The weather is unpredictable—we would argue it falls into the same category as Rihanna’s Met Gala outfits. You can start your day wearing a warm winter coat to only find out, come lunchtime, the climate has changed, the sun is out, and now all you need is an Oxford shirt and jeans. That’s why it’s important to be prepared for whatever the seasons throw at you—and nothing says “try me, Mother Nature” like owning a pair of rain boots.
Though the latter may conjure up images of farmer-esque footwear or Paddington Bear-approved wellingtons (a British necessity), the classic rain boot is more than a shoe that protects you from pesky springtime showers and fall downpours. Between festivals such as Glastonbury, where celebs sport the latest Hunter boots, and the Netflix series The Crown (featuring a fictitious Prince Phillip traipsing around Balmoral Castle), the utilitarian boot has turned into a symbol of status and taste.