The 20 Best Waterproof Shoes for Women (That Aren’t Rain Boots)
If you thought the best shoes for inclement weather were rain boots, well, you’re in for a treat. Practically every style of shoe you know and love comes in a puddle-ready waterproof style—from Birkenstock sandals to trendy snakeskin booties and even easy slip-on sneakers. Whether you’re looking to buy something walkable and trustworthy for your next trip or just want to upgrade your rainy-day kicks, here are the 20 best waterproof shoes for women.
1. Birkenstock Arizona Essentials
The classic Birkenstock is now ready for any and all summer activities—including trips to the water park and splashes in the lake. These are known for being light-as-air, making them a no-brainer vacation shoe (plus, they come in a veritable rainbow of cool colors, from white to tangerine).
2. Nike Pegasus Trail 2 Gore-Tex Waterproof Trail Running Shoe
Best Gore-Tex Sneakers
If you want the best-of-the-best waterproof gear, just look for the Gore-Tex stamp. According to the weather-proofing company, these slip-on sneaks will not only keep your toes dry if you step in a puddle, but will also allow your feet to breathe throughout even the longest of days. (Plus they look pretty damn cool, if we do say so.)
3. Vionic Kamryn Waterproof Boot
Best Ankle Boots
Hold up, you might be thinking, those boots must be a mistake on this list. Well, they’re not because this snakeskin ankle-height design is, in fact, 100 percent waterproof. They also come in classic black and a gorgeous chocolate brown.
4. La Canadienne Silvana Waterproof Riding Boot
Best Knee-High Boots
For days when you don’t want to sacrifice style while stomping through some serious puddles. No, La Canadienne’s boots don’t come cheap, but they are guaranteed to keep you nice and dry (and looking fabulous) for years to come.
5. Converse Mountain Club Chuck Taylor All Star GORE-TEX
Best High-Top Sneakers
These classic All Stars may not look ready for rain, but they feature an innovative GORE-TEX lining and moisture-wicking laces. Plus, those pops of neon green on the gray will help make you even more visible in inclement weather.
6. Blondo Karen Waterproof Slip-On Sneakers
Best Slip-On Sneakers
Soggy Keds? Not a cute look (or feel, for that matter). These cushy slip-ons have a waterproof knit upper, for all the comfort you’re used to in a sneaker, including all that necessary arch support, without having to worry about unexpected afternoon rain showers.
7.Italeau Mara Ballet Flats
Best Ballet Flats
That suede you see? It was specially treated to handle even the wettest conditions, and still look polished and professional (while repelling stains). Wear these for work or with skinny jeans, because these gorgeous flats are comfortable enough for off-duty wear. (P.S., they come in 15 additional stunning hues if red isn’t your jam.)
8. Sam Edelman Justina Waterproof Chelsea Boot
Best Lug-Sole Boots
We love the unexpected pop of a bright white boot, especially if everyone around you is rocking plain black rain boots. To keep them gleaming and looking like new, be sure to wipe them down once you’re home and done for the day. (Psst, they also come in black leather and camel brown suede.)
9. Cougar Kensington Waterproof
Best Patent Chelsea Boots
If regular rain boots aren’t your thing (we don’t blame you), try a pair that’s a little more stylish. This dusty rose boot from Cougar has a patent finish and a not-too-treacherous wedge, so you can still wear heels on rainy days.
10. Salomon Sense Ride 3 GTX
Best Running Sneakers
Don’t let a little drizzle stop you from getting in your daily jog. These running shoes have improved traction to combat slippery surfaces and are made with a GORE-TEX lining and a tongue that’s fully attached to the rest of the shoe’s upper to prevent water from leaking in. Plus, the drawstring laces won’t get bogged down like a traditional lace, even if you go speeding through puddles.
11. Hunter Original Tall Waterproof Rain Boot
Best Rain Boots
Alright, we had to include one OG galosh on this list because you can’t go wrong with a classic, knee-high rain boot. Hunter is the go-to brand when it comes to galoshes you can rely on, especially if you want to invest in a pair that will last you for years.
12. Sea Star Neoprene Beachcomber Espadrille Flats
Best Summer Shoes
Espadrilles are typically shoes that you do not want to get wet—especially when you’re on vacation. All it takes is for one damp pair of kicks to make your whole suitcase stink. Luckily, these summer shoes are made from a quick-drying neoprene material and a sturdy rubber sole, so you can even wear them as water shoes in the ocean or lake.
13. Native Shoes Jefferson
Best EVA Sneakers
Available in just about every color you could imagine (plus fun prints like oversized dots or spring-ready flowers), this pair of slip-on sneakers for Native are beloved for a ton of reasons. They’re odor resistant, shock absorbent and hand-washable, so you can really wear them for any outdoor activity.
14. Cougar Ritz Waterproof Penny Loafer
Best Waterproof Loafers
Sport these classic, easy slip-ons with suits, jeans, tights or even a flirty mini dress, if you like. Word to the wise, however, we highly suggest you also wear socks (at least to break them in) as these loafers are made from a rubberized material that might rub your skin the wrong way.
15. Cole Haan Winnie Grand Waterproof Bootie
Best Black Booties
If you’d prefer not to have to swap out your go-to black boots when the sky is threatening thunderstorms, treat yourself to a pair of Cole Haan booties, like this Winnie style. Made with all the comfort
16. UGG Adirondack III Waterproof Boot
Best Winter Boots
Waterproofing is one of the key qualities of a good winter boot, according to podiatrists. UGG’s Adirondack series has the added bonus of the brand’s signature cozy lining and are rated to -32° F, meaning your feet will stay dry, comfortable and warm no matter what Mother Nature has in store for the day.
17. OluKai Pehuea Heu Genuine Shearling Slip-On Sneaker
Best Fleece-Lined Shoes
For days that are much milder, but still have a slight nip in the air, try these Hawaiian-made sneakers with a cozy shearling lining for extra warmth (because those no-show socks aren’t providing nearly enough). The back is also designed to easily fold down to turn them into backless slides if you’re just running to the end of the driveway to pick up the newspaper.
18. Merrell Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots
Best Hiking Boots
Almost all hiking boots have some level of water resistance, but Merrell’s Moab boot is fully waterproof so you can forge across that pond or head out for a hike in the rain without worry. They’re also some of the best-rated hiking boots on sites like REI, Backcountry and DSW year after year, no matter the conditions the wearers encountered, making them an excellent investment even if you don’t plan to hike in wet weather.
19. Bos. & Co. Rewind Waterproof Over the Knee Boot
Best Over-the-Knee Boots
These gorgeous black suede boots are incredibly chic and, despite not looking anything like Wellies, are entirely waterproof. Plus, the thigh-high silhouette gives your stems extra protection from the rain. Now all you need is a knee-grazing rain jacket and you’ll be covered from head to toe so you can arrive at your final destination totally dry.
20. Chaco Fields Waterproof Bootie
Best Lace-Up Boots
These lug-sole boots aren’t just for hiking. They’re made for wearing with jeans on those days when it’s pouring cats and dogs and you need to get the grocery shopping done. If you’re more of a dress person, try a floral midi and a denim jacket instead of skinny jeans and a cozy knit.
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