There's no escaping it: typical rubber rain boots are great for keeping your feet dry, but rarely are they acceptable for day-to-day wear. What you need is a waterproof option that keeps up with your lifestyle without compromising on appearance. Well, look no further than these 10 airtight contenders.
1.L.L. Bean Katahdin Iron Works Boots - $235 You can't go wrong with a classic. And what separates these from a typical Bean boot are the waterproof oiled leather and breathable lining that make them a worthy adversary to heavy weather. A little less "hiking in Maine," and a little more "city-tough" than the original, these boots will keep you dry and sharp-looking.
2.Cole Haan ZeroGrand Tall Boot - $298 This extremely lightweight boot is a re-imagining of Cole Haan's innovative ZeroGrand technology, designed for maximum foot support. The flexible construction allows for trudging through puddles in comfort, while the rubber sole means city sludge rinses off with ease. [More...]
3.Forsake Hiker - $129.95 Giving off a retro '80s moon boot vibe, the Hiker has a breathable, waterproof membrane and taped seams to keep rain out and keep you trekking. Also: low socks? No big deal. The ankle support is strong and comfortable enough not to chafe your ankle.
4.PF Flyers Center Hi Galosh - $68 You've never seen PF Flyers like these. If your morning commute involves fording a river, you'll want to snag this waterproof, hi-top-inspired pair, stitched with hydrophobic thread and patented Posture Foundation insole.
5.Thursday President Boot - $199 But what about when you have to look like a pulled together, functioning adult member of society? The rubber outsole and Goodyear welting on Thursday boots create a waterproof closure at the insole. Throw in waxed laces and these sleek, handsome shoes will keep you from looking like a soggy mess when you reach your destination. (These are the middle boot in the main picture above.)
6. Chaco Roland Boot - $140 Another super-durable option, the water-resistant suede of the Roland boot makes it a go-to for city and country alike. Again, the soft mesh lining means you don't need thick socks to prevent them from tearing your ankles to shreds. (Pictured above on the far left.)
7.Sebago Gibraltar Boot - $104.99 The name Sebago is synonymous with quality craftsmanship. The waterproof leather of its Gibraltar boot, when paired with the slip-proof rubber sole, means you'll have some striking footwear that can stand up to the elements with style.
8.Native Jimmy - $90 If you're gonna go all-out with an ultra-waterproof duck boot, rock these washable, dual-tone beauties that feature odor-resistant tech and sharp contrast laces.
9. Tretorn Gunnar Canvas - $95 A solid pair of canvas boots with a waterproof upper can take you from from puddles straight to the office in a snap. The elastic detail at the ankle means they slip on easily and comfortably.
10.Fred & Matt Overshoe - $25 And when all else fails? Grab a pair of overshoes, so that if you're caught by a surprise downpour you can slip these over your kicks and prevent them from getting ruined.