The Best Waterproof Walking Shoes for Women
Rain boots are certainly useful in wet weather, but most are just too bulky when you're packing light. And while rainy days might prevent you from spending time at the beach, you shouldn't let them ruin your vacation. The way we see it, watery conditions are a sign to hit the trails or cobblestone streets and start exploring — so you'll need a good pair of waterproof walking shoes on hand.
If you asked us for the absolute best pair, we'd point you in the direction of Sperry's Angelfish Boat Shoes thanks to their sleek style, supportive footbeds, and all-around versatility. But if your upcoming vacation calls for something a little warmer, sportier, or more rugged, don't miss our list below — it's got a little bit of everything.
- Best Overall: Sperry Angelfish Boat Shoes at Amazon
- Best Running Shoes: On Cloud 5 Waterproof Running Shoes at Nordstrom
- Best Slip-ons: Aquatalia Onida Weatherproof Slip-on Sneaker at Nordstrom Rack
- Most Stylish: Blondo Vegas2 Waterproof Ankle Boot at Amazon
- Best for Snow: Keen Kaci II Winter Mid Waterproof Boot at Amazon
- Best Chelsea Boots: Naturalizer Verney Waterproof Boot at Amazon
- Most Versatile: SeaVees 08/61 Army Issue Low Nylon Sneakers at Amazon
- Best for Narrow Feet: Bogs Sweetpea Slip-ons at Amazon
- Best Combat Boots: Sorel Phoenix Short Lace Waterproof Boots at Amazon
- Best Hiking Boots: Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX Hiking Shoes at Amazon
- Best Espadrille: Sea Star Beachwear Beachcomber Espadrille Water Shoe at Amazon
T+L's Top Picks
Best Overall: Sperry Angelfish Boat Shoes
Best Running Shoes: On Cloud 5 Waterproof Running Shoes
Best Slip-ons: Aquatalia Onida Weatherproof Slip-on Sneaker
Most Stylish: Blondo Vegas2 Waterproof Ankle Boot
Best for Snow: Keen Kaci II Winter Mid Waterproof Boot
Best Chelsea Boots: Naturalizer Verney Waterproof Boot
Most Versatile: SeaVees 08/61 Army Issue Low Nylon Sneakers
Best for Narrow Feet: Bogs Sweetpea Slip-ons
Best Combat Boots: Sorel Phoenix Short Lace Waterproof Boots
Best Hiking Boots: Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX Hiking Shoes
Best Espadrille: Sea Star Beachwear Beachcomber Espadrille Water Shoe
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between waterproof and water resistant?
Water-resistant shoes and clothing are able to repel water temporarily. When it comes to shoes, this type of material is best for activities where you may get slightly wet. True waterproof shoes, however, will keep your feet completely dry, even after hours in wet conditions. Opt for waterproof shoes when you'll be taking an especially sloshy hike or when you plan to spend all day outside in damp conditions.
How do I care for waterproof shoes?
To keep your shoes' waterproof qualities intact, be sure to lightly rinse them after each wear. When the shoes need a heavier cleaning, use cleaning products specially made for waterproof footwear, and remove the laces before you begin the cleaning process. It's also a good idea to reapply a waterproof spray on your shoes once a year or so.
Tips for Buying Waterproof Shoes
Put comfort first
Waterproof shoe shopping is not the time to purchase purely based on aesthetics. While there are plenty of stylish options on the market, you'll thank yourself for choosing shoes with sufficient cushioning, arch support, traction, and water-repelling qualities.
Consider drying time
If you plan to use your waterproof shoes several days in a row on a camping trip or vacation, choose a pair of shoes that dry quickly. There's nothing worse than stepping into your shoes only to find they're still damp from the day before. Not all shoes provide a drying time on the box, so you may have to test this for yourself before heading out on your trip.
Why Trust Travel + Leisure
Travel + Leisure writers are experts when it comes to shopping, traveling, and adventuring, so they know a thing or two about waterproof footwear. Using both personal experience and customer recommendations, Hillary Maglin, Rebecca Carhart, and Dobrina Zhekova researched dozens of waterproof walking shoes and used their expertise as travel writers to put together a list of shoes that are as comfy as they are versatile.
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