12 Best Rain Boots in 2017

From the constant rain of Oregon to the unpredictable downpours of Florida, the last place you want to get caught is in the middle of a puddle with leaky shoes. Dependable and dry boots are an absolute must if you’re venturing out in the rainy season.

Gone are the days of bright yellow, knee-high rain boots. But with so many available options, how do you know which boots can give you the best protection without cramping your style?

We’ve done the research legwork for you and have compiled a list of the best rain boots for even the wettest of days. Our 12 favorites take into account style choices, coverage and consumer ratings. Read on and stay dry!

Top 12 Rain Boots Comparison Chart

Design Name Style Boot Height Rating (1-5)
   1. The Original MuckBoots Adult Chore Hi-Cut Boot  Women’s  Calf  4.6
   2. Servus MAX 15″ PVC Chemical-Resistant Soft Toe Men’s Work Boots  Men’s  Calf  4.5
   3. Sperry Top-Sider Women’s Saltwater Rain Boot  Women’s  Ankle  4.5
   4. Sloggers 5301BN11 Men’s Rain and Garden Shoes with Comfort Insole  Men’s  Ankle  4.5
   5. Kamik Men’s Hunter Boot  Men’s  Calf  4.5
   6. DREAM PAIRS Mens Rubber Sole Winter Snow Rain Boots  Men’s  Calf  4.4
  7. Servus Comfort Technology 14″ PVC Steel Toe Men’s Work Boots Men’s  Calf  4.4
  8. Joules Women’s Welly Print Rain Boot  Women’s  Calf  4.4
   9. Bogs Men’s Urban Farmer Rain Boot  Men’s  Ankle  4.3
   10. Sam Edelman Women’s Tinsley Rain Boot  Women’s  Ankle  4.3
   11. Hunter Womens’s Original Tall Welly Boot  Women’s  Knee  4.3
   12. Tommy Hilfiger Women’s Mela Rain Boot  Women’s  Knee  4.2

Factor This In

There are a few factors you should consider when picking your perfect rain boots and, believe it or not, they have to do with weather! The purpose of a rain boot is to keep your feet dry – which they all do well, but depending on your climate and activity level you may want to look for some extra features. Know what you’re looking for in regards to insulation and wearability before you make a decision.

We’ve included some tips below.

  • What Material Is Right for You? – Are you going to be using rain boots solely for avoiding wet toes on occasion? Do you want a boot that is more durable that will last you throughout the day as you walk and climb stairs?

There are basic rain boots that will get the job done. These are typically all rubber and have thin soles. These boots will keep you dry, but will do little else if you wear them for long stretches.

On the other hand, if you are looking for something a little more rugged, there are options that have a hard rubber sole and other extras. Some of these extras may include cushioning inside the boot for trekking on all sorts of terrain. The rubber on these boots may stop at the sole and may offer laces, canvas sides and/or steel toes. These boots will keep you dry and have staying power for whatever you put in they’re path.

  • To Insulate or Go Minimalist? – Do you need something a little warmer that can last in spring AND winter? A boot for all seasons? Or do you need something for puddle jumping in the April showers?

Different needs require different insulation. If you’ll be trekking through slushy snow and freezing puddles, target boots that offer warm lining and will keep your feet toasty in addition to dry.

If you’re a puddle jumper only and won’t be using the boots in cool weather, a standard rubber boot will work just fine. Spring showers can be chilly, but an thick pair of socks will generally keep you warm enough to forgo any extra lining.

  • Tread Lightly or Not – Know how much traction you will require in your boots. Similar to running, different terrains will require different traction. If you buy a boot with shallow or no tread you’re chances of slipping on ice and/or slick surfaces will increase.

Rubber is generally a material that has a natural traction. It’s important not to rely on its natural traction only though. More rugged shoes designed with utility in mind will allow you to conquer all sorts of sidewalks, rocks and floor conditions.

Top 4 Best Rain Boots Reviews

1. The Original MuckBoots Adult Chore Hi-Cut Boot

Touting the highest rating on our list, The Original MuckBoots are a lightweight, heavy-soled boot that are prepared to keep you dry and take you wherever you need to go.

The thick soles allow for rugged activity and protect against wear and tear where other boots fail. The design provides all day protection against the elements and since they have a heavy tread they can go anywhere you can.

MuckBoots are a favorite among people working outdoors and the standard to which other brands should be held. Other boots have tried to replicate the features of these boots but they truly are the best rain boots.

2. Servus MAX Soft Toe Work Boots

This is the first of two Servus boots to be included on our list so you know they’re good! These rain boots double as effective and protective work boots.

They are a soft toe boot resistant not only to rain and slush but also to many chemicals that may be encountered on a work site. These boots will keep your feet not only dry but safe.

The Foot Form insole is contoured to provide stability and arch support that make the Servus boots practical and comfortable.

Durable and trustworthy this boot will last you a long time, no matter how often and rough you use it.

3. Sperry Top-Sider Women’s Saltwater Rain Boot

Made by one of the leading shoe brands these Sperry Topsider boots are a staple in any wet-weather wardrobe.

These boots also offer a variety of colors and materials that will meet your needs no matter your preference. The waterproof soles are the same that Sperry is known for and the color provides a great way to customize a classic look.

These boots are perfect for cold and wet days. The fleece lining will keep your feet warm while the rubber soles keep them dry. They check off every must have in a rain boot.

4. Sloggers 5301BN11 Men’s Rain and Garden Shoes

These waterproof slide-ons are a convenient and quick alternative to typically bulky rain gear.

The Sloggers slide on and off like loafers, but offer the same rubber-soled protection as they’re bulkier cousins. Perfect for minimally wet activities that still require wetness protection.

While not recommended for use when water will be above ankle-length these are the perfect boot for gardening or taking a walk after a rain storm.

In addition to they’re ability to keep your feet dry these are one of the most comfortable shoes on our list. They are also eco-friendly and are made from 100 percent recycled materials.