You can handle any type of weather with the right footwear. Be prepared for rainy spring days by packing waterproof shoes like these 12 stylish and comfortable picks that are perfect for packing.
Best Waterproof Shoes
During your travels, these boots, shoes, and sandals are guaranteed to keep your feet dry and happy.
Oka-B Taylor Ballet Flat
Oka-B’s Taylor Ballet Flat is made from a unique Microplast material that’s waterproof, machine-washable, recyclable, and lightweight. These waterproof walking shoes for women are American-made with a slip-resistant sole to keep you safe on slippery surfaces. They also have massage beads on the insoles to pamper your feet. Whether you’re traveling in Europe or Africa, or anywhere else, they’ll keep you looking stylish and feeling comfortable.
Sam Edelman Tinsley Booties, and Ecco Turn GTX Chelsea Boots
Short boots are good picks for rainy days, as they help prevent water from splashing in around your ankles. For women, the Sam Edelman Tinsley booties are affordable, durable, and comfortable. For men, the Ecco Turn GTX Chelsea boots are a stylish pick that you won’t need to change out of as soon as you get indoors.
Merrell MQM Flex GTX Hiking Shoes
Waterproof shoes are crucial on hikes, where soggy socks can result in painful blisters. Merrell’s MQM Flex GTX shoes are available in men’s and women’s versions, and use a Gore-Tex membrane to keep moisture out—even if you have to ford a river on the trail. These trail shoes are super lightweight, weighing just over one pound. And even though these shoes are waterproof, they aren’t stiff at all, thanks to the patented FlexConnect technology that lets the shoe move naturally with you as you walk.
Ahnu Taraval Walking Shoe, and Ahnu Balboa
Ahnu makes shoes that are designed for walking in the rain, offering plenty of arch support and cushioning as well as waterproofing. For women, the leather Ahnu Taraval Walking Shoe is fashionable enough to be worn on the streets but durable enough to take off the road. For men, Ahnu’s Balboa Shoe is a casual leather-and-suede style that features extra shock absorption and heel support.
Birkenstock Gizeh and Arizona
Sandals might not seem like something that would need to be waterproof (won’t your feet get wet anyway?), but if your travel plans include the pool or beach, it’s nice to have sandals that rinse dirt and sand right off without getting soggy. Birkenstock makes waterproof sandals that are easy to clean and are much more supportive than regular flip-flops. Check out the budget-friendly Gizeh for women or the Arizona Essentials for men.
Chooka Ballet Flats
Chooka’s waterproof shoes look like normal ballet flats, and they come in a wide variety of cute prints and colors for women. The outside is completely waterproof, but the interior is lined with a plush microsuede fabric that’s guaranteed to keep your feet warm on chilly, damp days.
Blondo Riyan Waterproof Fashion Sneaker
Blondo’s Riyan waterproof sneakers offer a stylish, slip-on design that’s perfect for airport security lines. Made from leather, these shoes are coated with an AquaProtect seal that repels water and stains to keep you looking fresh on the road.
Dunham Captain Shoes
Boating shoes are a good waterproof shoe option, as they’re designed to stand up to saltwater. Dunham’s Captain boat shoes have water-venting mesh sidewalls, channels on the soles to siphon away water, and a cushioned (and removable) insole for support.
Dansko Pro XP Waterproof Shoes
Dansko’s Pro XP waterproof shoes were designed for professionals who are on their feet all day—nurses, hospitality workers, and so on—so they’re ideal for travelers who will be standing or walking for long periods of time. The exterior is waterproof, and the interior is lined with a moisture-wicking foam footbed, so you’ll be dry from the inside out.
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Caroline Morse Teel is always on the hunt for great waterproof shoes. Follow Caroline on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline for style and travel photos.
Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2018. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.
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