If you spend a lot of time outdoors, one of the best investments you can make is in a quality pair of waterproof boots. Nothing can make a day outdoors miserable like wet feet. Plus, not only are wet feet uncomfortable, they are prone to damage. Wet feet blister easier, get infected easier, and keep your spouse at bay that much more. Whether you spend your time outdoors for recreation or for work, waterproof boots are an invaluable asset helping you to do more and go farther. Discussed in this article are the four biggest brands selling men’s 100% waterproof boots online and how they differ.
First, when we talk about 100% waterproof boots, we mean boots that are rubber. Leather can be treated to be somewhat waterproof, but is not going to keep you dry all day long when standing in 6 inches of water. If you must be in wet conditions stick to these four brands.
BOGS – BOGS Footwear is the single biggest brand for waterproof boots by the sheer number of different styles they sell. All of their footwear is 100% waterproof being made of neoprene rubber. Most footwear looks similar to a pair of wellington rain boots, but they are much more than a rubber rain boot. The neoprene rubber is far more flexible making them comfortable. The neoprene is also a great insulator and boots can be further lined to provide extreme protection from the cold. Of all on the list, this type of boot is by far the warmest with a comfort rating all the way to -65 degrees F. BOGS Footwear is a great brand but it is definitely not for everyone. These boots are for those working regularly in wet or cold environments. This includes work on the farm, journeymen, work in camps and outdoor, hunting, or extreme weather living. If you just need something to keep you dry while working on construction sites and other things, you should instead consider a waterproof leather work boot with better traction on solid ground and safety features such as a steel toe.
Lacrosse – Lacrosse is a work boot collection. They have a special line called Lacrosse Industrial which is composed exclusively of 100% waterproof boots for extreme weather conditions, though you will find a number of 100% waterproof styles also in the main Lacrosse line. If your environment is wet, this brand makes great boots. They differ from BOGS footwear in that they tend to have deeper tread on their boots making them a little more all terrain than BOGS footwear. They differ in that the boots are made of black rubber rather than neoprene rubber meaning they will breathe as well and they will not be as warm, making them less ideal in extreme cold conditions.
Pro Line – While not as big or as single minded as BOGS or Lacrosse, Pro Line offers a large offering of waterproof boots. Their boots are more similar to Lacrosse than BOGS, but they also offer a number of duck boot styles as well. This is a boot that is rubber up to the ankle and then leather or some other type of fabric up the calf. These are a good choice when you can expect to encounter water but don’t expect to be ankle deep in it. Along with BOGS footwear, many of their styles are in mossy oak styles making them ideal for hunters.
Sperry Top-Sider – Sperry Top-Sider 100% waterproof boots differ from the rest on the list in that their styles are mainly rain boots. They are designed for wear while boating, which means their tread is ideal for traction if smooth wet surfaces and their goal is 100% waterproof without insulating. A good choice if you are looking for a simple wellington, but would not be ideal for industrial work, cold temperatures, or muddy conditions.
When you need a 100% waterproof boot, it can be hard to find exactly what you are looking for in a general store. The ideal boot is one that fits perfectly to the environment you are working in. The brands on this list all have similar pricing ranging from around $60 a pair to as much as $200 a pair. I recommend BOGS boots for men working in cold muddy condition, and I recommend lacrosse boots for warmer climates and industrial workers.