Best Rain Boots For Women 2023

Best Rain Boots For Women 2023

Rain boots are humble yet hard working. They are a down-to-earth hero that belongs in every inclement-weather wardrobe. While their reputation has long been one of practicality and comfort over style, the best rain boots for women aren’t devoid of fashion appeal these days—many chic versions exist at every price level—and are well-equipped to handle heavy rain, snow or slick city streets.

The type of rain boots you choose depends on your needs, the level of waterproofing you require, and where you intend to wear them. I consulted a variety of outdoor experts to find out which pairs stand out from the rest and will save you from soggy feet. My top pick overall is Hunter’s Short Back Adjustable Rain Boots, which are a shorter, more flexible version of their signature tall boot. For a more affordable version, your best bet is Planone Mid Calf Rubber Boots, which you can order on Amazon. Ahead, all of the best women’s rain boots in every category.

Hunter Women’s Short Back Adjustable Rain Boots

Sizes: 5-11 | Colors: Black, Navy, Tufted Purple, Primrose Yellow and more (10 in total) | Materials: Rubber, recycled polyester lining

Hunter is a British brand renowned for making rain boots that last (they were a favorite of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh). This shorter version of the Original Tall has a more flexible fit, relaxed shape and an expandable tab at the back. They also come in 10 colors, and are functional for country and city life. Keep in mind: Hunter’s boots are a bit expensive and shorter isn’t better in heavy rain.

Sizes: 6-10.5 | Colors: Dark Grey, Black, Copper Green, Red and more (10 in total) | Materials: Synthetic rubber

Planone’s Wellington boots are made from durable rubber that can hold up in heavy rain but are also lightweight enough for gardening and long walks. This pair has anti-slip grooves on the sole and a price point that hard to beat. To find the right fit, measure the largest area of your calf to select your boot size. Keep in mind: Some reviewers say these boots run narrow.

Sizes: 4-12 | Colors: Black, Brown, Green, Kaki, Bronze| Materials: Rubber

Handmade in France, Aigle’s boots area chic take on a hunting style and come in a classic shades. To prevent leg fatigue, these have cushioned, triple-dense soles and are insulated against the cold thanks to a 4.5 mm-thick neoprene lining. Overall, they’re a great all-weather boot, with adjustable tabs and gussets that fit snug to keep out rain and snow. Keep in mind: Aigle’s boots can be an expensive investment piece, which may not suit everyone’s budget.

Cougar Ignite Chelsea Rain Boot

Sizes: 6-11| Colors: Black| Materials: Rubber, faux shearling upper

This Chelsea style has a round toe and sturdy block heel that marries fashion with function and it keeps you warm on chilly, rainy days thanks to the faux shearling lining. The flocked traction sole also provides solid grip and the elastic gores on the sides make this pair is easy to pull on and off. Keep in mind: These are water-resistant, not waterproof, and the shorter length isn’t ideal for heavy rain.

Grundéns Women’s Deck Boss Ankle Boot

Sizes: 5-10 | Colors: Glacier, Parisian Blue, Sage Green, Fog and more (10 in total) | Materials: Rubber

Grundéns specializes in performance-level, waterproof gear, especially for fishing and boating, so you know their boots can stand up to wetness. This bestselling lightweight, easy-to-slip-on fisherman style is great for more than anglers, with razor siping to move water out from under the shoe and give you enhanced grip on wet surfaces. There’s also a thick insole for shock resistance. Keep in mind: This pair is ankle-length and short, so it’s not ideal for heavy rain.

Sizes: 5.5 – 11 | Colors: Light Brown Nubuck, Black Nubuck, White Nubuck, Black Nubuck Leopard, Wheat Nubuck | Materials: Leather

Rain boots aren’t designed with lots of walking in mind, but Timberland’s leather lace-up pair combines waterproof functionality with long-wearing comfort: There’s a steel shank for extra arch support, faux-fur lining for warmth and sustainable-sourced leather upper treated with a waterproof membrane that can be rolled up or down. Keep in mind: Leather isn’t as easy to keep clean or pull on and off as a traditional rubber rain boot.

Sizes: 6-12 | Colors: Black, Animal Print Burgundy, Animal Print Gray| Materials: Rubber

Perfect for those with wider calves, Bogs’s rain boots hit just below the knee and have adjustable calf straps, plus an expandable back that conforms to your leg shape. They’re waterproof from top to bottom and have rebound cushioning at the midsole for extra comfort and support. Keep in mind: Bogs are a little heavy but prioritize practicality and durability.

Sizes: 5 – 11 | Colors: Black, Surplus, Stone, Tawny Brown, Sage| Materials: Rubber

Everlane’s rain boots are a great affordable basic in an easy-to-clean flexible rubber. They have slip-resistant tread, a cushioned insole, stretch side panels and back pull tabs so you get them on and off without a struggle. The fit leaves enough room for you to wear thick socks when it’s super cold, too. Keep in mind: There’s no built-in insulation so these boots are not ideal for deep snow.

Sizes: 5 – 12 | Colors: Black, Olive, Grey | Materials: Rubber

A cross between a Chelsea pull-on boot and sneaker, Sperry’s rain boots have deep indentations to improve traction and a micro-fleece lining to keep your feet warm. The waterproof upper is balanced by a thick platform lugged outer sole, similar to those found on hiking and utility work boots for stability. Keep in mind: Some say the rubber can be stiff so plan to wear these boots with knit socks.

Sizes: IT 35 – 41 (US 5-11)| Colors: Black | Materials: Rubber

For those wanting to make a fashion statement on light rainy days, these Moncler rubber rain boots are stylish and practical. The Italian skiwear brand specializes in all-weather essentials, and this pair has lug soles for stability on slick surfaces as well as tight seams to keep moisture out. Keep in mind: Moncler is a splurge, and this ankle length is not best for heavy rain.

My Expertise

I’m the former fashion features director of Harper’s Bazaar, and throughout my 20-plus year career as a fashion and lifestyle journalist, I have written for Vogue, Grazia, The Guardian Life & Style, CNN and Forbes. I’ve profiled leading fashion designers to learn about the production and manufacturing process, and reviewed hundreds of collections during fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris.

How I Chose The Best Rain Boots

To determine the absolute best rain boots on the market, I spoke to fashion experts Sarah Meikle, Nicole Colovos and Eva Dayton, as well as New York real estate agent Talia McKinney, who spends her walking the city, rain or shine. I also interviewed Jackie Sutera, DPM, a board-certified podiatric surgeon on the most important features to consider when choosing a comfortable and functional rain boot, bearing in mind different styles for various climates and activities. Finally, I researched outdoor brands with a reputation for making high-quality rain gear, taking into consideration the length, materials, price range, waterproof level, tread and traction of their boots. I crossed referenced all of my contenders with actual shopper reviews in order to make the final selections you see here.