The Best Waterproof Boots for Women Who Never Let Rain Ruin a Vacation
There may be no type of footwear that's truly there for you like the boot. It provides full-foot protection, supports from all sides up to the ankle, can be found in insulated and heeled forms, and still manages to look cute. But a boot is at its very best when it’s also waterproof. While the concept of waterproof boots might call to mind the boxy rain boots or wellies famously worn by Paddington Bear, water-repellent boots can be found in a wide variety of styles — plenty of which don’t even look like conventional rain boots.
So what should you look for when it comes to finding the right boots to keep your feet dry? Well, like any boot, they should first and foremost be comfortable. Look for styles that offer arch support and have a wide toe box, two components of great walking shoes. To best protect from water seeping in, the exterior of the boot should be composed of an impenetrable material like rubber, and the seams should be sealed tightly to not affect the integrity of the boot.
Whether you are looking for casual Chelsea boots for drizzly city days, or rain-repellent hiking boots you can take with you on outdoor excursions, we’ve rounded up the best option in every category. Read on below to see our picks from top brands like Sorel, Woolrich, UGG, and more.
Best Winter Boots: Sorel Ainsley Conquest Waterproof Boot
The insulation along this boot’s "collar" keeps out moisture and cold air, making this pair the perfect choice for cool days, from the city to the wilderness.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $170
Best Chelsea Boots: Nisolo Chelsea Boot
This newly launched boot by Nisolo, the brand loved by Everlane and Cuyana fans, is a fast favorite for its stunning leather exterior and flexible elastic insets, which make taking them on and off a breeze.
To buy: nisolo.com, $228
Best Leather Boots: Aquatalia Camden Weatherproof Nappa Boot
Luxury Italian brand Aquatalia is known for its inventory-spanning dedication to waterproof footwear. This particular style made of genuine leather features a front zip with a leather-trim pull that lends character and convenience.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $495
Best Lightweight Boots: Bernardo Footwear Paxton Rain Boot
The minimal PVC figure and lining of this rain boot keep your feet light while trudging through the wet outdoors. Elastic paneling makes it easy to get your feet in, and the back tie adds a unique touch.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $145
Best Dress Boots: Blondo Tami Waterproof Moto Boot
The sleek, streamlined shape of this waterproof leather bootie make it a perfect match for a dressed up look. Wear with tights and a skirt, or a pair of slacks for a tidy, professional ensemble.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $150
Best Hiking Boots: Woolrich Rockies II Waterproof Hiking Boot
This attractive boot by American heritage brand Woolrich combines form and function. Its classic, tan shell and an inventive lacing system not only look great, they also make this a highly practical option for trail climbing and long hikes.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $140
Best Ankle Boots: Italeau Daniela Waterproof Suede Ankle Booties
Suede boots are so luxuriously fall, but it's not easy to find a pair you can wear in the rain. Italeau has the waterproof and stain-resistant answer, and it comes with a 2-inch block heel that's walkable enough for daytime wear and tear and polished enough to be dressed up by night.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $445
Best Snow Boots: UGG Women's W Birch Lace-up Snow Boot
UGG’s proprietary DryTech technology keeps the exterior suede on this boot completely water- and stain-resistant, while the plush wool lining keeps your feet warm.
To buy: amazon.com, $200
Best Slip-on Boots: Vionic Thatcher Boot
Your doctor wants you to wear these boots as much as you do. From podiatrist-recommended brand Vionic, this pair of splash-proof booties offers orthotic support, plus extra-long elastic side panels for easily slipping in and out.
To buy: vionicshoes.com, $170
Best Warm Boots: Tretorn Women's Lina Winter Faux-fur Lined Booties
This classically styled, cropped ankle rain boot goes the extra mile with a generous faux-fur lining that provides a layer of warmth and insulation from the harsh cold outside.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $100