Best Boots Overall
Bogs North Hampton - Women's
Quick to put on
Great shaft mobility
Not the most weather protection
From the first time we wore the Bogs North Hampton
, we knew it would be a contender for our Editors' Choice Award. This rain boot is incredibly comfortable thanks to its cushy footbed, supportive insole, and wide (but not sloppy) fit. It offers full waterproof protection from puddles, rain, and even snow, and it looks good doing it. We liked the combination of the patterned neoprene upper, which provides excellent mobility, and the glossy rubber toe box. Although this boot didn't earn top marks in traction, we like that it offers a bit of warmth — enough to keep your feet warm when the temps start to dip below freezing, but not so much warmth that you're too uncomfortable to wear this boot during a 60F rainstorm. Again and again, this boot was our lead tester's top choice for quick trips to walk the dog and head to the laundry room. It's easy to slip on and off, yet comfortable enough to wear all day long. Plus, at just $100, it's a great deal!
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Best Bang for the Buck
Basic yet sufficient
Lacks the comfort found in other models
Not for cold weather
Our Best Buy award winner was a favorite among our testers. The cute, glossy Kamik Heidi
rings up about $30 less than the next most expensive product. Although the Sloggers Rain and Garden Boot was less expensive, ultimately, the Heidi won our hearts for its mix of performance, style, and low cost. This mid-height model rises 12 inches from the ground to the top of the shaft. Made of synthetic rubber, it provides a good amount of weather protection but doesn't impede mobility as much as taller models. Overall, we love the Kamik Heidi and think that it's a great affordable option.
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Top Pick for Mild Weather
Helly Hansen Veierland 2
No insulation for summer months
Reliable rain protection
If you live in a warmer climate and won't encounter rainstorms on chilly days, then the Helly Hansen Veierland 2
is an excellent choice. This thin rubber rain boot won't leave you overheating on warmer days, but still provides plenty of weather protection thanks to its 15.5-inch shaft. Although this boot doesn't have a very supportive footbed, we liked its gusset and decorative buckle, as well as its molded detailing and narrow profile. We were also very pleasantly surprised at this boot's great traction during our tests. The Veierland rings up at $80, and we think it's a good deal if you're searching for rainy day footwear for milder climates.
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