The Best Waterproof Walking Shoes
Rain boots are great, but when it comes to packing light, most pairs are just too clunky.
And while heavy precipitation would probably prevent you from spending the day at the beach, it shouldn’t ruin your vacation. The way we see it, it’s a sign to hit the trails in the nearest mountains or the cobblestone streets in the small town next to your resort and start exploring.
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Of course, to do that, you need to be prepared with a good pair of waterproof shoes. Thankfully, water-resistant fabrics and materials come in a large variety of stylish combinations so you don’t have to settle with an old pair of galoshes.
From oxfords and loafers for the urban traveler to sturdy hiking shoes and sneakers for the nature lover, comfortable waterproof options not only exist, they look good, too. We rounded up chic pairs of footwear that will keep your feet dry and your itinerary on track—rain or shine
Walk&Rest Waterproof Comfort Flats
Converse Chuck Taylor Waterproof Nubuck Leather Sneakers
These unisex low-top kicks look like the classic Chuck Taylor silhouette, but have gotten an all-weather upgrade.
To buy: nike.com, $65
Merrell Capra Sneakers
These shoes were made for walking—the air cushioned heel is shock absorbent and adds stability, while the grippy outsole allows you to move freely on any terrain, and the footbed features organic odor control.
To buy: zappos.com, $91
Keen Terradora Mid Waterproof Shoes
Hit the trails in style with these cool Keen shoes that will keep you dry and comfortable all day long.
To buy: zappos.com $140
Blondo Riyan Waterproof Shoes
These sleek slip-ons will make your weekend strolls a lot cooler (and drier).
To buy: nordstrom.com, $65
Ahnu Emery Oxford Shoes
The suede and leather combo of these waterproof oxfords is so elegant and classic.
To buy: zappos.com, $95
Hunter Original Penny Loafer
You may think of rain boots when you hear the name Hunter, but the brand has introduced a few styles that will have you looking a little more polished.
To buy: zappos.com, $135
Geox Nebula Slip-on Sneakers
Columbia Vulc N Vent Shoes
The canvas upper of this shoe has been treated to repel both water and stains.
To buy: columbia.com, $35
Cole Haan ZERØGRAND Waterproof Wingtip Oxford
This sleek oxford-sneaker hybrid is constructed from waterproof suede and cushioned for comfort.
To buy: colehaan.com, $90
Teva Arrowood WP Shoes
The full-grain waterproof leather and mesh uppers will keep your feet dry from rain and puddles and the cushioned midsoles and outsoles provide exceptional comfort so you can wear these cool sneakers all day long.
To buy: zappos.com, $85
Blondo Valli Waterproof Bootie
Looking for something with a little lift? These waterproof booties by Blondo will keep you looking stylish even on the dampest of days.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $150