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Women’s rain boots are ankle or knee-length boots with rubber, rain-resistant exteriors. These boots used to be a functional necessity for bad weather. Now, people wear them as a fashion statement. The trick to wearing women’s rain boots is finding the boots that fit your personal style.

Find the right boots. You can buy rain boots at department stores, shoes stores and women’s boutiques. They range in price from $20 to more than $100. You will not find them at athletic shoe stores. Women’s rain boots come in dozens of colors and patterns, from black to red polka dots to orange stripes. Choose boots that complement your everyday fashion sense, so you will feel comfortable wearing them with the clothes you already own.

Buy a large size. Choose rain boots one size larger than your normal shoe size. Rain boots in your normal shoe size tend to make your legs appear thick. If the boots are one size up, the extra room towards the top of the boots will appear comparatively wider than your legs, making your legs appear slim and attractive.

Wear double socks. Rain boots slide as you walk, so wear two pairs of socks with them to avoid blisters. Double socks will also provide extra protection against cold air and rain. Avoid ankle socks because they may slip down your foot as you walk. Rain boots are looser than most shoes, so you want to wear socks with a strong grip above the ankles—socks that will stay put all day.

Pair them with skinny jeans or black stretch pants. Show off your stylish rain boots by tucking in your pants. Women’s rain boots look particularly fashionable with tucked in skinny jeans.

Tip

Wear them only in rainy conditions. Wear them when it is overcast, but not when there is less than a 60 percent chance of rain.

Warning

Cheap boots tend to rip. Think about how often it rains where you live before choosing a pair of rain boots. If you live in a hot, dry climate, like Arizona or Nevada, you do not necessarily need to spend a lot of money on rain boots. If you live in a northern city like Seattle, San Francisco, or New York, you will want to buy a sturdy pair of rain boots that can be worn many times without tearing.

About the Author

Eva Gordon

Eva Gordon has been writing and editing since 2006. She is coauthor of the “Everything Guide to Writing Children’s Books, 2nd Edition” and her work has appeared in "Spectrum Culture" as well as on eHow and in several literary magazines. Gordon holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing from Eugene Lang College and is currently enrolled in the Spalding University Master of Fine Arts program.