Rain boots might be the least sexy boot in your collection, but along with your most-trusted snow boots, they're the most practical type of boots you own. They’re the boots you turn to when the weather goes south, the footwear you rely on to keep you safe and dry on your morning commute. Consider our list of the best rain boots for women, below, your be-all-and-end-all guide to finding rain boots that you’ll actually want to wear all day long—not just on your wet morning and evening commutes.
Ahead, editors from the Marie Claire team share their favorite rain boots that will pair seamlessly with the chic rain jacket you already rely on to keep you dry.
What to Look For in the Best Rain Boots
Rain boots need to be waterproof—that goes without saying. But more than that, the objective is to look like you're not wearing a rain boot rain boot. More like, a fabulous boot you just so happen to be wearing in the rain.
Additionally, I'm of the mindset that when you’re shopping for a pair of great boots to add to your collection, they need to match the rest of your pieces. So, when shopping for rain boots, it’s key to look for a pair that effortlessly blends fashion and function. The best way to do this? Turn to the timeless boots brands that come fashion-editor approved. A classic pair of knee-high boots from Hunter will never go out of style, for instance, but brands like Everlane and Ugg also make waterproof ankle boots that you could wear in lieu of your favorite leather or suede Chelsea boots.
Deals on Rain Boots
- Best Overall Rain Boot: Hunter Women’s Original Tall Rain Boots
- Best Editor-Approved Rain Boot: Everlane The Rain Boot
- Best Colorful Rain Boot: Melissa Welly Boots
- Best Warm Rain Boots: Cougar Women's Ignite Waterproof Winter Stretch Booties
The Best Rain Boots
Best Overall Rain Boots
“My mom bought these boots when I was still in high school (read: a shockingly long time ago) and I’ve never had to replace them. They’re great because they’re so simple: they go with everything, hit just below my kneecap, and are lightweight on my foot. I have tiny feet and tiny ankles—size 35 friends, hi!—and the smallest size doesn’t make me feel like I’m swimming in the boot. A chunky pair of socks keeps me covered in the warmth department because they’re unlined but long story short, I am obsessed with these boots.” — Julia Marzovilla, E-Commerce Editor
Pros: Editor-approved; Come in several colors; Runs true-to-size; Can be personalized.
Cons: No half-sizes.
Customer Review: "I find these boots incredibly comfortable, so they’re perfect for long, muddy, and wet walks. Wonderful quality so they should last a long time." — Hunter
Best Colorful Rain Boots
Melissa is the go-to brand behind those adorable jelly sandals, so it makes sense that they make rain boots that are equally cute. This Kelly green pair from the brand comes in sizes five through 10 but not in any half sizes, sadly. They're meant to hit just below your knee and are made from a glossy recyclable PVC material, so they’ll brighten up any neutral winter outfit. In terms of sizing, the brand notes that they run slightly small.
Pros: Available in a wide range of sizes; Lightweight; Recyclable.
Cons: No half-sizes; Runs small.
Best Sustainable Rain Boots
"I'm a regardless-of-the-weather dresser, meaning I check the weather but don't let it deter me from wearing the outfit I've already fully crafted in my mind. It's pouring buckets? Too bad—I'm wearing my cute kitten heels because that's my vision. But after way too close of a call with my satin ballet flats, it was time to invest in rain-proof footwear. Enter: Everlane's Rain Boots. They're made of 100 percent water-resistant rubber, so, of course, they get points for their practicality. But they're also incredibly stylish and I actually look forward to styling these galoshes." — Emma Childs, Style Editor
Pros: Comes in several colors; Under $100; Lightweight.
Cons: No half-sizes; Doesn't come up to the knee.
Customer Review: "I rarely write reviews, but these are worthy of a positive review. I have wide feet (8W in women’s) and was worried that I would never find a comfortable rain boot. Not so. I walked around the house with these before wearing them outside and have been wearing them all day now. They are surprisingly comfortable, with good traction and a snug fit. It took a little oomph to get them on, but now they fit so well. I’m truly impressed Everlane!" — Everlane
Best Rain Boots for Heavy Rain
Of course Sperry makes a great waterproof bootie! Available in two different widths, and in half sizes, this pair of preppy Duck Boots from the brand are made to withstand almost anything you throw at them. They’re outfitted with the brand’s classic Wave-Siping design on the sole for added traction, for instance, promise a super secure fit courtesy of Sperry’s barrel-tie lacing design, and are available in three cute-but-neutral color combinations. They even have a zipped closure so they’re easy to get on and off.
Pros: Available in two widths; Available in half-sizes; Available in several colors.
Cons: Run a half-size small.
Customer Review: "These boots are completely waterproof, warm (even in double-digit below zero temps), cute, well made, very easy to slip on and off, and the only boots that fit my feet comfortably in all areas - toes, heel, arch, and ankle. They’re a 10/10 and I’m very picky." — Sperry
Best Warm Rain Boots
Wet days are often also freezing cold, so this pair of shearling-lined ankle boots from Cougar is a great option if you (or your feet) get cold easily. They come in three colorways and you can shop them in sizes six through 11—but no half-sizes. The brand notes that this pair runs true to size. They also have a slight platform and a slip-resistant lug sole for added protection against icy roads. Reviewers say they’re comfortable to wear for long periods of time and warm despite below-freezing temperatures.
Pros: Shearling-lined; Comes in several colors;
Cons: No half-sizes.
Customer Review: "Super comfortable, very warm and great grip. They hugged my feet, walked to work in them and didn’t want to take them off! Super impressed" — Cougar
Best Simple Rain Boots
If you want a rain boot that’s just as warm as your favorite fuzzy pair of socks, buy a pair from UGG. These ankle boots from the cozy brand are lined with a wool blend designed to feel like snuggly shearling yet still feel lightweight throughout the day. You can shop them in black or pick from several other fun colors like bright pink, bright orange, and cherry red, so feel free to find a pair that best suits your personal style.
Pros: Comes in seven colors; Lined; Lightweight.
Cons: Doesn't go up to the knee; No half-sizes.
Customer Review: "Cute little Boot! Classy and stylish and keeps your feet warm and dry....a bonus is that it's not too heavy or hard and can be comfortably worn for long periods!" — Nordstrom
Best Snug-Fitting Rain Boots
These aren’t your regular black ankle Chelsea boots! Cut from a sturdy faux-leather material rather than rubber, these best-selling rain boots from Jeffrey Campbell are available to shop in women’s sizes 5 through 11. They’re not available in half-sizes, sadly, but the brand recommends sizing up if you’re unsure of which one to buy. Some reviewers say that there was a bit of a breaking-in process but note that they’re supremely comfortable and snug after you properly get them going.
Pros: Under $100; Comes in two colors; Runs true-to-size.
Cons: No half-sizes; Doesn't come up to the knee.
Customer Review: "I love them, the color the size everything was perfect my feet are slim so they fit good i can’t wait to wear them all the time they’re pretty comfortable too" — Nordstrom
Best Rain Boots on Amazon
These ankle boots from Asgard didn’t become the top-selling pair of rain boots on Amazon for no reason. With over 13,000 five-star reviews, these boots are great if you want to buy a new pair of boots that will last without breaking the bank since they only cost $50. If buying another black pair of boots isn’t what you’re looking for, consider checking them out in one of the other 12 colors that they come in! I’m a fan of the bright yellow shade, personally.
Pros: Run true-to-size; Available in half-sizes; Comes in 13 colors; Lightweight.
Cons: Not insulated.
Customer Review: "Let me tell you, get the boots! I did not expect them to look this cute. The boots are super cute in person. They look like they would be hard to slip on but they were easy for me to slip in. I have wide feet and I have plenty of room for my feet. The boots do not look like rubber which I like. Overall really impressed with the boots. Get them!"
Best Designer Rain Boots
If you’re looking to really invest in a new pair of designer boots this season, let it be this graphic pair from Off-White. The jersey at the sides gives them a hint of a stretch but also guarantees that they fit close to your leg to keep out the rain and sludge on your commute. The chunky soles also mean business against ice and snow, so you won’t be slipping and sliding on the sidewalk as you move throughout your day.
Pros: Runs true-to-size.
Cons: No come in half sizes;
Best Logo'd Rain Boot
These ankle booties from Coach come in three colors—this olive green color, a bright fire-engine red, and a classic black shade. The logo at the side provides just enough brand recognition without being in your face, and the super-shiny finish means they’re stylish enough for all-day (and all-night) wear. Available only in full sizes, the site notes that these run ever so slightly on the larger side, so take that into consideration before you buy. However, they're available to shop in sizes five through 11.
Pros: Comes in three colors; Has lug soles for traction.
Cons: No half-sizes; Runs slightly large.
Customer Reviews: None available
Best Trendy Rain Boots
The buckle on this pair of black rain boots from La Canadienne$ elevates what would usually be a simple pair of waterproof ankle boots and transforms them into a pair that you'll actually look forward to wearing on the wetter days. They’re available to shop in sizes six through 11—but no half sizes, sadly—and they have a lug-sole for extra grip and an easy pull-on design. Plus, the slight heel measures only one inch and the wider ankle design is perfect for wearing with chunky socks or thick tights.
Pros: Easy to style; Has a pull-on design; Has a lug sole for extra protection.
Cons: No half-sizes.