The changing seasons can be punishing on footwear. One moment your favorite canvas sneakers are brand spankin’ new and, the next, a three-block walk in an unexpected downpour has drenched them with grease, mud, and road salt. It’s always a good idea to own something more sturdy that offers more protection against the elements. A solution?
You could turn to leather, but maintaining such a texture can be a chore, and the initial cost makes leather boots more of an investment purchase than a seasonal upgrade. Enter rubber boots and shoes. This old-school shoe material is making a comeback thanks to its easy maintenance, relatively low price, and unique aesthetic. Not to mention, rubber boots offer some of the best protection you can ask for.
Whether you’re working outdoors or just walking to the office, be prepared with a pair of the best rubber boots for men (and perhaps some waterproof socks as well).
Swims Charlie Boot, $100
If you’re looking for an affordable, hard-wearing, stand-by pair of rain boots, the Charlie Boot is Swims’ take on the easy-to-wear and easy-to-pair Chelsea boot. Made with vulcanized (simply put, improved durability with science) rubber, the black boots a great grab if you don’t currently own a pair or are looking for an everyday option that will keep you looking great and, most importantly, keep your feet dry. The Charlie also comes in taupe.
Hunter Original Rubber Lace-up Boots, $185
A little bit punk rock and a little bit boot-camp, the Rubber Lace-Up Boots from Hunter stay on our list for 2017 because they give off the vibe of a military brat who’s just discovered the Dead Kennedys. These rubber shoes are practical to the point of stylish aggressiveness and will transition perfectly to and from winter.
Sperry Cutwater Deck Boot, $120
For when the weather turns for the worst, the Cutwater comes packed with Sperry’s Thinsulate technology — a protective rubber shell —and razor-cut Wave-Siping for excellent traction in both wet and dry conditions. Boasting a variety of color combos, these boots are a great pick up, both for style and durability.
LL Bean Gumshoe, $109
Keep a base “tan” when the clouds roll through with these winterized, full-grain leather gumshoes from LL Bean. Backed with a steel shank and rubber chain-tread bottom, the passionate detail for comfort and utility from the brand does not go unnoticed.
Native Ap Apex CT Boot, $125
Don’t be fooled by this pair’s high-top basketball shoe appearance. The Native Ap Apex CT line are a sleek, stylish, and sturdy addition to anyone’s wardrobe. Native introduces a new ultralite sawtooth rubber outsole that boosts traction on slippery streets or tough trails. And they also come with their Defender Repellent Systems with Scotchgard™ to keep your feet nice and dry.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Street Hiker, $65
The Street Hiker from Converse is a unisex boot that shines in both appearance and endurance. Sporting the brand’s water-resistant Counter Climate tech, fleece lining, a rubber outsole, and a rubber coating, these boots are a sure-fire bet for staying dry and comfortable through wet conditions. Alternative: the totally waterproof (but not rubber) Chuck Taylor All Star II Boots.
Last updated by Bryan Holt on September 22, 2017.