5 Ultra Stylish Rain Boots to Keep You Dry in the Snow and Rain

December 26, 2009 • By Erika

Now that we’ve covered UGGs, the #1 best-selling boots for winter 2009, let’s talk about the boots that came in at #2: rain boots.

Rubber boots, wellies, puddle stompers, waders – rain boots may have many different names, but most of the time, only one image comes to mind when they’re mentioned: that of drab looking boots made of industrial rubber which only hunters, gamefishers, and workers who need protective gear would ever wear.

Pond waders

Pond waders for sale on gardencentreonline.co.uk

However, the last two or three years have seen the rain boots undergo a major makeover. Rain boots in funky prints and in all colors of the rainbow started cropping up and they started being seen on people beyond the age of 6.

Wearing rain boots suddenly became fun.

Rain boots from Plueys

Colorful printed rain boots from Plueys

This 2009, the limits of rain boots are tested even further. They’ve begun crossing the threshold of fashion and rain boots in ultra stylish designs are now being introduced.┬áCelebrities from Ashley Olsen to Hilary Duff have been photographed wearing designer rain boots and fashion designers are quick to pick up the trend. Will they hold up in 2010?

From those fashion designers, we present 5 of the most stylish rain boots that have ever been made in history (and we’re hoping this list gets longer as the trend evolves):

1. Jeffrey Campbell Wader Over the Knee Rubber Boots

Jeffrey Campbell Wader Over the Knee Rubber Boots

Over the knee or thigh high boots are the hottest trend in boots right now, so why not apply them to rain boots? These sexy waders from Jeffrey Campbell are $95.00.

2. Juicy Couture Spirit Rain Boots

Juicy Couture Spirit Rain Boots

These rain boots are marked with the crest of the very trendy Juicy Couture brand. They look all tough outside, but the lining is a bright pink color – it’s little details like that that somewhat justify the 135-dollar price tag on these rain boots.

3. Pour La Victoire Rus Croc Rain Boots

Pour La Victoire Rus Croc Rain Boots

These are very similar to the Jimmy Choo for Hunter rain boots that Hilary Duff is carrying in this picture. Embossed crocodile must be very popular among designers. While the Jimmy Choo ones are nearly $400, these boots from Pour La Victoire are $220.00.

4. Chooka Moto Studded Rain Boots

Chooka Moto Studded Rain Boots

We had to look closely at this one to check if they really are rain boots. The studs, rings, and buckles have got us fooled. These retail for $80.00.

5. KORS Michael Kors Stormy Rubber Engineer Boots

KORS Michael Kors Stormy Rubber Engineer Boots

From Michael Kors comes the most stylish rain boots with the most attitude. We’ve got to hand it to Michael Kors – the shiny rubber and the pull-on tabs could pass for a legit riding boot. These rain boots we’d wear with anything. $125.00 retail price.

If you’re wondering how and what to wear with rain boots, read our list of 5 ways to wear rain boots.

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