Unless you're blessed by way of living in a year-round-sunshine location, chances are you'll encounter a downpour or two as you go about life. But you shouldn't let the rain stop you doing your thing. It's only water after all. To get out there and face the elements, you need an outfit that's ready for the rain, and it's good to start from the bottom up. Walking through water calls for the very best waterproof boots.

When shopping for footwear that you can rely on to keep those feet dry, there are a few key things to look out for. GORE-TEX is a big one. This breathable, wind- and water-proof fabric is the bee's knees of element-protecting apparel; a signifier for knowing that what you're wearing will do its job in all weather. Shoes with this stuff will usually repel rain in ways more superior than those without, so you'll spot a few GORE-TEX-boasting boots in our selection.

Read on for our selection of the best waterproof boots for men.

adidas Terrex Swift R2

Terrex Swift R2 Mid GORE-TEX Hiking Shoes

from $170

adidas

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

Hiking shoes have a bad rep for being a bit weighty. But put this one on, and you'll realize that not all of them are born equal. The adidas Terrex is lightweight but also sturdy as hell — the Continental™ Rubber keeps you stable in all conditions.

Salomon Snowcross Adv Ltd

Snowcross Adv Ltd Waterproof Boots

$106

Salomon

Buy at Matchesfashion

This one from Salomon looks ready for the feet of a scuba diver, so you'd be pretty confident it'll do the job when it comes to being waterproof.

Nike Air Force 1 Winter

Air Force 1 Winter GORE-TEX Boot

Air Force 1 Winter GORE-TEX Boot

$125

Nike

Buy at NIKE

We love the Nike Air Force 1, of course we do. But when we're talking waterproof-ness, we need something a little extra. Good job there's a GORE-TEX version of it.

Arc'teryx Acrux TR GTX®

Acrux TR GTX® Boot

$240

Arc'teryx

Buy at Arc'teryx

A king of outdoor wear, Arc'teryx continues its metamorphosis from dad favorite to high-fashion-head frequenter. One to wear on the front row.

HOKA One One Speedgoat Mid GTX 2

Speedgoat Mid GTX 2 Boot

Speedgoat Mid GTX 2 Boot

$170

HOKA

Buy at Urban Outfitters

As is evident above, many waterproof options are black or dark in color. Luckily for loud fans, there are options like this one from HOKA One One.

Timberland Icon Nubuck

Icon Nubuck Boot

Icon Nubuck Boot

$190

Timberland

Buy at Urban Outfitters

Back to black and a pair of go-with-pretty-everything boots from Timberland.

Columbia Newton Ridge 2

Newton Ridge 2 Waterproof

Newton Ridge 2 Waterproof

$90

Columbia

Buy at Foot Locker

See above, pretty much everything!

On Cloudrock Mesh Boots

Cloudrock Waterproof Rubber-Trimmed Mesh Boots

$230

On

Buy at Mr Porter

Not only are these waterproof, but they also come packed with a piece of technology named Zero-Gravity CloudTec® — and who wouldn't want that in their boots.

Suicoke Tamb-B Rubber Boots

Tamb-B Rubber Boots

Tamb-B Rubber Boots

from $121

Suicoke

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

Now we're getting serious. This is for the no-messing-around, absolutely-not-getting-my-feet-wet gang. Nothing's getting in those.

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