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    28 Waterproof Shoes For People Who Hate Regular Rain Boots

    No more sweaty, chapped calves thanks to wellies worn in preparation for a day that turned out to have lovely weather.

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    1. High-top sneaker dupes for anyone who's ever wished their Chucks were waterproof. Welp, watery dreams comes true!

    two reviewers wearing high-top sneaker style rain shoes in light blue and yellow

    Promising review: "I am so happy with this purchase! Wore these to a music festival that was muddy and rained later on during the night. My feet were completely dry and the shoes aren’t ruined, just used baby wipes to clean them off and they’re ready to go again. They look so similar to the all black high-top Converse sneakers. They fit very true to size, I’m usually a size 9.5 but I ordered a 10 and I believe going down a half size would’ve been better but I just wore a thicker sock to take care of that problem. I give 5 stars!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in women's sizes 5–11 and a variety of styles).

    (OK there are some waterproof Chucks but they're 4x the prices of these and they sell out quickly online.)

    2. Wedge booties to give you some serious lift without soggy feet.


    Promising review: "I was getting married at a zoo on a rainy day, so this heeled rain boot saved my big day! I am happy with the quality with the price I paid, although they have a very strong plastic smell." —Watermelon

    Get them from Amazon for $24.76+ (available in women's sizes 5–8.5 and eight colors).

    3. Colorful cowgirl rain boots you can easily muck around in for all sorts of farm tasks. Um, Pioneer Woman *has* to have some of these. Right? At least in one pattern.

    cowboy boot shape rain boot with a colorful abstract pattern on it

    FYI, if you have Amazon Prime Wardrobe you can give this a spin before you buy it!

    Promising review: "Cute, comfortable rain boots...great for muddy equestrian/farm setting events. These are nicer than expected and very comfortable! I bought these for a back up for an event that may be muddy but already wore them for the fun of it! They are a little hard to get off." —Rebecca Giacobba

    Get them from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in women's sizes 6–11 and eight patterns).

    4. Neoprene espadrilles that'll look just like regular espadrilles until you step into a puddle (ick) or run into the ocean wearing them (YES). I own these and wear these water shoes on rainy days to tons of compliments.

    Model wearing the espadrilles while jumping in the water at the beach
    Sea Star Beachwear / Via

    Promising review (from 2020): "I bought several pairs of these for my mom who saw them at a hotel in 2016 and had to have one, the shop did not have her size. She now wears them everywhere here in water-soaked Miami. Even when it is not raining, these are her go-to shoes. She has been horseback riding in choppy waters on a Jamaican vacation and she told me they did not get lost in the undertow as the guide told her they would because he had too many people lose their water shoes that way. She says they wash and dry quickly and can dress up and down easily. Her white pair since 2017 got ripped by thorny bushes this morning so I will replace for her. She wears a 9 or 9.5 in normal shoes and wears a 10 in Sea Star." —Leif Amrhein

    Get them from Amazon for $81.95+ (available in sizes 6–11 and 12 colors/styles).

    5. And some neoprene slingback sandals that I ALSO own and have worn while traveling a bunch. They have a deck shoe-like bottom and stretchy construction to help them stay on your feet while you scramble around rocky fixtures along the beach!

    model wearing waterproof espadrilles with slingback design on the beach
    Sea Star Beachwear

    I walked all around Sarakiniko Beach in Milos, Greece, in these with a sure footing that was as good as if I were wearing athletic sneakers.

    Promising review: "These are really cute and comfortable. Usually wear a size 8.5 but sized up as stated in other reviews. They're a little long but still very comfortable. I am traveling this summer and have to limit the number of shoes I'm taking. These are cute enough to wear with a skirt, capris or shorts, comfortable enough to do some walking in and versatile enough to wear on rocky beaches/water. The bottom is slip-resistant, it looks like the bottom of a deck shoe. The strap and fabric are neoprene and the woven portion of the shoe looks like it has been waterproofed too. They truly are water shoes!" —Brian S. Fishman

    Get them from Amazon for $85.99+ (available in women's sizes 6–11 and seven colors/patterns).

    6. Waterproof garden shoes for anyone who's super active outdoors but needs to let those ankles breathe while gardening or tending to those backyard chickens., Amazon

    Promising review: "Typically when bush hogging and working the homestead I end up with dusty toes because the dirt gets through my tennis shoes and tall rain boots are just too hot to wear. These were perfect. The dust stayed off my feet, the shoes rinse off clean, and are comfortable. Great shoe for working the land!" —Kayla Williamson

    Get them from Amazon for $39.86 (available in women's sizes 6–11 and nine prints).

    7. Or some neutral gardening shoes in unisex sizing to help everyone put their green thumb to full work.

    look down view at the top of the shoes showing two reviewers wearing the ankle shoes

    Promising review: "We love these shoes for the yard. It keeps our feet dry while watering the garden. They are sturdy and comfortable. The down side is that when the sole is wet they can be slippery on tiles or concrete floors." —Candi

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes 5.5 women/4.5 men–13 women/11.5 men and four color combos).

    8. Splurge-worthy Italeau flats made of waterproof leather you can don while dodging puddles and drizzle.

    red pointed toe ballet flat

    Get them from Nordstrom for $195 (available in women's sizes 6–12 and three colors).

    Psst, check out more waterproof Italeau shoes.

    9. Birkenstock Arizona waterproof sandals to bring the comfort of your suede Birks to rainy days and wet activities.,

    Promising review: "I wear these shoes EVERYWHERE! I'd wear them to church if I could lol I wear them to the beach, in the water, to the store and my favorite place to wear them is the amusement park! I spend hours on my feet at amusement parks with my kids and no matter what shoes I wore, I was always in tears by the end of the day from my feet hurting so bad. I wore these to Sea World and I could've walked around hours more. For the first time ever, my feet did not hurt! I'm buying more colors. I have wide feet and the width was great even though it's labeled as narrow width. You will not regret this purchase!" —Crystal

    Get them from Amazon for $30.33+ (available in narrow and regular 5 women/3 men–15 women/13 men and 23 colors).

    10. And Birkenstock Honolulu flip-flops with a contoured footbed that'll nestle your feet while you run errands of clop clop clop to the pool.

    flip flop with molded shape to support foot

    Promising review: "I needed a pair for water sports and for warmer months in the house and these fit the bill. Worn for many hours and they are great. Love that they have some fun colors." —Joy225

    Get them from Nordstrom for $39.95 (available in women's sizes 5/5.5–10/10.5 and five colors).

    11. Sam Edelman booties (that don't look like rain boots) and come in a variety of colors to fit your existing wardrobe.

    reviewer's feet in the Chelsea boot-style ankle boots and tights

    FYI, if you have Amazon Prime Wardrobe you can give this a spin before you buy it! Note that some reviewers say it's a slim fit, so if you have wide feet you may want to size up.

    Promising review: "I wish I could give these boots more than 5 stars. These things are AMAZING. They fit like a glove and are so cute. I feel very stylish wearing them, and most importantly my feet are 100% dry. I seriously can't rave about these enough." —Erin Johnston

    Get them from Amazon for $22+ (available in women's sizes 4–11 and 10 colors).

    Check out our full Sam Edelman rain booties review (#2).

    12. Or Joules ankle booties for anyone who wouldn't dare leave the house without wearing a cute pattern.,

    FYI, if you have Amazon Prime Wardrobe you can give this a spin before you buy it!

    Promising review: "I bought these shoes for use in the spring rains, and for running about the garden. Besides being super cute — they work great. Easy to slip on and off, and keep my feet dry. Typically, I wear a size 7 shoe, but these ran a bit big. I exchanged them for a size 6 and they fit perfectly with a short sock. There is a cushiony removable insole inside that makes them quite comfortable." —therovingeye

    Get them from Amazon for $39+ (available in women's sizes 5-11 and 32 styles).

    13. Lightweight ventilated hiking boots perfect for summer weather because, hopefully you've never tried hiking in regular rain boots. But in case you have — rest assured these are a preferable option.

    the hiking boot
    Bass Pro Shops

    Promising review: "I received a pair of these last year for a holiday gift and loved them so much I bought another pair for myself this year. They are very stiff and don’t flex a lot which is exactly the support I need to keep my moving over all types of terrain. I had foot surgery in early 2019 and still haven’t fully recovered. I can’t say enough good things about these." —cmf19701

    Get them from Bass Pro Shops for $59.99 (available in women's sizes 6–11).

    14. And waterproof hiking shoes in case you like to let your ankles breathe while enjoying the great outdoors.

    the hiking sneaker
    Bass Pro Shops

    Promising review: "Soo comfortable. I wear these every day, walk three miles. They keep my feet warm and dry. I can wear a bit of a heavier sock in them. Would def buy again, love my Keens." —Anonymous

    Get them from Bass Pro Shops for $139.99 (available in women's sizes 6–10 and three color combos).

    15. Sorel sneakers made to wear well in light rain while still looking fashionable — and they've been road tested by lots of reviewers!, Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought these for two trips, Ireland and Sweden. In Ireland, it rained every other day and in Sweden it rained 90% of the time. Usually, I would try to step around shallow puddles but inadvertently I would step in one or two. My feet were never wet. The shoes fit my normal size. They were fashionable (I don’t want to scream 'I’m a tourist'). They look like sweater material. I waited to write the review until I had tested them out. I had a couple days of steady rain with no wetness. The rest of the time it was drizzle but still, dry. Very happy with this purchase, great travel shoes for rainy environments." —Ultraapril

    Get them from Amazon for $60+ (available in women's sizes 5–11 and 11 colors).

    16. Classic Crocs in a snazzy animal print you'll wanna wear on the reg — even when it's bone dry outside.

    cheetah print Crocs clogs

    Get them from Nordstrom for $54.99 (available in sizes women 4/men 4–women 10/men 8).

    17. Teva Hurricane sport sandals to give your toes some wiggle room as you scramble around on rocky terrain or across a city crosswalk when you're about to lose the light.,

    FYI, if you have Amazon Prime Wardrobe you can give this a spin before you buy it!

    Promising review: "Great sandals. You can wear them in the rain, on a mountain, on a beach, basically anywhere and they are comfortable and you dont slide around in them." —Terra

    Get them from Amazon for $54.99+ (available in women's sizes 5–11 and three colors).

    18. Or Teva Drift sandals that'll float in case they slip off in the water. But tbh, they probably won't!

    person's feet wearing the teal sandals with cross straps while sitting in a kayak on a river

    FYI, if you have Amazon Prime Wardrobe you can give this a spin before you buy it!

    Promising review: "I needed a shoe for summertime rain and these fit the bill completely. They are extremely comfortable, light, and cute! They rinse off easily and are perfect for wearing in rainy weather when it is warm out. They are also good for regular use as well. I will say that I am normally a size 10 and sometimes a 9.5 in shoes, but I read all the reviews and sized down to a 9 and it fits me PERFECTLY. I cannot recommend these enough." —lucykate

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in women's sizes 5–13 and 12 colors).

    19. Sperry 1-eye duck boots for keeping your lil' piggies dry without lugging around proper boots. Look at those handsome ankles!

    low profile shoes with waterproof duck boot stylings

    FYI, if you have Amazon Prime Wardrobe you can give this a spin before you buy it!

    Promising review: "Love these little boots! Perfect for snow and rain. I bought a half size up so I could wear two pair of socks. Works great. So comfortable I forget I have them on. We had 10-inches of snow and I shoveled my drive a couple feet never got cold. And I didn’t slip once. Just what I needed." —CyndyLynn

    Get them from Amazon for $52.15+ (available in sizes 5–12 and eight styles).

    20. Lace-up boots made from recycled synthetic wool and repurposed marine plastic...all while looking cute but tough enough to take on hiking trails and wet terrain.

    Alice + Whittles

    Alice + Whittles is POC woman-led brand based in Ontario, Canada. They create outdoor footwear that's easy on the planet — plus it looks really cute! Their materials are 90% sustainable and traceable — and they're working toward 100%. Each collection is developed over years and made with materials that take the health of both people and the planet into account.

    Their website recommends ordering one full size up to allow some extra wiggle room for thicker socks.

    Get it from Alice + Whittles for $200 (available in sizes 6–12 and in six colors).

    21. Jeffrey Campbell boots that'll ~level up~ your outfit, even if the forecast changed from rain to sun as soon as you stepped out of the house. These are gonna look slick, even if the ground isn't.

    model wearing opaque red tights and ankle rain boots in glossy red finish

    Promising review: "Got these in matte black, love them! These boots are very comfortable, I can wear them a full day without issues. It’s great to wear rain boots that aren’t clunky and are easy to walk around in." —Marncw

    Get them from Nordstrom for $64.95 (available in women's sizes 7–9 and three colors).

    22. Bogs Chelsea boots with a loop to make pulling 'em on and getting out the door a little bit quicker.

    Chelsea-style sneaker boot

    Promising review: "Love them!! I live in the country and needed sturdy boots for walking and working around the property. These are so comfortable. I did have to buy taller socks because they were rubbing on my ankles and creating blisters but I’m happy now that I have taller socks. I love how easy they are to slip on and off. I’ve had them for three months and they’re pretty much all I wear anymore. Planning to order another pair soon in a different color." —Jonny

    Get them from Amazon for $64.95+ (available in women's sizes 6–11 and five colors).

    23. Ankle rain boots with a *super* light sole for those of us who hate regular rain boots because of super heavy soles. Now not every day with a chance of precipitation has to be leg day.


    Promising review: They are very cute as a non-winter rain boot. We have had an extraordinary amount of rain this year and I realized I needed boots that actually look cute and stylish to wear with my summer-ish outfits. I also liked these since I do a good amount of walking and wanted something with a real sole that is not heavy (usually rain boots with soles are quite heavy and not easy for going for long walks in the rain.) These are perfect. I have already worn them three days in a row and walked over nine miles with no issues." —KarenT

    Get them from Amazon for $28.75+ (available in women's sizes 6–11 and 20 colors).

    24. Hunter short rain boots can deliver some dry (metallic!) protection on a smaller scale than knee-high wellies.

    ankle height slight wedge rain boots in metallic aqua color with loop at ankle

    Promising review: "Absolutely amazing. Like wearing your slippers and walking on clouds. I love them. So glad I pushed the boat out and treated myself." —Amydbee

    Get them from Nordstrom for $105 (available in women's sizes 5-11 and three metallic colors, plus more non-metallic colors).

    25. Or Hunter rubber ballet flats as a low-profile nod to wellies, even if you can't stand wearing them. (The shin sweat!) These are waterproof and roll up when not in use for easy packing or just-in-case preparedness.


    Promising review: "Bought these to take the dog out since my side yard holds water...they are now my go-to shoe for more than taking the dog out! Love them! They run very true to size versus smaller as stated." —Cindy

    Get them from Hunter for $95 (available in women's sizes 5–11).

    26. Blondo waterproof ankle boots that'll be your new party trick. It starts to pour, you head out in these unconcerned, and your friend freaks out about it.

    ankle boots in a cheetah print with a buckle accent on the ankle

    FYI, if you have Amazon Prime Wardrobe you can give this a spin before you buy it!

    Promising review: "Perfect pair to walk long distance and great for the rain." —John

    Get them from Amazon for $21.14+ (available in women's sizes 5.5–12 and also in plain black leather).

    27. And Blondo nubuck waterproof booties so a bit of rain doesn't compromise your capsule wardobe.

    ankle boot with stacked wood heel look

    FYI, if you have Amazon Prime Wardrobe you can give this a spin before you buy it!

    Promising review: "I got a pair identical to these except with a blonde wood heel at the Nordstrom anniversary sale and I loved them so much that I had to get another pair since I ruined the other ones. I wore them during a massive storm and no water got in and my feet stayed completely dry which I appreciated a lot. I recommend these to everyone I know since they are stylish, easy to walk in, and you can go an entire day without these hurting your feet. I spend all day in my shoes, and my feet don't hurt until eight hours in. They are my go-to boots that go with everything. THANK YOU BLONDO." —Bertha Cazares

    Get them from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in women's sizes 6–11 and four colors).

    Psst, check out lots more Blondo waterproof shoes.

    28. And some waterproof shoe covers that'll zip over your prized sneakers.,

    Promising review: "I HATE rain boots... I LOVE these!!!!!! They are so lightweight and fitting, I forget that I have them on. Ideal! I have bad arches, bad knees and bad back so I have to wear supportive shoes with arch inserts and I have searched for years trying to find rainboots/shoes that would work for me. When I saw these, I was skeptical, thinking they would be flimsy or worthless in keeping my feet dry, I am so glad I was wrong. I wear a women's size 8 and I ordered a medium and they fit just right over my Nike Air Max. We've had lots of heavy rain here in South Carolina this fall and my feet have stayed dry thanks to these. I am ordering another pair just to have when/if these wear out." —mes

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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