I don't have the constant wet here in Calif that other locations have. Typically when doing a lot of stream crossings, I am then hiking on dry trails and the mesh quickly dries. Often in fall and spring there are sections of snow, then dry trails. Same thing, the shoes dry out. Occassionally, I do all wet trips in snow. Rocky GTX socks work best for me, compensating for the low cut trail runners. Anymore, the only time I use GTX shoes is in cold desert hiking. They are cool enough in this weather so I don't soak my socks in sweat and the GTX keeps my feet clean from sand and dust that permeate mesh shoes. All in all, GTX causes more problems than it solves.