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Gray skies, rain, sleet, and snow. Many of the world’s travel destinations may be in the middle of winter weather, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite cities. See our picks for the best waterproof boots for women!
Best Waterproof Boots for Travel
Written By: Niki Landry
Packing the right gear is an important first step in battling the cold, starting with your feet. And there’s nothing worse than wet or cold feet, no matter how bundled up you are.
Let’s take a look at our list of the best waterproof boots for women traveling this winter. They’ll help you keep your feet warm and dry!
Editor’s note: these are the Merrell snow boots I bought on sale at Nordstrom Rack then bought to England but haven’t worn because it hasn’t snowed much since I’ve lived here. They’re really good quality! I’ll be using them for a cold winter trip to New York.
Best Leather Waterproof Boots
Great for walking around cities known for their wet weather, these Simmens leather waterproof boots for women will complement most outfits. Pair with tights, leggings, skirts, or skinny jeans to give an edge to your outfit.
They have the waterproof boots element without looking super practical or having the rubber boot look. Solid black boots are always an easy, go-to pair of shoes for travel in winter, autumn, and even spring in cooler climates. Buy it here!
Kesey Boot is another style from UGG that would be perfect for any city in winter. They have good traction and can stand the test against varied weather conditions. Plus they look good, too! Buy it here!
For a taller shaft than the UGG Simmens boots, the Merrell Captiva is a great alternative. This coveted, casual yet oh-so-comfortable boot delivers a perfect balance of refined and rugged to match your outdoor lifestyle.
Rich leather with a leg-hugging waterproof upper dresses up with your favorite skirt while keeping your feet dry, and the women’s specific sole cushions and flexes to match your passion for exploring on foot. Buy it here!
Find out what our readers chose as the best women’s waterproof leather boots!
Blondo Villa Waterproof Ankle Bootie Editor’s Top Pick
Best Ankle Waterproof Boots
For the perfect balance of fashion and functionality, opt for ankle waterproof boots. Double duty items are thoroughly loved here at TFG, and Blondo will easily help you take on the elements in style. Working as a regular ankle boot in the sun and a functional rain boot for when a downpour starts, these picks are perfect for the traveling fashionista.
The “Villa” is a classic and streamlined bootie that will add a sleek finishing touch to your look, while “Liam” has a more modest stacked height and a stylish zip closure. Saving luggage space and staying fashionable – what’s not to love? Buy it here!
See my full review here!
If you prefer more of a utilitarian style without a heel, you’ll love the W Delavina. These booties from Teva are a must-have combination of fashion and function!
With a buckle strap detail and smooth leather, these waterproof ankle boots are the perfect addition to your casual fall wardrobe. With a lightweight feel and high quality, waterproof leather, these are great for the active and stylish traveler! Buy it here!
Our readers also love their low leather boot that has an adjustable ankle strap and a sleek exterior. At a stylish mid-calf height, the Delavina low boot would be perfect tucked into skinny jeans and could easily work in urban settings. They’re super comfortable and great for all-day wear.
We love ankle boots for travel. These are our top picks!
Best Waterproof Snow Boots
When you need a boot that’s durable and can withstand cold temperatures, reach for the Minx Mid II by Columbia.
Waterproof, woven synthetic textile with jacket-like baffling and faux-fur at collar and tongue make a fashion statement while 200g’s of insulation, heat-trapping reflective lining, and advanced traction outsole take care of business. These are perfect for winter destinations! Buy it here!
Another popular Columbia snow boots is the Slip II. This pair is a modern take on the winter staple of waterproof boots. Their sleek style is minimalistic while still retaining all of the practical aspects of snow boots. The faux fur lining adds style, comfort, and added insulation.
These types of shoes are definitely the best waterproof boots for a ski trip or other snow adventures. Buy it here!
Our readers always are recommending boots from Sorel as being perfect for traveling in the colder months. The leather and suede design of the Sorel Tivoli boots with the soft microfleece lining will keep your feet cozy and warm, no matter how chilly it gets.
Our readers particularly like these cold-weather boots for traveling to more extreme winter destinations, such as Iceland. One reader says she spent two weeks in Iceland when it was hit by the biggest snow storm in 40 years, and her Tivoli boots kept her toasty and dry.
Here are five more women’s waterproof boots to choose from!
Best Waterproof Duck Boots
Half rubber boot, half duck canvas, with a warm and cozy interior are the traditional requirements for the practical duck boot.
One of the reasons why duck boots may be the best waterproof boots for your trip is that they’re smaller and therefore more packable than tall boots. We’ll let you be the judge.
For a classic duck boot, you can’t go wrong with the Sperry Top-Sider Saltwater boot. It’s arguably the most popular duck boot for daily wear in rainy seasons and during travel.
With rawhide lacing for a secure fit and Wave-Siping for ultimate wet/dry traction, this versatile boot is ready for storm and sea. Buy it here!
Sorel’s cold weather footwear is ideal for those participating in active winter sports like snowmobiling or sledding, or for activities where maximum protection is required — like all-season hunting or fishing, or simply going to work.
Best Waterproof Rain Boots
The most popular waterproof boots for women is the rubber rain boot. A wardrobe staple in notoriously wet areas, most people are familiar with the very popular Hunter brand boots.
If you are looking for something a little different, two brands, Joules and Mela, have taken wellies to the next level by adding patterns, embellishments, and buckles. However, these boots are not packable.
For another classic rain boot style that is packable, we like the Baffin rain boot. These waterproof boots are made of a rubber compound that allows you to fold them right up and store in a suitcase or shoe bag!
For comfort, they feature a removable, lightweight insole/sock liner that also provides additional arch support. All of these features make the Packable boots a perfect travel companion. Buy it here!
Chooka boots and slippers are the new old favorites that you will reach for time and again. Function, fashion and comfort all meet right on your feet with every pair of Chooka boots, and the packable rain boot is no exception.
The moisture absorbent lining is perfect for even the rainiest of days while the removable molded insole offers excellent comfort. Buy it here!
For travel abroad, you may think these are the best waterproof boots for rainy cities. However, you’ll be surprised at how many cute leather waterproof boots are available.
Take a look at these rain jackets for women to complete your winter look!
Best Sport Waterproof Boots
If your goal this winter is to stay active during your travels then the waterproof boots above will fit the bill.
These athletic-style waterproof boots by Ahnu provide comfort, stability, and warmth for those cold weather treks. With pops of bright colors these shoes will help to ward off the winter blues, and keep your feet warm and dry on the trails. Buy it here!
Timberland boots are no longer for construction workers! Today, they’ve become a trendy option for rugged terrain. These ankle-high hiking boots have a full-grain leather upper with a lace front, padded collar, and slight wedge heel.
Along with an OrthoLite footbed, the injection-molded EVA outsole with 15% recycled rubber offers excellent comfort for all-day walking. Buy it here!
Read this post for even more hiking boots for women!
Good, quality waterproof boots for women are an investment that should last through the seasons. Do proper research, read reviews, and take the time to ensure you are spending your money on the best possible pair to fit your travel and footwear needs.
Still undecided? Here’s a quick overview for each of the best waterproof boots for travel:
|BRAND / MODEL||FEATURES / REVIEWS||RATING||PRICE|
|BEST LEATHER WATERPROOF BOOTS|
|UGG Simmens Waterproof Leather Boot||Complement most outfits, Solid black boots, go-to pair of shoes for travel in cooler climates||Check Price|
|UGG Kesey Boots||Perfect for any city in winter, can stand the test against varied weather conditions||Check Price|
|Merrell Captiva Waterproof Boot||Rich leather, women’s specific sole cushions, flexes to match your passion for exploring on foot||Check Price|
|BEST ANKLE WATERPROOF BOOTS|
|Blondo Villa Waterproof Ankle Bootie||Fashion and functionality, classic and streamlined bootie||EDITOR'S TOP PICK!!||Check Price|
|Teva W Delavina Ankle Boot||Buckle strap detail and smooth leather, fashion and function, lightweight feel and high quality||Check Price|
|BEST WATERPROOF SNOW BOOTS|
|Columbia Minx Mid II Omni-Heat Boot||Durable and can withstand cold temperatures, woven synthetic textile, 200g’s of insulation, heat-trapping reflective lining||Check Price|
|Columbia Slip II Omni-Heat Winter Boots||Minimalistic, faux fur lining, added insulation||Check Price|
|Sorel Tivoli III Winter Boots||leather and suede design, soft microfleece lining||Check Price|
|BEST WATERPROOF DUCK BOOTS|
|Sperry Top-Sider Saltwater Boot||Warm and cozy interior, secure fit, Wave-Siping for ultimate wet/dry traction, versatile boot||Check Price|
|Sorel Out N about Chelsea-W Cold Weather Boot||Convenient lace-up style, vulcanized rubber compound, removable molded EVA foot bed||Check Price|
|BEST WATERPROOF RAIN BOOTS|
|Baffin Packables Rain Boot||Rubber compound, removable, lightweight insole/sock liner, arch support||Check Price|
|Chooka Solid Packable Rain Boot||Function, fashion and comfort, moisture absorbent lining, removable molded insole||Check Price|
|BEST SPORT WATERPROOF BOOTS|
|Ahnu Sugarpine Hiking Boot||Comfort, stability, and warmth, cushy padded collar with pull-on loop, ankle support and stability||Check Price|
|Timberland Kenniston 6″ Lace Up Boot||Full-grain leather upper with a lace front, padded collar, and slight wedge heel, OrthoLite footbed, the injection-molded EVA outsole||Check Price|
What do you think are the best waterproof boots for winter travels? Please share it below!
For more ideas on women’s boots for travel, please read:
- Best Shoes for Walking, Hiking, and Trekking on a Round-the-World Trip
- How to Wear Ankle Boots for Fall Travel
- Budget Friendly Autumn-Winter Boots for Women
- Gotta Have Boots for Fall and Winter Travel
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Author Bio: Niki is an interior designer and artist from Louisiana. In addition to her design work, she writes for local and online publications sharing her experiences and passion for travel. Niki is currently adding stamps to her passport while building her design practice, Niki Landry Designs. nikilandry.com nikilandrydesigns niki-landry-designs-llc