We’ve seen cargo pants, combat boots, utility vests and all sorts of practical clothing hit the runway in the past year. Yet there is a silver lining to fashion’s focus on the functional: luxury brands are finally offering stylish, waterproof boots.
Louis Vuitton is one example; its Rain capsule boasts styles that hardly look like typical wet weather footwear (read: unsightly). The likes of Burberry and Bottega Veneta have also put their spin on the classic rain boots, with the latter making use of sustainable materials as well.
By far, our favourite thing about these sleek, slip-resistant shoes is that they will work well in any weather, rain or shine. Our second favourite thing? That there are so many to choose from. Below, we’ve rounded up 6 of the best waterproof boots that you can get to brave the weather in.
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With its ‘Betty’ boots, Chloé assures you that you won’t have to sacrifice style just to dress for wet weather. The pair looks just like your regular high ankle boots (check out the sleek contours, the statement block heel and the very on-trend square toe), except it’s made of PVC instead of leather. Their lugged soles also do double duty: they provide added grip, while giving a dose of edginess to the shoes.
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Dr. Martens’ boots are known for being pretty reliable, regardless of whatever situation you find yourself in. Besides being waterproof, their signature air-cushioned rubber soles are also resistant to oil and fat, which gives them great slip resistance. This particular pair takes the English brand’s classic 1460 silhouette and makes it perfect for rainy days with uppers crafted from patent leather.
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Jil Sander’s wet-weather footwear are made with Vibram soles, AKA the world’s first rubber lug soles. They’re waterproof, slip-resistant and extremely durable, making the shoes very much in line with Jil Sander’s utilitarian ethos. As for the look itself, the shoes recall the brand’s signature minimal sneakers, so they’ll work well as casual, everyday shoes, come rain or shine.
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Having graced everything from trench coats to handbags, it’s only natural that Burberry’s vintage check makes an appearance on the British brand’s take on rain boots too. These chunky shoes are completely waterproof (they’re made of neoprene and rubber), and will look great with a pair of jeans tucked into them.
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The “Puddle” shoes are Bottega Veneta’s high fashion answer to the classic Wellington boots. Creative director Daniel Lee has a knack for making distinctive (not to mention Insta-worthy) shoes, and this pair sticks out with their bulky rounded toes. Yet, being made out of biodegradable (read: sustainable) polymer, they’re also lightweight and easy to pull on.
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For its Rain collection, Louis Vuitton reintroduced its iconic Archlight sneakers in a practical, waterproof version, made entirely of mat rubber. Unlike other shoes, this khaki green pair gives your look a streetwear-influenced edge while keeping your feet dry.
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