Rain boots, unlike hiking boots, snow boots, or other types of footwear, are made entirely from water-resistant materials like plastic or vulcanized rubber. As a rule, they have no laces, zippers or other places where water can enter.
Despite the fact that some of them now come with these, they are for special purposes and are still designed not to let water in. When choosing rain boots, we had to make sure that they were not water resistant but purely waterproof. .
As with all other shoes, comfort is also important for boots. Since rain boots are waterproof, they can cause your feet to sweat, especially if they are tight. Most boots are worn with socks to prevent the feet from sweating.
So when we made our selection, we were sure to choose boots that could be worn without socks for long periods of time. Other than that, rubber, unlike shoe fabrics, does not change shape with your feet over time and does not stretch when you walk.
An ill-fitting boot can cause blisters and more serious foot problems in a short time. Therefore, we considered the insoles of the boot to know which boots would be the best if you wear your rain boots for more than an hour or two every day.
There are three different heights of rain boots to choose from. Tall boots, ranging in height from 14 inches to 16 inches or more, are an excellent choice for areas prone to puddles, downpours, or standing water.
However, wearing them with long pants can be a pain. Conversely, mid-calf boots, which have a heel height of 10 to 14 inches, are suitable for both casual occasions and professional environments.
The third type is the ankle-high boots, which are usually 9 inches tall and stop just above the ankles. Boot height is important because the less protection a boot offers from the elements, the shorter it is.
However, taller boots can be too obvious and are not everyone’s favorite. Coincidentally, our top picks were ankle boots, which are both efficient, fashionable and comfortable.
Tightening of the boot around the calf
For tall rain boots, we made sure the boots weren’t tight around the calves. This is because rain boots, like other footwear, are not meant to be tight or loose, but should fit snugly.
If the boot was tight around the calf, it would be uncomfortable and could cause irritation. Therefore, we made sure the boots had the right amount of space at the top.
The boots on our list were selected based on their level of insulation. However, we have discovered that you can use uninsulated boots when it is cold. It is possible to wear rain boots without much insulation for many different seasons.
Therefore, we upgraded our selection to include boots that could be worn in different seasons while still providing the right amount of insulation.
We opted for latex or rubber boots for their greater resilience. PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is commonly used in lower quality boots because it is cheaper and lighter than rubber or latex, but it can crack and warp with time and wear. For this reason, we have focused our collection on rubber and latex products.
Even if good looks aren’t your main concern, having a good looking pair of rain boots is a plus. In the end, we found that short boots were more stylish than tall boots. Therefore, when making our selection, we focused on the appearance of the boots and how they look during and out of season.
If you want to stand when the ground is slippery, you will need shoes with good grip. During our selection we discovered that for snow and mud you need soles that have lug-like patterns, but for smooth pavement and stone you need shorter treads and of softer rubber.
While boots with moderately sticky rubber outsoles, such as Vibram soles, can be used on a wide range of surfaces.
The thickness of a rain boot can affect both wearer comfort and the longevity of the boot. It is a good sign that the manufacturer has used thicker rubber in the production of a boot if the boot is on the heavier side. The thickness of the boot contributes to both its weight and its body, allowing it to last much longer than a thin and extremely inexpensive polyurethane rain boot.