The Complete List of Waterproof Barefoot Shoes for Rain

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Barefoot rain boots keep our feet happy on wet days!

If you live in a wet climate waterproof barefoot shoes will keep your socks dry and your feet happy. You see, many standard rain boots have a chunky heel that can throw off your alignment and cause all kinds of issues in your body. But a completely flat and flexible rain boot is hard to find!

I’ve compiled a list of all the waterproof, water resistant, and rubber rain boots (for kids and adults) that meet my strict requirements for healthy footwear. Don’t let the weather keep you from getting outside! Read on for the full list of barefoot waterproof shoes below.

How to Waterproof Your Shoes

a close up of two waterproofing products for shoes. Sno seal leather wax, and kiwi protect all shoe spray

Before we get to the waterproof barefoot shoe options, let’s discuss ways you can make use of the shoes you have. Keep in mind that treating your shoes with a waterproofing agent can change the way they look. Leather often gets significantly darker with impregnating waxes and can even change in texture. While these products are usually very effective, a shoe spray is a better alternative if you don’t want to change the way your shoes look.

Waterproofing Sprays, Waxes, & Creams

If working with suede, nubuck, or fabric I use waterproofing sprays because it’s less likely to change the look and texture of the material. Waxes & creams have to be rubbed into the shoe and are more likely to affect the look, but they are often more effective – best used on smooth leather/vegan leather products.

  • Car+bon Pro – The most effective without changing the material in any way! Works on everything, including vegan and fabrics
  • Nano Tech Waterproof Leather Spray – Have not used myself, but it comes highly rated
  • Nikwax Footwear Care – This is an ecofriendly spray, but it does slightly alter the look of suede/nubuck
  • Renapur Leather Balsam – This conditioner is a gentle waterproofer, not as effective as the other options. But really great for restoring the look of your shoes and increasing their longevity!
  • Otter Wax – Works great
  • Sno Seal – Very effective, but DEFINITLY changes the leather (unless you are dealing with a glossy black to begin with).

Other Tricks/Gadgets

  • Aquaseal – This is used to repair holes or seal up seams on your shoes!
  • Neos Overshoe – This overshoe can be worn directly over your shoes to make them waterproof and slip-resistant (there are many retailers, so search around to find your size).
  • Chala Overshoe – Available in 3 different varieties for year-round situations! Use code 93D5B5E9 for 5% off

Barefoot Rain Boots for Adults

There are not too many true barefoot rubber rain boot options yet, but here are my favorite ones for adults.

The following are the truest to barefoot shoe ideals.

  • Xero Shoes Gracie (women’s) – A true barefoot rain boot! Read my review here. For those in the EU, shop Xero Shoes EU here.
  • Lems Waterproof Chelsea (men’s & women’s) – probably the best pull on waterproof boot that fits both men & women.
  • Saguaro Brisk – Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 15% off. Quite thin, but really great foot shape!
  • Koel Rana – These are technically a kids’ shoe and only go up to a 41, but are super functional and have a tall cinch-able shaft that gives you real protection from rain and mud. Also available from Mugavik Barefoot at 5% off with code ANYASREVIEWS.
  • Women’s Asgard (AMAZON) – Packable, affordable rubber boots that check all the boxes, but do have a narrower toe box than I prefer. Read my Asgard review here.
  • Bisgaard (women’s & kids) – These rubber boots are completely flat and flexible but a little difficult to find and only go up to a size 40. US/Canadian customers can get them from Pedterra and use code ANYASREVIEWS, and the rest of the world can search for a retailer on Bisgaard’s website. Wider than the Asgard above, but just a little bit narrow.
  • Pokeboo Packable Rain Boots – Men’s and Women’s – very minimal but have a narrower toe box. This is the truest barefoot rain boot that comes in men’s sizes.
  • Vaistoa Korpi – This Finnish brand only ships within Europe, but they look to be a perfect barefoot rain boot.

Fun fact, you can turn any rain boots into thermal ones with a boot liner! And I also highly recommend the use of leg warmers to get a secure fit without compromising on toe space (because pull on rain boots are not adjustable).

Compromise Rain Boots:

While these options are more minimalist than most conventional rain boots, they might have a small heel rise and are heavier and thicker than is typical for a barefoot shoe (and also a little pinchier in the toe box). To make these options even more minimal, always check to see if there’s a removable insole.

Waterproof/Resistant Barefoot Shoes for Adults

Lem’s Waterproof Boulder Boot

While these are not your typical pull on rubber rain boots, these barefoot shoes are water resistant and practical for wet weather.

Kids Waterproof Barefoot Shoes

A pair of bright yellow barefoot rain boots from Ten Little being worn by a child in thick mud and water
Ten Little Rain Boots

Like for adults, true barefoot rain boots for kids are a tough find! But the options below we have vetted to be zero drop a wide toe box, so that kids can play in the rain and mud without hurting their feet.

If you want to see which barefoot kids shoes we consider to be the all time best, click here!

Rubber Rain Boots

  • Bisgaard – All zero drop except “Rain” model.
  • Bundgaard rubber boots – All these wellies are zero drop except the Sailor boots, and we consider them to be the best true kids barefoot rain boot. Customers outside the US can order directly from Bundgaard.
  • Oaki Rain Boots – The rubber boots are zero drop, neoprene boots are not.
  • Original Hunter Classic
  • Koel
  • KomForme – These are the only on the list that we can’t determine to be 100% zero drop. My best guess is they have a 2mm heel rise.
  • Stonz – West and Urban models. Use code ANYAREVIEWS10 for 10% off
  • Ten Little – Toddler/little kid sizes US 6-13. Read our review here for more details.
  • Viking – Not all models are zero-drop, so look for the flat soles. Viking ships to the EU only, but this brand can also be found at Outnorth for international shipping.
  • 1000 Hours Outside – Toddler 6 up to Youth 2
  • Igor – Also available in the US at PedTerra in sizes EU 20-30

Waterproof/Resistant Shoes

If you don’t need a full rubber boot, these waterproof kids barefoot shoes are the next best thing.

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98 thoughts on “The Complete List of Waterproof Barefoot Shoes for Rain”

  1. Thanks a lot for this list, definitely useful, though cf someone else’s comment not sure anything here applies to work conditions, will test and see, but @ANYA I just wanted to share that it’s a shame in your reviews that there seems to be very little about the ethics behind the shoes. For me it’s a big deal, and I know also for many other bare-footers. Most of the brands of wellies here are made in China, often not very transparent on their websites, with very little clear info on sourcing and materials… I feel it would be worth commenting on these practices in the reviews on your site. Thanks in advance 🙂

  2. Why, Oh, Why do a pair of injection moulded rubber, pvc, plastic or other waterproof petrochemical wonder boots cost $100 dollars …or more?!

    1. Hi Tim, there are many things that go into the production of barefoot style shoes that might surprise you. For an in-depth look at the cost of barefoot shoes, I encourage you to read this article.

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I first discovered barefoot shoes after a long history of foot issues. By changing my footwear and strengthening my body I was able to completely transform my life. Anya’s Reviews is my way of sharing with the world that healthy feet are happy feet!

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