Rain boots are a must when the weather starts to turn, but it can be tricky to find a pair that is as comfortable and stylish as your favorite pair of shoes.
"Rain boots can be hard on your feet," Miguel Cunha, DPM, a podiatrist and founder of Gotham Footcare, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. That's why he recommends looking for boots that offer good shock absorption, arch support and cushioning to help keep your feet comfortable as you splash around outside. He also says to make sure the toe box of your boots is wide enough to give your toes a little wiggle room.
Another priority when shopping is to find a pair of boots that "are as waterproof or water-resistant as possible," Melissa Lockwood, DPM, a podiatrist at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates in Bloomington, Ill., tells Yahoo Lifestyle. Having rain boots that let in moisture can increase your risk of blisters or developing a fungal or bacterial infection, she says.
As a rule, you'll want to avoid galoshes, i.e., boots you wear over your shoes, Lockwood says. These don't have good support and can put you at risk of developing plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation of the thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes, she says. However, boots with a heel are OK and even recommended. "Rain boots that have somewhat of a slight heel (less than 3/4 inch in relation to the front) are actually better for you than shoes that are completely flat because it takes the stress off the Achilles," Cunha says. "That can help with the alignment of your posture, ankles, knees and spine."
Ahead, shop some of the best - and most comfortable - rain boots this spring.
HunterOriginal Short Rain Boots
Hunter boots are known for quality and durability, and these are no exception. The boots have a slight heel, excellent arch support, and a sturdy sole to help keep water and mud away from your feet.
Shop it: Hunter Original Short Rain Boots, $140, zappos.com
Bogs Solid Rain Boots
These boots come in a classic tall silhouette and are 100 percent waterproof. They also have gel cushioning for underfoot support and pull-on handles so you can quickly get your boots on and off.
Shop it: Bogs Solid Rain Boot, $65, zappos.com
Joules Field Welly
Joules boots have a rubber upper and an adjustable strap to ensure you get the best fit. They also have light cushioning inside and a rounded toe to keep your feet well-supported and comfortable. Commenters fave about the boots' great traction and warmth.
Shop it: Joules Field Welly, $80, zappos.com
Sperry Saltwater Boots
With over 200 reviews and a 5-star average rating, it's easy to see why this lace-up style is so popular. The duck-inspired design boasts a durable, nonmarking rubber sole, a side zipper closure, and a cozy, fleece-lined insole.
Shop it: Sperry Saltwater Boots, $100 (was $110), zappos.com
UGG Sienna Boots
UGG styles are practically guaranteed to be comfortable for your feet, and these rain boots are no exception. The Sienna style has the brand's signature sheepskin lining and a rubber outsole to keep your feet warm and dry.
Shop it: UGG Sienna Boots, $70, zappos.com
Sorel Janey Chelsea Boots
If you're looking for boots that combine function with fashion, look no further. These have a durable rubber outer for protection but look just like a pair of stylish ankle boots - and you don't have to sacrifice comfort. "I walked a couple of miles in them the first day I got them, and they were very comfortable and didn't slide around on my foot at all," one reviewer said.
Shop it: Sorel Janey Chelsea Boots, $90, zappos.com
Kamik Heidi Boots
These boots have a unique outsole that provides superior traction on slippery surfaces. They also have a phthalate-free synthetic rubber upper for durability and are 100 percent recyclable. "They are good in warm and humid climates because they aren't bulky or heavy," one reviewer wrote. "They are comfortable enough to wear all day. I have even worn them to church with black pants, and they pass for dressier boots!" says another.
Shop it: Kamik Heidi Boots, $50, zappos.com
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