The Most Stylish Rain Boots to Wear This Spring

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Spring always brings a bucolic image in mind––blooming flowers, chirping birds, and sun-drenched parks.

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And while sunshine is almost always in the forecast come April and May, so are spring showers. They, of course, also call for proper footwear, namely a good pair of rain boots that will keep your feet dry and comfortable.

Rain boots were actually getting a very bad rap for a long time for their unattractive looks. Most often made from rubber, they were the necessary evil that we shrugged off as practical on precipitation-heavy days. But this is no longer the case.

While the classic knee-high Woodstock-inspired rubber boot still exists, for those who prefer to walk the streets clad in prettier shoes, there is some good news. Designers have given this footwear style, that originated in the British countryside, a high fashion update and the result will have you wishing rain was a more regular occurrence.

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Burberry, Valentino, and Givenchy have all offered their own versions of the rain boot that are nothing short of cool with details such as rock studs, buckles, and lace-up closure. You will seriously have to do a double-take to make sure you are actually looking at rain boots.

Here we rounded up the most stylish pairs for men and women.

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Valentino Garavani Rockstud Rain Boots

Valentino’s signature rockstud design makes its way to the brand’s version of the classic black rain boot and the result is very rock ‘n’ roll.

To buy: $475,

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Givenchy Glaston Waterproof Ankle Rain Boot

These boots have reinforced anti-slip lug soles, which certainly come in handy during rainfall. We love the lace-up design and the overall sporty, sneaker-inspired vibe of the boots.

To buy: $495,

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Rag & Bone Moto Rain Boot

These biker-inspired boots will amp up the cool factor of any outfit, even in the rain.

To buy: $225,

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Ilse Jacobsen Rubber Boot

Leave it to Danish designer Isle Jacobsen to create sturdy rain boots that are now a specialty of her label. These ones are crafted from natural rubber and reach just below the knee.

To buy: $199,

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Burberry Women's Zane Signature Check Rain Boots

The British label knows a thing or two about creating clothes and footwear for rainy weather. These rain boots feature the company’s signature tartan print and an edgy buckled ankle strap.

To buy: $320,

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Hunter Original Refined Waterproof Chelsea Boot

Gentlemen, a Chelsea rain boot is a must-have especially if you intend to wear them in the city—the classic design is stylish enough even when it’s crafted from rubber.

To buy: $155,

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Polo Ralph Lauren Declan Water Repellent Duck Boot

Rainy weekends don’t have to mean you are stuck at home. These casual leather and rubber duck boots are perfect to wear outside during stormy weather.

To buy: $150,

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Le Chameau Men’s Vierzonord Neoprene Lined Boot

The British Royal Family, most notably Prince Harry and Kate Middleton, are fans of Le Chameau’s “wellies” and always wear them when they are in the countryside. So if these boots are good enough for royalty, they are good enough for us. The Vierzonord style comes with an insulating neoprene lining that will keep your feet dry all day long.

To buy: $239,

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Bernardo Winnie Lace-up Rubber Rain Boots

We love this style, because, initially, we really couldn’t tell those were rain boots. The fabric upper, the white soles, and red laces are all details that make them look just like a regular pair of lace-up booties.

To buy: $155,

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Frye Women's Storm Front Zip Rain Booties

The metal front zipper adds an edgy vibe to these classic rain boots by Frye.

To buy: $158,