Last Updated November, 2019.
The path varies, but the conditions are the same: wet, muddy, icy and caked with snow. If it’s a bucolic stroll through the High Country, more power to you. For most of us, it’s the morning commute in 25-degree temps and freezing rain coming down in horizontal sheets. Those days, the last thing we want to worry about is our dogs getting soaked.
So, we rely on the hearty welts of waterproof boots. There are varying levels of style, price and lower-leg coverage, but one thing remains constant among these sturdy stompers — they’ll get you from A to B safe and warm. All come with grippy, hearty outsoles that are welded to be totally waterproof. Uppers and liners vary by style, so consider your temp (insulated or not) and your usage. Then, tie up the laces (or slip ’em on) and go out into the world without fretting the wet.
L.L. Bean Boots
Tried, true, still made in Maine and still waterproof.
Hunter Rain Boot
When you think of rain boots, you’re thinking of Hunter. This shorter version is easier to slip into than its taller counterparts and just as waterproof, assuming you don’t fall into a foot of water.
Ugg Mini Zip Waterproof Boot
Who could argue against a boot that’s comfy, cozy and waterproof? No, you’re not too good for Ugg boots.
Roclite 286 GTX
Trail runners will be happy to know that they can keep on the path with dry feet thanks to the Gore-Tex lining employed in these shoes.
Timberland Heritage 6″ Boot
A staple work boot that holds water, literally.
Haix Black Eagle 2.0 GTX Hi
If Haix shoes are good enough to equip emergency and military service personnel, they’re probably good enough for most civilian activities, too. Anti-slip, shock absorbing and watertight construction make this pair hard to pass up.
Red Wing Heritage Sawmill
Red Wing Heritage pulled this style out of the ’70s section of their archives and it’s made to take on terrain and torrential rain.
Russell Moccasin Hiker
More than a century has gone by for Russell Moccasin and they’re still kicking with their genuine moccasin-construction boots. Their Hiker promises rugged all-terrain capabilities with a variety of lugged Vibram soles and weather-proof chrome-tanned leather uppers.
Vans Sk8-Hi MTE
Some of us just are not boot guys. And that’s okay. Vans’ Sk8-Hi sits among their bevy of verified classics and this one is a rain-ready iteration.