The brisk Fall weather has blown in, and if you’ve been through even a few East Coast winters, you know that the cold snap quickly gives way to wet, gross weather. How do you get through it, aside from shutting yourself indoors and risking a severe case of cabin fever? You stock up on a good coat, warm accessories, and perhaps most important of all—a good pair of waterproof boots.
If you’ve always been the kind of guy who eschews boots, the minute you invest in a quality pair you won’t be able to believe you’ve resisted them for so long. Having dry, warm feet are essential when trying to survive the Fall and Winter seasons. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up 16 of our favorite hard-charging boots that will keep you bone dry during wet weather.
Tretorn New Gunnar Rain Boots
If you love your sneakers and don’t want to upgrade to full-on boots, take a half-way step with Tretorn’s rain boots. They look like a high-top sneaker, but are fully waterproofed to make them officially the most weather-resistant sneakers you’ve ever owned.
Native Jimmy Boots
Native creates a lot of bouncy, out of this world shoes, but their Jimmy Boots are a bit more subdued, which—in this case—is a good thing. Crafted from coated ripstop nylon and rubber, these are waterproof boots that will last for a lifetime.
LL Bean Duck Boots
You don’t get more classic when it comes to waterproof boots than with LL Bean’s signature Bean Boots. Designed by LL Bean himself in 1912 (yes, you read that right), the boots still embody the original design (with modern upgrades like toasty Thinsulate lining). Handcrafted in Maine out of full-grain leather and rugged rubber, these boots might be the only pair you’ll ever need to own.
Sorel 1964 Premium CVS Boots
If you’re looking to buy a pair of boots that will get you through rainy days but are also strong enough to carry you through snowy winters, look no further than Sorel’s 1964 Premium CVS Boots. The boots are made of sturdy waxed canvas and durable rubber, and also come with a recycled felt liner that will keep your feet extra warm, regardless of whether you’re trudging through rain, sleet, or snow.
Palladium Pampa Boots Sport Cuff WP2
Beginning in 1920s France, Palladium made vulcanized rubber tires for airplanes. In the late 1940s, they made the switch to creating footwear with rubber soles as hard-charging as their tires, and since then, they’ve built a brand committed to creating quality shoes that will stand the test of time. The Pampa Boots are casual but classy, made out of genuine waterproof leather (an available in black, navy, and orange) with a sturdy gum sole and lined with 100% Australian wool lining to keep you extra warm.
Sperry Cold Bay Boots
Sperry is known for being the king of boat shoes, but surprise—you can wear Sperrys all year ‘round with the introduction of the brand’s boot line. Fully lined with Thinsulate, Sperry’s Cold Bay Boots are waterproof seam-sealed to ensure your feet will be dry in wet conditions, and they’re even rated for temperatures as low as -25° F.
Hunter Original Rubber Lace-Up Boots
Seeing that they’ve been crafting rubber products since the 1800s, we think it’s safe to say the folks at Hunter know a thing or two about keeping dry. The Scottish company has a handful of boots to choose from, but this lace-up ankle boot in matte rubber is one of our personal favorites. Boasting a bellowing tongue with a chunky sole and raised details that pay homage to the Hunter’s Original boot, you simply can’t go wrong with these.
Pointer Caine Boots
Some waterproof boots can lean towards looking a little too outdoorsy if you want to go to out to dinner after whatever outdoor activity you’ve got planned, so if you want boots that’ll keep you dry while still looking sharp, look no further than Pointer’s high-top Caine Boots. Featuring a combination of waterproof leather and nubuck, the boots are lined with felt to keep your feet warm while still allowing you to look stylish.
Boston Boot Co. Cambridge Boots
Based in Massachusetts (duh), Boston Boot Co. creates tough-as-nails boots that can stand up to whatever Northeastern winters dole out. Crafted out of Horween Chromexcel leather and heavy waxed canvas while featuring a high-density blown rubber sole, the boots will stand up to the crappiest weather you’ll experience this season. Premium touches like authentic rawhide laces, a triple density footbed with gel cushioning, and supple calf leather lining, make these likely the nicest shit kickers you’ll ever own.
Merrell Epiction Mid WTPF Boots
Merrell has built a reputation for making tough boots for outdoor enthusiasts, and its Epiction boots are one of the brand’s best offerings. Crafted out of full-grain leather and waterproofed suede, the boots feature a breathable mesh lining and removable EVA footbed.
Ransom Rutherford Boots
Canada-based Ransom has only been around for less than 10 years, but its wares speak for themselves. These Rutherford Boots have Vibram trail-ready treads, and are available in gray and red, black and gray, or black, tan, and blue.
Original Chippewa 6-inch Rugged Outdoor Work Boots
A true American heritage brand, Chippewa (named for its home in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin) has been creating quality footwear since 1901. These reddish brown Rugged Outdoor Work Boots are one of their best wares, made out of briar-oiled waterproof leather, Original Chippewa’s patented Chip-a-Tex waterproof bootie, and a Vibram sole.
SWIMS Barry Work boots
SWIMS is the brainchild of a Norwegian designer who wanted to create fashion-forward, modern galoshes that wouldn’t get him laughed off the fashionable streets of Paris and New York City. They brand has since expanded to create more than just galoshes, like these snazzy Barry Workboots. Crafted from waterproofed nubuck leather, the boots have nylon chevron-patterned detailing and a sturdy white sole with a shock of bright orange for extra flair.
Red Wing Moc Toe Boots
Red Wing—named after its home in Red Wing, Minnesota—has been cranking out quality footwear since 1905, so you can wear the heritage boots that legions of admirable men in your life have worn for decades. These Moc Toe Boots are made with water repellent brown leather, rawhide laces, and a white crepe sole.
Danner Mountain Pass Boots
Out of the Depression era came Danner boots, which was established in Oregon in 1932 by Charles Danner who believed that quality craftsmanship supercedes all. That belief in quality still drives the company 80 years later, and you can see it in these Mountain Pass boots. Made with full-grain leather right here in the USA, these boots have a 100% waterproof Gore-Tex lining and a removable footbed for extra support for long, extra-active days.
Filson Uplander Boots
Filson has been crafting quality apparel and gear for over 100 years that will help you trudge through the forest as easily as you trudge down the street on your way to work, and these Uplander Boots are no exception. Made from full-grain leather, the boots feature a removable cork insole that will mold to your foot to ensure comfortability, a quick-drying liner to keep you and your socks dry, and a Vibram sole to keep you from slipping.
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