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Sometimes clothes are more about fashion than they are about function. Anything you might wear in the rain is not one of those things. You want stuff that holds up when the weather gets bad, stops puddles from seeping into your socks, and generally makes getting dressed on a rainy day a whole lot easier.
There are so many waterproof shoes on the market right now. You can get waterproof boots that are good for hiking or boots that are good in the winter. You can get waterproof shoes that work for trail running and sneakers that work for walking. You can get sneakers that look smooth enough for work but keep your feet dry on the way from the car to the office.
One your quest for the best waterproof shoes for men, look for fabrics that are specifically noted as waterproof. Some shoes use Gore-Tex and many have gusseted tongues, which means there’s no room between the laces and your foot for water to slide through. There’s also options for waterproof shoes at any time of the year, whether it’s during the warmer months (there’s a great pair of waterproof Birkenstock sandals), in-between seasons (plenty of waterproof slip-on shoes for that), and the winter (waterproof winter boots will indeed change your life).
There is, of course, the classic rain boot, too. One that’s made of all rubber for rain days that aren’t messing around.
Ahead, you’ll find the top waterproof footwear for all your needs.
APL Techloom Defender Waterproof Sneakers
You already know and love APL’s Techloom sneaker and the brand has added a higher-top, waterproofed shoe to its collection. It gives your foot and ankle extra support and coverage, and it uses an intense sole design that gives you optimal traction while you’re on the move.
Vionic Chase Waterproof Chukka Boots
Chukka boots are a great addition to every shoe collection because of their versatility. They look good with all of your casual pants and they feel as comfy as a sneaker. Vionic’s boot is seam-sealed with a waterproof outer and a bouncy EVA footbed.
Adidas SolarGlide Shoes
Adidas makes some of the best sneakers, and rest assured their waterproof sneakers are no different. The Solar Glide is made with Gore-Tex for premium water repellence and Adidas’s WinterGrip outsole that keeps your foot from sliding in rain and snow. They’re designed for running, but they also make for one of the best waterproof shoes for walking.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 Shield Shoes
Nike’s Air Zoom Pegasus is already one of the best Nike shoes, as thought by anyone who has ever run in a sneaker. They’re comfortable, supportive, and just responsive enough for a long run to feel comfortable. This version has made the shoe even with a water-repellent fabric and heavy-duty grip. They’re one of the best waterproof shoes for walking, running, or doing anything in the rain.
Timberland 6″ Waterproof Boots
It is extremely important that the shoes you wear for inclement weather are trustworthy. That they don’t just keep water out but they also keep you from slipping. Timberland’s waterproof boot is one of the best shoes out there for doing both and doing both well. These are waterproofed, insulated, and lugged for slip-resistance.
Allen Edmonds Park City Waterproof Boots
Allen Edmonds waterproof boots are some of the most versatile shoes you can use. Not only are they great for taking on tough weather, but they also look good with jeans and chinos. Pair that with a sweater for a casual dinner or easy day at the office and you’ve got yourself an outfit.
Converse Chuck 70 Explore Sneakers
If rain boots don’t seem worth it to you, may we suggest a waterproof Chuck 70 Explore instead. It has the same high-top, old-school silhouette you’re used to but is done up in modern fabrics. The outside is waterproof, but it doesn’t look waterproof — perfect for days that might fluctuate in weather.
Huckberry All-Weather Chore Boots
For anyone trying to get work done outside, a good shoe is a must. And with Huckberry’s All-Weather Chore boot, really any work you need to get done is possible. Walking the dog, shoveling the driveway, you name it. All of the fabrics are waterproof and it has a Vibram outsole that is indestructible and unparalleled in preventing slips. The midsole is also cushioned to absorb shock if you need something that will keep you comfortable and upright all day long.
Johnston & Murphy Waterproof Penny Loafers
Sometimes your fancier work or social engagements don’t rest when it’s raining, and there’s nothing that comes in handy faster than a waterproof pair of Johnston & Murphy penny loafers.The exterior is waterproof and the inside is lined with a memory foam footbed, making them one of the most comfortable shoes around.
Reebok Legacy Waterproof Sneakers
Reebok’s Legacy sneaker is made with the holy grail of waterproof materials: Gore-Tex. Gore-Tex repels water without trapping air inside of it. That makes for something that’s actually breathable and waterproof — a difficult textile combination. Plus, these have a cool, ’70s aesthetic with deconstructed fabrics and different textures, none of which make it look like a waterproof shoe at all.
Veja V-12 Sneakers
Veja’s V-12 sneaker is a current favorite for minimal shoe lovers everywhere. Veja is known for its sustainable fabrics and practices in production, which have long been blindspots in eco-friendly clothing. These all-white sneakers are made from recycled water bottles, which were turned into a lightweight, breathable fabric for your feet. The simple shape is perfect for wearing with just about anything.
Hunter Chelsea Rain Boots
Long, rainy days call for next-level waterproof assistance, and there’s no shoe we have more trust in to do that than a Hunter rain boot. They’re all rubber, with no seams or spaces to speak of. The Chelsea boot version is great for something that feels a bit more low-key than the mid-calf boots but works just as well.
Ugg Biltmore Chelsea Boots
Ugg might be known for its super fuzzy boots and slippers but don’t sleep on the rest of the footwear, either. Ugg’s bad weather friendly boots are super durable and do everything you could want this kind of boot to do. It’s made with waterproofed leather, a supportive footbed, and doesn’t feel like a clunky winter boot in the slightest.
Birkenstocks Arizona Waterproof Slides
We wouldn’t blame you for thinking that waterproof shoes are most necessary for cooler weather. Nobody wants a cold, wet sock. However, a waterproof slide will absolutely up your footwear game, especially when that is a Birkenstock Arizona slip-on slide. It’s the same shape of the shoe you love but made with EVA foam, making it one of the best slides around.
Cole Haan Warner Grandpro Boots
Not only does Cole Haan specialize in making the most comfortable shoe for men, but it also doesn’t think small when it comes to functional fabrics on said shoes. Cole Haan’s Warner Grandpro boot uses the cushiony foam you know and love, with an added bonus of waterproof leather. They’re the shoe you can wear to work, to dinner, on vacation, and beyond and never have to worry they won’t be fit for the job.
Sorel Caribou Waterproof Low-Top Sneakers
There is a time and a place for full rubber rain boots, but sometimes you just need those just-in-case waterproof shoes for those days when the weather forecast changes. Sorel’s waterproof low-top sneakers are the ticket. They are low-profile, easy to wear, and seam-sealed for optimal dryness.
Blundstone Winter Chelsea Boots
Blundstone makes the best waterproof work boots. These Blundstone boots come in the classic Chelsea shape with a lugged sole and high-quality leather, making them a versatile shoe option for bad weather days to come. It also has an insulated liner to keep your feet warm in the dead of winter and a springy toe box.
Vans SK8-HI MTE-1 Sneakers
Vans MTE is a great go-to line to look at shoes that can take on weather. We love the SK8-HI MTE for its higher protection and the marshmallow color for a shoe that’s easy to wear whenever you need it. It keeps your feet warm and dry, and the engineered lugged sole helps up traction with every step.
Frye Essex Chukka Boots
Frye is known for its high-quality leather, which makes boots that will last you your whole life. And these Chukka boots are here to continue more of the same, this time with a waterproof waxed suede and a super-soft lamb wool lining.
Veja SDU RT Sneakers
Veja also makes a runner that hides its water-resistant capabilities exceedingly well. The SDU RT uses a B-mesh (made from recycled plastic bottles) alongside TPU and faux suede to make a shoe that’s interesting to look at, fun to wear, and helpful in guarding against light rain and unexpected puddles.