Sometimes functional fashion can be boring and—dare I say it—downright ugly. But the best rain boots, luckily, have received fashion-forward revival in recent years, making them versatile, functional, and chic. One of Phoebe Philo’s gifts to us as the creative director of Celine was a pair of wildly beautiful rain boots. More recently Dior, Balenciaga, and Prada have also given the rubber galoshes a runway-worthy makeover. Some of the designs are so covetable, I’ve seen several street style stars wearing them on days when there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.
In fact, if there was an award for the most unexpected wardrobe hero, it would definitely go to the utilitarian rain boot. The clunky shoes are certainly having a moment, and silhouettes have evolved over the years to fit every lifestyle, mood, and personality. Whether you’re in need of an ankle-grazing option to pound the rainy streets of NYC in, or a lace-up design perfect for stomping around a slippery dock, you can rest assured that your toes will stay dry and your outfit will feel fresh with our favorite pairs ahead.
Read on to unearth the best rain boots to wear come rain or sunshine.