are the ultimate in practicality, but there's no reason they have to be boring. This list features some of the top women's rain boots
for 2013. They're so fun and stylish, they'll have you longing for gray skies.
Bogs 'Classic High Mumsie' - Cute Rain Boots for Women
Super-cute, and just as practical, these women's rain boots from Bogs
feature a 100% waterproof construction, four-way stretch shafts, and vivid print accents. And if all of that weren't enough, they also feature a handy handle on each side that makes them easy to pull on and off.
Perfect for working outside in the garden, or for just slipping into before running errands on a rainy day, Bogs come in lots of different heights and patterns, and they're also available in kids' sizes. (Buy Direct)
Hunter Original Gloss for Women - Glossy Rain Boots
No need to wait for the rainbow, with these Hunter rain boots, you'll be the one providing it. In classic tall style, these boots are just like the colorful originals, but they have a glossy finish that really pops -- and they come in several great colors, including violet, teal, red and graphite.
If you're looking for even more shine, check out the high gloss Hunter Originals; or for a cute, shorter boot, have a look at the Hunter Gloss Short -- both of which also come in a bevy of great colors. (Buy Direct)
Kamik 'Heidi' - Cute Rain Boots for Less
Most rain boots aren't terribly expensive, but it can be difficult to justify spending $100 or more on a pair if you're not going to wear them a lot. Fortunately, there are lots of cute, cheaper rain boots out there. Kamik's 'Heidi' is one example of an adorable, affordable rain boot that gets rave reviews for style as well as it does for price.
Offered in a load of fun and trendy colors, these women's rain boots have a regular price tag of right around $50, but are often on sale for just under $40. (Buy Direct)
Aquatalia by Marvin K. 'Quiz' - Dressy Rain Boots
If you're looking for a pair of weatherproof boots that are more on the dressy side, I suggest taking a look at boots from Aquatalia by Marvin K. This particular model features sweet, retro styling; weatherproof suede uppers; 2.5 inch heels; and full back zippers. Available in taupe or blue combinations, these are perfect for wearing to the office on rainy days, and they'd look as good with dresses as they would with jeans -- but if this particular pair isn't your cup of tea, be sure to check out the other options from this brand, as there are loads of great styles to choose from. (Buy Direct)
Chooka 'Classic Dot' - Colorful Rain Boots for Women
There's something irresistibly sweet about these simple, colorful rain boots from Chooka. Decorated with teeny-tiny polka dots, these mid-calf rain boots come in three trendy and adorable shades, including green, coral, and orange.
With shafts that are 12" tall and just over 15" in circumference, the shorter height of these boots makes them a good choice for women who have trouble finding taller rain boots to fit over their calves. (Buy Direct)
Rockport 'Lorraine' - Women's Rain Boots with Heels
If you're looking for rain boots with heels, but still want something fun, then you may way to have a look at these cute heeled boots from Rockport. The slick, glossy uppers remind me a lot of gogo boots -- which I love -- but the rugged heels are a nice update. In addition to the eye-catching design, these women's rain boots also have two other great features: side zippers and back goring, both of which make them easier to get on and off. There are a few great colors to choose from, but if you're looking for something versatile and a bit more subtle, it would be tough to beat the black version. (Buy Direct)
Jeffrey for Sperry Top-Sider 'Zermatt' - Women's Short Rain Boots
Looking for something a little different? You'd be hard-pressed to find anything cuter than these ankle rain boots from Sperry Top-Sider. Offering foot and ankle protection from the elements, these boots are ideal for days when you're going casual and can't be bothered with pulling on a taller boot -- and they come in loads of cheery neon colors like orange, pink, green, and yellow. (Buy Direct)
Any time I'm looking for colorful print rain boots, Kamik is one of the first brands I check, and when it comes to fun prints, they never disappoint. The "Cynthia" rain boots feature an explosion of flowers and paisley motifs, and come in two cool color combinations, including dark green with mauve accents, and black with gray. (Buy Direct)