The Best Waterproof Boots for Women to Stay Stylish and Dry on Every Trip
There's no pair of shoes that's truly there for you like a good pair of boots. They provide full-foot protection and support from all sides up to the ankle (and often beyond), and they can feature anything from a block heel and pointed toe to rugged, sneaker-like traction. But boots are at their very best when they're also waterproof. While the concept of waterproof boots might call to mind boxy rain boots, water-repellent options can be found in a wide variety of styles — plenty of which don't even look like conventional rain boots.
Take our top pick, for example. Aquatalia's Ulyssa Water Resistant Bootie trades your typical rubber and mid-calf construction for leather or suede and a stylish ankle height. In fact, they don't even look like rain boots, so they go well with almost any outfit, and they have all the form and function you need for rainy days. If you're looking for something warmer, dressier, or of a more classic rain boot style, keep reading — our list has it all.
- Best Overall: Aquatalia Ulyssa Water Resistant Bootie at Amazon
- Best Chelsea: Nisolo Chelsea Boot at Zappos
- Best Lightweight: Hunter Original Waterproof Chelsea Rain Boot at Nordstrom
- Best for Winter: Sorel Explorer II Joan Cozy Boot at Sorel
- Best Dressy: Sofft Sharnell II Waterproof Knee High Boot at Nordstrom
- Best for Hiking: Merrell Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot at Zappos
- Best Ankle: Vionic Bethany Boot at Amazon
- Best Slip-on: Sorel Emelie Chelsea Boot at Zappos
- Best for Walking: Ecco Sport Exohike High Boot at Zappos
- Best With Arch Support: Vionic Wilma Waterproof Bootie at Zappos
- Best for Wide Feet: Asgard Ankle Chelsea Rain Boot at Amazon
- Best Lace-up: Timberland Kinsley 6-inch Waterproof Boot at Nordstrom
T+L's Top Picks
Best Overall: Aquatalia Ulyssa Water Resistant Bootie
Best Chelsea: Nisolo Chelsea Boot
Best Lightweight: Hunter Original Waterproof Chelsea Rain Boot
Best for Winter: Sorel Explorer II Joan Cozy Boots
Best Dressy: Sofft Sharnell II Waterproof Knee High Boot
Best for Hiking: Merrell Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Boot
Best Ankle: Vionic Bethany Boot
Best Slip-on: Sorel Emelie II Chelsea Boot
Best for Walking: Ecco Sport Exohike High Boot
Best With Arch Support: Vionic Wilma Waterproof Bootie
Best for Wide Feet: Asgard Ankle Chelsea Rain Boot
Best Lace-up: Timberland Kinsley 6-Inch Waterproof Boot
Tips for Buying Waterproof Boots
Buy for Your Intended Activity
If you'll be wearing your boots primarily indoors or on flat terrain, feel free to go for something stylish and heeled. However, if you plan on wearing them on sloshy commutes or walking-heavy trips, choose something with a low heel (or no heel) and an easy-to-clean material like rubber or leather. And if you hope to use your boots for hiking, cycling, or another outdoor adventure? Pick a sneaker-like boot with a low ankle, lace closure, and rugged traction.
Consider the Conditions in Your Destination
If you're traveling to or wearing these in warm-weather destinations, choose a lightweight rubber boot so that you'll stay dry without overheating. If you're planning to wear your boots in snowy places, opt for a pair with traction in the outsole that will keep you from slipping and sliding on snow or ice; also look for pairs that have fleece or other fuzzy, warm interiors. For more versatile use year-round and in varying temperatures, choose something fairly lightweight that can be worn alone, but also provides the option to layer warmer, thicker socks underneath for colder days.
Why Trust Travel + Leisure
Travel + Leisure writers are shopping, fashion, and product experts who use personal experience and customer recommendations to choose the best items for shoppers. For this article, Hillary Maglin researched dozens of waterproof boots for women to find the most stylish and functional options available.
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