We cannot overstate the Deck Boot’s versatility — light like a sneaker, rugged like proper galoshes, designed for all conditions and sporting a multitude of waterproofing, it’s the boot we’ve come back to over and over again.
Designed specifically for a sleek, sophisticated look when conditions get sloppy, the boots maintain that signature touch of Chelsea class without losing the handcrafted, waterproof finish Hunter rainboots are so known for.
Oregon-based Bogs doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not. No, it’s not the most stylish footwear. No, it’s not nearly as breathable as sneaker-boot hybrids. What it is, though, is a calf-height monster than can repel sheets of rain like it’s nothing and trek through miles of muddy terrain.
Stomping across campus on an extra-damp day? You’ll need your Bean Boots, then. The Maine-based brand’s signature style comes in a multitude of linings and colorways, but for our money, the classic 8″, waterproof duck boot is the king of all prepwear, the only choice when tucking in your chinos and tossing on your fisherman’s sweater.
Sensibilties lean more Air Max than rain boot? Nike’s cult All-Conditions Gear (ACG) line fuses the swoosh’s proclivity for hype sneakers with genuine outdoor-ready materials — we see you, GORE-TEX — for a hybrid boot you won’t worry about getting a little muddy.
The Blundstone #500 may not be the best rain boot, but our top Chelsea boot pick is still pretty damn good. It’s Expertly crafted with a weatherproof 2.5 mm oiled leather and durable, slip-resistant outsole, it’ll get the job done in wet conditions, with the added benefit of being a year-round style.