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.