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The quintessential rain boot is calf- or knee-height, but unless there’s a downpour or you’re planning on doing some wading, an ankle-height boot — with a solid sole and waterproofed seams — will offer plenty protection, and is less heavy (or obvious) than wellies for daily wear. The Chelsea boot profile is a classic. Some things to consider:

  • Traction is Tops: Rain falls from the sky, but it stays on the ground. High-performing waterproof boots need a sole that can take on the elements, as well. A lug sole adds stability and grip, while the sole material (e.g., the rubber and its coating) prevents slipping.
  • Wear the Right Socks: You have socks for winter boots, but they may not be the right choice here. For spring, summer, and warmer climates, light, moisture-wicking socks are the right choice, and you won’t have to take sock thickness into consideration when choosing boot size.
  • You’ll Have Options: A bonus of the Chelsea boot? It’s very democratic as far as calf width goes. That also means that they wear easily with jeans, sweats, leggings, dresses, etc., so you don’t have to meticulously tuck your pants into your boots, or be limited in clothing choice on rainy days. It’s something to keep in mind when considering boot color.

Our Picks for the Best Waterproof Chelsea Boots for Women on Amazon

Top Pick Overall: Sorel Women’s Emelie Chelsea Boot – Light and Heavy Rain – Waterproof

Classic: HUNTER Original Chelsea

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Budget Pick: Asgard Women’s Ankle Rain Boots Waterproof Chelsea Boots

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Great for Going Out: SOREL – Women’s Joan of Arctic Wedge II Chelsea, Leather or Suede Ankle Boot

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