Rain boots are a unique piece of apparel. The right ones can look stylish if they’re worn correctly with the right pieces of clothing to accent them. Getting stuck out in the elements doesn’t mean you can’t look good while you’re out there. Having the right pair of boots is important, too, because a bad pair can end up leaving your feet wet in the end.
Do you wear shoes with rain boots? That depends. There are two common types of rain boots: galoshes and hunter boots. With galoshes, you can wear shoes with rain boots to keep your feet dry. With hunter boots, you do not.
Wearing a decent pair of sneakers with your galoshes is a great idea. They will help to keep your feet dry out in the rain and through the puddles. Plus, whenever you arrive at your destination, you can slip off the galoshes and still have a pair of normal shoes to wear.
There are plenty of options out there when it comes to galoshes. Take your pick of style and colors to help match your attire and get out in that rain in style.
Some Tips for Finding and Wearing the Right Galoshes
It may seem like a simple undertaking to find a pair of rain boots to go over your shoes that will fit and look good. They’re just raining boots, right? Well, we’re going to show you a few tips for success, just in case maybe you’ve looked over some details.
Wear Casual Clothes
This is important because other types of clothing just won’t look right and can end up wrinkled or wet. It’s imperative to wear a casual set of clothes if you’re going to set out in a pair of galoshes (Wikipedia).
Avoid suits and dress shirts, or anything that says “business” or “formal. It just won’t have the right appeal and can cause more of a headache than a solution. Stick with your tee-shirts, hoodies, jeans, and leggings to go along with the boots.
Make Sure They’re Large
Rubber is a restrictive material. It doesn’t give a whole lot of room for stretching and moving. So, picking a pair of boots that’s at least one size larger than what you would normally wear is a must.
As seen in the video above you can also get silicone or plastic zip-up type galoshes to avoid getting your feet and shoes wet.
When trying them on, it might be helpful to bring the shoes that you want to wear with the boots. That way you can try everything on, walk around in them a bit, and make sure they’re exactly what you’re going to need.
Jeans May be the Best Pants
When picking the type of pants to wear with your rain boots, you’ll want to choose something that’s easy to maneuver when getting everything on before heading out. What I mean by this is, jeans make it easy to tuck themselves into the tops of the boots to keep everything dry.
For women, jeans are a great option, but leggings aren’t so bad either. They can at least make it easy to slip into the boots with shoes on and have zero issues.
Are you Supposed to Wear Socks with Rain Boots?
Yes, always wear socks with rain boots. The thicker, the better. Rain brings on colder temperatures and the first body part that will feel the effect is going to be your feet. Keep those toes warm by choosing the right pair of socks (article).
Although there are tons of options (article) in the marketplace that claim to be “warm,” not every pair of socks that claims they’ll provide warmth actually do.
Pick socks that are made from reliable materials like alpaca, sheep’s wool (article), thick cotton. There are some great materials that clothing manufacturers use to create socks that will hold up to the elements. And although they may seem like just socks, they’re important.
Especially if you plan to be out in the wet, cold elements for an extended period of time. You have to keep those feet dry and warm. Otherwise, discomfort can arise, and even some concerns if you’re feet aren’t protected for an all-day situation.
Earlier in the article, we discussed that galoshes were the best options when wearing your boots over your shoes. But there are also hunter boots, which we’ve mentioned, that don’t need an additional pair of shoes to be worn inside them.
It would be difficult, maybe impossible, to fit a pair of sneakers into a pair of hunter boots. If you prefer to have a pair of rain boots that hold up to the elements without the extra shoes, hunter boots are the way to go.
By choosing a good pair of hunter boots, you can get yourself the perfect pair of socks to pair up with them and head out into the rain with no worries.
With a ton of options to choose from, you’re sure to find a pair that is suitable and gives you exactly what you need. You can also easily tuck a pair of jeans into hunter boots to keep your pants from getting wet when you’re heading through some puddles.
Choosing the Best Rain Boots for You
We’re going to leave you with a few tips that will hopefully set you up for success in picking the right pair of boots. By combining key elements like material, durability, comfort, and price, you can find a great pair of boots that look awesome without breaking the bank. So, let’s take a look at the important stuff:
- Toe Space: This is huge because, without the perfect space for your toes, you’ll be crammed or too loose. You want to be able to lift your toes up comfortably. But when you walk, if the boot is “slamming” to the ground, then the boots are too big. Test out each pair you want to buy. Try hunter boots with an extra pair of socks on and galoshes with your shoes.
- Calf Space: Calf space is just as important as toe space. The reason being that rubber, being the stiff material it is, won’t be able to stretch over bigger pairs of calves. And if you have to struggle to get the boots over the calves, they’re probably too small. A great rule of thumb to remember is that your pants should be able to get into the boots easily too.
- Foot Comfort: You want your boots to be comfortable, obviously. But you also want to pick a pair that isn’t going to wear you out from wearing them all day, which means that rubber is a heavier material, especially when it comes to rain boots. The soles are very thick and add weight, so pick a pair you can see yourself walking around in all day with no issues. Also, do your best to find a rain boot with a soft sole. This will allow your steps to be nice and natural.
- Insulation: Rain boots are quite versatile footwear. They can be worn all year round without thinking twice, dependent on the weather. So, picking the right socks (and shoes if you’re sporting galoshes) is important because it will be the cushion for your feet. It also provides your feet with the proper warmth on those colder, rainy days.
It is our sincere hope that we’ve given you some good information next time you need to set out and grab a new pair of rain boots. We also think we’ve given you some solid tips for success so that when you get out into the elements, your feet will stay dry and warm.
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