Top 10 Waterproof Boots To Be Seen In

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Tough waterproof boots can be a lifesaver when hiking.
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Fashion or function? As the wet winter weather approaches, the discerning waterproof boot wearer might want both, and could be prepared to give their wallet or purse a few kicks to get it. We’ve picked a top five for men and women that will repel the rain for all shapes and sizes of feet.
Caterpillar: classic foot protection
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Men's top five

5. Caterpillar
Chunky and hunky, Caterpillar has gained a clear foothold in the work boot market, with footwear specifically designed for the industrial work that uses its machinery and engines. 

But you don’t need to be mining or driving tractors to appreciate these heavy-duty workhorses, which are also available in a range of women’s designs.
 
Among the attractions of a caterpillar boot are the steel toe caps, their heat/electrical/slip resistance, and aggressive tread pattern, along with their good looks.
Dunlop are reliable, traditional boots
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4. Dunlop

The traditional tyre giant’s boots retain their image of no-nonsense, mucking-out-the-pigs, wading-through-muddy-puddles, practicality. 

Resistant, hardwearing and easy to pull on, the Dunlop is a tried and tested winter life (and foot) saver. 

They're also perfect as a means of transmitting mud throughout the house for younger members of the family.
Beyond brown: go for a bit of Hi-tec colour
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Beyond brown: go for a bit of Hi-tec colour

3. Hi-tec

Of course boots are only one part of the Hi-tec sporting arsenal, which also includes football, golf and running footwear, but it’s a significant part.

Perhaps the most exotically colourful of each brand mentioned here (chocolate, taupe and clementine, anyone?), Hi-tec has sponsored travel writer Alexandre Poussin and his family who are spending 16 months walking across Madagascar.

Its new ‘adventure proof’ boots include water and dirt repellent i-shield technology and anti-odour/microbe ortholite cushioned liner.
Hikers of all abilities will love these durable boots
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Hikers of all abilities will love these durable boots

2. Berghaus

Tougher than your nan’s Yorkshire puddings, these boots are built to last.

They are the choice of serious explorers who love all environments, from fell to forest to imposing crag, and boast a series of technological advances that mean a stay in a ‘Mountain House’ (translation of the German company’s name) should be a stroll in the park. 

Gore-tex waterproof protection, thick leather, and hiking-specific lace, grip and foot beds make these brawny brutes a boot to be reckoned with.
Merrell's boots are perfect many situations
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1. Merrell

Billed as “bringing the trail into your casual life”, Merrell’s heritage as a producer of hiking and running shoes translates into some cool boots – in more ways than one.

We've chosen them as our number one because of their diversity and adaptability for urban, country and social life. Not only does the ‘M-Select Fresh’ mesh lining prevent odour before it starts, but the super exoskeletal construction gives these boots stability for the time you want to walk straight out of town into the country – and then back to the pub.

In 1981, the year of the company’s birth, Backpacker magazine named its hiking boots as 'the best ever made'. The company is also proud of Team Merrell – a select group of world-class athletes who have endorsed the brand, which includes record holders in sports such as ultracycling and marathon paddling.
Everlasting style with Timberland
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Everlasting style with Timberland

Women's top five

5. Timberland
Famous yellow things: Pacman, The Simpsons , Timberland boots.

It’s not difficult to pick out a pair of these leather legends, favoured as they are by hip hop moguls, fashionistas and heavy duty construction workers.

And even though they scream muscle and masculinity music superstars such as Rihanna  and Rita Ora both retained their feminine side when snapped in these fashion classics.
 
Of course there are more options to the company’s range, including knee-highs and normal shoes.
Take your pick of the patterns with Joules boots
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Take your pick of the patterns with Joules boots

4. Joules

From the leather  Chelsea  boot to the ‘muck boot’, these exquisite items of footwear are known for their high level of craftsmanship.

And Joules’ realm of wellington boots are a joy to behold, with a combination of colours and complexity that will thrill minimalists and anarchists alike.
 
Hares? Check. Patterns suitable for Chelsea Flower Show? Check. Doggies? Check. Giant bouncy bows and more stripes than a pack of humbugs? Check.

The joy of Joules boots is that they look just as good on a country landowner as an eight-year-old girl with a touch of chic. 
Comfort is key with Regatta boots
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Comfort is key with Regatta boots

3. Regatta

These rugged boots are suitable for all the family . The company produces every style from the trainer -type shoe to the traditional wellington type (such as the resplendent sounding Lady Bainbridge and Lady Banbury) to the breathable mid-boots. 

Known for their excellent comfort with deep-padded collar and tongue and breathable mesh, Regatta boots are available in colours such as tulip pink, gala green and even the warm-sounding Roasted. 
Ultimate comfort and funky appeal
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Ultimate comfort and funky appeal

2. Dr Martens

We’ve put them into the women’s section, but of course these  British  bruisers are suitable for all feet from the smooth and dainty to the wizened and cracked, and available in a range of names such as Bryony, Teresa or Kathleena and leather that’s plain or patterned (sometimes stunningly so).
 
There’s a huge vegan collection  and the company’s official website even boasts its own customisable design section where you can upload your own pictures to create the boot exterior – from your child’s face to a cartoon kitten to fireworks   to a photograph of Venice – and therefore a pair of boots that are completely unique.
Denim blue Hunter boots: chic and stylish
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Denim blue Hunter boots: chic and stylish

1. Hunter

Not the cheapest, but as good as it gets, with both style and substance in one boot to show off to the world. 

Part of the reason that the company is still thriving at the ripe old age of 158 is that it knows what it is, and does it well – tough, usually one colour, but with a host of options including a high gloss finish and neoprene or shearling lining. 
 
Celebs spotted rocking Hunter boots include Alexa Chung and Ellie Goulding, both at Glastonbury. We liked the nautically-themed scuba eyelet boot, Chelsea boots with the distinctive neon soles and 9cm heels, and the original contrast wellingtons. That level of diversity makes it a clear choice for the number-one spot.

Add a pair of Hunter wellie socks to complete the look. Don’t forget the men’s boots are pretty funky as well.
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