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  • Hunter Women's Original Short Rain Boots

  • Asgard Women's Waterproof Chelsea Boots

  • Sperry Men's Brewster Waterproof Duck Boot

  • Bogs Bozeman Tall Men's Insulated Waterproof Boots

  • Kamik Goliath1 Winter Boots

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Hunter Women's Original Short Rain Boots

Hunter rain boots have been a go-to women’s rain boot for years, and for good reason: they are comfortable, extremely waterproof, and they can last for a decade if properly cared for. The classic “short” rain boot is a 9.5-inch calf-high rubber boot, with a rubber sole and a short 1.18-inch heel for exceptional waterproofing and durability.

This model is available in more than a dozen colors and a range of full sizes only, from women's 5 to 11 (standard width). Style-wise it keeps things very simple, letting the high-quality construction and classic styling do the talking—especially the bold, simple Hunter label emblazoned on the front. Fit-wise you can expect these to be relatively true to size, though like most rain boots the lack of laces/zippers makes them a bit tricky to get on unless you size up a bit.

Pros

  • Excellent waterproof construction

  • Premium look and feel

  • Superb durability

Cons

  • Tough to get your foot in

  • Needs to be broken in

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Asgard Women's Waterproof Chelsea Boots

We originally tested the Asgard Chelsea boot to see how well these sub-$50 boots compared to $150 boots from Hunter. The Asgard boots surprised us with their neat styling and effective waterproofing for shallow puddles and light rain. Though hardly built to last forever, if you want a stylish rain boot these are a good choice that won’t cost you a ton.

The main differences we observed when compared to pricier alternatives was the look and feel—they are just a bit more muted and there's more glue holding things together than stitching. That likely means they won't hold up forever, but at this price you could go through two or three before paying the same amount as other brands.

As a "Chelsea"-style boot, these have just a short shaft of 5.5-inches, dipping down slightly on the elastic part of the cuff. That makes them easy to take on and off, but gives you only a little bit of depth where the waterproofing is truly effective. Size-wise these cover a huge range, from women's 4-12 (standard width) depending no the color you choose, though no half-sizes.

Pros

  • Affordable

  • Waterproof

  • Comfortable out of the box

Cons

  • Some durability concerns

  • Short height

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Sperry Men's Brewster Waterproof Duck Boot

These Sperry-brand unisex rain boots are well-built, comfortable, and do a good job of repelling water. These are lower calf, workboot-style boots with a 6.5-inch shaft that come in a range of two-tone colorways including Dark Tan, Tan/Navy, Chocolate Black, Black/Black, and Navy/Black. They feature a leather/rubber upper attached to a rubber sole, with a waterproof gusset that keeps water from sneaking in between the upper and the tongue of the boot.

Reviewers were mostly very impressed with these boots, raving about the design and waterproofing of the boots. The main source of complaints was the material around the opening, which can rub against your skin if you’re wearing shorter socks. The sole is also not stitched as firmly to the upper as with other rain boots, but overall these are highly-rated boots that look great and should hold up to regular use.

From a sizing perspective reviewers generally rated these true to size/width, ranging from men's size 7 to 13 in standard width (M).

Pros

  • Waterproof construction

  • Superb traction

  • Minimal break-in time

Cons

  • Don't keep your feet warm

  • Unisex sizing can be confusing

  • May be uncomfortable for some

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Bogs Bozeman Tall Men's Insulated Waterproof Boots

If you are looking for a more serious tall calf-high rain boot that provides comfort, traction, durability, and waterproofing these are the boots to look at. They provide a textile/rubber mix upper, full synthetic sole, a 13-inch shaft, and a hand-shaped rubber bootie to provide dual-layer waterproofing. They also have Bogs’ “Max-Wick” material to help evaporate sweat to keep your feet dry even if they get warm.

These fit a bit small according to reviewers, especially in the toe box, but they are ideal for anyone that wants a waterproof rain boot that can also handle deep mud, slippery terrain, and so much more. Just note that the sizing here is based on men's lasts, so women should expect to size down 1.5 to 2 sizes from their typical choice. Speaking of which, these are available in men's sizes from 7 to 14 (full sizes only), standard width.

Pros

  • Warm, insulated rain boots

  • Great traction

  • Excellent waterproofing

Cons

  • Tricky to get on

  • Fits small

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Kamik Goliath1 Winter Boots

The Kamik Goliath boots are a perfect companion if you need boots that keep your feet dry and (relatively) warm in typical rainy/cold conditions. These are knee-high boots that feature a 100% rubber upper, synthetic sole, and a textured cuff with drawstring to help keep rain and snow out. Note that the sizing here is based on men's lasts, but if you typically wear women's sizes you can just size down a size or two.

Reviewers rave about these boots, especially their ability to hold up to tough conditions, though they are designed primarily for average to cold winters and not the kind of extreme weather you get in some places. They come in a range of full sizes, from men's 7-15 and have plenty of room in them for multiple pairs of warm socks, but I would be hesitant to use these in conditions below 20°F—for that you should check out our guide to the best men’s winter boots.

Pros

  • Classic waterproof rubber boot

  • Rubber sole

  • Knee high

Cons

  • Fits large

  • Minimal insulation

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TJ Donegan

TJ Donegan

Executive Editor

@TJDonegan

TJ is the Executive Editor of Reviewed.com. He is a Massachusetts native and has covered electronics, cameras, TVs, smartphones, parenting, and more for Reviewed. He is from the self-styled "Cranberry Capitol of the World," which is, in fact, a real thing.

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