The best rain boots for men and women in 2021
The Xtratuf Legacy 15 inch Boot for Men and Women is a great all-rounder boot that we always recommend. It is high quality, it is flexible at the ankle, it offers super sticky soles and it has stood the test of time. But it does look like a work boot, which might not be what you’re looking for, and we’ve found that a lot of small rocks and debris can get stuck in the tread and require hand removal.
Boots for women
A lot of the women’s boots we tried fit and behaved well, but we weren’t able to reverse our top picks for small reasons, like a style not all reviewers could agree on or small ones. price increases. These include the Amanda Bogs, the Kamik Jennifer, and the Kamik Heidi. If you like the style of any of these boots, we believe you will be happy with your purchase.
The Everlane Chelsea is one of the best in every way, but it is slightly more expensive than the Madewell Chelsea. However, if you like the brand or the style, this is a well-designed shoe that we think you will be happy with. The same can be said for the Tretorn Lina, which has a good fit and feel, but costs more than our top pick without offering any additional features.
Hunter Women’s Original Tall: This is a great all-rounder boot, worth buying if you like the look. We favored the short boot for this roundup because it can accommodate a wider range of calf sizes.
Original Muck Boot Company Women’s Hale: As one reviewer mentioned, Muck boots are a favorite among wineries and brewery staff and riders. If you like them, get them. But we still think the grip upper of the Bogs Women’s Boots is an inspired design touch.
Joules Tall Welly Print: We found them easy to get in, but they clustered unattractively at the ankles. Pebbles were also lodged outside, requiring manual removal.
LLBean Wellies: This pair felt loose around the ankles and didn’t have very good traction.
Hunter Women’s Original Chelsea and Sam Edelman Tinsley: Both had the same problem as many other rain boots designed as dress shoes. In our testing, we found the toe and ankle shape to be slightly restrictive and uncomfortable when walking for long periods of time.
The J.Crew Chelsea rain boots are exactly the same price and almost identical in style to our top pick from Madewell (brands are owned by the same company). But the J.Crew shoe is made of PVC, so you pay the same amount for a lower quality plastic boot instead of rubber.
The Asgard Chelsea Boots on Amazon are so popular they are turning heads, earning an average of 4.6 stars with nearly 12,000 reviews. Either way, these are PVC boots with a narrow toe and a wide unprotected elastic panel that can let in water. We can confidently say that we do not recommend them in any way as functional rain boots.
Native Jimmy Citylite: A lightweight duck boot, this model is expensive for what you get, and in our tests the tongue tucked under the laces.
Boots for men
Original Muck Boot Company Men’s Edgewater II: As one reviewer mentioned, Muck boots are a favorite with winery and brewery workers and riders. If you like them get them, but we really love the possibility of having a sleeve-to-sleeve on a pair of Bogs. The same goes for the great drudgery of men.
Kamik Icebreaker: These are more like winter boots because they are heavy and warm. They performed similarly to the Bogs pair in the mud, and they’re a decent half-price alternative.
Eddie Bauer Men’s Hunt Pac: Our testers liked the comfort of this duck boot with a plush lining, but the lacing was not as flush as on the Bean boot. Likewise, the Kamik Yukon 5 can best be thought of as a shoe that resembles a duck boot. It’s waterproof, but it rubbed our testers on the ankle.
Baffin Enduro Plain Toe: If you want a big wader boot, this model might be what you are looking for. We originally planned that this would be our low budget men’s shoe, but we think you’ll be happier spending a bit more on the fit and quality of the Kamik Lars.
Hunter Men’s Original Tall: Our male testers found the style of this boot too feminine, despite the boots’ history as a men’s military and hunting shoe. This model performed among the best in mud and landed in the mid-range in traction tests.
Hunter Men’s Original Chelsea: This version has the same issues as Hunter’s Women’s Chelsea. As with all rain boots designed as dress shoes, the toe and ankle shape on this model was restrictive and walking became uncomfortable for our testers. And unlike the short and tall Hunter boots, the Chelsea’s upper upper is unfinished. In this case, you can find better alternatives for the price.
Swims Classic Galosh: These galoshes have high quality materials, hence the price. But they didn’t have the same traction, or the same lacy protective cover, as the Tingley pair.