The Hunt: Weatherproof Booties for Work Outfits

collage of 4 weatherproof booties for work outfits

Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

If you live in an area where it’s snowy or slushy and you’re going into the office (or prefer a classic style), what weatherproof boots are your favorites right now? Do you like a tall boot (more coverage)? A lug sole? A low bootie or calf-height bootie? Do tell…

I thought I’d do a little roundup of some of the best weatherproof boots I’m seeing from brands we’ve loved in the past…

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Longtime Favorites for Weatherproof Knee-High Boots for Work

If you’re still comfortable with tall boots with skirts, dresses, and even jeans (which makes sense to me on one level, because they protect your leg by covering more), some of our long-standing favorites for weatherproof knee-high boots for work are still going strong in stores…

Pictured above: one / two / three / four / five

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Great Weatherproof Booties for Work in 2022

I’m quite certain we featured this Jeffrey Campbell faux leather boot when it first came out (perhaps in a purple glitter?), and it’s nice to see that in the intervening years, it’s racked up a ton of great reviews. This shoe is $65, has almost 200 great reviews, and comes in matte black and shiny brown in sizes 5–11 (whole sizes only). I like — it’s a bit more chic than the usual rainboot, but it’s super affordable.

Oooh: Sperry has been mentioned by readers in the past, and they’ve got a ton of cute styles right now for under $100. Their Saltwater boot is the classic, but I’m liking this short bootie (do I want black? black with lavender? navy and orange? argh!). This almost combat boot also looks great.

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This waterproof ankle bootie from Blondo has been a bestseller for years — it has over 1,000 good ratings at Amazon. It’s increasingly harder to find, though, so if this was your Holy Grail, then stock up. Amazon has it in 14 colors, regular and wide sizes, but it’s mostly lucky sizes all around. Nordstrom has a ton of waterproof Blondo shoes with lug soles, if you’re on the hunt.

These Sorels are so popular they’re on their third iteration: presenting the Joan of Arctic Wedge III. This is the kind of shoe that I would break my ankle in, but they’re incredibly popular, so darn my weak ankles. These $199 shoes come in 7+ colors, sizes 5–12, in regular and wide sizes. (Also popular from Sorel: these low Chelsea booties with cutouts.)

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La Canadienne is ALWAYS #goals for waterproof boots. (I’d also put Aquatalia in this bucket!) The only problem is that they’re often $500ish, which can be an investment, especially for a practical, non-fun, not particularly “status” purchase. So I’m delighted to tell you that Nordstrom Rack has a TON of La Canadienne (and Aquatalia!), many under $150 (!!!). These pictured ones look absolutely great to me — I love the partial lug sole, the teensy heel, the generally basic styling. I feel like these would be great commuting shoes for a ton of different work outfits. They’re available in leather and suede for $217–$248, sizes 6–11.

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