As far as our feet are concerned, there’s nothing we despise more than a pair of soggy shoes—especially if our favorite pair are at risk of ruin. If rain is in the forecast, it doesn’t hurt to keep waterproof shoes in the wings. That way, when the clouds roll in, you’re fully prepared to stomp around in dry, warm, and comfortable shoes.
Meet the Expert
Keeping your feet dry isn’t just about comfort, though, it’s also about health. “If the feet become wet, toenail fungus and athlete’s foot can easily develop,” says Dr. Bruce Pinker, a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon at Progressive Foot Care.
Yet a lot of waterproof shoes aren’t the most breathable or fashion-forward. There’s no point in buying a pair only for it to collect dust in your closet, so using expert advice, we found the best waterproof shoes in durable, comfortable materials and stylish designs.
Ahead, we share our top picks for the best waterproof shoes you’ll actually want to wear.
Best Overall: Blondo Salome Waterproof Bootie
The best overall category requires a pair of waterproof shoes with a ton of versatility. We landed on the Blondo Salome Waterproof Bootie because, in addition to fantastic water protection, the ankle boots are ideal for casual wear, as well as for the office, going out, and more. With a stacked heel and almond toe, the suede style has a touch of Western flair that is just so in right now. It comes in seven different shades, so you can stick with classic black or experiment with a bold color like olive green. The fit does run small, so consider sizing up if you are between sizes.
Price at time of publish: $150
Size Range: 5.5-11 | Material: Suede, leather | Colors: 7
Best for Running: Nike Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GORE-TEX
When running in the rain, you need a pair of sneakers that are durable, supportive, and keep your feet dry despite puddles. These Trail Running Shoes from Nike are made with expert-approved Gore-Tex material that is both waterproof and breathable for maximum comfort. And since the sneakers are designed for running on uneven surfaces, they have improved midfoot construction and traction to prevent you from slipping and sliding in the rain or slush.
Price at time of publish: $137
Size Range: 5-12 | Material: Gore-tex | Colors: Black, seafoam, black multi
Best Loafer: La Canadienne Douglas Waterproof Loafer
Don’t sacrifice your favorite pair of loafers to the weather. Instead, invest in a waterproof design that you can switch into when the sky opens up. These La Canadienne Douglas Waterproof Loafers are made from waterproof Italian leather that comes in three different shades. Apart from doing their part to ward off the water, these loafers are also incredibly comfy with memory foam soles and a breathable lining. Plus, the classic lug sole design and a chunky 1.5-inch platform sole are stylish too.
Price at time of publish: $425
Size Range: 6-10 | Material: Leather | Colors: Black, brown, bone
Best Boots: Stutterheim Chelsea Rainwalker
We love these rubber Chelsea boots from Stutterheim because they aren’t your typical rain boots. Handmade from all-natural rubber, these soft and flexible rain boots conform to your feet over time. The two-tone design goes with a variety of outfits, so you can get more wear out of them. Feel free to splash around in the puddles without getting your toes wet.
Price at time of publish: $123
Size Range: 36-45 | Material: Natural rubber | Colors: Mole/black
Best Clogs: Birkenstock Super-Birki Cork Footbed Clog
Whether you are out gardening or strolling to the bodega on a drizzly morning, the Super-Birki clogs from Birkenstock are the perfect slip-on waterproof shoes. Made from polyurethane with a removable cork-latex sole, they are non-slip, oil and grease-resistant, and easy to clean. On top of that, they come in a range of fun and trendy colors (our favorite is apple green!). Toss them on whenever you have to step out into the rain or during your favorite messy hobbies like cooking or pottery.
Price at time of publish: $80
Size Range: 4-12.5 | Material: Polyurethane | Colors: 8
Best Sandals: Blondo Marylee Wedge Sandal
Summer rainstorms are no biggie if you’re stomping around the city in these wedge sandals from Blondo. The sporty style is crafted from waterproof fabric and features a rubber sole to keep you safe and secure when a thunderstorm rolls into town. Although the heel is high, it’s chunky enough to feel comfortable no matter how many steps you get in. Besides being waterproof and supportive, these sandals have adjustable hook and loop straps, so you can ensure they fit well.
Price at time of publish: $70
Size Range: 5.5-12 | Material: Waterproof fabric | Colors: Black, pink, coral, beige
Best for Hiking: Hoka Anacapa Low GTX Hiking Shoes
HOKA creates some of the best sneakers out there, and they upped the ante even more with these Gore-tex hiking shoes. The waterproof design features the same comfort and stability as the HOKA Bondi 7 but boasts a bit more traction on the soles to help you navigate different terrains. These hiking shoes also earn extra points for sustainability thanks to recycled leather and polyester materials, plus a pull tab and liner made from 50 percent soybean oil wrap.
Price at time of publish: $170
Size Range: 5-11 | Material: Leather, polyester, Gore-Tex | Colors: Tiger’s eye, black, cherry mahogany, grape
Best for Walking: New Balance Fresh Foam LinksSL V2 Waterproof Golf Shoe
If you love a rainy walk, you want a pair of sneakers that are comfortable, supportive, and keep your soles dry. Designed with golfing in mind, this style from New Balance features excellent traction that helps prevent any slips while walking on pavement or grassy courses. Even if you aren’t a golfer, you’ll appreciate the cloud-like feel of the Fresh Foam midsole. The waterproof leather comes in stylish shades and with a two-year waterproof warranty.
Price at time of publish: $67
Size Range: 6-10 | Material: Textile, rubber | Colors: White/rose gold, gray/rose gold, black/white
Best High-Top Sneaker: GEOX Meleda Women’s High Top Sneaker
You don’t need to sacrifice style for function with these high-top sneakers from GEOX. Made from a waterproofed leather material with a perforated rubber sole, these lace-up sneakers are a great everyday shoe for rainy seasons. While waterproof typically means less breathability, these sneakers use a waterproof membrane that helps keep feet dry while also providing sufficient breathability.
Price at time of publish: $160
Size Range: 5-10.5 | Material: Leather | Colors: Cream/black
Best Low-Top: Sorel Out N About Plus Street Waterproof Sneaker
Sorel is one of our go-to brands for waterproof styles. In addition to rain boots, the brand also has a variety of waterproof fashion shoes, including these cool low-top sneakers. They are designed to protect against rain with a waterproof upper and plenty of foot traction despite the sleek sole appearance. In addition to their functionality, we love their sporty feel with the chubby toggle closure on the shoelaces and puffed tongue.
Price at time of publish: $110
Size Range: 6-10.5 | Material: Leather | Colors: White
Best Eco-Friendly: Merrell Hydro Moc Women's Water Shoe
For a more sustainable approach to waterproof shoes, consider the Merrell Women’s Hydro Moc. These clog-inspired shoes are designed with EVA material, making them waterproof, lightweight, and extra comfy. They’re a great waterproof shoe for summer, especially when enjoying activities such as swimming at the lake and camping. When you purchase a pair of shoes from Merrell, you support the company’s efforts toward more sustainable fashion. By 2025, they plan to make everything from recycled, organic, or renewable materials.
Price at time of publish: $55
Size Range: 5-11 | Material: EVA | Colors: 9
Best Flats: Vivaia Pointed-Toe Water Repellent Ballet Flats
Ballet flats may not typically be your first choice when dressing for drizzly weather, but these elegant flats repel water, so you can wear them on your commute and in the office. They’re antimicrobial and breathable, keeping your feet healthy even after getting caught in the rain. In case they do get dingy, just toss them in the washer. The pointed-toe style also features a heel patch for comfort and is made with a natural artemisia argy herbal insole and carbon-free rubber outsole, giving it a sustainable edge. With more than 20 colors and patterns to choose from, you might as well stock up on a few.
Price at time of publish: $97
Size Range: 5-11 | Material: Recycled fiber yarn | Colors: 20+
Best Mules: Fear of God The California Mule
For a waterproof shoe you can easily slip in and out of, we recommend The California Mule from Fear of God. Available in neutral shades and designed with XL EXTRALIGHT® technology, these lightweight mules boast a ton of flexibility and comfort. Since the material is 100 percent waterproof, it doesn’t have a ton of breathability. With that in mind, the brand added a side vent for better airflow when wearing.
Price at time of publish: $195
Size Range: 35-48 | Material: Foam | Colors: Cream, cement, oat
Best Pumps: GEOX Bigliana Pointy Toe Pump
Whether you’re attending an event on a rainy day or need a pair of work shoes you can commute in despite the weather, waterproof pumps are the way to go. These pointy-toe pumps from Geox feature a timeless design that pairs well with anything, from a pantsuit to a pair of jeans and a blouse. With their 2.6-inch block heel, they are easy to walk in and keep your feet dry in the rain and slush. The bottom of the sole also has a little bit of texture, providing enough traction to keep you safe as you navigate the weather.
Price at time of publish: $160
Size Range: 5-10.5 | Material: Nappa Leather | Colors: Black
Best for Snow: UGG Adirondack III Boot
For blizzardy winter days, a pair of waterproof snow boots are your saving grace. UGG Women’s Adirondack Boots—which come highly recommended by Byrdie editors—are made from 100 percent waterproof leather with warm wool lining and a minus 32-degree weather rating. The soles are also made of durable rubber with tons of traction, so you can navigate snowy streets in any condition. They’ll keep your feet warm and dry without feeling too clunky.
Price at time of publish: $250
Size Range: 5-12 | Material: Leather | Colors: Black, chestnut, stout, charcoal
What to Look for in Waterproof Shoes
“Waterproof shoes should be well-constructed with a proper heel counter, cushioning for support and shock absorption, adequate arch support, and ample room in the toe box to prevent cramping,” says Pinker. The size should also fit well. Pinker recommends a shoe that fits snugly without feeling too tight and has ⅜ of an inch of space between your big toe and the end of the shoe.
To ensure the shoe can prevent water from soaking through to the foot, you have to look for the right materials.
“One of the best types of waterproof footwear material is Gore-Tex—it is a sturdy and breathable construct that keeps water out,” says Pinker. “While there is a method for waterproofing footwear with the application of a silicone liquid, Gore-Tex is far superior and much longer lasting.”
Several of the styles on this list are made from Gore-Tex, from Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GORE-TEX to HOKA Anacapa Low Gore-TexÂ® Waterproof Hiking Shoe.
Besides keeping your feet dry, a good pair of waterproof shoes should stop you from slipping or sliding on wet surfaces. Look for styles that have soles with added traction, like Sorel Out N About Plus Street Waterproof Sneaker, which has a patterned tread to grip slick sidewalks.
Are leather shoes waterproof?
Not all leather shoes are waterproof, but it is totally possible to create waterproof leather shoes. “It starts with the leather tanning process, where specific steps are taken to make the leather waterproof,” says Jack Guze, President of Wet Knot Waterproof Boots. “After this process, a ‘membrane’ can be put inside the shoe to ensure water does not get in,” he adds. Goex Bigliana Pointy Toe Pump is an example of a leather style with a breathable, waterproof membrane.
Some shoe companies might take other steps to ensure their designs are waterproof. This includes taping the seams and using special glue to seal everything together. Before buying a leather style, double-check to see if the brand specifies if it’s made to be waterproof.
Are waterproof shoes breathable?
As far as breathability is concerned, Guze says there’s a bit of a trade-off. “The more water-resistant, the less breathable,” he explains. With that in mind, Guze recommends determining how you want the shoes to perform, then deciding which ones to get. If you don’t plan on jumping into puddles, go with a pair that is water-resistant rather than waterproof, like Vivaia Pointed-Toe Water Repellent Ballet Flats, as the water-resistant pair will breathe a little easier.
Are hiking shoes waterproof?
When it comes to waterproof hiking shoes, Pinker says it depends on the material. “Some hiking shoes can be coated with silicone to become waterproof,” he explains. He recommends looking for shoes made with Gore-Tex, like HOKA Anacapa Low Gore-TexÂ® Waterproof Hiking Shoe, as it lets your feet breathe while keeping them dry.
Why Trust Byrdie
Contributing writer Jessie Quinn has a bachelor's degree in fashion journalism and has extensive experience working in the fashion closet to interviewing designers at NYLON Magazine. When researching the best waterproof shoes, she considered dozens of styles and narrowed down her list based on function, comfort, and durability. Style is also important, so she gave extra points to the options that boast as much style as they do function. For further knowledge about the importance of waterproof shoes, she interviewed Dr. Bruce Pinker, a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon at Progressive Foot Care. She also spoke to Jack Guze, President of Wet Knot Waterproof Boots, about what to look for in waterproof shoes.