HI @Tonydavid .

I experienced a nearly identical situation to what you describe here with a pair of Merrells.  I could step in a puddle, or cross a shallow stream and I'd see the water just roll off the outside and my feet stayed blessedly dry.  But then came an early spring game of disc golf, where the grass was heavy with dew, and before I'd gotten halfway through the course, my feet were wet,  How could this be?  Well, I did a lot of research and found that when subjected to continuous moisture, even the best waterproof shoes will eventually "wet out".  Once that happens, they are notoriously slow to dry.

Check out these articles by Andrew Skurka, 2005 "Person of the Year" by Backpacker Magazine, and 2007 "Adventurer of the Year" by National Geographic.

https://andrewskurka.com/waterproof-gore-tex-shoes-second-chance-complete-failure/

https://andrewskurka.com/conditions-hiking-waterproof-footwear-winter-system/

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