These boots have a 94 per cent five star rating from customers who say they feel “like wearing slippers” while keeping your feet dry in the wet.
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Once you’ve outgrown the irrepressible desire to splash in muddy puddles as a child, rain boots move pretty far down your fashion wish list.
Generally, the idea of gumboots doesn’t scream “style” – they seem a lot more like something to purchase if you’re living in the depths of the English countryside, spending your days plodding through marshy fields in perpetually drizzly weather.
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But even if you’re a city dweller, you’ll find that a solid pair of rain boots can serve you well. No longer will you have to attempt to leap across puddles in a leaky pair of sneakers, gingerly tiptoe across a slick floor in unsteady heels, or spend an uncomfortable day in soggy socks after encountering an unexpected rainstorm on your way to work.
Rather, you can splash your way through the streets in style, keeping your feet cosy and dry all day long.
BEST RAIN BOOTS FOR WOMEN
From tall styles ideal for the wettest of weather to the fashion-forward Chelsea boots you’d never suspect are gumboots in disguise, we’ve rounded up our picks for the best rain boots to suit women of all tastes.
Bobbi Gumboot, Merry People, $149.95
These boots are so cute, they don’t even look like gumboots at first glance
The Bobbi Gumboot is one of the best selling styles on Merry People for good reason, with 94 per cent of the more than 700 reviews rating them five stars.
“Worth every cent,” one person wrote, while another said they are so comfy it “feels like wearing slippers”.
“My pair of Bobbi boots gets a decent wear – 40 hours a week on a farm in mud and all,” another five star review reads.
“They were comfy for all-day wear from day one (maybe just a bit tight during the first week), perfectly waterproof, and they look nice.
“Sole has a good grip. I always take insole out at the end of work day for better drying.”
Some shoppers have even taken to wearing them when it’s not raining, with one five star reviewer saying: “These boots are great, I wear them when walking my dog now and they’re so much easier to clean than my runners.”
Kidspot’s Parenting and Podcast editorClaire Haiek also has a pair of the Bobbi Gumboots and says her only regret is “not buying them sooner”.
“They’re so comfortable, I wear them everywhere and I love how easy they are to slip on and off,” she said.
“I even wear them to work when there’s even the slightest hint of rain. Paired with a hooded raincoat, it means my hands are free and there’s no need to cart around an umbrella.
“I also bought a pair for my daughter she loves hers too.”
Providing you with fashion and function, these boots protect you from the rain while still fitting seamlessly into your wardrobe.
There’s a huge variety of wearable colours on offer, meaning you’re sure to get a pair that suits you.
Crocs Freesail Chelsea Rain Boot, Amazon Australia, $25.94 (RRP $74.99)
With over 1300 five-star reviews on Amazon, it’s safe to say the Crocs Rain Boot is one of the most popular styles on the web — and to make things even better, they’re currently on sale. The Chelsea boot style is an absolute classic and Crocs is a trusted shoe brand.
It promises to be soft and super supportive.
Hush Puppies Muddy Rain Boot, The Iconic, $119.95
Travelling through puddles, mud and more, the Hush Puppies Muddy Rain Boot is the ultimate companion. The upper is durable and water resistant, while the rubber sole keeps your feet protected from the weather.
We also love the addition of the pull tab at the back – it ensures these shoes are super easy to put on and take off.
Spencer Gumboot, Country Road, $69.95
With a chic Chelsea silhouette and matte finish, these Country Road gumboots are great for those wanting a subtle look they can wear anywhere – even the office. Made from a waterproof PVC with a comfortable foam insole, they have a low heel to keep you out of puddles.
“Amazing. the great style about this gumboot is that it looks like a leather boot, and feels like a slipper but acts like a flipper. the water just glides off,” wrote one five-star reviewer.
Ellin Rainboot 2.0, EMU Australia, $79.95
Made with waterproof natural rubber, the Ellin Rainboot 2.0 is a Chelsea style with a luxurious sheepskin footbed and microsuede lining for comfort – it’s like wearing a slipper in public, but much more socially acceptable.
“I bought these as was sick and tired of ruining my shoes getting to and from work when raining,” wrote one five-star reviewer. “They’re fantastic. Look great on, super comfortable and good quality. Definitely will remain a wardrobe staple.”
BEST TALL RAIN BOOTS FOR WOMEN
Hunter Women’s Original Tall Boots, Amazon Australia, from $129.16
Hunter wellington boots were designed over 150 years ago to help explorers tackle the unpredictable weather and terrain of Britain, and their durable build holds up to this day. These chic calf-height boots feature a water-resistant rubber upper and grippy outsole. There’s also a range of gorgeous colours to choose from.
Joules Women’s Rain Boots, Amazon Australia, from $84.99
With loads of colours and prints available, if you’re looking for a variety of rain boots, this is a good place to start. While the Joules Rain Boot isn’t as tall as others we’ve seen on the market, the mid-calf height gives you some length while not swallowing your whole leg.
The natural rubber is 100 per cent waterproof and we love that it’s got an adjustable side strap and buckle.
BEST COLOURFUL RAIN BOOTS FOR WOMEN
ASOS DESIGN Gadget Chunky Chelsea Rain Boots in Lilac, ASOS, $50
If you’re shopping on a budget, these chunky chelsea rain boots from ASOS are a must-have. The chunky sole and almond toe will keep your feet protected from the rain.
The best part? They come in this pretty lilac colour that makes a fabulous pop of colour in your wardrobe.
BEST HEELED RAIN BOOTS FOR WOMEN
London Rebel Heeled Rain Boots in Cream, ASOS, $50 (RRP $90)
Going out for the night but it’s pouring down rain? Introducing the beauty of a heeled rain boot. It matches your outfit, still looks dressy, but protects you from the rain.
This cream pair from London Rebel is super affordable and the colour will match with loads of things in your wardrobe.
They’re also on sale at the moment with limited sizes available, so get in quick if you had your eyes on them!
BEST LUXURY RAIN BOOTS FOR WOMEN
Love Moschino Logo Slip-On Rain Boot, ASOS, $412
In the mood to splurge on a pair of rain boots? This pair from Love Moschino is sure to make a statement with whatever outfit you choose to throw together.
We love the black and white logo with the zipper fastening for easy access. The textured tread gives you some height and the round toe offers a classic silhouette.
See By Chloé Florrie, Net-A-Porter, $408.79
For a truly luxurious experience, the See by Chloé Florrie boots are the most stylish way to splash your way through puddles on rainy days. Constructed from water-repellent rubber, they feature an cool lace-up design with a chunky sole and padded high collar. They’re expensive, but boy are they beautiful.
Take your pick from a glossy black or shiny brown shade.
WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN RAIN BOOTS?
Here’s what to consider before you hit “add to cart”:
• Height: An ankle-height rain boot is suitable for those wanting a subtle everyday gumboot, but for outdoorsy types wanting to tackle particularly wet conditions, a tall style will offer the most protection.
• Material: Natural rubber boots are more flexible and therefore more comfortable than synthetic options like PVC, although the latter are likely to be cheaper.
• Tread: A fairly grippy sole on a rain boot is essential, so double check that the tread has deep enough grooves to provide traction and minimise slips.
• Lining: Lined gumboots are cosier and more comfortable to wear for extended periods, but may come at a higher cost.
• Colour: Neutral or statement? Choose a design and colour that will suit your wardrobe well.
SHOULD YOU WEAR SOCKS WITH RAIN BOOTS?
Absolutely. Many rain boots are made from rubber or plastic, which aren’t always the most comfortable materials, despite their superior rain protective qualities. To combat the discomfort, size up when purchasing your boots and wear them with a thick pair of socks that will prevent chafing.
ARE RAIN BOOTS WORTH IT?
Considering that you can buy them for quite affordable prices, we’d certainly say that rain boots are a worthwhile purchase to make. If you’re sick of ending up with soggy, cold feet at the end of a rainy day, you’ll feel much better stomping around in a pair of waterproof boots that keep you warm, cosy, comfortable and well supported no matter the weather conditions.
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