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10 pairs of women's boots that can handle wet weather

Where to buy the warmest and driest women's boots in Canada right now from Sorel, Cougar, Matt & Nat, The North Face and more.
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It's rubber boots season.

Did someone say storm? Rain (and wind, and maybe snow) season is upon, which means it’s time to add a pair of hardworking winter boots to to the rotation. Beyond the must-haves (waterproof and available to shop in Canada right now), we sought out different styles and price points.

JOE FRESH DUCK BOOTS

Duck boots.

A classic duck boot will get a ton of wear year after year. We like the classic two-tone look of this Joe Fresh pair; the soft fleece, faux-leather trim gives it the right amount of warmth. Available at Joe Fresh.

Who it's ideal for: Anyone who wants a classic duck boot.

Why we're endorsing it: Brand trust, style, price.

Where it could use improvements: These are mostly polyester and rubber (not real leather).

Size/weight/dimensions: Women’s 6-10.

THE NORTH FACE WOMEN'S THERMOBALL LACE-UP WINTER BOOTS 

Thermoball boots North Face.

We’ve already spotted these quilted boots out in the wild and have a feeling they will sell out quickly. These are water-resistant with a bungee collar (tighten it to keep snow out). Simply put: they're fashion meets function. On the inside, there’s a fleece lining for warmth and comfort. On the outside, there's a contrasting sole and The North Face strip, down the side. (Also comes in a pull-on version.) Available at Sport Check, SsenseThe North Face and Simons.

Who it's ideal for: Anyone who wants a name-brand cute boot for winter.

Why we're endorsing it: Brand trust, waterproof, stylish.

Where it could use improvements: Colour and size options vary by store.

Size/weight/dimensions: Women’s 6-10.

SOREL BREX BOOTS  

Sorel Brex Boot.

This isn’t your basic Instagram Sorel boot. The Brex is like a cool combat boot that can handle snow: it has a thick tread (very on-trend for 2021), constructed with leather and is waterproof. There are a lot of details that make these special, like the contrasting trim, the touch of neon green on the tab, the black-and-white laces and the sturdy stitching. Available at Browns and in brown/black at Sorel.

Who it's ideal for: Anyone who wants a winter boot fit for city living.

Why we're endorsing it: Style, brand trust.

Where it could use improvements: Some reviewers report it’s more narrow than a typical Sorel.

Size/weight/dimensions: Women’s 5-11.

MATT & NAT CHELZ VEGAN RAIN BOOTS 

Matt and Nat vegan rainboots.

Sometimes adult rain boots can look a little like they are made for kids. The Chelz Vegan Rain Boot from Canadian fashion line Matt & Nat elevates this B.C. wardrobe staple with a shiny patent finish and deep burgundy sole. It’s dry enough for the commute and sleek enough to wear in the office. Available at Matt & Nat

Who it's ideal for: Anyone who wants a work-appropriate rain boot.

Why we're endorsing it: Canadian company, style, vegan.

Where it could use improvements: European sizing.

Size/weight/dimensions: Women's 36-41. 

NATIVE SHOES NOVA HYDROKNIT 

Native knit boot.

If a pull-on sock boot has been on the winter wish list, this pair from Native Shoes might fill the void. Native Shoes Nova Hydroknit has a waterproof membrane, contoured sole and the upper part is made from recycled 3D knit. It’s as light as it is futuristic. Available at Native Shoes

Who it's ideal for: Anyone who wants a form-fitting ankle boot.  

Why we're endorsing it: B.C. brand, design, ingenuity.

Where it could use improvements: Has no laces or zipper, so foot needs to slip in.

Size/weight/dimensions: Women’s 6-12.

SOREL WOMEN'S OUT AND ABOUT III PUFFY ZIP BOOTS

Sorel puffy boot.

This puffy Sorel is a hybrid between a boot and a sneaker. The sole is just over one inch in height, with 300 grams of insulation and a waterproof upper lining. It comes in a few different colours that are selling out fast. Available at Sorel

Who it's ideal for: Anyone who wants a winter boot that’s not too heavy.

Why we're endorsing it: Style, quality, brand trust.

Where it could use improvements: This is ankle-high.

Size/weight/dimensions: Women’s 5-12.

HELLY HANSEN ALTA CHELSEA WATERPROOF RAIN BOOTS 

Helly Hansen rainboot.

Combining the classic cut of a Chelsea boot with practical construction, these Helly Hansen Alta Chelsea Waterproof Rain Boots have a breathable mesh lining and shearling insoles to help keep feet warm and dry. Available at Mark's

Who it's ideal for: Anyone who wants a rain boot that will never go out of style.

Why we're endorsing it: Brand trust, design, quality.

Where it could use improvements: These are as classic as a rain boot gets (so no interesting design details).

Size/weight/dimensions: Women’s 6-11.

HUNTER ORIGINAL WATERPROOF INSULATED SHORT SNOW BOOTS

Hunter insulated snow boot.

Tall Hunter rain boots are a staple in B.C. For something snow-specific, these insulated Hunter boots have a toggle cord at the top (tighten it to stop snow from getting in) and are insulated with a fleece lining. The two-tone black bottom and puffy grey top reminds us of a kid's snow boot, but with grown-up details like the texture trim. Available at Nordstrom

Who it's ideal for: Anyone who wants a snow boot (can handle up to -22 C) and comfy.

Why we're endorsing it: Brand trust, design, warmth.

Where it could use improvements: Some reviews note that these fit wide.

Size/weight/dimensions: Women’s 5-11.

OUTBOUND WOMEN'S MUSKOKA WINTER BOOTS

Outbound Muskoka boot.

These winter boots mix a bit of everything — rubber, fleece and knit. The thick rubber sole can help navigate slippery sidewalks and it can handle up to -40 C. Available at Canadian Tire

Who it's ideal for: Anyone who needs a pair of winter boots that can handle really chilly temperatures.

Why we're endorsing it: Durability, brand trust, construction.

Where it could use improvements: No notes on fit.

Size/weight/dimensions: Women’s 6-10.

COUGAR MADRID BOOTS

Cougar Madrid boot.

If finding the right calf fit is a struggle, these lace-up Cougar boots have a pretty school style and can be worn as tight or as loose as need be. Available at Globo

Who it's ideal for: Anyone who wants to customize their fit.

Why we're endorsing it: Canadian brand, style, fit.

Where it could use improvements: Only comes in black.

Size/weight/dimensions: Women’s 6-10.

For storage solutions for new boots (and all your other fall and winter gear), check out our guide to organizing accessories on our website