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There are many things you can control about your day — from what you wear to the office to how you’ll work out later — but unfortunately, the weather isn’t one of them. For days when it may unexpectedly rain, or on ones where the weather app tells you it certainly will, you can be prepared, though, with the best rain boots for women.
While rain boots are a function-first silhouette, the classic rubber shoe has been gaining traction in the fashion scene, too. It all started when Phoebe Philo created her industrial-style version for Celine’s pre-fall 2018 collection — with designers at Prada, Balenciaga and Dior quickly following suit and offering their own takes on the waterproof boot. More recently for fall ’22, Chanel showcased classics knee-high wellies with a signature contrasting logo, as well as contemporary over-the-knee silhouettes.
And even cooler yet are the styling possibilities. Get inspired by the runways and pair the puddlers with relaxed suiting or an oversized button-down layered over a midi dress to create dimension.
As per tradition, the trend has also trickled down to mass market labels. Alongside traditional Wellie styles from outdoor experts like Sloggers and Kamik, the staple rubber boot has been updated with chic features like exaggerated lug soles and elegant quilted details by favorites, including Everlane and Tommy Hilfiger. And for the person who shies away from rubbery looks altogether, there are a handful of waterproof styles available that don’t even look like rain boots at all.
What to look for in the best rain boots for women
- Waterproof materials: In order to keep feet dry, most rain boots are crafted from synthetic or real rubber, each of which have their benefits. Synthetic rubber like PVC tends to be lighter weight, however real rubber is more sustainable as it comes from plants rather than plastic, and may be more durable in the long run. Some boots feature a combination of rubber and neoprene or waterproof leather, or are made entirely of the latter for a slightly elevated aesthetic. Be on the lookout for any styles labelled as “water-resistant,” as these won’t work for keeping feet dry in downpours and truly wet conditions.
- Traction Outsoles: Because you’ll likely be using your rain boots when the ground is slick and wet (or even snowy, in some cases), the pairs you choose should have ample traction. Look for styles with lugged soles or special slip-resistant tech (like Sperry’s Wave-Siping design) for optimal grip. If you plan to work in them, choose pairs with extra-deep indentations underfoot, which may also be self-cleaning for easy maintenance.
- Insulation: Anyone who plans to wear their rain boots in super cold conditions should opt for a pair featuring insulation (many designs include lightweight tech like 3M Thinsulate or Primaloft, but some brands like Bogs have their own proprietary versions). In effect, some insulated rain boots can keep feet warm in temperatures as cold as -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Since rain boots typically feature a roomier silhouette, insulated styles also keep out the cold and wet elements entirely by way of tight-fitting neoprene shafts or adjustable closures at the hem.
In terms of sizing, keep in mind that rain boots don’t typically come in half sizes. If you’re in between sizes, it’s best to go for the next size up to prevent any uncomfortable rubbing or chafing. To better help determine your perfect fit, consider heading to your local shoe store to have your feet measured.
Top Rain Boots for Women
- Best Insulated Tall Boot: Hunter Tall Insulated Boots
- Coziest Tall Boot: Ugg Shaye Rain Boots
- Best Work Boot: Bogs Neo-Classic Tall Rain Boots
- Best Tall Boot With Arch Support: Sloggers Rain & Garden Boots
- Best Eco-Friendly Tall Boot: Kamik Heidi Rain Boots
- Best Tall Boots for Wide Calves: Western Chief Tall Rain Boots
- Best Short Boots for Walking: FitFlop WonderWelly Rain Boots
- Best Lightweight Short Boots: Crocs Jaunt Shorty Boots
- Best Hiker-Style Boots: Kodiak Survey II Boots
- Best Duck Boots for Women: L.L. Bean Bean Boots
- Also Consider Duck Boots for Women: Sperry Saltwater Chelsea Rain Boots
- Skechers Pond-Lil Puddles-Mid Quilted Duck Boots
- Best Chelsea Boots: Asgard Rain Boots
- Best Platform Chelsea Boots: Jeffrey Campbell Cloudy Waterproof Chelsea Rain Boots
- Best Lined Chelsea Boots: Chooka Plush Chelsea Boots
- Best Sporty Chelsea Boots: The Original Muck Boot Company Outscape Chelsea Boots
- Also Consider Best Chelsea Boots: Everlane The Rain Boot
- Best Mid-Calf Boots: Norty Hurricane Wellie
- Also Consider Mid-Calf Boots: Joules Molly Welly Rain Boots
- Most Stylish Mid-Calf Boots: Tommy Hilfiger Splash Rain Boots
- Best Budget Mid-Calf Boots: A New Day Vicki Rubber Rain Boots
- Best Sneaker Boots: Rocket Dog Rainy Rubber Rain Boots
- Also Consider Sneaker Boots: DKSuko Rain Boots
- Best Ankle Boots: Sorel Joan of Arctic Wedge 2 Boots
- Also Consider Ankle Boots: Merrell Andover Bluff Waterproof Ankle Boots
Podiatrist tips for shopping for rain boots
According to New York-based podiatrist Dr. Miguel Cunha, fit and shape are other main factors to consider when shopping for women’s rain boots. The first rule of thumb? Opt for pairs that don’t easily bend in the mid arch. “This will provide more shock absorption, and in turn will result in less foot pain such as arch pain and heel pain,” he says.
And while it’s intuitive to think the flatter the boot the better, Dr. Cunha states that a style with a little bit of lift — specifically a heel that’s 0.75 inches tall or lower — is actually preferred.
“Wearing rain boots that are completely flat allows our foot to collapse, affecting our gait and posture, which can lead to a tremendous amount of stress placed not only to the foot, but to the rest of the body like the knees and spine,” he explains. “Our feet naturally pronate during the gait cycle, however, when we wear shoes that are completely flat we pronate for a longer period of time, which then alters the biomechanics and distribution of pressure and weight across the foot. This imbalance may increase the progression of underlying foot deformities, such as bunions and hammertoes, and lead to painful conditions associated with excessive pronation, such as arch and heel pain, shin splints, posterior tibial tendonitis and Achilles tendonitis.”
To help prevent and soothe pain associated with said bunions and hammertoes, Dr. Cunha says the best rain boots for women should have wide toe boxes to allow plenty of room for feet to splay.
If you need extra support, look for tech-forward options with arch support and anatomically contoured footbeds to stave off aches and pains associated with common foot issues like plantar fasciitis and high arches, or look for pairs with ample cushioning to support flat feet. Alternatively, you can add an insole inside your boot to address your specific foot needs (since rain boots tend to be roomier than most everyday boot styles, most can accommodate orthotics).
With all this in mind, we compiled the best rain boots for women that are both functional and cute. Our list includes styles offered in a range heights and silhouettes — so whether you need a tall pair for gardening or trekking through storms, or a chic Chelsea boot that will work on milder days just as well as it does for date night, there’s something here for you. Some pairs are specifically recommended by Dr. Cunha, and all are backed by glowing customer reviews.
Keep reading to shop them.
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Best Tall Rain Boots for Women
Hunter Tall Insulated Boots
Best Insulated Tall Boot
Hunter has been around for over 100 years, and continues to be celebrated by both celebrities and average shoppers for its stylish, quality rain boots. Dr. Cunha is especially partial to this insulated pair from the brand. It offers ample wet weather protection thanks to a vulcanized rubber construction that seals out every drop of moisture and a traction outsole for grip on slick surfaces. It’s also sherpa-lined and insulated, designed to keep you warm in temperatures as low as negative five degrees Celsius. The only downside to this boot is that the sherpa lining isn’t breathable. “The material promotes a moist environment, which can create a breeding ground for foot conditions like mold, fungus, bacteria and wart viruses,” explains Dr. Cunha. As such, he suggests wearing this boot only for shorter periods of time.
What reviewers say: “I’m very active and always on the go even in the cold winter months. I own a lot of Hunter boots and bought these specifically for their insulated feature and tall silhouette. They keep me warm in the cold weather and have room to add a thicker sock for extra warmth. I wear a lot of athletic leggings and the boots look great with them. The only downside is that I found is difficulty driving in them. I can’t bend my ankle/foot enough to feel the accelerator, so I opt for other boots when I’m the driver. I wear them for long walks when I need the extra coverage, running errands and even chores in the yard. They’re comfortable and long-lasting.”
Ugg Shaye Rain Boots
Coziest Tall Rain Boot
You may already love Ugg’s cozy shearling boots for lounging around the house, running errands or styling with some of your favorite athleisure pieces à la trendsetters like Gigi Hadid or Kendall Jenner. If so, you really have no excuse not to try the brand’s classic rain boots. They feature the label’s signature plush linings you crave and can accommodate orthotics if necessary, all while offering full waterproof protection on the wettest days. With this particular pair, you’ll find subtle branding and a luxe high-gloss finish that elevate the casual style just a bit.
What reviewers say: “Anyone who has sports related injuries to their feet (arthritis, neuropathy, sesamoiditis, etc) knows that finding comfortable yet stylish footwear is a challenge. I’ve worn Ugg’s Shaye rain boots for about a month through the rain and southern Appalachian snow. I love them. I can easily switch out the Ugg sheepskin insoles for my orthotics when needed. The boots are roomy, but not too tight or wide (regardless of the insole I wear). They’re waterproof, warm and have decent traction on slippery terrain. I definitely recommend this style to other people who have sports related injuries to their feet and need some decent footwear.”
Bogs Neo-Classic Tall Rain Boots
Best Work Rain Boot
Dr. Cunha recommends this boot from Bogs as it doesn’t bend in the mid arch and has a subtle heel to help prevent foot pain. It’s designed as a work boot, meaning it’s extremely rugged and can perform as an everyday boot in the harshest conditions, too. It has a durable hand-lasted rubber upper, plus a four-way stretch shaft that not only allows for freedom of movement, but is also waterproof and insulating to keep feet dry and warm. And, the style is packed with plenty of other comfort features to keep you moving, including an EVA footbed with gel cushioning, Rebound technology for shock absorption and a proprietary Flex Width insole that adapts to your foot width for excellent support. Topped off with a moisture-wicking, anti-odor lining, grippy outsole and pull handles for easy on and off access, this boot is ready to face it all.
What reviewers say: “I’ve worn these hiking in rocky terrain through heavy underbrush to do forestry maintenance. They held up and were comfortable to wear for hours of bushwhacking. Super waterproof. Warm in cold, but not miserably sweaty in hot and humid. Great boots.”
Sloggers Rain & Garden Boots
Best With Arch Support
Perfect for hitting the streets or backyard for some weeding, these boots from Sloggers feature a heavy-duty lug sole designed for ultimate traction on both wet pavement and muddy terrain. The style also includes a formed insole that’s seven millimeters thick at the heel and five millimeters thick at the ball of the foot to support your arch and entire foot throughout the day. In addition to offering the support you crave, the eco-friendly boot is made of 100% recycled materials. Grab it in a range of fun prints to complete your collection, including a subtle dotted or poppy-inspired pattern that will have you dreaming of sunnier days.
What reviewers say: “I bought these on recommendation of a friend who said they are the toughest most long lasting farm boots she’s ever had. Most pairs don’t last her a year without cracking or leaking but she said after two years they are still leak and crack-free! Very comfortable. I sized one size up so I could wear thick socks and added a gel insole for extra cushy comfort, but they were fine without it, too. Not flat footed like most rubber boots but contoured with arch support. I could literally hike in these or wear them all day. Sturdy, not thin, but still not clunky and heavy. And they look nice enough to run to town in on rainy days, too, without me feeling or looking like a farmhand.”
Kamik Heidi Rain Boots
Another veteran in the rain boot business, Kamik doesn’t disappoint. This high-gloss style from the brand not only looks great but is also supremely functional with its fully waterproof upper, grippy Atrium outsole and plush EVA footbed that can be removed to accommodate custom orthotics. Additionally, the style is all-vegan and composed of 100% recycled materials. Plus, it’s great to wear after dark, as it features reflective panels to keep you more visible within your group or oncoming traffic on the road.
What reviewers say: “These look sleek and modern. No bulky toe box here (oh, and my feet are wide and fit perfect with extra room), plus there is extra room in the calf area (which can be an issue, and was something I was concerned about since I didn’t try them on before buying). They also have a nice lining inside. What’s more, the company recycles the boots, so you can send them back when you no longer wear them. The fact that this brand cares about its environmental footprint makes me happy, as well as the fact that the company is known for making outdoor wear. It’s a good product with a very reasonable price.
Western Chief Tall Rain Boots
Best Tall Rain Boots for Wide Calves
Our compilation of the best rain boots for women wouldn’t be complete without a style from Western Chief. Backed by decades of experience, the brand handcrafts a special vulcanized construction in its boots to reduce weak spots and ensure top-notch protection. This specific pair also includes a slight platform and gripped rubber outsole, as well as a roomy opening and buckled strap at the top for easy adjustments. From the inside, a removable EVA footbed and soft, breathable textile lining enhance comfort.
What reviewers say: “Love these because I have big legs and they fit me. I wear them for my walks into the muddy woods with my dog daily and I never get wet! They are perfect for me!”
Best Short Rain Boots for Women
FitFlop WonderWelly Rain Boots
Best Short Rain Boots for Walking
This editor is a huge fan of FitFlop’s offerings (in fact, its sneakers are the most comfortable non-athletic shoes I’ve ever-owned). For delicious underfoot support on rainy days, the brand has taken its biomechanically-engineered technology a step further in its WonderWelly boots. In practice, this looks like a contoured sole for even weight distribution, the brand’s honeycomb design placed in the heel to absorb impact and micro “springboards” in the forefoot to add bounce to your step. Essentially, you could explore a new city, spend your entire day at Disneyland or wear these on repeat during the work week without getting sore feet.
While I’ll admit that some of the brand’s styles can look a bit orthopedic, this sleek, lightweight boot isn’t one of them. Its roomy shaft and moderate hemline make for a cute, relaxed look when paired with jeans or leggings.
What reviewers say: “FitFlops’ comfortable sole in these wellies lets me garden/walk in rainy weather without sore feet. Highly recommend.”
Crocs Jaunt Shorty Boots
Best Lightweight Short Rain Boot
When it comes to buying a shorter rain boot, you can’t go wrong with Crocs’ Jaunty. The brand knows what it does best — its signature Croslite foam — and applies it here for a lightweight, cushioned feel. (Sadly though, unlike the label’s Classic Clogs, these aren’t customizable with Jibbitz charms.) Other key components of the boot include pull handles for easy on and off access, an adjustable shaft so you can loosen or tighten the fit and rubber pods in the outsole to to boost traction and durability on all sorts of wet surfaces. Keep in mind these run about a full size big, so make sure to size down when shopping unless you plan to wear these with thick socks.
What reviewers say: “I love my new boots! I’ve been wearing them for hours walking around and they are very comfortable. No problem with them rubbing against my shin or being too tight. These are super lightweight like any Crocs shoe. There is some nice arch support going on. Not flat. Also, I literally just stood in a shallow pool of water, and these babies are indeed waterproof.”
Kodiak Survey II Boots
Best Hiker-Style Rain Boots
For a silhouette that looks less like a classic rubber boot and more like a core style in your wardrobe, try this hiker-style boot from Kodiak. A luxe leather upper and gold D-ring accents give these boots street style appeal, but they’re more than just a pretty exterior. Dr. Cunha notes that the one-inch heel makes the boot look good but also helps take stress of the Achilles tendon to help with your alignment and posture. Meanwhile, the lace-up details keep the foot in place as a durable rubber tread enhances stability. Feet will also stay cozy in these, thanks to the inclusion of an insulated liner.
What reviewers say: “I wanted something three-season (minimum), waterproof, and functional, while avoiding the popular duck boot trend (too preppy for my style), as well as something that would work with jeans, pants, shorts, leggings, etc. This is it. These are comfortable and obviously well-made. The leather is rich and beautiful, and is thick without being rigid. I like them so much that I ordered them in black, too.”
Best Duck Boots for Women
L.L. Bean Bean Boots
A classic, and for good reason. L.L. Bean’s Bean boots have stood the test of time with their rich, waterproof full-grain leather upper, triple-stitched construction and rubber toe design to effectively keep out the elements. You’ll also recognize them for their rubber chain-tread bottom that enhances grip. Unlike many other rain boots on the market, these are built with a steel shank for extra stability on uneven terrain.
Upon first glance, these may not seem like the easiest boots to style, but we think they’d look great with jeans and a sweater or a knit dress, tights and some cozy socks peeking out from underneath.
What reviewers say: “A necessity in New England, my wife wears these throughout fall, winter and spring. They’re a classic and go great with almost any outfit. She loves her Bean Boots.”
Sperry Saltwater Chelsea Rain Boots
Best Duck Boots for Women, Runner-Up
This duck-boot-chelsea-boot hybrid from Sperry offers the best of both worlds. It retains signature details of the brand’s iconic duck boot silhouette, including a rubber toe and Wave-Siping tech in the outsole for traction on both wet and dry surfaces. But, instead of featuring a leather upper with canvas laces, it’s has a neoprene shaft with elastic side goring and pull tabs for a secure, slip-on experience. The style is cozy, too, featuring a micro-fleece lining to keep you warm in the harshest conditions. In addition to all-black, the silhouette comes in versions with pops of color on the upper, outsole and added stripes on the goring for a preppy twist.
What reviewers say: “Purchased them to use on fishing boats in Alaska. They did not disappoint. VERY comfortable. Would almost rather wear these than my hiking boots. True size, I even have a little extra room with thick wool socks. One of my better purchases. Highly recommend.”
Skechers Pond-Lil Puddles-Mid Quilted Duck Boots
Also Consider Best Duck Boots for Women
If ultimate comfort is what you crave, look no further than these duck boots from Skechers, who makes some of the most comfortable shoes for standing all day. Underfoot, you get the brand’s signature memory foam insole and breathable lining to keep feet cool and supported — all housed in a waterproof, seam-sealed rubber shell and quilted synthetic upper treated with Scotchgard to repel the elements. A padded tongue and collar also give the boot an all-over plush feel. Although these may not be the warmest pair on our list, shoppers say they’re a great all-around rain boot for more moderate temps. In fact, a whopping 86% of customers gave them a four or five-star rating.
What reviewers say: “I was nervous to buy boots online without trying on but glad I gave these a try. Probably the most comfy boots I own. Super soft inside and keep your feet warm and dry. These boots are super cute and look great with jeans or leggings. Great purchase and glad I found these.”
Best Chelsea Rain Boots for Women
Asgard Rain Boots
When a rain boot on Amazon has over 15,000 four and five-star reviews, you know it has to be good. While Asgrad may not have the biggest name recognition of all the brands on our list, this pair from the label is not to be missed. Coming in 13 neutral to bright hues to suit any taste, Asgard’s PVC chelsea boots are built to be versatile, lightweight and durable — all for under $50. Although the insole isn’t amply cushioned, it can be removed to accommodate custom orthotics if needed. A soft textile lining also boosts wearability.
What reviewers say: “I got these boots right before leaving on a three week vacation to Scotland and London. I didn’t want to bring big heavy boots in my bag so I got these. They are pretty lightweight and very comfortable. I put an insole in to help with the cobblestone streets but I was able to wear them comfortably through long days of walking.”
Jeffrey Campbell Cloudy Waterproof Chelsea Rain Boots
Best Platform Chelsea Boots
For those who crave a little extra height, this is about as tall of a boot as Dr. Cunha would recommend for comfort and safety. The Jeffrey Campbell style features a one-inch heel (slightly taller than his 0.75-inch recommendation), but is balanced out by a 1.5-inch platform for extra stability and elevation from any puddles. Additionally, the chic lug-soled boot has a roomy toe box and removable insole, which is a “great option for replacing with custom orthotics for plantar fasciitis sufferers,” notes Dr. Cunha.
What reviewers say: “These are the perfect rain boots if you are not in to the “rain boot” look! Super super comfy and have held up really well. Keep my feet nice and dry, highly recommend going half size up if you like to wear chunky socks with boots.”
Chooka Plush Chelsea Boots
Best Lined Chelsea Rain Boots
Still prefer to wear a Chelsea boot on the chilliest rainy days? Opt for a lined version, like this style from Chooka. The plush interior is an ultra-cozy complement to thick socks and is accompanied by a moisture-absorbing lining to keep feet dry and cool. The tread on these boots not only offers grip, but is also self-cleaning, meaning you don’t have to scrub at it to remove caked-on dirt and grime. Additionally, a sleek matte finish gives these waterproof rubber boots a fashionable edge.
What reviewers say: “This is exactly what I was looking for. I wanted something I could easily slip on and off and would keep me dry and warm. Was outside in the PNW weather got a few hours and they were perfect. The sole is soft and fuzzy so I needed the extra space. When I first put them on I was worried they were too small, but after 20 minutes they fit perfect. I also love that I can wear them with jeans while running errands or while being in the yard.”
The Original Muck Boot Company Outscape Chelsea Boots
Best Sporty Cheslea Rain Boots
Sneaker lovers will appreciate this Muck Boot Company style, which offers all the benefits of a rain boot but in a sportier, more minimal silhouette. Don’t be fooled by its low-profile build though; these are extremely rugged for all sorts of activities, from hitting the trail to taking the dog out for a walk in less than optimal conditions. Not only is the sock-like style fully waterproof, but it also includes self-cleaning lugs with solid traction, a rubber heel and toe for extra durability and a dual-density foam footbed for a lightweight yet ultra-cushioned ride. Bonus: These also have antimicrobial properties to prevent foul odors from forming and are great to wear while gardening, as they include a nylon shank specifically designed to increase stability while shoveling.
What reviewers say: “Surprisingly warm. They are light and comfortable and I live if a frigid climate. I put on boot chains, that I just leave on through the winter, and I’m good to go.”
Everlane The Rain Boot
Also Consider Best Chelsea Boots
Everlane has earned a cult following for its quality basics, so it comes as no surprise that the label’s signature rain boot for women has earned over 1,800 rave customer reviews online. (The style is one of the brand’s most reviewed products to date.) It offers classic styling with modern twists, including an equally functional anti-slip lug sole and two different color-blocked finishes (alongside an all-black version) to choose from. For elevated convenience, these are roomy enough to house thick socks and include front and rare pull tabs so you can take them off just as easily as you put them on. A cushioned footbed should also make walking a little easier as the day goes on.
What reviewers say: “The boot does fit larger as stated; it’s also a bit heavier in weight. Having said this, the boot is durable, well-made and the sole has great traction. I bought the green ones and love the color as well.”
Best Mid-Calf Rain Boots for Women
Norty Hurricane Wellie
As its name suggests, Norty’s Hurricane Wellie is designed to tackle the roughest conditions. It’s made of super durable rubber (which one reviewer says didn’t even incur a “scratch” after a snake tried to bite through it) with an 11.25 inch-tall shaft featuring an adjustable strap for a customized fit. Meanwhile chunky lugs set atop a slight heel and platform provide comfort and keep you stable. Backed by over 4,400 four and five star reviews, these are also lined with cotton for a soft in-step feel and done in 14 different glossy shades and prints to suit any style.
One thing to note is that some customers say these feel tight up top on muscular calves. Others mention they run big in the foot area, so consider buying a half size down.
What reviewers say: “Had these nearly a year and wear them constantly, when it’s rainy and muddy in the spring-summer-fall, for taking out the compost, gardening and even as snow boots for the last month or two in winter. They’re just as great as the day they arrived. They still look brand new, clean off like a breeze and are super comfortable.”
Joules Molly Welly Rain Boots
Best Mid-Calf Rain Boots, Runner-Up
Don’t let cloudy skies get you down. Add a cherry accent to your look when the weather gets rough with Joules’ Molly Welly. The mid-calf silhouette comes in a range of fun prints, but we especially love it in this baby blue hue and daffodil print. You won’t have to worry about slipping and sliding in these thanks to a water-dispersing outsole underfoot. And, an adjustable strap at the top of the shaft helps you customize the fit to reduce the chance of water entering the boot.
What reviewers say: “I bought an amusingly weird pattern (homely dogs sporting winter attire) for gardening and yard work in the Pacific Northwest. The side walls are softer than other, cheaper rain boots I’ve had in the past; they crumple a bit as I squat and walk around which is very comfortable! I like the printed inner liner, the contrast stripe, and the bottom is sturdy and grippy. This is a nice quality boot and worth far more than their affordable price.”
Tommy Hilfiger Splash Rain Boots
Rubber rain boots don’t get much more stylish than this pair from Tommy Hilfiger. A quilted textile shaft and gold branded hardware offer elegant updates on the otherwise traditional silhouette. And just as with its exterior, the boot has thoughtful details inside, too, including a soft lining and plush footbed.
To note, shoppers mention that these run big, so don’t size up even if you plan to wear these with thick winter socks.
A New Day Vicki Rubber Rain Boots
Best Budget Mid-Calf Boots
This sleek, no-frills option from Target is a steal at just $29. With over 350 five-star reviews, it offers most everything you need to stay comfortable on rainy days — including full waterproof protection, anti-slip soles and a buckle on the back of the shaft to help you customize the fit. Although this style isn’t cushioned, it should be roomy enough to accommodate an insole.
What reviewers say: “The fit is great and the shaft height is perfect for all calves shapes and sizes. I usually need wide-calf boots but these were just the right height and I had some wiggle room, too/ I got stuck in mud today over halfway up the boots and I’m happy to report these are completely waterproof and not a single bit of mud seeped through. Great price as well.”
Best Sneaker Rain Boots for Women
Rocket Dog Rainy Rubber Rain Boots
Best Sneaker Rain Boots
Although best known for its casual textile sneakers and flats, LA-based brand Rocket Dog also offers a waterproof pair of kicks that are ideal for overcast days. The style has a high-top silhouette and is dressed fully in rubber to keep feet dry and protected. Inside is a soft neoprene lining and footbed, although keep in mind these don’t have any arch support, in case that’s something important to you. Finished with contrast laces and details on the sole, the black and white pair will go with just about anything in your closet. And according to some reviewers, it’s even roomy enough to accommodate wide feet.
What reviewers say: “I really liked these a lot. I bought them for a backpacking trip through Europe in the spring because I expected lots of rain, but wanted to be able to use them as my tennis shoes, too. (Can’t pack very many shoe options on these things!) They worked great and were super cute. Even trekking through cow fields in Ireland they kept my feet clean and dry while everyone else left wet and stinky.”
DKSuko Rain Boots
Also Consider Best Sneaker Rain Boots
For a slightly sleeker waterproof sneaker, try DKSuko’s version. You can grab it in classic black or white as well as subtle colorful options like a lovely light pink and cheery yellow. Beyond aesthetics, though, customers love this style for its anti-slip sole that helps prevent accidents and affordable price point. It’s also as extra-durable, made with vulcanized natural rubber. Wear these as a stylish alternative to classic rain boots while running errands, grabbing brunch or even doing chores like gardening. (Just consider wearing taller socks with them to prevent any potential rubbing.)
What reviewers say: “These boots are awesome. Initially bought them for work shoes as I work in a restaurant and need non-slip shoes. They do the job for sure; could use a little more grip but our floors are just extra oily in the kitchens. I also bought them for festivals because I love wearing my Chucks, but I hate getting them so dirty. For Halloween, I definitely needed a good pair of shoes, and these happen to be rain boots as well so even better.”
Best Ankle Rain Boots for Women
Sorel Joan of Arctic Wedge 2 Boots
Another winner in the rain-boot-that-looks-the-least-like-a-rain-boot category is the Joan of Arctic Wedge 2. It takes its name from its heftier, snow-ready predecessor, but other than that, the two silhouettes don’t have much in common (other than being pretty darn hearty). The cropped silhouette offers the ultimate trifecta of performance, comfort and style. It features a waterproof full-grain leather, shock-absorbing EVA footbed and covered, molded PU wedge that not only provides a sleek boost of height but also cushions your every step. The boot is topped off with a grippy and eye-catching jagged outsole, which the brand has become known for, and side zippers so you can easily tuck the hem of your skinny jeans into them. Some customers say these can even work in snow.
What reviewers say: “These are beautiful and practical. The sole’s traction are solid and thick and works well in the snow (I live in Minnesota and I purchased these for the traction needed on the ice).
Merrell Andover Bluff Waterproof Ankle Boots
More info on the different types of rain boots for women
- Tall Rubber Boots: Typically knee-high styles and often made entirely of rubber, these are classics.
- Ankle Rain Boots: Ankle-length silhouettes that are perfect for anyone who like a more inconspicuous weatherproof boot. These come in a range of materials and may even feature block or wedge heels for stylish support.
- Mid-Calf Rain Boots: A nice hybrid between a tall and ankle rain boot, these hit mid-calf.
- Chelsea Rain Boots: Like everyday Chelsea boot styles, these are defined by their side elastic goring for easy on and off access but are made with waterproof materials.
- Work Rain Boots: Designed to be used in the muckiest, wettest conditions, these are great for activities like gardening or barn work. As such, they often includes enhanced comfort and support features like waterproof insulation, deep lug soles for traction and cushioned footbeds to ward off foot fatigue for hours spent on your feet. Some styles also include chemical-resistant outsoles for certain working conditions as well as pull handles on the shaft so you can easily remove them and leave them outside to avoid tracking any messes inside your home.
- Duck boots: Originally created as work boots by L.L. Bean over 100 years ago, the duck boot style has been adopted by various brands over the years and is worn today in some fashion circles. The unique look is defined by a rubber sole and leather upper, crafted to keep toes dry and be super durable.
- Hiker-Style Rain Boots: If you’re not into the traditional rain boot look, waterproof hiking-inspired boots are a perfect option. They offer the look of trail-ready pairs, complete with features like D-ring eyelets, in slightly sleeker constructions that fit right into current street style trends.
- Sneaker Rain Boots: These look like classic lace-up kicks, but are done in all-over rubber or waterproof materials with anti-slip soles so they can handle wet days. What’s great about these is that since they do have laces, you can better customize the fit.
Meet the Author
Sam Peters is the senior style commerce editor at Fairchild Media Group. She previously oversaw Footwear News’ shopping vertical for three years, where she became an expert on the latest footwear trends and innovations by testing and reviewing shoes in a wide range of categories — from athletic to streetwear styles.
Meet the Experts
Dr. Miguel Cunha is the founder and leading podiatrist of Gotham Footcare in New York City. He is a trained foot and ankle surgeon with experience in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery as well as treating more minor foot problems.