The Complete List of Waterproof Barefoot Shoes for Rain

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I get asked EVERY DAY for waterproof barefoot shoes that are good for your feet. You see, traditional rain boots have a chunky heel that can really 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.

  • Carbon 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 below 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).
  • Waterproof Socks from Freet – Use code AR-10 for 10% off your order from Freet. Interesting idea to keep your feet, but not your shoes, dry!

Rain Boots for Adults

Asgard Packable Rain Boots

There are not too many true barefoot rubber rain boot options yet, but here are a few good ones for adults.

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.

Barefoot Rain Boots:

A top down view of a pair of feet wearing Xero Gracie rubber barefoot rain boots in bright yellow on grass
Xero Gracie

The following are the truest to barefoot shoe ideals.

  • Xero Shoes Gracie – A true barefoot rain boot! Read my review here. For those in the EU, shop Xero Shoes EU here
  • Koel Rana – These boots are the most functional barefoot rain boot available, but they only go up to a 41 because they are technically a kids shoe. The tall, cinch-able shaft 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! Read my review here. You can also find them in a mid-calf version. I sized up one size for socks and a thin liner.
  • Bisgaard (women’s & kids) – These rubber boots are completely flat and flexible but a little difficult to find. 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.
  • Pokeboo Packable Rain Boots – Men’s and Women’s – very minimal but have a narrower toe box

Compromise Rain Boots:

While these options are zero drop, they are heavier and thicker than is typical for a barefoot shoe (and also a little pinchier in the toe box).

Waterproof/Resistant Barefoot Shoes for Adults

Lem’s Waterproof Boulder Boot

While these are not your typical rubber rain boots, they are water resistant and meet barefoot shoe requirements.

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

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.
  • 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

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

  1. Do you have any tips for caring for rubber boots? I had the Tretorn Skerry boots for a few years but the rubber started cracking.

  2. Lems waterproof Boulder Boots have become my go-to during Florida’s (torrential) rainy season.
    Also loving the new ‘Wear This, Not That” series 🙂

  3. Hi Anya, Looking into the Tretorn Gus fleecelined rainboots. They don’t advertise as zero drop/barefoot and look like they have a substantial sole. Do you have any direct experience with them?

    1. I don’t have first hand experience with them, but I’ve read lots of reviews in the BST Minimalist shoe Facebook Group. Based off of everyone’s experiences there they are zero drop, flexible enough to roll into a ball, but the sole is heavier than most barefoot shoe brands. Also, not overly narrow, but also not super wide.

      1. Do you know if the Japanese WBSJ rain boots are barefoot style? They sure look like it. Would try them if there were any European retailers.
        Would love if you did a review of the Pokeboos and WBSJs!

        1. I have worn my WBSJ boots for 3 seasons now and they’re good. They’re definitely accidently barefoot, what saves them for me is that the rubber has some give. They’re a bit narrow for my 10 cm wide forefoot but not squishy to the point of discomfort. I like that I can wear them pulled all the way up or slouchy style, and that they’re very packable. The soles are super flexible and fairly thin.

  4. Thanks so, so much for this post. I was grieving the death of my old Vivobarefoot wellies that I loved and couldn’t replace, trying to accept the fact that I would now have to own a pair of “normal” heeled stiff boots that I’d probably avoid using. I went through each of your links and ended up buying a pair of Urberg (the shorter model as the one you linked wasn’t available on my size). I had to return it twice until I was happy with the size and it was totally worth it, gosh they are just amazing. I wore them in a 5 mile walk today and enjoyed every step. And they were much cheaper than the top brands in the uk, returns included. I hope they will last longer than my Vivos, they are built differently so hopefully they will.

  5. I am interested in the Asgard and the Tretorn, in the photos they don’t look very wide in the toe box, they look quite tapered. Are you able to provide any information on that aspect? Thank you for all the good information.

    1. I have heard from a number of people that the Asgard are really good, and even wide enough for extra wide feet. The Treton I have also heard good things, but I’ve only talked to a couple people who’ve tried them. From what I can tell the Asgard are wider (or at least very soft and flexible so it spreads out with your foot).

        1. How much longer are they than your foot? I got mine to fit the length of my foot and my metatarsals spill over the edges. I thought it would be fine but later tried wearing thick socks with them and my feet went numb.

    1. Thank you for the heads up! I just e-mailed them. They’re usually pretty quick about resetting it, should be working again shortly.

  6. Thank you! I hope they bring them back, as I desperately need to replace my Hunter rubber chelsea boots with a barefoot version!

  7. Hi! Thanks for the article, because it makes it clear for me that… among available barefooties I won’t find anything I’m actually looking for: breathable & waterproof barefoot shoes with the high-quality membrane (like Gore-Tex). I’ll explain my point.:)

    Before I went barefoot I used to wear trekking shoes from Ecco, Timberland etc. as my everyday shoes. They had excellent membranes: kept water out even in the heavy rain and drained the sweat… feet remained dry at the end of the day! Leather would never work that way – despite the claims of “breathability” it doesn’t work, at least for my over-sweating feet. I have Vivobarefoot Tracker II Firm Ground and Magna Trail. Yes, they are water-proof/resistant, but hmmm, my foot is wet with sweat after a day hiking.
    I also have a Wildling crane, which… became completely wet after 5 minutes of cycling in the rain. I would consider one of the Xero models, cuz they seem quite close to what I’m looking for, but they look so “technical” that puts me off.

    So – why on earth wouldn’t any minimalist shoe company use the technologies already developed and introduce a real breathable barefoot shoe? Maybe if they are more people thinking likewise, we could create a petition? (my ultimate dream is: a shoe like Vivo Magna Trail with a breathable membrane) 🙂 Greetings from Greece.

    1. I think lots of people are thinking like you and wishing for truly waterproof shoes that breathe! My only recommendation right now is to check out the Sole Runner Transition Vario. As the market grows we’ll be getting more options, I am confident of that.

      1. Hi! Thank you for your amazing reviews. I currently wear my husbands goretex solamons to walk our dog on wet days. I have been transitioning to barefoot shoes slowly and would love to find a pair of waterproof barefoot shoes, that are below the ankle. Are there any on the market??
        Unfortunately my archilles ache in any boots.

        1. Hi! Zaqq Barefoot has some low top waterproof shoes that could be good! The Xero Prio All Day sneaker is water resistant and that might be worth checking out as well.

    2. Hi!
      Totally on board with you here. I don’t want warm lining (fleece, wool, etc), I have plenty of good woollen socks that get me through -10 °C days in shoes without any lining. What I do care about; waterproof and breathable, so I can wear them all year long.

      Ahinsa Jaya may be good for this. They have a vegan leather that is waterproof and they claim to be breathable, but I haven’t tried them yet.

      1. Oh yeah, just to add 1 more request to the list: real flexible soles with profile. I mean: we wouldn’t be asking for waterproof boots if we wouldn’t have rain > rain gives mud > mud makes everything slippery > profile is needed, as flat soles don’t work anymore, regardless of the quality of the rubber.

        … Just throwing some wishes out there in hope one of the brands reads along and decides to develop these shoes 😉

  8. Ahhh zapato Feroz have children’s barefoot shoes and waterproof as well, I haven’t seen any softer and flexible shoes.
    they dont ship out of Europe unfortunately…

  9. amazing resource, great work. can u explain why you have the mudee listed as water repellent, the image of the shoe looks pretty waterproof to me. am i missing something

    1. As far as I understood it, that was how Freet labelled them. In the pair that I have tested I didn’t really put it to the test (ie stand in a tub of water), but they at least were water repellent.

  10. Hey Anya,
    What are the light blue shoes in your top picture? The ones on the left?
    Rainy season is almost upon us and I like the look of their toebox.
    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi! It’s the Vivobarefoot Fulham, which currently isn’t in stock (at least on my region’s Vivo site). A real shame since now is when people are needing it! But you might get lucky at Revivo.com.

  11. Hi, I can’t find information online about the insole width of the Konforme rain boots. I’m trying to find something that fits my almost 4 year old’s wide feet. Do you know anything about how wide they are, or do you know of any kids rain boots that are good for wide feet? Thank you! Your blog is amazing!

    1. Hi! I don’t have firsthand experience with this shop, but they are involved in the community so I am fairly certain that they are a legitimate retailer of barefoot shoes.

  12. Hi! Love your website 🙂
    I’m looking for some rubber rain boots for my 1 year old. Love the bisgaard ones, but can’t find any info about them being a minimalist shoe. Do you have any experience with these boots? And are they zero drop?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi! Yes, I do know for certain that most of the Bisgaard rubber boot models are zero drop. They do have one or two that have a heel, but it’s very noticeable from the photos. They are also flexible, and decently wide, but not super wide.

  13. Hi,
    Are see kai run boots barefoot or not? I can not find this info on the internet. Are the shoes I am looking for for my barefoot 5 yo boy.
    Thanks,Monika

    1. Last they told me was they are not zero drop. They used to say they were zero drop, and my son wore a pair of their boots for a winter, but then they took that off their site and replied to me that they weren’t. So, I’m not sure what is going on there. Thanks for reminding me to reach out to them and ask again (I’ve pestered them about this at least 5X before, ha!). But when you look at their shoes they really look to be totally flat! I also found this:
      https://see-kai-run.reamaze.com/kb/fit/what-is-the-barefoot-movement-and-what-is-your-take-on-it

      1. Thanks for a reply, Anya. What means “next best to barefoot”? And what about their sizes. I need shoes for 18 cm long and almost 7,7 cm wide. As I`d be ordering from Europe, I have no choice to return…
        Do you know any other barefoot shoes/winter boots this way: water resistant, warm, high for snow and sports/hiking style, not casual shoes? I have been googling a lot and last year too but See kai run looks like unike of this style?

        1. Have you looked at the Vivobarefoot Yeti? Or Be Lenka Penguin? It sounds like what you need is this article on kids winter boots:
          https://anyasreviews.com/barefoot-minimalist-kids-boots/
          As far as See Kai Run sizing, it’s been too many years since I ordered for me to remember. I followed their instructions and they were the right size. I think that “next best to barefoot” means that being barefoot is best, but their shoes are close to it.

    1. Hi! Those are the Vivobarefoot Fulham, in a grey color that was available a few years ago. I believe you can still find it in a few sizes on Revivo.com (the color is called Zinc).

  14. I’m looking for a barefoot wellie, but I have really really wide calves. Do you have any recommendations? It looks like the Asgard won’t be big enough? I really don’t like hot feet, so something cool enough for summer would be another big criteria for me.

    1. Hmm, my best suggestion would be to look for short rain boots such as these from Bundgaard. Currently there aren’t any good wide calf options. You could also try a waterproof overshoe if you need something that comes up higher.

  15. Hi,
    Thank you for this amazing info.
    It is a long list!

    I am looking for something for my 18 mo, for this coming fall. She is super active, and we don’t wear any shoes during summer time.. So, maybe you could recommend 1-2 options you would choose for you kid? 🙂 Her foot is 12.5 and not all of them have the sizes for her.
    Also, do you know if I need to add an extra cm since she is going to wear them with her socks?
    Thanks

    1. Hi! Wildling has some great warm toddler shoes that are also water resistant! The NorthWolf is one that’s going to be restocked on September 10th along with a few other warm weather models. If she’s going to wear socks I would factor that into the measurement, since it adds to her foot size.

  16. Hi Anya. I’m not sure if the product has changed since you published this article or what, but I ordered the KomForme boots from Amazon, and they are neither zero drop, nor flexible. Also, the link to the Vincent Cat and Jack boots isn’t working; seems like maybe it’s a discontinued model.

  17. Some feedback — I ordered a pair of the Urberg Bergen, and they have a narrow toebox, were very heavy, and return shipping was so expensive that I’m looking into re-selling them at a loss instead. Just my experience so maybe others were happy with them, but after several years of only wearing barefoot shoes these definitely didn’t work for me.

  18. Thank you so much! Your reviews help me alot!
    I have very wide feet, until now I just have bohempia wide shoes which fit me. Now I need one waterproof shoe for fall and one warm wintershoe (if possible also waterproof or at least waterresistant for snow and mudd). Which shoes are the widest in these sections?
    My feet: 24.3cm / 10.5cm Thank you!!

    1. For extra wide feet, Ahinsa Jaya, and Freet Mudee are good fall options. For winter, Be Lenka has some good highly water resistant warm boots and they are really wide. The Winter 2.0 is the warmest water resistant option.

  19. Hey Anya. I stumbled across this because I’m looking for a barefoot shoe that can survive daily running through tall, wet grass. (We just adopted a dog that I swear is half SLS booster rocket, and I’m running through pasture with him to burn off that energy.)

    A lot of the suggestions in this article seem great for hiking and for being waterproof, but that’s not quite what I’m looking for. The thing is, I don’t really care too much if they are -waterproof-. I don’t care if they get soaked, as long as they can dry pretty quickly and without becoming gross or mildewy. (My wife has a pair of the Wildling Crow boots and after walking through the fields ONE time they got so soaked and have a gross, mildewy smell forever now.)

    Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

    1. So maybe what you need is a water type shoe, like the Ultra from Vivobarefoot or the Tanga from Freet. Or maybe even the Loyal from Astral Designs. Saguaro and Whitin also sell cheap barefoot-friendly water shoes on Amazon.

      If your shoes often get wet, I highly recommend a vent dryer (provided you have an air vent system). Drying wet shoes out quickly is key to preventing mildew, and if you run your house fan so the air is continuous this drying contraption speeds up the process tremendously. When we have stinky mildewy shoes I fill the inside with baking soda and then pour vinegar in 😀 and let them sit a while before either hand or machine washing them. Then I put them immediately on the vent. It’s worked pretty well for us! Not sure if the Wildlings are salvageable though if it’s been a while.

    2. I have been living in the Vibram 5 fingers shoes for years. I can’t get waterproof ones here in Australia, but because my toes can work, my feet don’t get cold if I am moving. I wear them whether it is 42deg.C or minus 5deg. C, but I don’t have to deal with snow. I haven’t found them stinky. My preferred style is the Trek, because of the grip on the sole.

    1. The outsole looks zero drop, but you would want to check the insole for a hidden heel wedge. Also, the toe box looks a little narrow. But I think they look decent.

  20. Most of them don’t have the sole which allow me to keep safe on offroad slopes hikes. If Vivobarefoot Tracker Forest Escape would have waterproof mambrane they would be winners – Michellin sole makes the difference if I’m on slippy side of trail. Anyway, there is no sense of buying leather boots, without membrane, if you are willing to spend 4-5 hours on trail during rainy weather. Vivo please use membrane!

  21. The Xero short wellies have been great for gardening and running around town in the rain. But I wouldn’t wear them hiking (or for long walks) as my feet move around in them a little, they don’t have great traction, and they put very uncomfortable pressure on my right medial malleolus (I have bony feet). Anyone else have this? It isn’t rubbing…it feels like bruising. I need to investigate further and see how I can remedy it.

    1. You might try a tongue pad or even two stacked on top of each other in them. That’s how I make them a little more secure and not floppy. I also love leg warmers for that too, because they fill in space around the ankle and midfoot but don’t take up toe box space.

  22. This is a great resource for a lot of folks needs, but I’ve come to an unfortunate conclusion:

    Those of us who rely on sturdy full-calf rubber boots for work conditions where we might spend 8-10 hours daily clumping through deep swamps with tricky vegetation, or wading through manure muck in farm operations, or any number of similar demanding situations really don’t have any zero-drop options. The few that come close are usually heavily insulated, a problem if you work anywhere warm, or they don’t go over 10″ height.

    None of the above is really compatible with minimalist construction or thin soles, but I find my feet are getting less tolerant of the heel height difference between my minimalist to barefoot non-work time and the footwear I need for work. Depending on the time of year I spend more of my waking time in tall rubber boots than not, and I know I’m not the only one. Suprisingly some of the cheapest $30 rubber boots you can get from tractor supply co. are the least offensive, but still cause me problems by the end of the day.

    Minimalist shoe companies out here are putting lots of time and effort into offering a zillion different kinds of recreational and casual shoes, and that’s great, but I would ask for even just one of them to please, please make a solidly built zero-drop rubber boot for those of us who need to work in them.

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