Even though most of us are still enjoying the sunny weather of hiking adventures, morning runs through the park, and making the most of the watersports the local lakes have to offer, summer won’t last forever. Sooner than you know it, the weather will turn, the clouds will rumble on in and the rain, yet again, will fall. When this happens – likely as soon as you’ve unpacked your picnic or have headed out to work sans umbrella, you’ll wish you had the best rain boots to keep your feet – at the very least – dry.
The Best Rain Boot
Available in a variety of fun colors and a range of sizes, the Crocs Women’s Jaunt Shorty Boots are our top choice for the best rain boots when a rainy day arrives. The fully molded crosslite ensures comfort, while the durable rubber outsole is perfect for several terrains and surfaces while always staying tough and stable.
Unlike other rain boots, they’re easier to put on with useful pull circles on both sides of the calf, and the over-ankle shaft protects the legs from splash back when wading through deep puddles on the way to work. Like all Crocs, they come at a great price, but unlike the Crocs which previously saw mockery online, they look great. For more durable and waterproof footwear like this, check out our guide to the best backpacking boots.
Fully molded crosslite
Contrast pull circles
Easy pull-on style
Durable rubber outsole
- Weight12 ounces
The Xtratuf Performance Series are a pair of rain boots designed to serve you as reliably on shore as they are on deck. The supportive Chevron outsole keeps you stable even on the slippiest surfaces to prevent accidents and embarrassments you’ve had nightmares about all your life.
The dual pull tabs on both the front and rear ensure easy put on and removal, while on the inside, the XpressCool lining keeps your feet breathing whether you’re battling through torrential city rain or sailing the Seven Seas. as you’d expect, they are 100% waterproof and also lightweight enough for easy movement even when the boat gets rocked. If you are looking for your perfect pair for outdoor adventures, check out our reviews of the best Gore-tex boots.
Dual pull tabs
Slip-resistant Chevron outsole
Performance ankle deck
Designed for offshore angling
- Weight12 ounces
Guys looking for an early winter gift and struggling to decide on the best rain boots for women should look no further than the Hunter Women’s Original Short Rain Boot which boasts both style and functionality to ensure your girl’s feet stay dry through the wet, cold, and drab months that will soon be upon us.
The calf-length style isn’t too restrictive, and like any high quality boot, they are comfortable with textile lining to ensure soft satisfaction. The high traction outsole makes them great for wet weekend walks, but you’ll also get away with rocking them on any occasion, or most of them, at least. Take your pick from 25 possible colors to mix and match with your winter wardrobe. Our guide to the best ankle boots features more stylish footwear for ladies.
25 available colors
- Weight4.81 pounds
Excellent for working in the backyard or trying to keep your new Superman socks dry on the way to the office, the Crocs Men’s AllCast Waterproof Rain Boot deliver a seamless design with functionality in mind, so while they’re not the most stylish boots we’ve selected, we’re sure that’s not and has never been the point.
They are comfortable, fully waterproof, and lightweight so it’s easy to wear them all day long without issue. The back finger hole makes them a breeze to pull on and take off, however, the sizing runs a little larger than usual, so if you want the perfect fit, keep this in mind. They may not boast the fun colors of other boots, but when you’re ankle-deep in dirt, no one’s likely to notice. If you are into riding, you may also like some of the best horseback riding boots, so be sure to check them out.
Crocs Comfort insole
Suitable for streets, yard work, job sites, or the beach
Rear finger hole
- Weight2.87 pounds
Vibrant enough to get everyone you pass taking a second glance but also useful and reliable enough to keep you dry even during monsoon-esque storms, the UGG Women’s Sienna Rain Shoe is a high-quality boot at a surprisingly budget price. The sheepskin lining keeps you warm and comfortable, while on the outside, the high gloss finish adds a spark of style to your rainy day outfit.
The boots are dry, and suitable for a variety of occasions and events, and with 10 possible colors to select, you’ve got plenty of options, while the superb price means you could (maybe, perhaps) treat yourself to a second pair if you’re struggling to decide. Just don’t blame us for that, though. For more excellent waterproof footwear, check out our guide to the best wading boots.
10 available colors
High gloss finish
- Weight5 pounds
Our best value pick is the no-nonsense and unassuming Tingley Economy Kneed Boot which is the perfect work boot for those just looking for reliability when moving from A to B or getting stuff done in the backyard. They provide 100% protection and use an injection-molded design to ensure durability and security, while the cleated outsole keeps you stable when traversing slippery surfaces.
The eco-conscious upper is tough and reliable, with an abrasion-resistant style that keeps them going despite potentially years of abuse. While functional, they’re also comfortable, and you’ll prevent blisters when wearing them all day, and the flexible design makes mobility one of the easiest things ever, so you can get down on your knees pulling weeds or race through the streets to get out of the rain. We’d recommend remembering you’re umbrella next time, though.
100% waterproof protection
Injection molded design
Flexible eco-conscious upper
- Weight4.8 pounds
The Bogs Women’s Classic High Handle Waterproof Insulated Rain and Winter Snow Boot is the perfect shoe for all levels of bad weather and can serve you from the first rainfall to the final days of snow sludge melting away. The tall design provides ample protection, while the non-slip outsole ensures stability on icy and wet surfaces.
With NeoTech insulation, you’re guaranteed warmth, as these rain and snow boots are comfort rated to -30 °F (-34°C). Should things heat up a bit, the moisture wicking lining will keep you dry to ensure optimal comfort. They don’t boast the variety of colors as other boots, and while we know the name is quite the mouthful, so we’ll accept you just telling your friends you’ve got a pair of Bogs when they – no doubt – enquire what you’re wearing.
Dual pull handles
Non-slip rubber outsole
Comfort rated to -30 °F
Odor protection insole
- Weight12 ounces
With a leakproof and seamless design, the Servus Comfort Technology Soft Toe Men’s Work Boots are a spectacular choice for guys who need protection when on the job. As the name suggests, they are comfortable and offer easy flexing for better maneuverability on site, while the customized height and reinforced stress points ensure better durability.
They are completely waterproof, so you need not worry about sodden feet when you take them off back home. They run a little larger than average, so bear this in mind when ordering, but considering this is the only problem we could identify, workers looking for a reliable rain boot may strike gold with these. If you find yourself outside on a rainy day with a pair of boots that are not waterproof, make sure you always have a boot dryer at hand.
Leak proof design
Reinforced at stress points
- Weight5.29 pounds
Both stylish and effective, the Sperry Women’s Saltwater Rain Boot is an engineering marvel sure to wow even the most sceptical women searching for the perfect boots. They bring everything to the table, from fantastic traction on both dry and wet surfaces, along with easy on and off with a side zipper closure for your convenience.
The rawhide lacing is tough and durable, while the non-marking rubber outsole keeps any floors or decks in pristine condition. As for style, the heel offers a more effeminate design while also serving a practical use to ensure stability and keep you on your feet, even when all those around you are slipping and sliding like they’re at a garden party. For more stylish footwear for women, check out our guide to the best wide calf boots.
Non-marking rubber outsole
Wave-Siping wet/dry traction
Side zipper closure
Comfortable and warm
Rust proof eyelets
- Weight2.88 pounds
Our final choice for the best rain boots you can buy and also our premium choice are the Muck Wetland Rubber Premium Men’s Field Boot which is possibly the finest boot you can get your feet into around today. They are warm; they are comfortable, and they allow your feet to breathe to ensure easy all-day wear.
The stretch-fit Topline accommodates most leg sizes, while the shock absorbing properties reduces potential impact injuries and gives the boot some versatility for more than merely keeping your feet dry. They are comfort rated between -20 °F and 50 °F (-30°C to 10°C), and the high-grade rubber provides longevity and protection from sharp objects when wading through unclear terrain or murky water. Be sure to also check out our reviews of the best cowboy boots for men for more amazing footwear like this.
Warm and comfortable
Breathable AirMesh lining
Stretch-fit comfort Topline
Comfort rated from -20 °F – 50 °F
- Weight6.9 pounds
Rain Boot Buying Guide
How We Chose Our Selection Of Rain Boots
We would have loved to have gotten out there and splashed around in puddles like we were kids, but unfortunately the weather’s been far too good where we are to do so. Instead, begrudgingly, we relied on our tried and tested criteria for finding the best products around.
Brand - Brands are your first point of contact with a product, and this gives you an idea of what to expect. We try to find a range of brands that appeal to both fashion-conscious readers in addition to those searching for a more practical solution.
Price - Sometimes, you want the most expensive boots for the most demanding uses, whereas other times, you just need a low-cost option to keep you dry when working in the yard. To ensure we appeal to all needs, we looked for a range of prices so that all budgets had something to consider.
Reviews - Finally, reviews are essential for helping us determine which products will make the final cut. Through these reviews, we’re able to discover how well a product holds up against a variety of different foot sizes, applications, and environments to help ensure we only select the best of the bunch.
Features To Look For In Rain Boots
While it’s likely you’ve already got a pair of rain boots in mind, be sure to check out this little guide to the key features to look for. You might realize you’ve missed something.
Comfort - Whether you’re wearing rain boots for an hour working in the yard or all day long on a mammoth hike through the wilderness, comfort is essential. Like any shoe, consider the fit, cushioning, and stability. Better support will ensure a more comfortable experience regardless of how long you wear them.
Style - Whether you go for long or short rain boots, you must consider the purpose of why you’re wearing them. Yard work and similar labor-intensive activities are more likely to demand high-top boots for better overall protection. However, for just keeping your feet dry on the way to work or on a short if damp hike, the short style will suffice.
Size - A boot that doesn’t fit is likely to be uncomfortable, hazardous, and is sure to let rain and water get in. while most rain boots run true to size, this is not always the case, so be sure to check the sizing recommendation.
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