Rain boots are one of those super functional wardrobe essentials that exist for the sole purpose of wearing them at a very specific instance. Essentially, they're the replacement for the boot you would normally wear in otherwise gorgeous weather—and then look totally crazy to wear when…it stops raining? Yikes, gotta hate those sporadic summer storms. It’s safe to say that when you’re being forced to go out in the rain, you’re on your way to somewhere important (otherwise you’d be home in sweats with a cup of tea). Who wants to be that person in literal galoshes when you arrive inside for work, at a restaurant or a department store? (Spoiler: no one.) Chances are you’re not going to drag a change of shoes out in the rain as well, so why not find you a rain boot that can do both? The objective is to look like you’re not really wearing a rain boot rain boot. It’s more like, here is a fabulous boot you just so happen to wear in the rain. This way you’re totally covered when you must face the weather head on and not look like you’re on the local Stormtracker team or on your way to trudge through a muddy field (though Kate Moss at Glastonbury made it look amazing). We’ve rounded up our top 10 rain best boots that barely look like rain boots, to keep your feet dry and your sense of style above water.
The buckle detail on these shiny Chelsea rubber boots provides the extra design detail that adds a sophisticated touch. They will go perfectly with plaid trousers, turtleneck, and a classic trench—chic!
These Jessica Simpson transparent “jelly boots” are begging for a sock that demands attention. Try out a striped or floral pair or a pop of color to coordinate with your rainy day look du jour.
"Those are rain boots!? C'mon." All your peers will be doing a double take with these Kate Spade Chelsea boots. With a narrow toe and stacked heel, they look as good as any other boot in your closet.
Can’t break out of your western boot habit? Not to stress, these pointy-toed numbers do not sacrifice style in the name of weather and now, neither do you. Yee-haw!
An actual snakeskin boot would probably be the last thing you’d want to wear in the rain (for the replacement price tag alone) but this print, plus the heavy black sole, disguises its rubber rain boot characteristics.
Derived from Louis Vuitton’s iconic Archlight sneaker that first appeared on the Spring 2018 runways, this rain boot is the fashion-forward statement shoe for anyone who respects a strong sneaker game. You’ll be “stunting in the rain, just stunting in the raaainn.”
These chunky-heeled Chloe boots provide traction as well as height that give your favorite leather mid-height boot a run for its money. Shoutout to the big zipper so you don’t have to wrestle with the rubber boot when you want to take them off.
The pop of red hiking laces on this boot totally distracts from the fact that they are completely rubber and rainproof. Pair with a floral midi dress for a look that says, “Oh, it’s raining? Huh. Guess it is.”
The matte treatment of the rubber on these Jeffrey Campbell boots makes them blend super smoothly with any outfit—try these with a boyfriend jean cuffed at the ankles and a blazer to seamlessly transition from commute to morning meeting.
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If your style is a bit sportier, this slick Dior combat style serves up major function and fashionable form. The flash of neon breaks up all-black and the elastic cinch detail helps avoid any chance of water making contact with your socks.