Ever since walking the rain-soaked streets of NYC
in my athletic shoes
, I’ve been determined to get a proper pair of rain boots. I’m 41 and have never owned a pair! #thehorror
I think the typical high price tag for a quality pair and my doubtful mindset, “how often would I really
wear them?” kept me from making the investment. But, when you need a pair of rain boots, nothing else will do! Wet socks and cold feet are no fun! Some people might actually use a public restroom handdryer as a means to try and dry their socks. For example.
In Houston, I’d probably get more use out of rain boots than I do a heavy coat since we get tons of rainy days here.
But which ones to buy? I’ve heard so many people rave about their Hunter rainboots
, so I definitely wanted to give them a try and then I also saw pretty cute pair of UGGs and you know I’m a fan
of those. Finally, I wanted to compare the women and kids Hunter boots because I was thinking, for a petite person like myself, we might be able to get away with those at half the price!So, I tried the Hunter Original High Gloss Boot
, the UGG Shaye Rain Boot
, and the Kids Hunter Boots
, all from my fave Nordstrom, and I’m giving you the comparison and pros/cons of each below. Too bad I just saw the new Hunter wedges (tall
). I love a wedge and those are super cute!
Below is a photo comparison of each of the boots I tried (with socks):
and without socks:
Here’s the run-down on all three:Original High Gloss Boot
: This pair was comfortable (with socks) in the foot part and leg lengthening with the taller shaft, but also hit my knee right at the kneecap, which I didn’t enjoy. Also, without the thick sock, this one felt big on my foot. They come in lots of gorgeous colors and the bright red is particularly festive and fun for the holidays, but they are also the priciest at $150, so you want to make sure they are worth it. These are the tallest with a 16 inch shaft and 16 inch calf circumference.
UGG Shaye Rain Boot
: This boot was the one with a slightly higher heel by 1/4 inch, but still super comfy. It’s got shearling inside, which is ridiculously cozy, but ultimately, I felt it would be too warm for Houston’s mild weather. These have a 12 1/2 inch shaft and 16 inch calf circumference. They also are a great price at the same as the Kids Hunters and also come in grey, black, and dark green.
Kids Hunter Boots
: This boot is just 1 1/2 inch shorter (11 inch shaft) than the Original Hunter, so it hit my leg a few inches below my knee. To find your size in a kids shoe, you just take your regular size minus two, which put me in a Kids Size 4 and they fit my foot perfectly. It’s slightly annoying (for adults) that the kids’ boots have a small reflective patch at the back of the heel and back top of the boot, but if you wear them with socks, the top reflective patch will be covered. It didn’t keep me from choosing this pair because the fit was good and the height was nice for a petite person. Also, they didn’t feel heavy on my foot, which I liked.
For reference, I’m 5’1, about 105 pounds:
And you don’t have to save your rain boots for rainy days. They are comfy enough to wear on your casual days running errands and such. For Fall and Winter, I absolutely love them with a puffer vest, button down top, and Black Skinny Jeans. These are those crop jeans I was telling you about here and how awesome they are because they tuck you in an keep everything looking taut, without being uncomfortably tight. They also run true to size (I’m in 25). Because I’m only 5’1, then hit just at my ankle, which I love!
Below is a better look at that reflective part I was talking about. If you wore them out trick-or-treating recently, or dog-walking at night, you might actually appreciate that!
I wanted to give you more photo comparisons, so you could get an idea of what the boots looked like from the front, side, and back view and with and without socks: