"Rain boots can be hard on your feet because the majority of them do not offer the proper shock absorption, arch support, and cushioning," says Dr. Cunha. Because of this, he suggests putting any pair you're thinking about buying through a "bend test," and making sure the boot doesn't easily flex at the arch. "[A solid arch] will provide more shock absorption, and in turn will result in less foot pain," says Dr. Cunha.
In addition to opting for something arch friendly, Dr. Cunha recommends rain boots that have a slight, three-fourth inch heel. "It's actually better for you than shoes that are completely flat because it takes the stress off the Achilles tendon, which can help with the alignment of your posture, ankles, knees, and spine," he says. "When we wear shoes that are completely flat we pronate for a longer period of time, which then alters the biomechanics and distribution of pressure and weight across the foot." This imbalance can cause pain in your arch, heels, and shins, and even lead to longterm issues like bunions, hammertoes, and Achilles tendonitis.
The final thing to look for when selecting rain boots is an extra-large toe box. "Rain boots should have wide a toe box to give the forefoot more wiggle room," says Dr. Cunha. This aggravates feet that have hammertoes and bunions less than other options.
Ahead, find the best women's rain boots to keep you feet dry and comfortable on wet days.
Best Women's Tall Rain Boots
Dr. Cunha gives the BOGS Neo Classic Rain Boots his podiatrist stamp of approval, thanks to the fact that they’re shock-absorbing, offer arch support, and are made with a moisture-wicking liner to keep your feet dry. Plus, they’re pretty dang cute. The foot-friendly features come in different styles and colors, which means you can fill your closet with a different pair to wear every time it rains. Your comfortable, dry feet will thank you for it.
it’s hard to go wrong with a classic pair of wellies. Hunter has been around since 1856 so the brand knows a thing or two about making a good rain boot. These tall rubber boots will keep your feet and legs and dry and they come in a variety of colors to match almost any outfit. Plus, a cushioned footbed and seamless shaft will make sure you’re comfortable.
Made with rubber and using handmade vulcanized construction, these tall boots will make sure no water seeps into your boot even on the rainiest days. They have a polyester/cotton lining to keep your feet warm and dry, EVA insoles, and an adjustable strap so you can extend or cinch the boot around your calves, and they come in lots of colors and prints.
Yes, these tall wellies will keep you dry, but they’re also engineered to be extra comfortable. They have a contoured sole to evenly distribute your bodyweight and a honeycomb design in the heel to absorb the impact of every step. Go ahead and jump in a puddle (or a few).
Best Women's Mid-Length Rain Boots
Rainy days don’t always have to be dreary. When the weather calls for rain boots, grab a pair with a fun print, like this one that’s appropriate for days when it’s raining cats and dogs. There’s a water-dispersing outsole so you can walk more safely, and an adjustable side strap and buckle to make sure the boot fits just right.
Best Women's Ankle Rain Boots
Water-resistant and packable, these booties are easy to bring with you when you think the weather may take a turn. They have the brand’s OOfoam technology that absorbs impact to reduce stress on your feet and joints. Dr. Ashley Lee, DPM, of Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists, recommends these booties, calling them “oh so comfortable.”
Duck boots are easier to walk around in than a traditional rubber boot, but they still provide waterproof protection from rain and mud. This pair has an attractive quilted top and laces for a tight fit, but there’s also a side zipper to help you slip them on and off, too. Dr. Lee says these fit like a shoe, support like a boot, and are stylish and slip resistant.
These ankle height boots have stretch side panels and pull tabs to make them a cinch to put on and take off, and you don’t have to worry about stuffing your pant legs inside them. They’re designed to be roomy so you can wear thick socks, and there’s a cushioned insole so you can walk in them all day.
Whether you love them or love to hate them, you have to admit that Crocs are comfy, and these rain boots are no exception. These boots are made with Croslite foam so they’re cushioned and lightweight, and there are pull holes at the top to make them easy to pull on and off your feet. The rubber outsoles will make sure you don’t slip, and there’s a racing stripe along the bottom.
If you don’t love the look of rain boots, these cool, lace-up moto-inspired leather boots are a great alternative you can wear on rainy or sunny days. They have a waterproof full-grain leather upper, a canvas lining, EVA footbed, and waterproof construction so you can walk in comfort and style both in the city or on a mountain.
Chelsea boot inspired and with a taller heel, these pull-on waterproof boots will help dress up your rainy day wear. They have stretch panels on the sides to make them easy to slip on and go.
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