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Puddle protection: The 14 best rain boots to buy no matter the season

By Josefin Forsberg

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Wet-weather protection is a seasonless concern. Here, Vogue Scandinavia lists the best puddle-proof rain boots to buy now

The revival of the rubber shoe has been a slow burn. The long-time fashion faux pas first settled into our collective consciousness when Phoebe Philo revealed her hazmat like versions – with a heavy sole and a wide shaft – styled with loose suit trousers or a leather dress for Celine's pre-fall 2018 look book. The rubber boots later cemented its sartorial status when Bottega Veneta's puddle boots peached atop the accessory throne in 2021.

With an inclination towards workwear and functional fashion, in the Nordics, the rain boot has always been a certified closet staple. From Tretorn to Rains, we have the wet-weather wardrobe under wrap, with Ganni's rubber boots reaching It-status on the international fashion scene. Perfectly paired with everything from midi dresses to kick-flare denim, their utilitarian versatility and comfort is an unmatched uniform for the local style set.

In simple terms: rain boots are a must-have no matter the season.

What to consider when buy a new pair of rain boots?

While most wet-weather wear is a necessity no matter the season, some considerations should be made when purchasing a new pair. Are the boots lined, or do they fit a pair of thick socks to protect against the cold? Are they intended for your morning walk to work, only meant to traverse sleet covered streets, or do you intend to use them for country-side hikes? Are sustainable materials a make-or-break factor when finding your next perfect pair?

All of these questions and more have been considered when curating the list below. Here, find the best rain boots and rubber wellies to buy now:

1

Viking x Holzweiler

Sognsvann High - Light Yellow

Via vikingfootwear.com

These rye-coloured boots by Holzweiler in collaboration with Viking Footwear has come out victorious in the race for the regions fashion crowd favourite. Our very own print editor Allyson Shiffmane swears by her pair, quoted as to saying she "could not have gotten through this winter without them."

2

Ganni

Chunky recycled-rubber knee-high boots

Via matchesfashion.com

Already mentioned in this article, Ganni's recycled rubber boots is an excellent choice when looking for a new pair of puddle-proof shoes. Styled with the brand's signature frills and floral prints, they have the means to make almost any outfit fit into the 'Copencore' aesthetic.

3

Stella McCartney

Vegetarian Leather Chelsea Boots

Via net-a-porter.com

Stella McCartney know sustainable style. Made form a vegetarian leather, these Chelsea boots with a contrasting statement sole check all of our boxes for fashionable wet-weather gear. No need to switch your shoes when you come to the office –as most Scandinavian women do this time of year – when donning these rain boots.

4

Cos

Chunky Rubber Boots

Via cosstores.com

Cos' curated styles are certifiably chic. These rain boots are more reminiscent of timeless leather Chelsea boots than wet-weather gear, with a thick sole and straight shaft. Style with an oversized white shirt and tuck into knit leggings for a lounge-wear adjacent office look.

5

Bottega Veneta

The Puddle Ankle Boot

Via matchesfashion.com

Another shoe already brought up in this article, Bottega Veneta's puddle boots need no introduction. In the brand's classic 'Bottega Green', these boots are an It-shoe addition to any wardrobe.

6

JW Anderson

Chain rubber boots

Via matchesfashion.com

Loewe's chain embellished rubber boots, first introduced in the autumn/winter 2021 collection, is on its way to become as instantly recognisable as the Bottega puddle boot. Here in a crisp white colour way, they were practically made for the maximalist

7

Moncler

Ginette Rain Boots

Via mytheresa.com

Moncler was made for the mountaineer, but this sturdy soled sleek style works just as well for city slickers. In a monochromatic black with an embossed label on the side they were made for the minimalist.

8

Porte & Paire

Leather Knee Boots

Via net-a-porter.com

For those who yearn for lighter, longer days, a pair of black rain boots are not the way to go. Instead, consider these beige versions made for tonal dressing worn with taupe trousers and brown leather.

9

See by Chloé

PVC Rain Boot

Via farfetch.com

The strong silhouette and lugged sole lend an edgy attitude to these ankle boots offset by playful two-tone laces. A See by Chloé staple, they are currently cemented on the wish-list of our digital editor Eliza Sörman Nilsson.

10

Jimmy Choo

Yael Flat Rain Boots

Via farfetch.com

Jimmy Choo joins the ranks of brands elevating the rain boot. With buckle details, they are inspired by the brand's iconic Youth biker boots. Crafted from biodegradable rubber, the organic material is non-toxic, water-resistant and versatile.

11

Giaborghini x Pernille Teisbaek

Tubular boots

Via farfetch.com

One of our favourite Stylish Danes, Pernille Teisbaek is the co-signer of these winter white rain boots from Giaborghini. But if white is not your thing, Giaborghini is know for its myriad of colours – from bright green to poppy pink.

12

Tory Burch

Rain Ankle Welly

Via farfetch.com

Tory Burch provides muted, timeless taste with their iteration of an ankle length welly. Colour blocked in cream, beige and black, they work with a vast array of colour combinations.

13

Hunter

Refined stitch Hunter boots

Via stories.com

We couldn't curate a list of rain boots without including a pair of Hunters. Here, a more elevated take on the classic in black with contrasting white stitching, they are a trust friend for rainy days year after year.

14

Hai

Blue-Grey Rain Boot

Via haicolours.com

While these boots are only available in Finland (for now) their cult like status in the country means they've earned a spot on our list of the best rain boots. Our favourites come in this dusty blue shade, perfect to pair with a classic pair of blue jeans.

Can you wear rain boots all day?

While they were originally intended for times when puddles are present, a pair of stylish rain boots can be worn all day, every day. Thoroughly embraced by the style set – and especially our local fashion savants – they have cemented their spot in our weekly closet rotation.

How do I style rain boots?

When styling a pair of rain boots, think outside of the box. Pair your rubber Chelsea boots with a slouchy suit, or why not show off your legs once summer arrives by wearing them with shorts or the on-trend mini skirt?


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