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These are the rain-proof men's and women's boots you need this spring

From styles for gardening to office-commute footwear, we’ve got you covered.

From styles for gardening to office-commute footwear, we’ve got you covered

Just like a stylish trench coat is a springtime wardrobe staple, it can be argued that everyone should own at least one great, functional pair of rain boots for surviving the season's inevitable heavy precipitation and all that comes with it. After all, mud and moisture can wreak havoc on sneakers, and losing a perfectly good pair of leather or suede shoes to water damage can be a real threat this time of year!

A well-made pair of rain boots can last for years, and the most iconic styles haven't deviated much from the original rubber or "gum" Wellingtons that were first manufactured in the mid-19th century.

The key to shopping for the perfect pair of waterproof boots? Considering where and how you'll want to wear them, and deciding on the material (rubber is the most traditional but also the heaviest), and height, that will feel best. From there, it's simply a matter of taste.

Here are 13 fashionable rain boot styles for every occasion.

Commute-friendly styles

The narrow-fit, Chelsea-style boot in a waterproof material is probably one of the most popular options for rainy, urban commutes. Not as clunky or heavy as a Wellington, but still high enough to allow for stepping in puddles, these smart boots can even be kept on once you arrive at the office (although be warned that they don't offer much breathability).

Sam Edelman Women's Tinsley Boot, $95, Littleburgundyshoes.com.

Aigle Women's Macadames Low Boots, $190, Gravitypope.com

Men's Original Seaton Moc Toe Chelsea Boots, $195, Hunterboots.com.

Tretorn Men's Guswnt Chelsea Waterproof Boot, $154.24, Nordstrom.com

Outdoors-ready options

Rubber Wellingtons first gained popularity as a practical footwear choice for farmers and other workers, and many rain boots are still made for working outdoors in the mud and rain. For everything from light gardening to more intense yard work, these wellies will keep your toes dry while offering amble traction and protection from the landscape.

Men's Balmoral Side Adjustable Boots, $220, Hunterboots.com

Men's Huron Boots, $114.99, Baffin.com.

Women's 6" Bean Boots, $179, Llbean.ca.

Lightweight, on-the-go boots

If you just need a waterproof pair of deck shoes, or if you find traditional rubber boots to be too heavy or high maintenance (they can dry out or show a white residue without proper care), another option is to go for a low-cut style in PVC, EVA or other plastic material. They generally won't be quite as durable, but will feel lighter on your feet.

Women's Flora 2 Eye Boot, $90, Bogsfootwear.ca.

Men's AP Rain Boots, $110, Nativeshoes.com

Men's Larslo Boots, $100, Kamik.com.

Fashion-forward picks

You may not need a designer boot featuring laser-cut lace or a two-layered shoe bearing Burberry's heritage check, but if you're a firm believer that rainwear can be both splashy and practical, these are three stylish designs to liven up the gloomiest of days. After all, your garden-variety wellies just won't do if the rest of your outfit is fashionably elegant.

Women's Snakeskin Rain Boots, $69, Simons.ca.

Women's Vintage Check Neoprene And Rubber Rain Boots, $410, Burberry.com.

4 Moncler Simone Rocha Women's Rebekah Boots, $436, Moncler.com.

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