrate through.
2) The shoe is made from two uppers; an internal upper or 'bag' which the foot sits in and an outer upper. The bag is constructed using specialist materials that do not allow water to ingress into the foot, but allow moisture to escape from the foot. This bag still has to be stitched together. Stitching creates holes so every stitch has to be sealed with waterproof tape to ensure water cannot get through.
Stages 1) & 2) make the upper waterproof up to where the tongue joins the shoe. In most cases the tongue joins quite low down, meaning that the shoe is only waterproof below the tongue opening. By incorporating a 'bellows' tongue, where the tongue is sealed to the upper (shown below) up to the top of the shoe, the foot is kept completely dry.
But even with a Wellington, no footwear is waterproof if you let water enter through the top of the boot!
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