The 12 Best Women's Rain Boots of 2021

Keep your feet dry—and your outfit stylish—in these downpour-proof rain boots.

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Everlane The Rain Boot at Everlane

"The Rain Boot is one of the most stylish takes on this essential footwear that we’ve seen."

Best Budget: Asgard Women's Ankle Rain Boots Waterproof Chelsea Boots at Amazon

"Sturdy and chic, they're perfect for every season."

Best Chelsea Boots: Hunter Women’s Original Chelsea Boots at Hunter Boots

"These boots are lightweight, waterproof, and small enough to fit in carry-on luggage."

Best Mid-Calf Boots: Joules Molly Welly Waterproof Rain Boot at Joules

"The mid-calf height on these is comfortable and flexible enough for you to wear all day."

Best Tall: Xtratuf Women’s Fishewear 15-inch Legacy Boot at Xtratuf

"They have a seriously grippy sole and thick warm neoprene that make you feel like you can go anywhere and tackle anything."

Best for Wide Calves: Bogs Neo Classic Wide Calf at Zappos

"They’re not as chunky and unwieldy as some other rain boots."

Best Ankle Boots: Sam Edelman Tinsley Rain Boot at Amazon

"These boots hit just above the ankle for maximum movement and comfort."

Best Sneakers: Dksusko Women’s Rain Boots at Amazon

"Comes in a wide variety of modern hues and high- and low-top designs."

Best Luxury: Off-White Waterproof Rain Boot at Nordstrom

"The brand’s signature zip-tie tag adds a pop of color on gray days."

Best Print: Bogs Neo Classic Tall Vine Floral at Zappos

"A great preppy alternative to most other types of rain boots."

Best for Petites: Ilse Jacobsen Rubber Boot at Nordstrom

"The knee-high shaft runs a little short, so if you’re petite but wanting a tall boot, these will be great."

Best Duck Boots: Sperry Women's Saltwater Duck Boot at Sperry

"These duck boots are a classic for a reason."

Let’s be honest: Rain is only fun when you’re dressed for it, and a great pair of rainboots goes a long way toward keeping you comfortable and dry when a gale’s coming through or the skies open up. Whether you opt for a classic mid-calf style in a cheerful print or a chunky Chelsea boot that pairs perfectly with your favorite all-black city outfits, there’s a great pair out there for you. 

To help narrow the field for you—because truly, there are so many options—we’ve rounded up some of the best rain boots for 2021. Take a peek at our picks, below. 

Best Overall: Everlane The Rain Boot

The Rain Boot Everlane

 Courtesy of Everlane

https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-rain-boot-black

What We Like
  • Rubber upper is easy to clean

  • Side elastic for fit

  • Fit takes wearing socks into account

What We Don't Like
  • May need a few wears to break them in

Everlane is known for great-quality apparel made transparently and fairly, and the company’s The Rain Boot is one of the most stylish takes on this essential footwear that we’ve seen. These ankle-height boots are made from rubber, so it's easy to hose the mud off of when you come back in from the day. True to Everlane form, they’re designed with tons of thought: Case in point, they’re made to be worn in your usual size, but with a pair of winter socks on, so you don’t have to deal with too-tight fits.

Best Budget: Asgard Women's Ankle Rain Boots Waterproof Chelsea Boots

What We Like
  • Affordable price point

  • Lightweight and matte finish

  • Soft EVA cushioned insole

What We Don't Like
  • Not great for cold temperatures

Sturdy and chic, the Tinsley Rubber Boots from Sam Edelman are perfect for every season. Stay dry and look good doing it when you don these classic Chelsea silhouette boots; they come in three sleek shades: white, black matte, and dark leopard. The synthetic insole is comfy, and thanks to the pull-on tongue and elastic ankle opening, these are a cinch to slip on and off, which is a crucial element of any good boot.

Best Chelsea Boots: Hunter Women’s Original Chelsea Boots

 Hunter Women’s Original Chelsea Boots

Courtesy of Nordstrom

What We Like
  • Great handcrafted durability

  • Can function as hiking boots

  • Pull tabs for easy fit

What We Don't Like
  • Need to size up if wearing thick socks

Hunters are classics, and for a reason: The iconic design is backed up by great construction and durability. “These boots are lightweight, waterproof, small enough to fit in carry-on luggage, and adaptable—in forgiving terrain, they can function as a low-level hiking or walking boot,” says lifestyle writer Hannah Selinger. “They're also cute enough to throw on with a pair of leggings if your options are limited. Mine are Hunter green, but there are plenty of colors to choose from.”

Best Mid-Calf Boots: Joules Molly Welly Waterproof Rain Boot

Joules Molly Welly Waterproof Rain Boot

Courtesy of Nordstrom

What We Like
  • Hard-wearing rubber upper

  • Side adjustable buckles

  • Water-dispersing soles

  • Fun prints available

What We Don't Like
  • Insole isn't glued down

With a burst of leopard print, these wellies from Joules epitomize the brand’s commitment to quality with a touch of whimsy. The brand has decades of rainy-day credentials in its British homeland (a nation that is not known for its sunny days), and the mid-calf height on these is comfortable and flexible enough for you to wear all day. Plus, leopard print is basically a neutral—trust us, it goes with everything.

Best Tall: Xtratuf Women’s Fishewear 15-inch Legacy Boot

Xtratuf Women’s Fishewear 15-inch Legacy Boot

Courtesy of Xtratuf

What We Like
  • Thick warm neoprene linings

  • Very grippy sole

  • Fun colors and prints

What We Don't Like
  • Not available in half sizes

If your rainboot needs are a little more heavy-duty than a standard pair of wellies can handle, Xtratuf makes some of the best around. In rugged places like Alaska and the Yukon, the classic brown Xtratuf boot is ubiquitous, and for good reason: They have a seriously grippy sole and thick warm neoprene that makes you feel like you can go anywhere and tackle anything,” says travel and science journalist Kate Morgan. Plus, check out the range of maritime-inclined linings available—they’ll keep you warm and provide a splash of color if you fold the boots over.

Best for Wide Calves: Bogs Neo Classic Wide Calf

Bogs Neo Classic Wide Calf

Courtesy of Zappos

What We Like
  • Good insulation for cold weather

  • Flexible width footbeds

  • Max-Wick moisture wicking

What We Don't Like
  • Top might be snug for extra-wide calves

Bogs makes some of the best rain boots out there, and this wide-calf take on the classic, well, Classics, lives up to the original and then some. It’s made with construction that’s meant to knock one-third off the usual weight of a pair of rainboots, so you don’t have to lug around in them all day, and they’re insulated for a little extra coziness, too.

Best Ankle Boots: Sam Edelman Women's Tinsley Rain Boot

What We Like
  • Affordable price point

  • Stylish Chelsea boot design

  • Available in several colors

What We Don't Like
  • Upper not as durable as natural rubber

Available in a ton of colorways ranging from lipstick red to olive green and matte black, these Sam Edelman rain boots hit just above the ankle for maximum movement and comfort. Designed with a comfortable stretch panel—Chelsea boot-style—to keep things comfortable when you’re dashing from door to door in a downpour, they also come with a padded footbed and a rubber sole that delivers plenty of grip on wet sidewalks, too.

Best Sneakers: Dksusko Women’s Rain Boots

What We Like
  • Great alternative to clunky rainboots

  • Anti-slip rubber soles

  • Available in several styles and colors

What We Don't Like
  • Lack of insole cushioning

Look cool and put together in rainy weather when you wear the DKSUKO Waterproof High-Top Rain Shoes, which come in a wide variety of modern hues and high- and low-top designs. Anti-slip rubber soles offer superior grip, while the quality rubber construction means it won’t crack when the shoe stretches. Its adjustable fit keeps water out, and you can use them whenever you don't want to wear clunky rain boots.

Best Luxury: Off-White For Rainy Days Waterproof Rain Boot

Off-White For Rainy Days Waterproof Rain Boot

Courtesy of Off-White

What We Like
  • Knee-high rubber upper

  • Style-forward design

  • Adjustable lace-up front

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Off-White is known for high fashion with a dry sense of humor, and these rain boots perfectly encapsulate their vibe. They have a 14-inch shaft and a 17-inch calf circumference (be sure to measure it against you before you order!). The lace-up front goes great with all your city outfits, and the brand’s signature zip-tie tag adds a pop of color on gray days, too.

Best Print: Bogs Neo Classic Tall Vine Floral

Bogs Neo Classic Tall Vine Floral

Courtesy of Bogs Footwear

What We Like
  • Lightweight design

  • Odor Protection

  • Contoured insole and shock absorption

What We Don't Like
  • Entire shaft is not waterproof

A pop of dark florals contrasts against the rubber bottoms of these easy-on, easy-off rainboots (check out those convenient handles). They’re designed with a construction that’s 30 percent lighter than other models, and the inside is even treated with Odor Protection for those days when you spend a little longer in rain boots than you might want to. That being said, these are the shoes to wear for hours if you need to: They’re made with a contoured footbed for support and an insole that adapts to your foot while providing shock absorption as well.

Best for Petites: Ilse Jacobsen Rubber Boot

What We Like
  • Adjustable lace-up front

  • 100 percent natural rubber

  • Available in several colors

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

With a cool lace-up front that looks great with everything from leggings to split-front skirts, these Ilse Jacobsen boots are built for people on the shorter side: The knee-high shaft runs a little short, so if you’re petite but wanting a tall boot, these will be great. Plus, they come in a range of cool colors—black, creamy gray, and olive green—for a big dose of urban cool on a gray day. The sole is lightweight, so the boots won’t drag you down in the muck, and the calf circumference runs from 15.5 to 21.5 inches.

Best Duck Boots: Sperry Women's Saltwater Duck Boot

Women's Saltwater Duck Boot

Courtesy of Sperry

What We Like
  • Premium leather upper

  • Waterproof rubber duck shell

  • Non-marking rubber outsole

What We Don't Like
  • Not great for very-cold weather

Whether you wear them in the city or out on a hike, these duck boots are a classic for a reason. “They are super comfortable and keep my feet dry and warm in the rain and even in slushy snow,” says Nailah Blades Wylie, founder of Color Outside. “I like that they have a side zipper so I can slip my feet in easily, and the laces help make sure that they fit snug around my ankles. They're also stylish enough and don't look like your typical rain boots.”

Final Verdict

When it comes to style, durability, quality, and price, it’s hard to beat Everlane’s offerings, and their take on the rain boot (appropriately called The Rain Boot) is no different (view here). Featuring a cool, chunky platform sole with plenty of grip (the better for keeping your denim hems dry and you upright), these boots are a great go-to in less-than-ideal weather.

What to Look For When Shopping for Women's Rain Boots

Height

Keep in mind that higher shafts on the boots offer more protection, but they can sometimes be a little more inflexible when it comes to moving around. 

Fit

Not all rain boots fit equally—and finding the right fit for you might take trying a few pairs on. If you have more athletic or larger calves, look for wide-fit boots that have slightly larger shafts so you can get your legs in comfortably. 

Price

Cost-per-wear rarely fails as a metric for figuring out how much to spend on a pair of shoes. If rainy weather is a regular thing for you, it’s good to consider spending a bit more for a pair of sturdy boots that feel super-comfortable and look good with your wardrobe. If you live in a dry climate, on the other hand, a cheaper pair of wellies might get you through for the occasional trip or backyard gardening. 

FAQs

Do rainboots work in the snow?

Rainboots are great for keeping out moisture, but they’re not really inherently warm. Those who live in more temperate climates with only the occasional snowfall might find rain boots adequate for a few scattered days of snow; but if you’re up in a colder climate, you’re probably going to want to invest in some good winter boots, too. Some rain boots are designed to be worn with winter socks, and others (like Hunters) sell liners you can purchase separately to keep things a little cozier in cold temperatures. But if you plan on yours doing double-duty for rain and snow, consider going half a size up to accommodate thicker thermal socks. 

Can rain boots be repaired?

Yes—there’s no need to throw away a leaky pair of rainboots. Shoe repair adhesives plus a trusty rubber boot treatment can be used to fix cracks and small leaks. A little patching from time to time will help you keep your trusty pair of boots as good as almost-new for years to come. 

Do rainboots run big or small?

Most rainboots run true to size, but in the manufacturer’s description, it should say whether it’s been sized up to accommodate thicker socks or whether it’s a standard fit. If you’re unsure, it’s best to go up half a size to allow for a variety of socks—just walk around in them first to make sure a slightly looser fit isn’t rubbing your heel uncomfortably. 

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