Wet-weather footwear has come a long way since the little yellow galoshes you wore as a kid. Today, there are as many rainy-day options as there are days in spring, but it’s best if you buy sooner rather than later so that you get that pair of lace-up wedge knee-highs or lightweight short boots before they sell out. Here are 15 of the best rain boots, starting at just $29.
The 15 Best Rain Boots, Ranging From $29 to $565
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1. Shoes 18 Womens Classic Rain Boot
Best Floral Boots
Sometimes, you just want your boots to match the wallpaper…or the wallpaper you wish you had. That’s the cheerful vibe of these unlined, flower-bedecked galoshes that have grip soles. One reviewer finds hers “adorable” to wear in her muddy community garden.
3. Baretraps Fernanda Water-Resistant Women’s Duck Boot
Best Short Duck Boot
The fabric upper on these short duck boots, in a fetching houndstooth check, has a waterproof coating and a faux fur lining. So, as well as classic style, you’re sure to have snuggly warmth during even the coldest days.
4. Crocs Women’s Short Jaunty Boot
The shoe of summer ’20 has now become the rain boot of spring ’21, thanks to this Croc boot's body of super-light EVA foam, the technical running shoe material of choice. And yep, there are little holes at the top in case you want to wedge in the brand’s signature Jibbitz charms.
Buy It ($45)
Available in sizes 4 to 11
5. ASOS DESIGN Georgia Over The Knee Wellie Boot
This is a cool fashion statement that you’ll want to wear with a miniskirt or leather shorts. And yes, your skinny jeans, too. The knit boot upper stretches waaaay up, while the round toe and chunky sole keeps you elevated and safe from puddles.
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Available in sizes 5 to 10
7. Ugg Chevonne Chelsea Waterproof Rain Boot
Best Shearling Option
Your feet will be hugged by the signature UGG shearling found in these booties, which are so cute with their Chelsea boot inspiration. Unlike the OG suede Uggs, these have a waterproof PVC exterior, so they're ready to tackle ice, sluch and rain.
8. Joules Wellibob Short Rain Boot
Best Leopard Print Style
We’ve never wanted to match our lipstick to a pair of rain boots before, but that’s the sort of glamorous impulse that these short pink leopard-print boots inspire. The five-inch shaft isn’t too cumbersome, the faux-fur lining is comfy and the 1 ¼ heel is pretty much all we can walk in anymore. Pair these with a short skirt and black tights and you’ve got a soggy-weather look on lock. We’re also mad for the other prints available in this Joules style, ranging from dots to blossoms and even classic stripes.
9. Everlane The Rain Boot
Best Cap-Toe Detail
Not too clunky but still substantial enough to charge right through freezing rain, these statement-making Everlane boots have a contrast cap toe to go along with their lug sole and pull tabs. “Super comfortable, sturdy and cute,” says a reviewer. “Enjoy wearing them even not in the rain.”
10. Jeffrey Campbell Women's Hurricane Rain Booties
Best Heeled Design
No need to give up your heels just because you’re avoiding soggy socks, thanks to these three-inch booties. The pull-on style makes them easy to get on and off, and the PVC body keeps out the rain. And don’t worry about slipping; these Jeffrey Campbell kicks feature a rubber sole and the heel is nice and wide, for extra balance.
11. Merry People Bobbi Rain Boots in Beet
Best Neoprene Material
This Melbourne, Australia-based brand has lined their weather-proof boots in neoprene—no surprise, since it’s a surfer hotspot and neoprene is the signature wetsuit material—that ensures softness and comfort. The beetroot colorway is so charming, we’ll be crossing our fingers for rainy days with these in our closet.
12. Hunter Original Short Waterproof Rain Boot
Best Classic Galoshes
In signature hunter green, these boots are about as British as Queen Elizabeth and scones—the Hunter brand hails from Scotland and has been around since 1856. The rubber shaft is 10 inches high, so they’re tall enough to keep out the precipitation but not so tall that you need to have ultra-long legs to wear them. “I tried them on in my regular size and have plenty of room to wear my thick socks,” says one reviewer.
13. Rag & Bone Moto Rain Boots
Best Biker Style
The supercool studded strap that’s the signature of Rag & Bone’s bestselling moto boot is here in an all-rubber waterproof version. But it’s not all form and no function; a padded insole and fabric lining make this kick feel cozy, too. “A funky classic,” says one wearer, who says they look like leather instead of rubber. “These boots are fashion-forward!” she continues. “They fit well and are easy to go on and come off.”
14. Sorel Joan of Arctic Tall Wedge Rain Boots
Best Wedge Heel
Crafted in waterproof leather, this boot has a hidden three-inch wedge heel and a very tall shaft with crisscross lacing. Inner leg zippers make on-and-off easy and we could see these becoming a rainy season staple, especially when worn under a swishy, flowing midi skirt.
15. Chloé Betty Rib Cuff Waterproof Rain Boot
Best Designer Boot
Looking for a status rain boot? You can’t do much better than these Chloé babies. From the one-inch lug-sole platform to the 2 ¾-inch chunky heel, these might not exactly be your first choice if you’ll be racing to catch the bus. But you will look very chic, with a wide knit cuff at the top and a squared-off toe, no matter what you wear these with.
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