A lot of shoes purchases are choices, but buying waterproof boots for winter is a necessity. You need weatherproof boots that can actually keep you dry, besides just looking cute. But since that's important, too, keep reading to meet the brands making the most fashionable weather resistant boots out there — because someone had to make waterproof boots you actually want to wear this winter.
Canadian shoe brand SOREL has come a long way since just making hiking boots. Its Joan of Arctic boot collection propelled the brand to cult status amongst the Northern half of the world, with the Joan of Arctic Chelsea boot sitting at a five star rating on the brand's website from over 500 reviews. The $200 shoe has everything you need in a winter boot: a waterproof leather upper, dramatically indented rubber lug sole, and comfortable foot support. Though all six colorways are pretty, the camel brown and white color blocked option is perfect for this season's mod '70s aesthetic.
It shouldn't be a surprise that another Canadian boot brand ended up on this list; anyone who can look stylish in -40 degree weather is an icon. Based in perpetually fashion forward Montreal, shoe brand La Canadienne offers over 100 waterproof boots and booties to choose from — and some are so glam, it's hard to believe they'll actually keep you dry. But if you're doubting the capability of the adorable $498 red Jiji suede booties, La Canadienne guarantees all of its cold weather boots and shoes are waterproof for six months after purchase. The red suede will pop against your dark winter streetwear outfits or below a longline trench coat, and work just as well with classy holiday party dresses and sparkly lamé.
Steve Madden also offers boots with a waterproof promise, and in luxe shapes that rival runway releases. The Btiana Waterproof Taupe Suede style comes in a beautiful cream color, and will be perfect for trekking through the snow on the way to work, or on a cold, wet date night when you're not feeling clunky snow boots with your romantic dress.
Looking for something that'll seriously stand up to the elements but still bring style? Frye has a waterproof boot for you, too. The $498 Addie Hiker is made with waterproof sunwashed Nubuck leather to keep your feet completely dry and warm. The boot's heel ends in a lug bottom for traction no matter where winter takes you.
It's time to retire your shiny yellow rain boots and old nylon snow boots. Below are 12 contemporary waterproof winter boots that prove you have so many more options.