The famous rain boot, also known as a Wellington boot a galosh is a must-have for the rainy season. If you live in an area prone to unexpected rainfall, then you probably already own a pair.
If you don’t, then go ahead and take your pick and enlarge your shoe collection with a pair of nice, comfy rain boots that will help your feet stay dry while you take a stroll through the rain or jump a puddle or two.
Factors to be considered when getting a pair of rain boots
When making a selection of a pair of rain boots, there are several factors that you need to consider: size, comfort, waterproofing, and design.
Waterproofing in rain boots
The basic idea when getting a pair of rain boots is to keep your feet dry. As these are usually made of rubber or a rubber-like material like PVC, they are indeed waterproof. Depending on the quality of materials used and build, a pair of good rain boots can last you a long, long time.
Comfort in rain boots
The rain boot is usually made in a mold, and not a whole lot attention is paid to the comfort side of the design. When selecting a pair of rain boots, you should make sure that they fit comfortably on your feet and provide enough support for the foot and ankle. If the boot does not have a sturdy insole, most of these have enough room to allow the insertion of orthopedic insoles.
Design and pattern
The old style rain boots usually came in some ugly color and simple design. But today these can be found in a variety of colors and patterns. The men’s models usually come in shades of black, charcoal, dark green or a similar color that can be combined with jeans or pants.
But the women’s models are a different story. They come in a million different colors and patterns and the ladies can make their choice based on their fashion sense. They can go with a simpler design and muted tone or a loud splash of color to brighten the mood on a rainy day.
Size and fit
The most important factor when selecting your next pair of rain boots is the selection of boots in the proper size and fit. The classic rain boot should fit nicely on your feet and not be too snug or too large. This is the simple advice, but the final decision is not as simple.
Should the rain boot be a size bigger?
The rain boot, as any other type of shoe, should fit nicely on your feet and provide enough support and snugness around your foot. That being said, we will explain the main difference between the fit of the rain boot and let’s say the fit of sneakers on the feet.
The sneakers should hug the foot and fit snugly with a pair of socks. They should not allow for movement of the foot inside them as you can hurt yourself when running around in loosely fit sneakers. Also, if they are a way to snug they will press uncomfortably on your feet, causing them to swell and hurt.
The fit of the rain boot is a completely different thing. As said before, they should fit nicely on the feet. But as rain boots are worn in rainy or snowy weather, the fit should be such that allows you to wear a pair of thick socks to provide some thermal insulation for your feet.
They come in the standard shoe sizes. The main difference is that the rain boots do not come in half sizes, only in the whole size. So what to do when your feet measure half a size? Choose the next size up or down?
To fix this issue, the most important thing you can do is consult the seller and ask for their advice on this matter as the different manufacturers have different recommendations for their products. When your foot size is a half size, then it is a good idea to go a size up and not down.
The bigger size means a loose fit around your legs if you select the knee height version, which in turn allows for stuffing of your pants down the boots. The way too loose fit will lead to a wide gap around your calves and a weak spot for debris to enter the boot.
Many manufacturers fix this by adding a gusset on the shaft or a lace that can be tightened to enable a better fit of the boot on your leg.
An important aspect of the properly fitting rain boots is the putting them on and taking them off. The rain boots are meant to be slipped over the foot, so there are no side zippers or any other means of fastening them. The proper fitting boot is easy to pull on and off without bunching your socks or having another person pull them off your feet.
The snugly or tight fitting rain boot will be prone to stretching from your feet when you wear them. The rubber or rubber-like materials do have some stretching ability and elasticity, but a too snug fit will cause the material to break on the areas where they bend on stepping.
Maintaining and storing the rain boots
The rain boots, as any other boot or shoe should be kept clean and stored in a dry, dark place, away from direct sunlight. The rubber or plastic materials that these boots are made of usually do not require some sort of special treatment, just remove the dust and grime with a damp cloth and store upright to avoid deformation.
To finish up
The rain boot is a useful, protective footwear that can also be fun to wear. The good rain boot should keep your feet dry, be comfortable, and fit snugly enough on your feet without causing blisters on your feet or let your feet “swim” in the boots.
We have outlined the most important aspects that you need to consider, so keep them in mind when going shopping for your next pair of rain boots.