Nobody likes the feel of soggy feet. Squishing around in wet socks when you get caught in a sudden storm is a great way to ruin your day. On the other hand, unless you’re working in a field, tromping around in giant rubber boots isn’t a great way to go, either. Especially if that forecasted rain ends up falling the next town over. Luckily, there are so many rain boots available that there’s a model for every conceivable situation, from tilling the fields and stalking elk in the backcountry to walking to work and going out for coffee.
That outstanding variety also means that it can be tough to wade through the virtual marketplace to find the right pair for you. So, we decided to do the work for you and find the best rain boots for men on the market. We researched and tested our way through the best men’s rain boots that we could find for every situation and came up with the list below. Take a look and let us know on our social channels if there are any we missed. Reported weights are generally listed for a single size 9 men’s shoe. Weights that we verified on tested gear are noted.
- Runner Up: Sperry Top-Sider Decoy Rain Boots For Men
- Best Style: Palladium Pampa Cuff WP Lux Rain Boots For Men
- Best Overall: Muck Wetland Rubber Premium Rain Boots For Men
- Best Wool Lined Rain Boot: UGG Zetik Rain Boots For Men
- Best Low-Cut Rain Boot: Muck Boot Jobber Rain Boots For Men
- Best Lightweight Rain Boot: Tretorn Men’s Gus Rain Boot
- Best Cold-Weather Rain Boot: Kamik Icebreaker Cold Weather Boot
- Best Bargain: Tingley Economy Rain Boot
- Best Steel-Toed Rain Boots: Servus Comfort Technology 14in Rain Boot
The Best Rain Boots for Men Review
Sperry Footwear always seems to find a great blend of form and function, and its Decoy Rain Boots For Men are no exception. Combining a contrast-stitched leather upper with a bombproof rubber lower and gum sole gives the Decoy a distinct and slick-looking aesthetic. At the same time, the cushy insole keeps feet comfortable during all-day wear. The fit and feel of my tester pair were fantastic, due in part to the malleable leather upper and soft insole. I walked around for hours in these shoes with zero hotspots or discomfort. During the rainy days and soak tests, the shoes kept my feet bone-dry.
Between the comfort, waterproofing, and that sweet Sperry style, these boots easily make this list. But the addition of the siped outsole puts it near the top. Siping, often used in car tires, is basically a series of small cuts or notches in an outsole that increases contact surface area and provides unreal traction. I’ve walked down steep, ice-covered driveways in siped outsoles without losing grip, and the Decoy’s soles sport the same tech. I have yet to find an ice-covered driveway here in California, but when I travel somewhere icy, you can bet I’ll be wearing these. A perfect addition to any rain gear collection.
Siped outsoles provide excellent traction
Durable leather strap laces
Removable rubber insole
Waterproof leather and rubber construction
Available in five colors
- ModelDecoy Boot
- Weight1.1 lbs. (per boot, size 10.5)
Let’s be honest: all of these are waterproof boots, but they don’t all have the style or comfort of a boot that you’d want to wear all the time. One of the more stylish rain boots, the Palladium Pampa Cuff WP Lux Rain Boots For Men, is one of the shoes that perform well in the rain and look great, whether it’s raining or not.
The boot looks like a high-end fashion or motorcycle boot, but the waterproof leather and sealed seams make them totally waterproof when the weather turns foul. The stainless-steel eyelets look sharp and are rust-resistant, and the textured lugs on the outsole keep you from taking a spill on wet, slick surfaces.
EVA midsole for support and comfort
Rust-resistant steel eyelets
Padded cuff and tongue
Waterproof leather construction
Looks like a high-end fashion boot
- Weight1.5 lbs. (per 10.5-sized boot)
We had to go with a classic for the best overall pick: the Muck Wetland Rubber Premium Rain Boots For Men. These knee-high rubber rain boots for men offer serious protection from the elements, along with serious comfort to boot. (Get it? Because this is a boot roundup? Never mind.) The waterproofing comes from the rubber and neoprene exterior. The 5-mm neoprene offers a huge amount of insulation and provides a comfort rating down to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
The lightweight EVA midsole provides a great mix of support and comfort. The calf-high rubber overlay provides added protection from rocks, sticks, and brush when tromping through the backcountry. All that tromping can heat a boot’s interior, so Muck added a breathable air mesh lining to help wick away sweat, and the neoprene upper rolls down when the weather warms up. It’s a premium boot for a premium price, but if you’re looking for a rain boot that can handle anything you throw at it, this is the one. Combine them with your favorite rain jacket and stay protected.
5mm neoprene fabric form comfort and flexibility
100% waterproof with heat retention and shock absorption properties
Durable rubber soles
Adjustable stretch-fit Comfort Topline reduces blisters and chafing
Air mesh lining wicks away moisture
- BrandMuck Boot
- Weight1.8 lbs.
Say what you want about UGG, but you can’t deny that the company makes some damn comfortable footwear. Case in point: the Zetik Rain Boots For Men. You still get the comfort of the famous UGG wool lining combined with soft tricot in the interior, but the exterior is as tough as you’d expect from a good rain boot. The seam-sealed combination of the rubber lower and leather upper eliminates any leakage, and the elastane laces allow the boot to move better with your foot for added comfort. They’re not built like the other men’s insulated rain boots, but they’re definitely the most comfortable.
Like Roosevelt’s civilized barbarian, these boots sport a durable and sturdy exterior with a refined interior, providing an excellent blend of luxury and ruggedness. But if you’re hankering for that UGG vibe, you can always pair them with some short shorts, a venti chai, and a Pomeranian.
Wool insole with tricot lining
Seam-sealed from top to bottom
Leather and rubber construction
Non-marking vulcanized rubber outsole
- Weight1.25 lbs.
This list wouldn’t be complete without showcasing this little gem from Muck Boot. Muck’s Jobber showcases what makes Muck Boot Jobber Rain Boots For Men one of the best in the rain boot business in a low-cut style. Built as an easy-on solution for trekking through sloppy conditions, this ankle-high slip-on boot punches well above its…height.
The entire lower body of the boot is a seamless rubber, making it completely waterproof, with a flexible neoprene cuff upper that makes it simple to put on and take off the boots in a pinch. The neoprene also allows the boot to breathe, keeping the boot cool in temps up to 75 degrees and warm in sub-freezing temperatures. The outsole tread is a combination of pebble and wave patterns, providing traction in various conditions, from slogging through a field to heading down a steep driveway to get the paper. If you’re looking for short rain boots for men, these are a great option.
Synthetic and fabric construction
Non-slip wave and pebble outsole tread
One-year limited warranty
- BrandMuck Boot
- Weight1.25 lbs.
If you want to wear waterproof shoes without looking like you’re ready to wade through a marsh, the Tretorn Men’s Gus Rain Boot is a great option. This pair of waterproof rubber boots are disguised as a fashion ankle boot; the Gus blends a low-profile style with a completely watertight exterior. This is thanks to the entire rubber construction, which eliminates any seams that may potentially allow leakage. Even the easy-entry elastic ankle coverings are waterproof.
These ankle rain boots are unlined, so don’t expect them to provide any insulation, but the rubber insole is removable for easy cleaning. Overall, the low-profile style of this rain boot is what makes it stand out. It just looks like an everyday shoe — which makes you seem like less of a kook when you dress for rain, and none shows up.
For more top-quality footwear, check out our selection of the best hiking boots.
Completely rubber construction
Waterproof ankle elastic
Removable rubber insole
- Weight0.75 lbs.
Designed to help you tromp through the coldest conditions without losing a toe to frostbite, the Kamik Icebreaker Cold Weather Boot is ready for rain, sleet, ice, and snow. Built like a classic rain boot with a seamless one-piece rubber exterior, the Icebreaker dials up the heat with an 8-mm Zylex liner that gives it a comfort rating down to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
The grippy rubber outsole design grips wet and icy surfaces and they’re self-cleaning so that they won’t get slick with snow after a few feet. To prevent rain from coming in over the top (or from snow getting in if you’re post-holing), the fabric cuff sports a drawstring so you can seal the top of this rain and snow boot. If you need a boot that’ll keep your feet dry in the coldest conditions possible, give the Icebreaker a good, hard look.
Rated to temperatures down to -40 deg. F
Textured toe box for added grip
Deep sole ridges for traction in snow
- Weight1.25 lbs.
Looking for men’s tall rain boots that won’t break the bank? Tingley’s got you covered with its Economy Rain Boot. The only shoe on this list that costs less than $20, this tough boot is built for rugged wear in nasty conditions. The boot’s construction is injection-molded PVC with zero seams so that the only way water will get in is if you fall in a lake (which, while hilarious, is not likely).
A self-clearing cleated outsole provides consistent traction in slop and mud and is abrasion-resistant. The upper, made with 30% recycled materials, keeps its flexibility in cold temperatures to make walking easier. The removable cushion insole wicks away sweat to keep your feet dry and comfortable. It’s not the fanciest boot on this list, but if you can do without the bells and whistles, this pair will get the job done for a fraction of the price. Be sure also to browse our list of the top winter boots that will keep your feet dry and warm wherever you go.
Cleated outsole for better traction
Flexible and durable upper construction
30% recycled material upper
- Weight1.25 lbs.
If rain boots are a requirement for work, you’re likely going to want a sturdy pair of steel-toe boots. The Servus Comfort Technology 14in Rain Boot is your huckleberry. Built with agriculture workers in mind, these steel toe boots are built for long hours in the sloppiest conditions. The PVC polyblend injection-molded upper is not only completely waterproof, but it’s also resistant to chemicals, fertilizer, and animal waste.
That takes care of the sloppy conditions. But how’s it going to feel during an 8-plus-hour workday? Pretty damn good, it turns out. That’s thanks to the scalloped top line, which flexes with the foot, and the lightweight foot form contour cushion insole, which provides arch and heel support. The insole is also removable for easy cleaning and/or replacement.
Scalloped toe box
- Weight1 lb.
How We Tested & Why You Can Trust Us
To give you an in-depth look at each rain boot on this list, I researched the best products online, recalled the boots and boot features that I’ve used in the past, and called in a few pairs to test and evaluate any pieces that were new to me. I rounded out my first-person impressions with user reviews online to gather a comprehensive view.
I’m an avid outdoorsman and have covered footwear and outdoor apparel for over a decade.
Who This Is For
This article is intended for people who are looking to find the best rain boots for an array of situations. I found rain boots that would suit a variety of needs and priorities in a range of environments.
How We Picked
I tried to find rain boots that would be useful in all kinds of situations and for various priorities, environments, and budgets. I looked at water resistance, comfort, price, traction, and aesthetics.
You can choose a pair of rain boots on this list to use as daily shoes, winter hiking, and even industrial and agricultural settings.
I categorized them according to what priorities readers may be looking for in a good pair of rain boots.
Features To Look For In Rain Boots For Men
Weather Protection - First and foremost, rain boots need to be waterproof. As the name implies, a rain boot needs to keep your feet dry when it’s wet outside. Look for boots made with waterproof materials like treated leather or (more commonly) rubber with sealed seams to keep the water out.
Comfort - Even the most waterproof shoes are no good if they are too uncomfortable to wear. Look for rain boots with a supportive yet cushioned insole to keep your feet comfortable for long periods on your feet.
Weight - Generally, the lighter the boot, the less fatigue you’ll have walked around in it. However, the materials required to make an extremely waterproof rain boot tend to be heavier than you’ll find in most footwear.
You can find most solid rain boots in the 1- to 2-pound range.
Height - How tall a rain boot needs to usually depend on the type of environment you’ll be walking in.
For most in-town use, a boot that ends around the mid-shin or just above the ankle will do the trick.
If you are tromping through mud or backcountry, you’ll likely need a taller boot to prevent deeper water or mud from creeping in over the top.
Traction - Since water and especially ice tend to make surfaces slicker, you’re going to need a good amount of traction on your boots.
For concrete and other hard surfaces, look for a shoe with siping or especially sticky rubber in the outsole.
If you walk through wet dirt, mud, or snow, look for boots with deeper, more aggressive lugs.
Warmth - Many rain boots only consist of a waterproof outer shell with minimal lining. If you’re not planning to walk around in near-freezing temps, you should be good to go with a nice, thick pair of socks.
If you’re going to be in icy places, look for a pair of boots with a liner made of insulative material like neoprene.
We have a few boots on this list that are rated down to -20 and -40 degrees. A good pair of hunter rain boots will generally sport insulation in this range to keep the freeze at bay during cold weather hunts.
Material - When it comes to the best water boots, a waterproof exterior is key.
Rubber or PVC is extremely waterproof, so those are going to be safe bets. Look for a pair with either a one-piece rubber or PVC material or at least one with a rubber lower.
For places where deep puddles and heavy rain are the exceptions, not the rule, a seam-sealed leather boot can work as well.
Style - Unless you’re looking at a specific use (for instance, hunters may prefer camouflage rain boots for men), style is generally a matter of preference.
I’m not out in the backcountry as much, so I prefer a shoe that works well with casual wear, like Sperrys or Palladiums.
If you’re out in the wild, style should take second place to the boot’s waterproofness.
Sizing and Fit - Many boots will fit true to size but keep an eye out for user reviews for how they fit specific types of feet. Doing so is especially important if you have a particularly wide or narrow foot.
Some rain boots only come in full sizes, so you may need to go up a half size and pad the interior with thicker socks.
Cleaning - Just like any shoe, rain boots can get swampy and stinky in addition to muddy. You should be able to hose any grime off the boot’s exterior without any issue, but the interior may require a deodorizer if you want to store them in the house.
Removable insoles are a plus since they can be taken out and washed (or replaced if they become too noxious).
Rain Boots For Men FAQ
Q: Can you wear rain boots all day?
A: Yes, you can wear them as long as you like. Some boots are more comfortable for all-day use, but they are generally intended to be worn for long periods of time.
Q: Are you supposed to wear socks with rain boots?
A: Absolutely. Socks not only keep your feet warmer but also reduce the amount of friction on your feet, which keeps blisters to a minimum. They also minimize any toxic odors emanating from the boots after long periods of use.
Q: Should you buy rain boots a size bigger?
A: You should generally buy rain boots true to size unless you are a half size, in which you should go up to the next full size. For instance, if you wear a 10.5 shoe and they only offer full sizes, buy a size 11.
Q: What’s the difference between rain boots and galoshes?
A: Rain boots are designed to be worn on their own; a rain boot is a full shoe. Galoshes are coverings that you wear over your shoes to make them waterproof.
Q: Can I wear rain boots if it’s not raining?
A: Yes, you can wear rain boots if it’s not raining.
Q: Can you wear rain boots in the snow?
A: Since they’re waterproof, you can wear rain boots in the snow without getting wet. However, many rain boots don’t have the insulation required to keep your feet warm in sub-freezing temperatures.
If you’re going to wear rain boots in the snow, be sure to either wear thicker socks than usual or buy a pair of insulated rain boots.