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The 5 Best Rain Boots for Women of 2022

We sloshed and splashed through puddles and rivers in women's rain boots from Hunter, Muck, Xtratuf, and many more to help you find the best pair
Best Rain Boots for Women of 2022
A gaggle of our quality performers showcasing a variety of designs and intended uses.
Credit: Sara Aranda
By Sara Aranda ⋅ Review Editor
Tuesday November 8, 2022
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We've purchased and tested 35 of the best women's rain boots on the market over the last 8 years, with the top 15 in this review. From thunderstorms to gentle spring showers to the muck of winter, our experts wore them in the soggiest conditions, walking into creeks for a water-depth test and slipping and sliding in slush to determine traction. In more rugged environments, a good pair of hiking boots can be more beneficial, so we understand that deciding on how to approach rainy-day footwear isn't the easiest. For you, we've put many pairs of boots through their paces.

Your rainy day ventures can also be made all the more comfortable with a great umbrella, a solid waterproof jacket, or rain pants. We've also tested the top rain boots for men

Editor's Note: This review was updated on November 8, 2022, with two added pairs for comparison from Bogs and Sorel, as well as a retest of the most current version of our Editors' Choice, the Hunter Original.

Related: Best Rain Boots for Men

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Pros Tall flexible shaft, comfortable, adjustable boot circumferenceWell made, excellent traction, high comfortGreat foot support, flexible rubber, sufficient tractionMid-height shaft, fashionable, substantial tractionDurable, insulated, cushioned insoles
Cons More expensive, no insulationSomewhat bulky, expensive, can easily become too warmOily sheen out of the box, rubber changes color when wet, lack of insulationBasic foot support, no insulationNot as stylish, fit might not be for everyone
Bottom Line One of the best, this is a high-quality, stylish boot with excellent weather protectionA technical hybrid boot that performs the best in winter conditions, this model is more than superb if you're in need of heavy-duty insulationIdeal for those working outside, this Alaskan boot was made to keep feet comfortable and dryA very straightforward, elegant boot that is highly affordable and good looking enough to go from the garden to the coffee shopA highly practical boot, this pair is designed for more aggressive weather and rougher terrain than the average rain boot
Rating Categories Hunter Original Bac... Muck Boot Arctic Sp... Xtratuf Legacy 15"... Kamik Heidi Bogs Neo-Classic Tall
Weather Protection (30%)
9.0
7.0
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Comfort (25%)
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Traction (20%)
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Warmth (15%)
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Specs Hunter Original Bac... Muck Boot Arctic Sp... Xtratuf Legacy 15"... Kamik Heidi Bogs Neo-Classic Tall
Weight per Pair 3.6 lbs (size 7) 3.0 lbs (size 8) 3.6 lbs (size 8) 2.7 lbs (size 8) 3.3 lbs (size 8)
Flood Height (from bottom of sole to lowest point of shaft) 15.6 in 11.0 in 15 in 12 in 11.125 in
Mouth Circumference 14-16 in 13 in 14.75 in 13.75 in 14.5 in
Lining/Insulation Recycled polyester Fleece Lined Neoprene Nylon Nylon 5mm Neo-Tech Neoprene
Upper Material Vulcanized Natural Rubber Rubber, Neoprene Triple-dipped latex neoprene Phthalate-free Synthetic Rubber Neoprene, Natural Rubber
Outsole Material Natural Rubber Rubber Non-Marking Chevron Rubber Synthetic Rubber Blend BioGrip Natural Rubber
Insole Latex Sponge Foam Insole with recycled polyester Removeable EVA Insole Breathe-O-Prene Insole Removeable Kamik(R) Comfort Footbed Removable Rebound Cushion insole
Unique Features Adjustable circumference, certified vegan, handcrafted bioDEWIX dry footbed (plant based anti-odor & antimicrobial), insulated for "-40F to 40F", fleece lined Chemical resistant upper Recyclable Temp Rating -58F, seamless rubber construction, Durafresh odor control, BLOOM algae-based EVA footbed, rebound cushioning
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Sizing Info Runs large True to size Runs small True to size True to size


Best Overall Rain Boots for Women


Hunter Original Back Adjustable - Women's


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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Weather Protection 9.0
  • Comfort 7.0
  • Traction 8.0
  • Warmth 5.0
  • Style 8.0
Flood Height: 15.6" | Weight per Pair: 3.6 lbs
REASONS TO BUY
Adjustable opening yields a custom fit and superb weather protection
Flexible shaft construction
All-day comfort
Great traction
REASONS TO AVOID
Expensive
No insulation for snowy conditions

If a rain boot can have a legacy, this rendition of the Hunter Original holds that seat. Hunter makes a few versions of this boot, but we particularly like this one due to its back adjustments, which change the tightness or looseness of the shaft. It ranks high in weather protection thanks to its adjustable mouth and tall flood height. This model also scores high in comfort, traction, and style. It truly has it all, especially if you're looking for something functional and sleek.

The Hunter isn't very warm, but for many folks, warmth may not be a priority in more humid or warm climates. Plus, a nice pair of cozy socks can go a long way. The only true drawback of this boot is the price tag. Though, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for; so if you can shell out the cash, there's no question in our minds that this pair is of remarkable craftsmanship.

Read more: Hunter Original Back Adjustable review

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Quality workmanship leads to a top-performing product in the women's Hunter Original boots.
Credit: Sara Aranda

Best Bang for the Buck


Kamik Heidi


68
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Weather Protection 6.0
  • Comfort 7.0
  • Traction 8.0
  • Warmth 5.0
  • Style 9.0
Flood Height: 12" | Weight per Pair: 2.7 lbs
REASONS TO BUY
Great traction
Very stylish
Sufficient weather protection
REASONS TO AVOID
Thinner sole means less foot support than others
No insulation for snowy conditions

With all the qualities of a top contender, scoring well in comfort, traction, and style, the Kamik Heidi is a dream come true, especially because of the modest price tag. Coming in far cheaper than the competitive Hunter Original, the Kamik is the price of a typical low-top. Outfitted with high-quality tread and recyclable rubber, it is both flexible and fashionable. It scores almost as high as the top-rated models, with strong suits in comfort, traction, and style.

The disadvantages of the Heidi are the relative lack of insulation and foot support when compared to others. Still, it's a worthwhile purchase if you're looking for a dependable mild-weather boot with obvious function and flare. It is a deal that is hard to beat.

Read the review: Kamik Heidi

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With minimal foot support, we still felt all-day wear was comfortable in the Heidi.
Credit: Sara Aranda

Best Winter Crossover


Muck Boot Arctic Sport II Mid


76
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Weather Protection 7.0
  • Comfort 7.0
  • Traction 8.0
  • Warmth 10.0
  • Style 6.0
Flood Height: 11" | Weight per Pair: 3 lbs
REASONS TO BUY
Fleece-lined neoprene insulation
Durable construction
High traction
REASONS TO AVOID
A tad on the heavy side
Less versatile across seasons
Workboot style may not be as appealing

The Muck Boot Arctic Sport II Mid is quite an adventurous boot and fully adequate for winter conditions. The 5mm neoprene is also fleece-lined, altogether creating insulation that is rated for temperatures well into the negatives! While we didn't experience such extreme conditions, we felt no difference between standing in the snow, the icy river, or on dry land. Our feet were toasty no matter what. Traction is also a strong quality of this model, offering some of the best across a variety of technical terrain.

With a flood height of 11 inches, the shaft provides fairly average protection but not as extensive as taller models (though this model does come in a Tall). And since it is so specialized, it is basically a winter boot, which doesn't help you much if you're looking for a more traditional, casual slogger. Thus, the versatility in this regard is rather low for the Arctic Sport II. That said, if you live somewhere with a long cold and wet season, this could be a dream come true.

Read the review: Muck Boot Arctic Sport II Mid

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The pronounced lugs of the Arctic Sport held their ground well across the snow, ice, and in the river.
Credit: Sara Aranda

Best for Working Outside


Xtratuf Legacy 15" - Women's


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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Weather Protection 8.0
  • Comfort 8.0
  • Traction 7.0
  • Warmth 5.0
  • Style 4.0
Flood Height: 15" | Weight per Pair: 3.6 lbs
REASONS TO BUY
All-day comfort and foot support
Chemical resistant for work environments
Dependable, no skid-mark traction
REASONS TO AVOID
Noisy and heavy
No insulation for snowy conditions
Oily/sticky residue out of the box yields an unaesthetic appeal at first

The women's XTRATUF Legacy model grew on us as time went on. The thick soles offer great foot support and long-lasting comfort, outperforming many of the other models in this metric. While working in outdoor environments, whether it be on a farm, on a boat, or in a garden, comfort is invaluable. Plus, as the name implies, these boots are certainly more than tough enough to withstand the onslaught of rugged duties.

The brown neoprene isn't unappealing, but these aren't the most stylish of the bunch either. This particular model offers some fun ocean-inspired prints on the lining in honor of the famous Alaskan Salmon Sisters, who have used these boots heavily on their commercial fishing boats. The main drawbacks are their relative performance on snow and ice, a slightly big fit, and overall weight. But depending on where you're living and working, many of these facets won't outweigh their hardworking and technical appeal.

Read the review: XTRATUF Legacy 15"

rain boots womens - best for working outside
Ideal for those who work outside: the women's Legacy.
Credit: Sara Aranda

Best Ankle-Height Boot


Bogs SweetPea


60
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Weather Protection 5.0
  • Comfort 7.0
  • Traction 7.0
  • Warmth 5.0
  • Style 6.0
Flood Height: 4.75" | Weight per Pair: 1.6 lbs
REASONS TO BUY
Versatile for the wardrobe
Anti-odor technology
Decent, no skid-mark traction
REASONS TO AVOID
Low overall weather protection
Narrow foot box

The Bogs SweetPea is based on the classic Chelsea design with its short stature and nylon gussets. Without a distinct heel, the traction is ideal for flat surfaces. The stand-out perk of having this boot is the ability to pair it with virtually any wardrobe. It is also easy enough to pull on without having to fuss about stuffing your pants into a super tall boot.

The main critique of the SweetPea is its low overall weather protection due to its short shaft. The foot box is also much narrower than the rest of the boots we've tested so far. Still, these gripes aren't enough to keep us from wearing them all day, rain or shine. They've performed much better than other short boots in the group, and we love them for their casual, on-the-go appeal.

Read the review: Bogs SweetPea

rain boots womens - a high-value ankle boot ready for the rain.
A high-value ankle boot ready for the rain.
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Compare Products

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Score Product Price
76
Hunter Original Back Adjustable - Women's
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$165
Editors' Choice Award
76
Muck Boot Arctic Sport II Mid
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$180
Top Pick Award
70
Xtratuf Legacy 15" - Women's
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$170
Top Pick Award
68
Kamik Heidi
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$60
Best Buy Award
68
Bogs Neo-Classic Tall - Women's
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$145
67
Muck Boot Originals Pull On Mid
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$130
65
Kamik Olivia
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$55
63
Danner Logger 917 GTX - Women's
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$270
62
Joules Molly Mid Printed
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$80
62
Muck Boot Chore Classic Mid - Women's
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$135
60
Bogs SweetPea
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$75
Top Pick Award
60
Xtratuf Ankle Deck Boot - Women's
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$115
59
Sloggers Rain and Garden
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$45
58
Merry People Bobbi
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$130
56
Sorel Out 'N About III Classic Felt Duck - Women's
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$130

rain boots womens - two of our top competitors, one notable for its tall shaft and high...
Two of our top competitors, one notable for its tall shaft and high weather protection and the other notable for its superb traction and insulation.
Credit: Sara Aranda

Why You Should Trust Us


For this review, we began with market research, making a first cut of more than 60 models before further refining our selection to only include the best of the best. We purchased them and commenced testing, paying attention to critical performance standards along the way. We made objective measurements of things like weight and height and compared them to the manufacturer's advertised specs. We measured waterproofness by immersing the boots for hours and examining them for leaks. Finally, we wore them a lot — all day and in many environments, ranging from snow to pavement to river crossings. Everything we learned is distilled into this comprehensive review, which will surely be an asset in your search for a great pair of women's rainwear.

Our comprehensive testing was divided into five key metrics:
  • Weather Protection (30% of overall score weighting)
  • Comfort (25% weighting)
  • Traction (20% weighting)
  • Warmth (15% weighting)
  • Style (10% weighting)

This review of women's rain boots is led by Sara Aranda. Sara holds a writing degree and has tested and written about gear, such as trail running shoes, hiking shorts, and umbrellas in various capacities. An avid trail runner and climber herself, she is often traveling and has lived in places such as Yosemite National Park. Her more creative writing also encompasses experiences within the outdoors, adding to her overall experience as one of our testers. Currently based in and around the mountains of Colorado, Sara's own need for rain boots is a must.

The Heidi in an icy river at the bottom of Dream Canyon, CO.
The Heidi in an icy river at the bottom of Dream Canyon, CO.
A gaggle of our award winners in all their varying heights and styles.
A gaggle of our award winners in all their varying heights and styles.
Multitasking is always a plus, such as testing traction and comfort...
Multitasking is always a plus, such as testing traction and comfort while grocery shopping.

Analysis and Test Results


The ideal rain boot is the one that is the most functional for the environment you spend your time in. Right out of the box, the look and size often leave the biggest impressions. But overall quality has the final word in how we select shoes. Thankfully, brands tend to be mindful of making technical and comfortable boots that are still aesthetically pleasing, which is to say, wearable in public.

With varying shaft heights from just above the ankle to just below the knee, these competitors range from simplistic to rugged in their designs. All consist of a multitude of materials, from vulcanized rubber to neoprene, which yield a range of flexibility and warmth. Depending on where you're going and what you're doing, we believe there is a boot for every scenario. Practicality and performance, however, remain the most important aspects for us.


Value


While price does not influence performance or technical scoring, the relationship between affordability and overall quality is something we all pay attention to. The Danner Logger 917 GTX and Muck Arctic Sport II Mid are currently the most expensive pairs in our test group. That said, the Arctic Sport contributes great value when you consider longevity as a result of quality craftsmanship. On the other end of the price spectrum, the Sloggers Rain and Garden is one of the cheapest in our lineup. Despite how alluring the price is, their all-day comfort is severely lacking, which currently ranks them near the bottom of our performance list. The Kamik Heidi, however, is the perfect example of where high value doesn't have to also come with a hefty price tag. How each boot performs across all the metrics we've established helps determine the practical worth of their cost, and thus, their overall value.

rain boots womens - we find the hunter boots to offer high quality and high value.
We find the Hunter boots to offer high quality and high value.
Credit: Sara Aranda

Weather Protection


This metric holds the most weight for obvious reasons. Inevitably, the tallest rain boots provide the best overall protection. Scores unfortunately shrink as shaft height decreases. Even with the aid of an umbrella, the taller the shaft, the more protection there is from sideways rain or puddle splashes. Throw on a pair of waterproof pants or gaiters over ankle-high boots, however, and you're all the more ready for anything. But who wants to do that all the time? In and of themselves, the boots in our review are critiqued on the ability to keep all the undesirables from soaking your lower legs. Slush, mud, snow, or icy river water — there are notable differences in how each boot protects the wearer, but, thus far, only one of the models has leaked on us in unintended places (like where the sole meets the upper boot).


Through rain and snow, river wading, and lab-like testing, the Hunter Original stands out in this metric thanks to its nearly 16-inch height and the adjustable circumference of the boot opening. With a circumferential range of 14-16 inches, the shaft is easily adapted to personal calf sizes for the best comfort, mitigating rain from entering from above. The XTRATUF Legacy also scores well in this metric, with a shaft height of 15 inches. In addition, these two models do not have handles or cutouts in their shafts, resulting in flood heights that are much harder to breach.

rain boots womens - the legacy 15&quot; with decent traction in an icy river at the bottom of...
The Legacy 15" with decent traction in an icy river at the bottom of Dream Canyon, CO.
Credit: Sara Aranda

Consider the circumference of the boot relative to your own calf size. The wider the mouth is relative to your calf (even if they are tall boots), the more likely they are to collect water from above. On the other hand, the narrower the mouth, the more difficult it will be to wear bulky pants. Adjustable circumferences offer the best of both worlds.

For this metric, we consider any cutouts, zippers, and lacing in the boot design, such as the Bogs Neo-Classic Tall, which have rectangles cut as handles for easy carrying. Because of the cutouts, the flood height is lower than the overall height of the shaft, which impacts overall water and weatherproofing. While these handles aid their score for mobility and ease of putting them on, this weather metric takes priority (it is, after all, the fundamental principle of a rain boot).

rain boots womens - while great for more rugged terrain and adverse weather, there are...
While great for more rugged terrain and adverse weather, there are still cutouts that technically lower the flood height with the Bogs Neo-Classic.
Credit: Sara Aranda

In addition to handles, we always pay attention to other design features that could compromise waterproofing, like nylon gussets, tongues, laces, or seams at the edges of neoprene uppers. The Sorel Out 'N About III Classic Felt Duck has a tongue and lace design, for example. The tongue is only partially attached, significantly lowering the flood height to a mere 3.75 inches from the ground. This pair was also the first to fail our water immersion test, as water leaked into the boot from where the outsole meets the upper. Plus the laces readily soak up water and contribute to the risk of moisture entering the upper shaft. The Bogs SweetPea and Merry People Bobbi, on the other hand, have waterproofed gussets that maintain a flood height as tall as the shaft itself.

rain boots womens - a closer look at the molded features and waterproof neoprene gusset...
A closer look at the molded features and waterproof neoprene gusset design of the Merry People Bobbi.
Credit: Sara Aranda

Keep in mind, however, this ranking only helps us visualize the extent of weather protection for each individual pair and, thus, does not necessarily imply a lack of day-to-day function and wearable quality. We're basically saying, the shorter the flood height, the greater the risk of wet feet.

Comfort


Once we slip on a pair of rain boots, we expect enough support and comfort to wear them for fair amounts of time. This is our second most important metric. We consider how each model fits, feels, and whether or not it is easy to carry, pack for travel, put on, and take off. Each pair varies in construction, foot support, and pressure points, so we've created a focused assessment surrounding the good ol' tried and true: did we ever forget we were wearing them? If we found ourselves thinking about them often, we made sure to note why.


Quite a few of the boots share top scores for comfort. Having soft rubber typically means a smoother flex of the shaft with your leg as you walk, which is a must with taller models. While specifics of how each one performed vary slightly from one another, we've averaged all the smaller nit-picks together to determine their overall rank in comfort. The Kamik Heidi, for example, is fairly true to size and fits nicely around low-volume feet. The same mostly can be said about the Hunter Original except that the fit is a little trickier to nail. They are both reasonably easy to take on and off, and wearing them all day results in a satisfactory level of comfort. With the workaholic XTRATUF Legacy, however, comfort is brought to a whole new level as these boots are designed to provide substantial all-day comfort and arch support.

rain boots womens - the stylish and high-performing heidi is pretty comfortable, too!
The stylish and high-performing Heidi is pretty comfortable, too!
Credit: Sara Aranda

Stiff and inflexible rubber results in hot spots, pressure against the shin when walking, and sometimes the sensation of bagginess around the shin and calf, making boots feel unwieldy. Those with stiff construction fail to provide the highest standard of comfort, and, as a result, we often ended our test days with tired, achy, or aggravated feet. The Sloggers Rain and Garden boot gave our lead tester blisters on her heel after thirty minutes of walking around town but were nonetheless lightweight and okay to stand around in. The Danner Logger 917 GTX low-top boots are made with very stiff leather, which works decently well for the foot box but is less forgiving around the ankles. This shaft doesn't flex very well, causing the edges to dig into the legs when walking. That said, we hope and expect that the leather will soften with time.

rain boots womens - the shaft and tongue on the danner logger are very rigid, which we...
The shaft and tongue on the Danner Logger are very rigid, which we found to dig into the sides of our ankles and at the shin. That said, leather is always stiff when new and will soften - just be sure to account for a break-in period with these boots.
Credit: Sara Aranda

With brands often offering whole shoe sizes only, it's difficult to customize a proper fit of the footbed and, thus, true comfort. Sadly, heel slippage is often to be expected with rain boots, but there are ways to mitigate this somewhat with sock thickness. Another thing we consider in this metric is whether or not a boot requires wearing socks that are taller than the shaft. Commonly, the mouth of the shaft is abrasive against bare skin. The Bogs Neo-Classic is a slight exception due to the softer neoprene, but tall socks are still recommended. Overall comfort is aided, too, with the Neo-Classic due to its use of rebound-cushioned insoles and lighter relative weight. The wide-mouthed XTRATUF Ankle Deck Boots have ample space around the lower shin and ankle, evading the shin-irritating issue altogether. No matter what, when going uphill or up a set of stairs, it's good to pay attention to the flexibility of the shaft and how much the heels lift, which can create troublesome blisters.

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With cushioned soles designed for all-day wear, the XTRATUF Ankle Deck boot is very comfortable and easy to slide on or off without hands.
Credit: Sara Aranda

Traction


Whether working or playing outside, traction is high on the list of essential qualities a rain boot should have, almost as important as the waterproofing itself. This metric often competes with comfort and style, but there's little point in a product being completely weatherproof if you're slipping around and using your hands to steady yourself wherever you go.


All the boots that did well in this metric have a substantial tread design and enough flexibility in the soles for effective purchase across a variety of surfaces. For the Sloggers, traction is actually the pair's best attribute (besides style). Each pair has its nuances, however, such as the Heidi and SweetPea with their thinner soles. This offers ample sensitivity, a plus in our book, though this can lead to discomfort on surfaces with gravel and sharp rocks. The Muck Chore and Bogs Neo-Classic, on the other hand, provide decent traction but have a denser sole and a lack of flexible sensitivity, diminishing the ability to navigate uneven terrain as effectively as the top competitors.

rain boots womens - designed for marine lifestyle: the thick outsoles of the women&#039;s...
Designed for marine lifestyle: the thick outsoles of the women's Legacy 15".
Credit: Sara Aranda

The Danner Logger 917 is notable for its Vibram outsoles, which increase their all-terrain versatility. The Joules Molly Mid is an example of traction being a bit singular. It has a more pronounced heel that takes away from its surface area for possible traction. This boot is best suited for the flattest and least technical surfaces. It suffers on the ice, snow, and wet rocks, but then again, such situations might call for different footwear altogether (like winter boots). The same could also be said about the Merry People Bobbi and Sorel Out 'N About, which perform in line with how most fashion lifestyle boots tend to fare. Though, if you seek a boot to get you from your house to your car to the office building, any of the boots with average traction scores are undoubtedly adequate enough. This is why this metric conflicts in priority with comfort, as it really does depend on where you'll be walking.

Scoring fairly well in traction, the XTRATUF Ankle Boot excels...
Scoring fairly well in traction, the XTRATUF Ankle Boot excels across flat, wet surfaces.
The Arctic Sport is a rugged waterproof boot with excellent traction.
The Arctic Sport is a rugged waterproof boot with excellent traction.

Warmth


This metric holds a fair amount of weight when determining overall scores but not nearly as much as the proceeding categories due to the nature of differing consumer locations and variable needs for warmth. Warmth can even be a bad thing altogether if you live in an already warm, humid locale.


Each boot is ranked according to how well it retained heat during general indoor use, across the snow, or on a casual rainy day. The warmest boots performed the best in the snow and the worst, of course, during hotter days with temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The leading examples are all three of the Muck brand boots (the Originals Pull On, Chore Classic Mid, and, especially, the Arctic Sport II), the Merry People Bobbi, and the Bogs Neo-Classic. All of these boots have added insulation for temperatures near or below freezing, but there is definitely variance. In the sun and in dry conditions, these pairs are often too warm.

The royalty of warmth, the Muck Arctic Sport II is hands-down...
The royalty of warmth, the Muck Arctic Sport II is hands-down exceptional in subfreezing environments.
The neoprene is soft but very warm and fully waterproof on the Muck...
The neoprene is soft but very warm and fully waterproof on the Muck Chore Classic. Here, our lead tester is pressing the boot far enough down to see if the neoprene leaks or absorbs any water.

The majority of our fleet has a more traditional amount of insulation, which is little to none. This means that boots like the XTRATUF Legacy, Hunter Original, and Kamik Heidi fail to hold in heat in the snow or an icy river. On the other hand, this also means these boots function quite nicely in places with continuous mild weather (or until you're ready to switch out for your winter boots). They're more likely to prevent your feet from overheating and sweating. If you're only looking for a pair to wear fun, thick socks with for spring and fall showers, we prefer models that have versatility across a range of temperatures as opposed to boots that might dominate one end of the spectrum.

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The Hunter Original in an icy creek. While these boots are excellent at keeping moisture out, they aren't very warm. For many folks, that's actually what you want.
Credit: Sara Aranda

A notable mention is the XTRATUF Ankle Boot with its Xpresscool lining, which helps ventilate your feet while maintaining warmth. During our river test, we could barely feel the sensation of cold while standing for several minutes. We also found that such breathable lining helps mitigate sweat build-up when temperatures rise. Another notable mention is the Danner Logger with its leather and added Gore-Tex lining. These quality materials are inherently warmer than rubber, but the lining construction also allows for better airflow to prevent the feet from overheating. Too, the Sorel Out 'N About is inherently warmer than standard rubber with its use of felt and suede.

rain boots womens - another great example of an insulated pair, the bogs neo-classic do...
Another great example of an insulated pair, the Bogs Neo-Classic do a great job of regulating warmth.
Credit: Sara Aranda

Rain boots are already atypically warm as far as shoes go due to the very quality of being waterproof and having virtually no breathability. Consider this when shopping for a model with more pronounced insulation, as it could lead to sweaty, unhappy feet if you live in a warmer climate.

Style


Style is one of the most subjective categories for ranking. We base each score on the out-of-the-box appeal, on the versatility of being both fashionable and practical, and on any cultivated opinions over time. In the end, we went with our gut reactions and the input of our peers. While being as objective as possible, this metric will inevitably remain a subjective reflection on our behalf.


The Hunter Original and the Kamik Olivia have slim profiles with added buckles, finger loops, and other molded accents. The Olivia looks the most like a traditional horseback riding boot. The Hunter is sleek and tall, with several color options available. These pairs are modest, classy, popular, and somewhat neutral.

In the rain or snow, the neoprene on the women&#039;s Legacy 15&quot; becomes...
In the rain or snow, the neoprene on the women's Legacy 15" becomes slightly discolored.
A fine mid-height boot ideal for all your casual ventures, cue the...
A fine mid-height boot ideal for all your casual ventures, cue the Heidi.
A look that is both nostalgic of older hiking boots and modern with...
A look that is both nostalgic of older hiking boots and modern with its clean leather design (although a bit dusty from hiking here).

The other tall or mid-calf models are remarkably varied. The Kamik Heidi stands out with its bright color and glossy finish, whereas the XTRATUF Legacy has a technical style built for the rough-and-tough outdoors. The Sloggers Rain and Garden Boot is the most eccentric of the bunch with endless yet fun pattern designs. Patterns might mean that there are fewer chances of matching a variety of outfits, however.

The Danner Logger is notable for its trendy leather appeal and clean lines (not to mention how well-made and luxurious it is). Similarly, the Sorel Out 'N About is a more urban-inspired take on the classic duck boot. The Joules Molly also ranks well due to the fun and unique hand-drawn prints. The Merry People Bobbi is notable for its fun color block combos and neoprene accent.

With accent buckles and a molded look, the Olivia is cute but...
With accent buckles and a molded look, the Olivia is cute but relatively stiff compared to the other boots.
The Sloggers boots are fun and cheery to wear and pair the best with...
The Sloggers boots are fun and cheery to wear and pair the best with leggings.
The cute cat and dog doodles on the Joules Molly add a fun flare.
The cute cat and dog doodles on the Joules Molly add a fun flare.

The wide XTRATUF Ankle Boot is also a bit more nostalgic of the classic Converse with its white midsole and, therefore, is more vintage and urban. The Muck models all utilize neoprene and rugged-looking cuts of rubber but still try to incorporate style notes like color, laces, or patterns, which is a nice touch to detract from their otherwise workhorse aesthetic. The Bogs Neo-Classic is fairly basic but can be considered aesthetic due to the way it is cut and how the lines between the rubber and neoprene are designed. Lastly, the style of the Bogs Sweetpea is admirably simple yet highly versatile. The earthier tones give off a more organic impression, and they also fit well in urban environments due to their more low-profile and incognito nature.

The color block style of the Merry People Bobbi is notably fun.
The color block style of the Merry People Bobbi is notably fun.
A highly stylish and urban-inspired rendition of the classic duck...
A highly stylish and urban-inspired rendition of the classic duck boot, the SOREL Out 'N About has a lot of design features.

It's a delicate balance between style and function, and occasionally boots have prioritized fashion the most. Thankfully, our current testing group offers a fair variety of balance between the two modes, with only a few that might subjectively be deemed as catering strictly toward function (which, if you have to lean one way, function might not be a bad idea).

Fit


Fit is something we can never expect to be perfect with rain boots because they commonly lack half sizes. The fit will also vary depending on sock preferences, from those who prefer a snug foot box and a thin sock to those who prefer a roomy foot box and a thick sock. More often than not, boots will run too large or too small, which means you'll want to read up on the sizing charts most companies provide. Even then, weigh in with your own intuition, as manufacturers may suggest something you have no preference for, such as "those who are half-sizes, size up," when you are one to prefer a snug foot box and thin socks instead. With such variability, fit is not a metric we score on its own, but it does play a heavy role in comfort. Trial and error will be inevitable.

rain boots womens - the kamik olivia has a slim circumference relative to its shaft...
The Kamik Olivia has a slim circumference relative to its shaft height, which makes wearing anything but leggings a challenge.
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A couple of the models we tested provided an excellent fit for us, and it is no surprise that they are also top scorers in comfort, such as the Hunter, Kamik Heidi, XTRATUF Legacy, and Muck Arctic Sport. Those that happened to not fit as well include the XTRATUF Ankle Boots and Bogs Neo-Classic, which run rather large and wide (but maybe this is exactly what you need!), so fit was amiss from the get-go for us despite adhering to sizing recommendations or previous brand experience. Not nearly as bad, but still a notable fit concern, are both the Bogs SweetPea and Merry People Bobbi with their relatively narrow footbeds. Over time, however, the footbeds have broken in a bit, which is a plus for those who don't have particularly narrow feet. But, we feel that the Bobbi is far more constricting than the SweetPea, and less comfortable for long-term wear because of it. The Muck Chore Classic, with its neoprene bootie, runs rather small in our opinion, so fit is also snugger than we would like; and since we've tested three different Muck models now, we can say that we prefer sizing up if we are a half-size because of how snug the neoprene can feel. Lastly, the Sorel Out 'N About runs small, in our opinion, as the size 8 US we tested felt more like a size 7 in other brands.

rain boots womens - an array of top-performing tread from our lineup.
An array of top-performing tread from our lineup.
Credit: Sara Aranda

Conclusion


We've found the best rain boots to be on the taller side, with flexible shafts and versatility in traction, warmth, and style. But we recognize that deciding on the perfect boot is a daunting task, from weighing in personal style preferences to reading as many reviews as humanly possible to inevitably finding out on your own. With all there is to consider, remember the fundamentals discussed in this article as to what we think makes a pair of rain boots so great: weather protection, comfort, traction, warmth, and (hopefully) a splash of style.

Sara Aranda


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