Finding Your Rain Boot: Tips on Comfort, Style & Size

Yes! Rain boots can be comfortable, stylish AND fit to your best wearing advantage.

Everyone’s feet are different, and finding the right rain boot can be a challenge. Here are some quick tips and ideas to guide you in selecting the best rain boot for you:

1) Construction

Rain Boots are made of traditional rubber or newly introduced PVC material in the last several years. Rubber boots are made in pieces and glued together, heavier to wear, and have constricted air flow so your feet may sweat.

PVC is lighter weight, made in one piece, and is more breathable so your feet aren’t prone to sweat as with rubber. The advantage of PVC over rubber is there are no seams that can dry and crack, which will leak and negate the waterproof aspect of rain boots.

The lighter weight material promotes easier movement.

2) Size

The proper boot fit can make or break your boot wearing experience. As with other footwear, some rain boot brands run big and some run small.

If you can’t try on the specific brand of boots you are looking for in store, or you are buying online, it is best to find out from the manufacturer if their line of rain boots run large, small or true to size.

Most online retailers will post this on their site, and have a size fit chart to measure your feet and calves to find the optimal fit for you prior to ordering.

3) Socks: thick vs. thin?

a. The idea of a rain boot is to keep your feet dry and comfortable in the wettest and muddiest of weather. As stated above in #1, heavier material/rubber can make your feet sweat.

Some rain boots offer a thicker liner for colder weather, but then are moving into the category of winter weather wear, and would be better off investing in a winter boot made for colder temperatures.

b. In wearing your wet weather rain boots, both thick and thin socks work. It is a matter of choice as to what is more comfortable in the boot size you have on, and also if the socks allow your feet to breathe and move comfortably in the boots.

If a thicker sock makes the boots too snug, your feet will get overheated and tend to sweat, leading to possible skin issues and a general overall unpleasant boot wearing experience.

Conversely, If the socks are too thin and you are wearing boots that are not fitted correctly (i.e.- too large for your foot), your feet will move around too much in the boots which may lead to undesirable rubs and blistering.

4) Insoles vs. no insoles

Comfort over fashion is a wise mantra.

Wearing rain boots all day can be a miserable experience without support and good breathability & fit. Sweat, blisters and sore feet can turn even the most devout boot wearer off of rain boots.

A key component: great insoles. The best insoles should be shaped for support, cushioned for long term wear, and anti-bacterial for hygiene and odor.

5) Style - high cut vs. low cut

Rain boots are found in all shapes and colors. Traditional rain boots are higher up the calf to keep any splashing from getting on your legs.

Now with diverse calf sizes and uses, you can find shorter boots that come above the ankle to cover the feet but free the calves, and also clog type rain boot that can be used for gardening.

With all of the wonderful styles and colors of Rain Boots available, you should look forward to and enjoy the experience of a rainy day!