A little rain never hurt anyone, right? That might be the case until a torrential downpour is slated in the forecast, and you’ve found yourself stepping into a deeper-than-expected puddle. Never fear; that’s what rain boots are for. A pair of classic wellies might seem like overkill when you aren’t living in London, the Pacific Northwest, or anywhere else that might have a higher chance of rain (or potholes). But in my humble opinion, one can never be too prepared for any type of weather. And when you’re properly equipped with a style that’s as cute as it is practical, well, you have no reason not to have a pair in your arsenal.
As you prep your fall wardrobe and swap out warm-weather staples like crochet clothing and coastal grandmother must-haves for cozier options (hello, knitwear and ankle boots!), be sure not to overlook classic rain boots. And I’m not only talking about Wellington-style options, either. Yes, brands like Hunter continue to reign with their signature styles. But these days, there are plenty of rain boot styles for women, whether it’s an ankle rain boot, a lace-up rain boot, or a Chelsea rain boot. To prove my point, I’ve found a handful of options for any sartorial aesthetic. Ahead, the 11 best rain boots for women to sport once the rainfall comes pouring in.
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Best Overall Rain Boot
Original Tall Rain Boot
- Timeless Wellington style
- Tall, knee-high shaft
- Soft polyester lining
Let’s be honest: Nothing gets more classic than a pair of classic Hunter wellies, and with the taller height, these are perfect for stomping through puddles, a muddy music festival (Glastonbury, we see you), and everything in between. Plus, when the temperatures dip down, you can opt for an added fleece liner.
Best Designer Rain Boot
Rubber-Trimmed Leather Chelsea Boots
- Premium leather
- Tough lug sole for traction
For a more luxe approach, these classic leather boots from Loewe are just what you need to wade through waters. They’ll be just as good on the drier days as they are in the stormy ones. And with the lug sole, these will have you ready for any type of fall weather.
Best Rain Bootie
Women’s Brex Boot Chelsea
- Seam-sealed waterproof construction
- EVA midsole for comfort
- Runs narrow
Maybe you want a sportier option to stomp around in this season. In which case, reach for the Brex Boot from Sorel. With the ankle-high shaft and flexible Chelsea panel, these are the boots you can simply throw on as you head out the door. And thanks to its incredible traction, puddle-driven slips will be a thing of the past.
Best Lug Sole Rain Boot
Women’s Horsebit Ankle Boots
- Lug sole with heel
- High-gloss rubber
- Easy pull-on style
Perhaps you seek a rain boot with a heel. Sure, heels don’t seem like the go-to option for rainy days, but when they have a solid lug sole and block silhouette like these, you can take your looks to the next level while avoiding the aftermath of a rainstorm.
Best Duck Boot
The Authentic Duck Boot
- Classic, rugged style
- Steel shank for extra support
- Rubber chain-tread bottom
- Runs large
If you’re going to go for a duck boot, why not go with a classic? The L.L. Bean Duck Boot—which has been a staple for the brand since 1912—is a bestseller for a reason. It’s made with full-grain leather that’ll get you through any sort of weather and features a rubber bottom, so there’s no worry about wet feet.
Best Under-$100 Rain Boot
The Lace-Up Lugsole Rain Boot
- Tough, flexible rubber
- Easy slip-on style
- Not the highest quality construction
Shallow puddles and muddy curbs have nothing on you with these. This lace-up Madewell style takes on the look of a sneaker boot, and they feel like one, too. One reviewer said, “This is the most comfortable boot I own. I have been wearing it every rainy day…”
Best Rain Boot with Shearling
Florrie Shearling-Trimmed Glossed-Rubber Rain Boots
- Great for colder weather
- High-gloss rubber
- Lug soles
Any amount of shearling will always be a good idea. These glossy boots are not only cozy but also incredibly chic. I think they’ll be perfect choice for your fall ensembles.
Best Pull-On Rain Boot
Rubber Chelsea Boots
- Made from recycled rubber
- Pull tabs and flexible elastic panels
- Chunky lug sole
- Can feel a little clunky
Fashion lovers have long favored Ganni’s combat-style boots—and that includes its Rubber Chelsea Boots. Whether you wear them with a printed dress, cropped trousers, or a midi skirt, you won’t go wrong with these edgy rain boots.
Best Chelsea Rain Boot
The Rain Boot
- Slip-resistant tread
- Roomy enough for thick socks
- Runs large if you wear them with regular socks
A simple Chelsea rain boot is a must-have for anyone. Versatile and stylish, Everlane’s under-$90 iteration of the look is easy to slip on and off at the door and easy to clean. What more could you need?
Best Insulated Rain Boot
Classic Mini Waterproof Clear Boot
- Ultra-warm shearling-like lining
- Great for cold weather
- True to size
Honestly speaking, rainy days are the best time to pull out some color. I mean, dreary days can only get better when boots as bright as these #Barbiecore options are out on the streets, right?! Ugg gives its classic Mini boot a rain-ready remake. Water-damaged Uggs are a thing of the past.
Best Waterproof Boot
Premium Leather Waterproof Boot
- Rugged, waterproof design
- Comfortable shock absorption
- Shearling footbed
- True to size, but feel snug until broken in
Those of you who live in big cities have probably seen Blundstones out and about. The Australian brand has mastered the comfortable, durable, and classic Chelsea work boot—and they aren’t as clunky as other options. These waterproof boots take a moment to break in and get more comfortable, but they’re built to last.
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