12 Best Rubber Boots in 2018
Everyone could use a decent pair of rubber boots in their footwear lineup. They keep your feet dry and clean when treading through particularly wet and muddy areas, but there is a variety of different styles available.
Do you know which ones you need?
In our guide, we will show you 12 of the best rubber boots and help you understand what details to pay attention to when shopping for them. Read on and see what our experts had to say about the top five pairs, along with all of our useful tips that will help you choose the right ones.
Top 12 Rubber Boots Ultimate Table
|1. Sloggers Women’s Rain and Garden Chicken Print Collection Garden Boots||Women||Gardening, Chores||4.8|
|2. The Original MuckBoots Adult Chore Hi-Cut Boot||Men or Women||Gardening, Chores||4.6|
|3. Kamik Men’s Hunter Boot||Men||Hunting||4.5|
|4. Servus Comfort Technology 14″ PVC Steel Toe Men’s Work Boots||Men||Work||4.5|
|5. Joules Women’s Welly Print Rain Boot||Women||Rain, Fashion||4.3|
|6. LaCrosse Men’s Grange 18” Hunting Boot||Men||Hunting||4.3|
|7. Helly Hansen Men’s Midsund 2 Rain Boot||Men||Rain, Fashion||4.3|
|8. Tingley 31151 Economy SZ11 Kneed Boot for Agriculture||Men||Work, Agriculture||4.3|
|9. Baffin Men’s Tractor Industrial Rubber Boot||Men||Agriculture||4.3|
|10. Tingley Mens 1400 Pull-on Work Overboot||Men or Women||Footwear Protection||4.1|
|11. Kamik Women’s Jennifer Rain Boot||Women||Rain, Fashion||4.0|
|12. LaCrosse Men’s Economy Knee 16” Steel Toe Work Boot||Men||Work||4.0|
What Type of Boot Do You Need?
Rubber boots are available in many different styles. Do you need something to wear on the job, to the grocery store on a rainy day, on your next turkey hunt, out in the pigpens or through the perennial garden as you pick some weeds?
- Work Boots – For some professions, you may need a pair of work boots that meets certain safety standards. The LaCrosse Economy Knee Steel Toe Boot, for example, meets or exceeds those set by the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials). Some jobs have certain boot requirements, so if you are starting a new job, double check with your employer before you purchase.
Does your job require you to wear a pair of steel toe boots or are soft toe boots acceptable?
Even if you can wear soft toe boots, you may feel more protected in boots with a steel toe; just remember, however, that they will be a bit heavier and may cause more foot and leg fatigue until you break them in.
- Chores, Agriculture – Do you have stalls to muck and animals to feed or do you need to tend to other farming chores?
Look for something with a tall shaft to keep your pant legs clean and opt for something with a large tread pattern to give you grip and traction when you walk on smooth surfaces.
If you need to drive around tractors or other machinery, make sure you choose boots that allow you to push the pedals with ease.
- Gardening – Puttering around the garden can be messy, especially in the early morning before the dew has evaporated or been absorbed by the plants. Sprinklers can also make it a wet, muddy place for you to tread.
For light gardening duties, you may not need the same type of boots that people in agricultural fields use since they could be a bit too heavy and bulky.
Some of the best rubber boots for garden use are the Sloggers, which we will discuss in our “Review” section later.
- Hunting – The habitat where you typically hunt will dictate the type of hunting boots you need. For winter use, you might need to opt for something slightly larger so that you have enough room for a liner or thick socks.
Comfort is also key when choosing hunting boots since the chances are that you’ll be walking in them for at least half a day, if not more.
- Rain – Do you own a pair of stylish rain boot – or “wellies” as they are called in the U.K. – to keep your feet dry when you head to school or work? If not, check out the two options we included on our list.
Where to Look When Rubber Boot Shopping
Remember to consider the shaft height and cuff width as you’re comparing boots.
- Shaft Height – Rubber boots usually have a long shaft simply because you need to protect your pant legs from water and muck. Some rise higher than others do, however, so if you know you’ll we wading in some knee high grass or sinking down deep into the mud, make sure the shaft of the boot sits high enough up on the calf to keep you clean and dry.
- Width at the Top – Another thing to consider is the width at the top of the boot. Narrower openings mean that less debris will fall in but might not leave you with enough room to put your pant leg inside the boot shaft (it might be too snug). If it is dry outside and you just need some boots to keep the bottom part of your feet dry and clean (think of cleaning stalls on a farm, for example), then you might be able to wear your pants over the top of the boot.
Wider openings offer you plenty of room to keep your pant leg inside but also make it easier for larger debris to fall in.
We liked how the Kamik Hunter Boot had a cinch at the top so you could tighten the boot your calf and prevent debris from falling in.
Top 5 Best Rubber Boots Reviews
These adorable boots from Sloggers are perfect for the farm gal or gardener who just needs something light to slip on to keep her feet dry when it’s wet outside.
The shaft of each boot sits lower than some of the other models on our list, offering you plenty of room to tuck in your pants and keep them clean as you make your way around the garden or even as you walk the kids to the bus stop. The insoles are designed to keep your feet comfortable as you wear them, and the tread pattern on the bottom provides you with plenty of traction on slippery surfaces. The soft lining is also nice if you are wearing shorts since it won’t stick to your skin.
They are available in six different sizes, ranging from 6-11, and there are four designs available.
Whether you’re gathering eggs from the hen coop, picking some tomatoes in the vegetable garden or tending your perennials, these boots will keep you dry and put a smile on your face every time you slip them on your feet.
For more serious chores around the farm or garden, Muck Boots has you covered.
Their Original MuckBoots are super comfortable and provide you with a glove-like fit on the leg. The bottom part of the boot is made of rubber, and the majority of the shaft is made of a stretchy material that is lined with breathable mesh.
While these are suitable for outdoor chores and agricultural settings, we wouldn’t recommend them for heavy use. If you aren’t treading through high puddles or wet grasslands, then these should keep you dry. They are wide in the toe and comfortable to wear for long periods, which is important when you have a full day of chores or work ahead of you!
If you like the sounds of these MuckBoots but need something with a shorter shaft, check out the Scrub Boots that Muck Boot also makes.
Hunters need a reliable pair of boots on their feet when out tracking game, which is why we choose this pair from Kamik.
You will like that each boot has a removable 8mm felt liner to keep your feet comfortable, and the collar can be cinched or loosened to help keep debris out or let air flow in if it gets too warm. These are rated for temperatures down to -40°F, which means you can use them for late fall hunts in higher elevations.
For some of you, the fit might be a bit snug when the liner is in, but when you remove it the sizing is quite accurate. For others, it is either too small when the liner is in and too large without the liner.
They are well made, but just be aware that the sizing can be a problem for some.
For constructions jobs and other professions that put your feet at risk, a pair of steel toe boots are important.
These PVC polyblend boots are designed to keep rain, mud and harsh chemicals away from your skin, and the steel toe will keep your toes safe.
When you slip them on, you will notice the snug fit around the heel that will prevent your feet from slipping around inside and the tread pattern on the bottom of the outsole gives you plenty of traction on smooth, slippery surfaces.
We were quite impressed by the quality for the price. They are comfortable, durable, and can handle just about any job site you need to walk through; from construction to gardening, they keep your feet dry and safe!
Our final pair of boots are designed for women’s feet; something you can wear around town on a particularly rainy day without making you feel like you just got done with your farming chores.
They offer adorable patterns and sizing that runs from 5 to 10, so you can easily find something that will work with your wardrobe.
Regarding the quality, we were not that impressed. Sure, these are cute rubber boots and great for the occasional rainstorm, but if you wear them often, the rubber seems to wear out quickly.
If you are looking for something cute and fashionable, you have found your boots. If you need them to walk around the garden or outside for light chores, these are not the best rubber boots.