Make a splash! 17 stylish rainboots

When Kate Moss wore tall black Hunters to a music festival in 2005 it changed rain boots forever. Once utilitarian footwear relegated to the back of the closet except on bad weather days, rain boots have become a chic necessity in everyday street style.

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The tall classic shape looks great with skinny jeans and short skirts, while the ankle version gives a fun and feminine twist to any outfit on soft-shower days. Behold the seventeen best of the plethora of choices available now in contemporary materials, playful prints, and trendy styles. Let it rain!

Tall Boots

Le Chameau leather lined rain boots

Le Chameau leather-lined rain boots. This is the very same pair that Kate Middleton owns ($489, Orvis)

Dirty Laundry Ring Leader rainboots

Dirty Laundry Ring Leader rain boots. Trust us, plaid is the pattern of the season! ($59, Amazon)

Jelly buckled rain boots

Jelly buckled rain boots. This pretty printed boot has a removable foot bed and an easy-to-clean jelly rubber outsole ($25, Burlington)

Michael Kors Fulton rain boot

Michael Kors Fulton rain boot. So stylish, it could double as a dress boot ($125, Nordstrom’s)

Betsey Johnson Splash of Panache rain boots

Betsey Johnson Splash of Panache rain boots in roses. The classic rain boot silhouette updated with a bold rose print ($43, Amazon)

Kamik Kathy rain boot

Kamik Kathy rain boot. The boot shaft is made from fabric, yet whisks rain drops away from you ($26, Amazon)

Hunter original tall rain boot

Hunter original tall rain boot. Worn by Princess Di, Prince Charles and people around the world even when it’s not raining. Virtually indestructible and made with 28 separate pieces ($150, Hunter Boots)

Lauren Ralph Lauren Rossalyn II rain boots

Lauren Ralph Lauren Rossalyn II rain boots. The classic riding boot gets revamped into a shiny rain-proof green plaid ($79, Dillard’s)

Valentino lace print boot in blush

Valentino lace print boot in blush. A shadow lace print adorns these boots, turning something utilitarian into a piece of art ($295, Neiman Marcus)

Short Boots

NoSox Myst rain booties

NoSox Myst rain booties. The pink sole gives this glossy Chelsea boot a feminine touch ($60, Amazon)

Kate Spade Sedgewick animal rain booties

Kate Spade Sedgewick animal rain booties. The animal print insert adds dash to your stride ($158, Kate Spade)

Chooka mid height rain boots

Chooka mid height rain boots. Crafted in Seattle, where they know rain, this mid-calf rain boot with its comfy cotton lining that wicks away moisture, will stand up to any weather ($65, Eddie Bauer)

Short tassel rain boots

Short tassel rain boots in black. Clean and simple ($22 Target)

Aquatalia Vela waterproof bootie

Aquatalia Vela waterproof bootie. This suede and croc embossed leather bootie is perfect for dry and wet weather ($346, Lord & Taylor)

Sporto Pamela waterproof duck booties

Sporto Pamela waterproof duck booties. Chances are you or your friends wore this classic bad weather bootie in college. They’re back and just as warm as ever ($74, Amazon)

Sam Edelman Tinsley leopard print Chelsea rain boots

Sam Edelman Tinsley leopard print Chelsea rain boots. Go fashion forward with these block heeled beauties ($55, Lord & Taylor)

Burberry Riddlestone rain boots

Burberry Riddlestone rain boots. Leather straps and a tonal plaid accent on the back of the boot add noticeable classic style ($325, Zappos)

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