There’s nothing worse than having wet feet after traipsing through rain, slush or snow. So a good pair of rain boots is a must-have.
But you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort, as there are plenty of chic short rain boots that will act as an accessory as well as a necessity.
Here, we’ve picked out some of the most affordable and versatile options to keep your feet dry and comfortable in the wet weather without ruining your outfit.
These Chelsea-style Ralph Lauren waterproof boots are the perfect choice if you want a simple, affordable shoe for the rainy weather.
The boots feature elastic-goring side panels and a rear pull-loop strap designed to eliminate tiresome tugging.
Fans of the boots praise the sleek design, how easy they are to slip on, and the choice of colors, which includes leopard-print, navy, pink and black.
When it comes to rain boots, you can’t go wrong with Hunters. This shoe is the short version of the classic boots, just grazing the top of the ankle, and features a slight 1.5-inch wedge heel.
Enthusiastic reviewers on the Hunter site praise the boots for being lightweight, comfortable and versatile, and note that they are ideal for customers with wider calves who may struggle with longer boots.
One satisfied shopper wrote: ‘I’ve had these for about a month and LOVE THEM. In that time I’ve gone on hikes, been through flash floods… and walked through snowy/freezing conditions. These have not only done their job, they still look BRAND NEW! They are lightweight and comfortable without sacrificing quality and durability.’
Another firm favorite, the Sam Edelman Tinsley rubber rain boot is a sturdy, affordable option that will go with practically everything in your wardrobe.
Reviewers on Amazon note the sleek, stylish Chelsea silhouette, and how versatile the boots are, making them ideal for all seasons.
In particular, customers note that the style works well with skinny jeans and dresses, and that they look professional enough to wear in the workplace.
The Saltwater Duck Boot from Sperry might be at the pricier end of the scale, but promises to look after your feet in all weathers and terrains.
The boots boast a micro-fleece lining to keep your feet warm and cozy, and a rubber sole with the brands’s signature Wave-Siping™ for grip on both wet and dry surfaces.
Fans of the popular shoe on Sperry’s site describe them as ‘comfortable and versatile’, ‘an amazing boot’, and ‘very fashionable and functional’.
Featuring the classic Chelsea style, but with a slightly chunky twist, these rubber boots from Everlane are designed to keep you comfortable yet stylish.
The boots, which come in five different colors, boast a custom-designed cushioned insole for ‘cloud-like comfort’, and easy-to-grab pull tabs so they are easy to slide on.
Reviewers on the Everlane site describe the boots as ‘successfully waterproof’, ‘ridiculously comfortable’, and ‘the best all-weather boots I have ever owned’.
Another incredibly popular boot, the Sienna rain shoe features the classic UGG rain boot design in a shorter style and with a high-gloss finish.
Particularly appealing is the sheepskin-lined insole, which keeps feet warm and dry in chilly, wet weather.
Reviewers on the UGG site rave about how the boots, which come in a range of colors, are stylish as well as comfortable.
‘The best investment ever’ is how one happy reviewer described these boots on Amazon, before going on to rave about how comfortable they are.
According to the product description, the boots boast single molded Croslite™ foam construction to keep water out, while rubber pods on the outsole offer improved traction.
Although they are Crocs, these shoes feature a slimmer, sleeker shape than we’ve come to expect from the brand and include a simple lace ribbon detail.
These glossy Chelsea-style rain boots from LifeStride come in a range of colors including leopard-print, grey and olive green, and feature a cushioned insole for added comfort.
Reviewers on Amazon describe them as a rain boot that doesn’t look like a rain boot, and comment on how well they complement an outfit.
One particularly enthusiastic shopper wrote: ‘I absolutely love these gorgeous boots! Every time it rains these boots make it worth it. They are stylish and match most of my clothing… They are snug and warm and keep my feet dry even when splashing in puddles.’
Notable for their range of cute designs, the Joules Wellibob rain boots are also sturdy, practical, and easy to slip on and off.
They feature a water-dispersing sole for better traction in cold, slippery conditions and a removable faux-fur insole to keep your feet comfy and cozy.
Enthusiastic reviewers on the Joules site describe the boots as ‘adorable’, ‘fab quality’, ‘gorgeous boots’, and an ‘unexpected gem’.
These booties feature a chunky heel so are the perfect choice if you want your rain boots to give you a little height.
One satisfied customer on Nordstrom wrote: ‘Couldn’t have been a better purchase. The combat boot style goes with everything; they’re sleek enough to wear with casual work clothes or dress down. Kept my feet warm and dry.’
Other reviewers also emphasize how well these boots pair with an outfit, but many warn that they run a little small and narrow, so it may be worth sizing up.
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