If you anticipate lots of rainy weather during the chilly season, proper footwear is a must. Sure, you could slip into a pair of galoshes, but that’s far from your only option.
Believe it or not, there’s a wide range of women’s rain shoes other than rubber boots. Best of all, weather-proof footwear can be chic, fashionable, and even fancy.
So, what are your best options for slick sidewalks, pesky puddles, and drizzly downpours? Read on for a roundup of our favorite picks, along with a rundown of the benefits of waterproof boots.
Benefits of Weather-Resistant Shoes
How do weather-resistant shoes help you? Let us count the ways! For one, they keep your feet dry, and perhaps more importantly, your socks. There may be nothing worse than walking around in damp socks. And beyond the discomfort, it’s hard to stay warm when your feet are wet.
There’s also the benefit of not ruining a pair of shoes due to rainy, snowy, icy, or muddy conditions. There’s something so freeing about jaunting around freely, knowing your footwear will hold up even if you accidentally step into a puddle or get caught in a sudden torrential downpour.
Anyone who’s ever meandered out into inclement weather wearing the wrong shoes knows how much of a bummer it can be to damage them and potentially have to deal with soaked feet the rest of the day. In the end, every woman can benefit from keeping at least one pair of rain shoes in her wardrobe.
The Best Women’s Rain Shoes for the Wet Season
Shoes are supposed to protect your feet, so let them do their job. Having said that, protective footwear can be both practical and fashion-forward.
The best women’s rain shoes include:
- Waterproof leather booties with Western flair
- All-occasion waterproof block heel ankle boots
- Stylish waterproof booties for dressing up
- Elegant weather-treated heeled boots
- Casually cool lug treads
- Sporty slip-resistant sneakers
With such a variety of options, you’ll never need to worry about remaining stylish while caught in the rainy weather. Read on to find out more about what we love about these picks, along with how to dress for the cold styling tips and why orthotic designs are best.
Waterproof Leather Booties with Western Flair
Western-inspired leather booties are a perfect choice for fall and winter boots, pairing effortlessly with everything from jeans and a button-down to sweater dresses and cable-knit cardigans. If this cold-weather shoe style speaks to you, why not get a pair of women’s waterproof shoes?
Vionic carries a range of weather-resistant booties for women with slightly tapered, modest heels. Boasting almond-shaped toes and a sophisticated silhouette with a low-key cowgirl vibe, you can rock these women’s rain boots with a dash of sass.
The leather uppers feature a protective, water-repellent coating, and the zippers are seam-sealed to prevent leaks. Not only can you walk around with the confidence knowing your hosiery won’t get drenched, but the built-in orthotics will keep you comfy on your feet.
All-Occasion Waterproof Block Heel Ankle Boots
It’s nice to have a pair of rain shoes you can slip into for any occasion, whether it’s a date, a work event, happy hour, or site-seeing. Enter: the block heel ankle boot. Better yet, make it waterproof so you can brave the elements in style.
Vionic’s comfortable women’s boots have waterproof nubuck uppers, which are seam-sealed to keep moisture out. An interior zipper makes them super easy to get on and off, and buckle detailing offers adjustability and a hint of character.
Thanks to built-in arch support, you can count on staying comfy on your feet for hours on end. Each pair has microfiber-wrapped EVA footbeds with orthotic contouring, plus sturdy waterproof rubber outsoles with a comfortably modest heel.
Stylish Waterproof Booties for Dressing Up
When you’re headed to a dinner party, an upscale restaurant, a networking event, or another semi-dressy occasion, go with a pair of stylish waterproof booties. Flaunting a sleek, classy silhouette, a rounded toe, and a pared-down block heel, this rain shoe is the perfect complement to a range of ensembles.
You can wear these cute waterproof shoes with a shirt dress and tights, pressed trousers and a blouse, a long skirt and a cropped jacket—you name it. And when you step outdoors, you’ll have peace of mind knowing the weather-treated leather and seam-sealed zippers will keep your feet dry.
Elegant Weather-Treated Heeled Boots
Believe it or not, high heels are an appropriate footwear choice for wet weather—that is, as long as they’re treated for water resistance. To elevate your look this chilly season, you might consider a pair of weather-treated heeled boots from Vionic.
Featuring a thick 3-inch heel and an almond-shaped toe, plus an ankle-high boot shaft, this women’s rain shoe is the best of both worlds. You can wear these elegant comfortable boots for women on romantic occasions, to formal events, or when going out on the town. And when you get a pair from Vionic, you’ll have the arch support you need to carry you through.
Casually Cool Lug Treads
What rain shoes should you wear with casual streetwear looks? Lug treads might be your best bet. With thick, exaggerated outsoles and sleek pull-tab uppers, these laid-back ankle boots are everything we love about city slicker style.
While these women’s winter shoes aren’t necessarily treated for water resistance, the rubber sole holds up well outdoors and keeps you steady when the ground is slick. Vionic’s leather lug treads have outer zippers for easy on-off, plus removable EVA orthotic inserts to keep your feet happy for hours on end.
Sporty Slip-Resistant Sneakers
When it’s raining outside and you’re not in the mood to wear boots, reach for a pair of slip-resistant sneakers. Shoes from Vionic’s Pro line boast anti-skid soles and arch support for grip and traction on slippery wet surfaces.
In addition to keeping you stable on the ground, the uppers provide breathability while spending long hours on your feet. They’re also easy to clean—wipe down your sneakers to keep them looking fresh. To make the whole shoe weather-resistant, though, you might want to use a protective spray, such as Vionic’s Rain & Stain.
Where to Buy the Best Footwear for Rain
Don’t let inclement weather get you down—rubber wellies aren’t your only shoe option on a rainy day. Whether you’re facing a torrential downpour or a mild drizzle, Vionic has the perfect rain footwear for every occasion. Not only are our designs treated for water resistance and leak protection, but they also have reliable rubber outsoles that’ll prevent you from slipping on the wet ground.
What’s more, each pair of Vionic’s fashion-forward rain shoes for women feature our exclusive Vio-Motion Support technology. This means podiatrist-engineered orthotics are embedded into the soles for unbeatable arch support, comfy contouring, and heel stability to encourage proper alignment.
From booties and lug treads to heeled ankle boots and non-slip sneakers, we have it all. Shop our women’s shoes and buy a pair—or two—today for the most comfortable fit!