The 15 Best Waterproof Boots for Women of 2023

These are the best boots to keep your feet dry in wet weather.

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Best Waterproof Boots for Women

Travel + Leisure / Kristin Kempa

There's no pair of shoes that's truly there for you like a good pair of boots. They provide full-foot protection and support from all sides up to the ankle (and often beyond), and they can feature anything from a block heel and pointed toe to rugged, sneaker-like traction. But boots are at their very best when they're also waterproof. While the concept of waterproof boots might call to mind boxy rain boots, water-repellent options can be found in a wide variety of styles — plenty of which don't even look like conventional rain boots.

Take our top pick, for example. Aquatalia's Ulyssa Water Resistant Bootie trades your typical rubber and mid-calf construction for leather or suede and a stylish ankle height. In fact, they don't even look like rain boots, so they go well with almost any outfit, and they have all the form and function you need for rainy days. If you're looking for something warmer, dressier, or more of a classic rain boot style, keep reading — our list has it all.

Here are the best waterproof boots for women:

Best Overall

Aquatalia Ulyssaa Naplak Ankle Boot

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Why We Love It: This pair's subtle and stylish appearance means it can be worn with any outfit, from dresses to jeans or even leggings.

What to Consider: They're on the pricier side.

Luxury Italian brand Aquatalia is known for its inventory-spanning dedication to waterproof footwear. These particular boots, made of genuine patent leather, suede, or calf hair depending on the style, feature a side zip and hidden heel for a discreet lift. Since the style doesn't look like a traditional rain boot, you can wear them with any outfit. That versatility is what makes these so ideal — pack them for any trip and you're prepared whether it rains or not. Plus, these are comfortable right out of the box and require no break-in time. Choose from multiple colors and prints including snakeskin and leopard spots.

Price at time of publish: $495

Sizes: 5-12 | Material: Rubber, leather, suede

Best Lightweight

Hunter Original Waterproof Chelsea Rain Boot

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Why We Love It: They're made for rain, but they're warm and sturdy enough to take on snow and ice, too.

What to Consider: They may uncomfortably rub your legs if you don't wear socks that cover the ankles.

Putting a modern twist on traditional rain boots with a Chelsea-inspired silhouette, these boots protect from the elements and never feel bulky. At just over a pound per boot, the minimal latex rubber exterior of these rain boots keeps your feet light while trudging through the wet outdoors. Elastic paneling and a rear pull-tab make it easy to get your feet in. We especially love that the interior is super roomy without feeling oversized.

Price at time of publish: $120

Sizes: 5-11 | Material: Rubber, polyester

Best for Winter

Sorel Women's Explorer II Joan Cozy Boot

Sorel Women's Explorer II Joan Cozy Boot


Why We Love It: They're warm, cozy, and completely waterproof without the bulk of typical winter shoes.

What to Consider: They only come in two colors.

If you're looking for something stylish, sturdy, and ultra-comfy in all types of weather, there's really no better choice than the Sorel Explorer II Joan Cozy Boots. These unique boots made our list because they come through in nearly every situation — but they do it without overheating or adding bulk to your ensemble. That's thanks to the boots' waterproof suede uppers, rubber soles with excellent traction, and 100 grams of insulation per boot to keep you extra warm. They even have ultra-cushioned footbeds that allow the wearer to stand, walk, and get active while remaining comfortable. Pull tabs on the heel provide easy on and off, while durable laces enable a custom fit. Featuring faux shearling around the ankle and eyelets, these are the warmer, softer cousin of Sorel's original Explorer Joan Boots. You can grab them in three stylish color combinations.

Price at time of publish: $165

Sizes: 5-12 | Material: Suede, rubber, microfleece

Best Dressy

Söfft Sharnell II Waterproof Knee High Boot

Söfft Sharnell II Waterproof Knee High Boot


Why We Love It: They have both a lace-up back and side zippers, so they offer a secure fit every time.

What to Consider: The calf area may be a bit snug for some shoppers.

These sleek waterproof boots feature a nearly 16-inch shaft, which will keep you dry from knee to toe. A low, seam-sealed heel adds additional protection against puddles and provides a more formal appearance perfect for pairing with dresses, skirts, and narrow-leg trousers. A lace-up back adds a fashionable touch, but side zippers make them easy to get on and off. Our favorite thing about these boots, though, is their ultra-stylish snakeskin print.

Price at time of publish: $240

Sizes: 6-11 | Material: Leather, synthetic materials

Best for Hiking

Columbia Women's Newton Ridge Lightweight Waterproof Shoe Hiking Boot

Columbia Women's Newton Ridge Lightweight Waterproof Shoe Hiking Boot


Why We Love It: They boast a ton of cushioning and support, so they’ll remain comfy on even the longest treks.

What to Consider: Even the wide sizes are a bit narrow.

Hiking boots aren’t always stylish, but this pair from Columbia packs fashionability with functionality. The lightweight and durable Newton Ridge boots make every hike, climb, and camping trip easy on the feet thanks to high-quality cushioning, excellent traction, and anti-slip properties. They’re also quite breathable despite their waterproof construction, and they’re sure to last through years of adventure. Our favorite thing about them, though, is the range of colors they come in — snag them in 21 shades ranging from monochromatic black to cotton candy-like glacier blue.

Price at time of publish: $100

Sizes: 5-12 | Material: Leather, rubber, textile

Best Ankle

Vionic Women's Joy Bethany Ladies Waterproof Ankle Boot

Vionic Bethany Ankle Boot


Why We Love It: They come in whole, half, and wide sizes.

What to Consider: They run narrower than normal, even in wide.

Ankle boots are a wardrobe staple, but it's not easy to find a pair you can wear in the rain. Featuring a durable leather upper and protective finishing treatment, these waterproof and stain-resistant boots from Vionic come with a 1.59-inch block heel that's walkable enough for daytime and polished enough to be dressed up at night. Their day-to-night comfort is thanks to a cushioned footbed, efficient arch support, a traction outsole, and a roomy toe box. A side zipper and ankle pull-tab keep things as functional as they are fashionable.

Price at time of publish: $160

Sizes: 5-12 | Material: Leather

Best Slip-on

Bogs Sweet Pea Rain Boot

 Bogs Sweet Pea Rain Boot


Why We Love It: They’re just as comfy and reliable as they are stylish.

What to Consider: They’re very snug around the ankles.

These ankle rain boots are all about simplicity and minimalist style. The sleek Chelsea boots are easy to get in and out of thanks to a durable pull tab on the back of each, as well as sturdy uppers that won’t fold as you slide your foot inside. Constructed with a half-inch heel, odor-fighting technology, rebound cushioning, and 100 percent waterproof lining, these boots combine comfort and style with ease. Pick them up in one of four colors including trendy hues like coral and sage.

Price at time of publish: $70

Sizes: 6-12 | Material: Rubber, textile, synthetic materials

Best for Walking

Ecco Sport Exohike High Hiking Boot

Ecco Sport Exohike High Hiking Boot


Why We Love It: They prevent your feet from slipping, even on wet surfaces.

What to Consider: They have a narrow toe box.

Whether you're headed to the trails or just around the block, the Ecco Sport Exohike High Boots' shock-absorbing footbeds and snug heel cups will support your stride every step of the way. The rugged rubber outsole gives the boots a sturdy grip in all weather conditions, and the nubuck leather exterior will stand up to the elements. They even have a padded tongue and collar for added comfort and protection, and a breathable lining to keep your feet from overheating or holding in moisture.

Price at time of publish: $200

Sizes: 5-9.5 | Material: Nubuck leather, rubber

Best with Arch Support

Vionic Women's Whistler Wilma Waterproof Ankle Boot

Vionic Women's Whistler Wilma Waterproof Ankle Boot


Why We Love It: They're perfect for teachers, retail workers, and anyone who spends the majority of the day on their feet.

What to Consider: They're not ideal for super cold temperatures.

Thanks to its cushioned insole, Vionic's Wilma Bootie offers exceptional arch support that can help remediate discomfort and strain. It boasts a chic Chelsea boot design with a walkable 2-inch block heel. They're sturdy and cushioned and feature elastic paneling on one side, a zipper closure on the other, and a durable pull tab on each ankle; they're particularly easy to put on and take off.

Price at time of publish: $190

Sizes: 5-11 | Material: Leather, textile, synthetic materials

Best for Wide Feet

Asgard Chelsea Ankle Women's Waterproof Rain Boots

Asgard Women's Waterproof Chelsea Rain Boot


Why We Love It: The low heel offers comfort and arch support.

What to Consider: They're best for wider calves.

Budget-friendly, lightweight, and spacious, the Asgard Ankle Chelsea Rain Boots have a wide toe box inside a leather upper that ensures stability and structure. The boots also have a removable insole and a comfortable fabric lining. Even with an added insole and thick socks, there is still plenty of room for movement — without being too big.

Price at time of publish: $50

Sizes: 5-12 | Material: Vinyl, rubber, elastic

Best Lace-up

Timberland Kinsley 6-Inch Waterproof Boot

Timberland Kinsley 6-Inch Waterproof Boot


Why We Love It: They look like fashion boots, but they expertly protect the feet from moisture and debris.

What to Consider: Some might prefer a lower heel.

The Timberland Kinsleys are fashionable on the outside with their stabilizing 2.25-inch block heels and lace-up closures, but supportive on the inside thanks to memory foam-cushioned footbeds and sturdy lug soles. They're even lined with an eco-friendly, recycled fabric. They look like a more feminine version of classic Timberland boots and pack the functional punch of waterproof leather.

Price at time of publish: $140

Sizes: 5.5-11 | Material: Leather, rubber, textile

Best Sneaker

L.L.Bean Vista Pull-on Mid Boots

L.L.Bean Vista Pull-on Mid Boots


Why We Love It: They’re a great choice in virtually every situation, whether you’re roughing it in the elements or grabbing a bite in town.

What to Consider: They have a bit of an odor out of the box.

When you can’t decide if boots or sneakers would work best for the day’s activities, opt for this hybrid shoe from L.L.Bean. The Vista Mid Boots are versatile enough to wear for everything from hikes to city strolls in all types of weather—plus, their laceless, pull-on style means you’ll never have to reach down to re-tie or re-tighten them. Rubber toe bumpers, superior ventilation, and debris-sweeping features keep your feet comfy, while suede leather uppers and an athletic design offer a smart appearance.

Price at time of publish: $109

Sizes: 6-11 | Material: Suede, leather, rubber

Best Budget

A New Day Chelsea Rain Boots

 A New Day Chelsea Rain Boots


Why We Love It: Their quality and appearance are similar to those of their pricier counterparts.

What to Consider: They don’t have great traction, so skip wearing them on icy days.

There’s nothing better than an affordable pair of boots—especially when they look like they’d cost triple the price. These chic rain boots by A New Day have major luxury vibes to go along with their friendly price tag and quality construction. Crafted with elastic side panels, heel pull tabs, waterproof outers, and a low block heel, these boots are sure to elevate any outfit while keeping you comfy and dry in the process.

Price at time of publish: $25

Sizes: 6-12 | Material: Leather, polyester, PVC

Best Splurge

Canada Goose Journey Boots

Canada Goose Journey Boot

Canada Goose

Why We Love It: Nothing is getting through these boots.

What to Consider: They’re big and chunky, so decide if that’s your style.

If your boot goal is to trek literally anywhere without the elements slowing you down, Canada Goose’s iconic Journey Boots are for you. The completely waterproof boots are flexible yet durable, and because they’re made with only three pieces, there aren’t many seams—which means moisture, cold air, and debris have no way of getting inside. They also offer top-notch cushioning, a squared-off toe for comfort, an extra-deep tread design to prevent slipping, and special material that molds to the wearer’s foot and curbs rubbing and blistering. They even have reflective laces, so you can feel safe no matter the weather conditions.

Price at time of publish: $750

Sizes: 5-11 | Material: Leather, suede, rubber

Best Rain Boot

Merry People Bobbi Rain Boot

Merry People Bobbi Rain Boot

Merry People

Why We Love It: They’re suitable for warm and cold weather alike.

What to Consider: They’re not a great option for shoppers with wider feet.

There are rain boots, and then there are the Bobbi Rain Boots by Merry People. These upgraded boots not only seal out moisture but also provide warmth in below-freezing temperatures thanks to built-in neoprene liners. But these boots aren’t only for frigid winter days. Their breathable construction, ample arch support, and flexible feel make them perfect for wet weather year-round. Cop a pair in an eye-catching hue like lime or lavender, or go for a more subdued shade like oxford blue or slate gray. 

Price at time of publish: $130

Sizes: 5-12 | Material: Rubber, neoprene

Tips for Buying Waterproof Boots

Buy for your intended activity

If you'll be wearing your boots primarily indoors or on flat terrain, feel free to go for something stylish and heeled. However, if you plan on wearing them on sloshy commutes or walking-heavy trips, choose something with a low heel (or no heel) and an easy-to-clean material like rubber or leather. And if you hope to use your boots for hiking, cycling, or another outdoor adventure? Pick a sneaker-like boot with a low ankle, lace closure, and rugged traction.

Consider the conditions in your destination

If you're traveling to or wearing these in warm-weather destinations, choose a lightweight rubber boot so that you'll stay dry without overheating. If you're planning to wear your boots in snowy places, opt for a pair with traction in the outsole that will keep you from slipping and sliding on snow or ice; also look for pairs that have fleece or other fuzzy, warm interiors. For more versatile use year-round and in varying temperatures, choose something fairly lightweight that can be worn alone, but also provides the option to layer warmer, thicker socks underneath for colder days.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the difference between waterproof and water resistant?

    As you may have guessed, waterproof boots keep water out more effectively than water resistant boots. The technical difference is that water resistant boots keep moisture somewhat at bay, and waterproof boots seal out moisture completely (or nearly completely).

  • How do I clean waterproof boots?

    Make sure to clean your waterproof boots regularly, especially if you wear them to stomp through mud and deep puddles. You can do this using a boot brush and either a store bought shoe cleaner or a homemade solution of one part water and one part vinegar.

  • Should I spray waterproof boots with anything?

    Yes. It's wise to invest in a good waterproofing spray, which you should use every few months, or, according to Dick's Sporting Goods, when water stops beading on your boots' surface.

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For this article, T+L editor Hillary Maglin researched dozens of waterproof boots for women to find the most stylish and functional options available.

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