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Reliable Rain Boots for Working in the Rain


December 15, 2021

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While it may be tempting to stay in on a rainy day, we know work must get done, rain or shine. If you work in wet conditions, whether on an offshore fishing boat or muddy farm, you need comfortable footwear and apparel to keep you dry and comfortable all day long.

Choosing the right rain boots for working in muddy, slippery, and rainy conditions can make or break your work performance. It is not enough to look for waterproof material. You must consider fit, protection, grip, odor, and moisture control, among other critical features.

Here, we break down the elements of durable rain boots, from design to function, and provide recommendations for eleven of the best rain boots for work, all available at Wilco farm stores.

How to Find Reliable Rain Boots for Work

You need a reliable and stylish rain boot that can stand up to your lifestyle challenges out on the worksite or rainy outdoors. Here are the most important factors to consider when looking for rain boots for work.

Fit

You will need plenty of space at the tip of your foot to wiggle your toes around without feeling cramped. The heel area should have a snug fit without being too loose. Make sure your boots have enough space for your thicker socks during the cold weather.

Calf Size

Rain boots usually sit high on the leg. Consider the width of your calf and ensure your foot can quickly go in and out of the boot. Rubber boots, especially, can be more challenging to put on due to their stronger and sturdier material. If you are having trouble finding a comfortable fit, consider ankle-high rain boots or look for boots with an adjustable gusset for a wider calf fit.

Weight

How much do the rain boots weigh? Sturdier materials can weigh more and be heavy for those who walk long distances during the day. If that is the case, choosing a lightweight material can offset the weight while still being waterproof.

Insulation

Rain boots can provide installation during colder days, especially when worn with a thick pair of socks. Consider the insulating material if you need more warmth for brisker days. You probably will not need insulation in the summer. An all-rubber boot can suffice during this warmer season.

Waterproof

When it is pouring rain, you need 100% waterproof boots with water-repellent properties. Usually, rubber or leather rain boots include a waterproof exterior to keep water from soaking your feet. In addition, you may want waterproof rain boots that have a moisture-wicking lining for the warmer days.

Slip-Resistant

Do not risk slipping on a slick surface. Look for boots with slip-resistant characteristics to give you enough traction in the mud and puddles. A strong grip can lower your chances of sustaining a slip-related work injury.

Materials

Choose rain boots with the highest quality materials that can last you for years and prevent soggy feet. Choosing durable materials can ensure your boots can withstand the wear and tear of rocky, muddy, and other rugged terrains.

Comfort

Comfort should be a top priority in rain boots for work. Cushioned insoles are a must if you want to have proper support for your arch, heel, and toes.

Safety

Safety features in a work boot are a necessity. Safety toe caps, for instance, can reduce the risk of injury from heavy objects. Reinforced support throughout the protective rain boots, such as the heel and the arch and chemical-resistant properties, can keep your feet safe from workplace hazards.

Best Rain Boots for Work

Find a wide range of rain boots, from rubber boots to steel-toe boots, with various features to keep you safe and comfortable outdoors.

1. Muck Chore Boot

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The classic Muck Chore boot is built for hard work, whether you go for the tall or mid option. It features waterproof protection and a slip-resistant grip that can handle any task at hand. For the ultimate protection, go with the sturdier steel toe work boots for the most demanding jobs.

Features:

  • 100% percent waterproof
  • EVA footbed for superior comfort
  • Breathable mesh to keep your feet dry
  • bioDEWIX for moisture and odor control
  • Rated for -65º F
  • Steel shank for the ultimate protection
  • Steel toe tested to meet ASTM F2413 – 18 M / I/C PR EH

Muck Boot Chore Hi Classic Roll Down Workboots, CHH-000A

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2. Ladies’ Muck Chore Mid Boot

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Muck’s women’s Chore Mid Boot is a stylish and durable rain boot. It is made with 5mm CR Flex-Foam uppers for warmth from the cold. An air mesh lining wicks moisture when it gets a little hotter. A durable rubber outsole provides sufficient grip to reduce the risk of slipping.

Features:

  • 100% waterproof
  • EVA footbed for all-day comfort
  • Insulated and lightweight lining
  • Footbed insert top cover with odor and moisture control properties
  • Rated for sub-zero temperatures -65º F

Ladies' Muck Chore Mid Boot, WCHM-000

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3. DryShod Hard Working Farm Boots, Haymaker

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If you are looking for rugged boots that can handle the most challenging environments, you need the Haymaker (available in high or mid-cut models). The Haymaker boot is not afraid to get muddy or wet. It is more than up for the challenge.

Features:

  • Rated -20º F to 75º F
  • DS1 molded outsole for the ultimate traction on slick terrain
  • Compression-molded gum rubber outsole for
  • EVA midsole to keep your feet warm and comfortable
  • Removable molded EVA sock liner
  • Nylon shank for superior arch support
  • 5mm insulated foam for warmth
  • Roll down calf pipe for use during warmer temperatures
  • Natural rubber overlays
  • Pull back tabs for ease-of-use
  • Reinforced tuck board with rigid shanks

DryShod, Men’s Hard-Working Farm Boots, Haymaker HAY-MH-BR

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4. XTRATUF Neoprene Boots

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It is all in the name. XTRATUFF’s neoprene boots are tough as nails. Get them in 12-inch or 15-inch heights. Alaskan commercial fishers prize these for their superior flexibility and comfort. Plus, they provide the ultimate protection from various substances, including corrosives, acids, and contaminants.

Features:

  • 100% waterproof
  • Resistance against a broad range of chemicals and acids
  • Slip-resistant
  • Built-in foam insulation
  • Comfort insole for impact resistance

XTRATUF 15 in. Neoprene Boots, 22272G-CTM

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5. XTRATUF Men’s 6 Inch Ankle Deck Boots

XTRATUF’s ankle deck boots, made of hand-laid rubber, are designed for offshore anglers but work great in wet weather. The lightweight design and slip-resistant Chevron outsole of the XTRATUF ankle deck boot gives you proper traction out at sea or in your backyard.

Features:

  • 100% waterproof
  • Xpresscool liner for moisture wicking
  • Slip-resistant
  • Pull-on tabs

Xtratuf Mens 6 Inch Ankle Deck Boots, 22733

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6. Muck Boot Chore Hi Cool Work Boots

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The Muck men’s Chore Cool Hi work boots were designed for comfort and protection, especially in dangerous work sites. They feature a reinforced toe and heel area that can stand up to the most rugged conditions. An Xpress Cool lining reduces moisture to keep your feet comfortable during your entire shift. A Vibram outsole grip enhances traction in various settings.

Features:

  • 100% waterproof
  • Sturdy toe and heel reinforcement
  • Meets ASTM F2413-11 MI/75 C/75 EH
  • SRC for slip resistance
  • EVA footbed to avoid extra-sore feet
  • Xpresscool antimicrobial liner

7. Muck Men’s Chore Classic XF

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Muck has reinvented the classic Chore boots with the Chore Classic XF boots. These revamped boots include a full waterproof gusset design for landowners and construction workers. An extra-wide calf size makes them super easy to put on.

Features:

  • 100% waterproof
  • Molded PU footbed
  • Breathable mesh
  • Rated for sub-zero temperatures -65º F
  • Footbed insert top cover designed with bioDEWIX technology to reduce odors and moisture
  • Extends up to 3-4 inches for added height

Muck Men's Chore Classic XF, MCXF-000

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8. Muck Edgewater Classic

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If the great outdoors is your second home, the Muck Edgewater Classic boots are for you. They feature a durable and reinforced protective shell and all-terrain outsole to handle any rain that comes your way while camping, fishing, hunting, or getting chores done outside.

  • One hundred percent waterproof
  • High-visibility lining
  • Toe, instep, and heel protection
  • Rated for sub-zero temperatures -65º F

Muck Edgewater Mid Roll Down Waterproof Boots, ECM-000

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9. Lacrosse Men’s Alpha Range Boots

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The Alpha Range boots use premium rubber and neoprene to create a comfortable and functional work boot for the rain. Using the same ozone and tear-resistant ZXT rubber used in the Grange and Burly models, these boots will last you for years. Their flexibility allows you to roll them down when it gets too hot or if you want to tuck in your pant leg.

Features:

  • 5 mm neoprene insulation
  • 14” height
  • Puncture resistant midsole
  • Safety toe
  • Neoprene gusset for a comfortable fit in a range of calf sizes
  • Lightweight Composite toe (NMT) that meets ASTM standards
  • Rated -20º F -60º F
  • Floating metatarsal guard to protect your feet from impact while giving you a full range of motion
  • A rugged outsole that thrives in muddy terrain
  • Jersey knit liner for wicking moisture

LaCrosse Men's Alpha Range Boots, 602240

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10. Muck Muckmaster

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The Muckmaster combines protective features to keep your feet safe from shark objects, while the breathable lining can keep your feet cool when the temperatures rise. These boots sit high on the leg to provide you with plenty of protection from puddle splashes.

Features:

  • 100% waterproof
  • EVA footbed for a comfortable fit throughout the day
  • Extended rubber overlay for protection
  • Flexible and lightweight
  • Breathable mesh for better airflow
  • Rated for -20º F to 50º F
  • MS-1 molded outsole is durable and can stand up to harsh conditions

Muck Boot MuckMaster Hi Commercial Grade Boots, MMH-500A

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11. DryShod Sod Buster Waterproof Ankle Boot

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DryShod’s Sod Buster is the perfect gardening boot for rainy days. Their innovative WIXIT Cool-Clad air mesh lining reduces moisture when working up a sweat in the rain.

Features

  • 100% waterproof
  • 5 mm foam insulated bootie to keep your feet warm and comfortable
  • Roll down calf pipe to improve airflow during muggy days or to tuck in your pants
  • Hand laid rubber overlays
  • Durable pull tabs for ease-of-use
  • Reinforced tuck board with rigid shanks for superior stability

Dryshod Sod Buster Waterproof Ankle Boot, SDB-MA-MS

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Shop for Rain Boots at Wilco Farm Stores

Shop durable and stylish boot styles at Wilco farm stores. Whether you are going fishing, hunting, camping, or just to your backyard, we have the right rain boots for you. Stop by Wilco farm stores for all your rainy day gear, from thick socks to rain jackets and so much more.

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