Features to Look for in a Pair of Rain Boots

Here comes the rain again. Make sure your feet stay dry with these waterproof looks.

byCarla Sosenko| PUBLISHED Oct 15, 2020 5:31 PM
Features to Look for in a Pair of Rain Boots
Consider yourself well-shielded from the elements. Sydney Rae, Unsplash

If raindrops keep falling on your head, buy an umbrella. If they keep falling on your legs and feet, get a pair of rain boots! Whether you want a short or tall shaft, something classic or sleek, there’s a wet-weather solution for you.

This rugged duck style features wet-dry traction on the sole. Micro-fleece and leather give warmth, a cushioned insole adds comfort, and laces plus a side zip mean they fit a range of ankles and calves.

Duck boots are perfect for anyone with wide feet. As a general rule, rubber takes a long time to break in and can feel narrow. The leather-fleece-rubber combo of duck boots has more give and is roomier than Wellington or Chelsea boots.

A rubber Wellie is classic and playful, and this Scottish brand created it! These are handcrafted from 28 parts and have a 10.5-inch shaft that’s high but not too high.

When someone says “rain boots,” most people picture a rubber Wellington. Rubber is durable and flexible, and will stand up to mud, dirt and any other unwanted invaders. On the other hand, it won’t stretch, so it’s imperative to make sure your boots fit properly. Your toes should clear the top of the shoe comfortably when it’s on, and you should be able to lift your heel easily (but not too much). If you have to choose between sizing up and down, go up and wear an extra pair of socks, which will add comfort too.

This comfy rubber shortie is lightweight, has elastic sides to pull on easily, and features a half-inch platform. It comes in multiple hues, so you don’t have to wear boring black just because it’s a gray day.

If you’ll be running around and need to look presentable, consider a style that you don’t need to change out of. A classic black Chelsea rain boot is subdued and sleek enough to go from home to office to work drinks or dinners.