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Looking to keep out the chill and rain? Check out these top duck boots women love to wear for the colder season!
Waterproof Womens Duck Boots
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You’ve heard of them, but exactly what are duck boots? Traditionally, they combine a durable rubber sole with a laceable, leather upper to create a supportive, completely waterproof shoe.
The duck boot is a robust shoe for female travelers when visiting rainy, chillier climates where you’ll spend an extensive amount of time outdoors. Otherwise, you may want to stick to regular shoes. Waterproof leather boots can keep feet warm and dry and are versatile when facing a rainy destination.
Regardless, the key to packing when it’s colder is to always wear your heaviest shoes on the plane and pack the more lightweight ones in your carry on.
Here are a few tips on how to tackle rain or more inclement weather:
- Best Packable Rain Jackets for Women
- Best Women’s Parkas
- Top Waterproof Leather Boots
- Most Reader-Recommended Rain Jackets
- Best Travel Umbrellas to Stay Dray
Luckily, the modern take on water proof duck boots is that many are quite lightweight on the feet, while still keeping those tootsies dry and warm. Check out these top picks that’ll have you set for this cooler time of year and even into a wet spring!
Best Women’s Duck Boots
UGG Habsburg Duck Boots Womens
A highly popular brand with TFG readers, these UGG insulated duck boots have a wool-blend lining to keep you warm. While they look like they could be heavy, many reviewers note that they are lightweight, have a generous toe-box, and are comfortable enough to walk in all day.
One user enjoyed these during a day in cold weather. “Love these shoes!! Wore them in three inches of snow, and they kept my feet toasty warm!”
While these could easily end up being your favorite winter travel boot, note that they will take some breaking in. Best to pick these up a few weeks before your trip so you can take them for a few test drives before you’re locked in. These also come in half sizes!
Sperry Women’s Saltwater Duck Rain Boots
If you’re looking for something specific to wear in the rain, duck boots like these highly popular Sperry shoes might be the best choice! They have a micro-fleece lining to keep your toes warm, and the molded rubber design makes them totally waterproof.
The best feature of these is the sole. They’re designed to keep their super-sticky grip on wet surfaces, so you’ll be extra sure on your feet. One husband raves about them on behalf of his spouse. “My wife loves these rain boots. They hold up great in the fall and winter as well. She can wear comfy wool socks and be fine if it’s freezing outside, and they’re not too warm in the spring or fall rain.”
And they come in a ton of different color combinations, so you should have no trouble finding a pair to match your favorite rain jacket!
Treat boots with a waterproof spray to prolong their benefits!
Shop: Amazon | Sorel | Nordstrom
Sorel Women’s Out ‘N About III Waterproof Duck Boots
These Sorel duck boots fashion choice not only look cute, but they stand up to the elements too. They have a slight heel to help prevent your feet from feeling fatigued and tons of support in the insole to keep you walking all day. We love the funky edge to them—super stylish!
On user is very happy with their choice, “This boot ticks all the boxes. Comfortable, waterproof, practical, warm, but also looks good! My feet look smaller in these than in big, ugly rain boots. I also love the fact you can lace them loosely (but they’re still secure) and slip in and out of them without unlacing.”
While these don’t have the substantial lining of some other brands, they could still be for transitioning between seasons. In the winter, you can pair them with thick wool socks to wear in the snow and switch to no-show socks in the spring when it’s warmer, but you still need them for the rain. As long as you bring a variety of socks, these can easily transition you from Chicago to New Orleans.
Looking for some extra support? Check out our readers tried and tested recommendations for the best insoles for a day spent on your feet!
London Fog Womens Winley Ankle Duck Boots
Made of nylon and durable rubber, these London Fog vegan duck boots, much like their classic rain jackets, will keep the elements at bay. They have the perfect, minimal look if you prefer a classic, sleek duck boot.
If you struggle to find boots for rain and slush with enough support, these would be a great choice. “These are perfect,” one reviewer says, “I tried on lots of boots and didn’t find anything with as much padding in the footbed as these!”
One of the most famous American outdoors brands for nearly 100 years, they are known for their excellent waterproof gear, and readers turn to them time and again!
Undecided about whether to wear your boots on a flight or not, some boots are even small enough to fit into a packing cube instead of a shoe bag!
Skechers Lil Puddles Women Duck Boots
While not as technical as other versions, these inexpensive pair of Skechers are comfortable and get the job done. While more fashion duck boots, they’re still made to keep your toes relatively warm and your feet dry in somewhat inclement weather. And overall, this company is a huge traveler fave with TFG readers (check out our post on the best Skechers shoes!).
They come with a fabric upper that’s been pre-treated with ScotchGard—something even some of the expensive brands don’t have. Reviewers are largely in lockstep that though they’re unlined, the amount you’ll save over other brands is worth the investment in some thick socks.
One review says, “Love these. Comfortable and stylish. Kept my feet warm and dry in Alaska.” Many reviews also mention that you may want to size up, especially if you have wider feet.
Joules Wellibob Womens Slip On Duck Boots
A sort of Chelsea duck boot hybrid, these Joules pull-on boots feature a wrap-around rubber construction that’s waterproof without being too heavy. Virtually indestructible, you can crush these into your suitcase and have them pop out looking just fine.
A user shares their satisfaction with getting a pair and says, “Lovely design, comfy and extremely practical. Easy to slip on and off. Look good whether wearing when the weather wet or dry.” And These fun duck rubber boots come in a ton of playful colors and prints and are quite reasonably priced!
Note that Joules are known for running a bit large but perfect for those with wide feet. If you normally buy a half size, the next size down would definitely work better than the next size up. Stepping down a full size could work, too, especially if you plan on wearing them with no-show socks in the spring rain.
Check out our collection of the best waterproof boots for winter. They’ll help you keep your feet warm and dry!
Best Women’s Tall Duck Boots
Shop: Amazon | The North Face
The North Face Shellista IV Ladies Duck Boots
If you can’t decide between heights, you can split the difference and go for the mid-height of the North Face Shellista boots. And with complete waterproof protection, sturdy rubber sole, and a ripstop shaft, you’ll be set against the elements too!
One person shares their cold-weather experience, “Love these boots! They are both functional and fashionable. I’ve walked 30+ snowy miles in them, and they still look and feel great. I recently went to a winter carnival on a frozen lake with only a thin sock, and my feet were warm all day. Definitely worth it!”
In terms of how to wear them, they’ll lace up right over your favorite lined winter leggings and paired with your winter skirts.
Shop: Amazon | Columbia | Zappos
Columbia Minx Mid III Santa Fe Women’s Winter Duck Boots
If you’re headed somewhere seriously chilly, these Columbia tall duck boots with fur are fur-lined and have a ton of traction in the sole, a completely waterproof construction, and a tall height that hits right at mid-calf.
A review says, “These boots are PERFECT!! Lightweight, super cute, and comfy, plus they keep my feet warm! I definitely recommend these boots!” Columbia, as a brand, is a big TFG reader favorite, too, for all their travel-friendly products.
This is an excellent option if you have narrow feet. This duck snow boot is snug enough that it won’t allow your foot to slip around inside and come with hefty laces so you can customize the fit. If you have a wider foot, especially in the toe box, this may not be the right style for you.
If you’re searching for wider knee high boots to accommodate a specific leg circumference, these boots are for you!
Sorel Slimpack™ Womens Tall Duck Boots for Snow
To wear duck boots in the snow, you have to make sure that you choose a pair that has plenty of traction and is fully insulated. The Sorel Slimpack boots have you fully covered in both of those departments and also have a padded footbed and a microfleece lining to ensure they’re toasty warm and very walkable.
Like most of Sorel’s most popular boots, these are completely waterproof, so no need to worry when the snow turns slushy. They have sealed seams on both the leather upper and the molded rubber sole and come with a gusseted tongue and a drawstring top to prevent any water from seeping in. One review describes them as “So insulated and very warm.”
Sperry Saltwater Women’s Winter Duck Boots With Zipper
Part duck boot, part riding boot, these Sperry quilted duck boots forgo the laces and replace them with a zipper instead, making them much easier to take on and off. Though it may seem like a small detail, this is a huge bonus if you’re traveling somewhere with frigid winters but may have to frequently remove your shoes when entering a hotel or someone’s home (for example, South Korea or Japan.)
Because this is a tall boot, you’ll have to take into consideration how they fit around your calf as well as your shoe size. Some reviews say these may suit those with narrow calves best. However, one reviewer expresses their adoration, “Love these boots!! They fit really well and keep my feet warm. I do not love the snow, but these boots make it better.”
Duck Boot Style Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Best Women’s Duck Boots|
|UGG Habsburg Duck Boots Womens||“Love these shoes!! Wore them in three inches of snow, and they kept my feet toasty warm!”||Check Price|
|Sperry Women's Saltwater Duck Rain Boots||If you’re looking for something specific to wear in the rain, duck boots like these highly popular Sperry shoes might be the best choice! They have a micro-fleece lining to keep your toes warm, and the molded rubber design makes them totally waterproof.||Check Price|
|Sorel Women's Out 'N About III Waterproof Duck Boots||“This boot ticks all the boxes. Comfortable, waterproof, practical, warm, but also looks good! My feet look smaller in these than in big, ugly rain boots. I also love the fact you can lace them loosely (but they’re still secure) and slip in and out of them without unlacing.”||Check Price|
|London Fog Womens Winley Ankle Duck Boots||“These are perfect,” one reviewer says, “I tried on lots of boots and didn't find anything with as much padding in the footbed as these!”||Check Price|
|Skechers Lil Puddles Women Duck Boots||One review says, “Love these. Comfortable and stylish. Kept my feet warm and dry in Alaska.”||Check Price|
|Joules Wellibob Womens Slip On Duck Boots||“Lovely design, comfy and extremely practical. Easy to slip on and off. Look good whether wearing when the weather wet or dry.”||Check Price|
|Best Women’s Tall Duck Boots|
|The North Face Shellista II Ladies Duck Boots||“Love these boots! They are both functional and fashionable. I've walked 30+ snowy miles in them, and they still look and feel great. I recently went to a winter carnival on a frozen lake with only a thin sock, and my feet were warm all day. Definitely worth it!”||Check Price|
|Columbia Minx Mid III Santa Fe Women’s Winter Duck Boots||“These boots are PERFECT!! Lightweight, super cute, and comfy, plus they keep my feet warm! I definitely recommend these boots!”||Check Price|
|Sorel Slimpack™ Womens Tall Duck Boots for Snow||One review describes them as “So insulated and very warm.”||Check Price|
|Sperry Saltwater Women's Winter Duck Boots With Zipper||“Love these boots!! They fit really well and keep my feet warm. I do not love the snow, but these boots make it better.”||Check Price|
How to Wear Duck Boots
Now that you’ve seen the varieties available, you may still be wondering exactly how to put together a duck boots outfit. The lovely versatility about these shoes is they can transition from fall, winter, and into spring, so the number of outfit combinations is fairly open. While your personal taste should lead your choices, here are a few ideas to help you style them:
For coats, you could try these:
- Waterproof trench coats
- Packable rain jackets
- Body warming vests
- Best down jackets and parkas
- Best winter parkas, with non-down options
For tops, you could try these:
- Best merino wool sweaters
- Cute winter dresses
- Top merino wool dresses
- Perfect cardigans for layering
- Packable travel shirts
For bottoms, you could try these:
- Cozy fleece-lined leggings
- Most comfortable flying pants
- Reader-recommended leggings
- Comfy Ponte pants
- Sleek faux leather leggings
- White or blue jeans
And don’t forget to layer your duck boots outfits with thermal leggings and tops to stay even drier and warm; see this list of the best thermal underwear! Also, you want to make sure you wear the warmest socks as well when it gets colder!
Compass Rose Carry On Packing Cubes
How to Pack Winter Duck Boots Womens Styles
Cute womens duck boots can travel well; however, they still need to be adequately packed, especially if you’re trying to pack light and avoid a shoe poking through a bag. To make it easier, start by choosing a container such as a shoe bag or a packing cube, then pack according to your type of luggage. Learn more about packing cubes in the video below.
Watch this video to start learning how to organize with packing cubes!
Whether you have a front loading or top loading backpack, it’s crucial to put your shoes first, at the bottom. If you’re planning to pack shoes in a rolling carry-on, remember that it stands sideways, so it’s important to note how it functions when it is upright. Most often, your shoes will need to be packed close to the wheels so that the luggage maintains its balance in transit.
To store, use washable shoe bags or reusable plastic shower caps to keep your belongings separate from your shoes. Another option is to wear your heaviest shoes on the flight, especially if you’re planning to wear long boots.
We put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This is the secret to traveling carry-on only!
What is your favorite duck boots brand? Share your pick with us in the comments!
For more fall or winter boots, please read:
- Best Ankle Boots for Fall and Spring
- 10 Chelsea Boots Women Love for Comfort and Style
- Beat the Winter Frost with the Best Women’s Waterproof Boots
- Most Comfortable Knee High Boots for Women That Look Stylish
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