A worthwhile pair of waterproof boots will keep your feet warm and dry in a downpour—and when you’re doing muddy yard work immediately afterward. Some of our favorite boots are perfect for a chic city dweller, while others provide heavy-duty coverage befitting even the most dedicated gardener.
These boots are made out of seamless, molded PVC. They’re waterproof, of course, and flexible for comfort. They’re reinforced at stress points (like toes and heels) for durability, and offer a cushion support that’s washable and replaceable. You won’t slip on slippery services, and stay comfortable even if the environment isn’t. Also, they’re made in the USA.
These sturdy boots hit at your lower calf, which means they keep your pant bottoms dry but don’t make you feel like you’re about to hit up a cranberry bog. They come in green or pink, and have a waterproof rubber exterior with a stretchy, nylon shaft. A breathable lining keeps things comfortable, even as you trek through mud or rain or uprooted gardens.
These glossy rubber rain boots come in a bunch of joyful colors like hot pink and tangerine for a burst of cheer on a gloomy day. They all hold up wonderfully, with a removable comfy footbed for all-day comfort and a lightweight rubber upper that will keep out water. They’ve got an 11-inch shaft and excellent traction even when you’re going uphill. A bonus: when these spring a leak, you can participate in the company’s own recycling program, so you’ll limit your waste.
You don’t have to totally sacrifice your look when the weather looks stormy: these ankle rain boots for women come in a Chelsea boot cut and all sorts of colors, like bright yellow and silver. With a 5.5-inch shaft and a one-inch heel, these are easy to slip on or pull off. They also boast a molded insole for comfort.