Best Duck Boots Reviewed & Rated

On the days that your regular pair of sneakers won’t hold up against rain or snow, the option of a pair of duck boots will aptly do the job your sneakers can’t. When the weather isn’t cooperating, duck boots perform well as proper protection against the elements.

The origins of the duck boot can be traced back to Leon Leonwood Bean (founder of the company L. L. Bean), who was responsible for its trademark design. While hunting in wet, marshy conditions, he had found the need for a pair of hunting boots designed to be water-tight. More than a century later, his design has been a popular choice for numerous consumers all over the world who actively seek out boots meant to guard against wet or snowy climates.

Last Updated: December 30, 2017
By Jacylyn Villanueva:

This update sees the latest in duck boots that can accomodate the wearer in several areas. Reading through this list, you will find our most affordable pair; the best pair for winter; and the best pair for rainy weather. You will recognize brands such as Sorel and Sperry that maintain reputations of high-quality products. Other mentions on this list include pairs from London Fog, UGG, MuckBoots, and Kamik. As there are numerous styles and models to choose from that will fit your personal taste and/or needs, this list was created to help you get the most out of your dollar, allowing you, the reader, to narrow your search to a few select choices that will last against whatever Mother Nature has in store.

Featured Recommendations

Sperry Topsider Saltwater
  • Sperry Topsider Saltwater
  • 4.7 out of 5
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  • 50% Synthetic/50% Rubber
  • Waterproof
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MuckBoots Arctic Pro
  • MuckBoots Arctic Pro
  • 4.6 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Reinforced at instep, heel & Achilles
  • 2mm thermal foam underlay
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Sorel Ankeny Snow Boot
  • Sorel Ankeny Snow Boot
  • 4.5 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Full grain leather/Textile Mesh
  • Rubber, Waterproof fullgrain.
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The standard, telltale design of the duck boot is comprised of a rubber, waterproof sole and toebox while the boot upper is usually made of either leather or a waterproof textile. The boot’s design and composition combine to ensure your feet are encased in comfort against wetness and cold.

Today, the discerning consumer can find duck boots, other than that of the original L. L. Bean model, under an array of different brand names. Because of the wide variety of choices in duck boots, buying the right pair for you depends entirely on what you are looking for.

 

10 Best Duck Boots

 

1. Sperry Topsider Saltwater

As the name implies, this pair guards your feet while speedwalking through rain or tramping through wet slush.
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Stylish Options
With over fifteen different styles to choose from, there is no reason you can’t find a pair that fits your taste. Different color combinations are aplenty to appeal to those who would like coordinate with their own personal style.

Functional
As a rain boot should, this version of the Sperry Topsider does its job well by keeping feet comfortable and dry during the rainiest weather. The ankle height is similar to a bootie style and is high enough to prevent water from seeping through boots within deep urban puddles.

Cost and Value
Expect to pay for quality with the Sperry Topsider as you will experience its durability and longevity. It is our top contender for the number one spot on this list due to the dual combination of price and quality alone.
Pros
  • Keeps feet warm and dry
  • Lightweight
  • Removable insole
  • Easy to slip on
Cons
  • Little to no arch support
  • Runs a size larger for some

2. MuckBoots Arctic Pro

For the hunting enthusiast, this version of duck boots caters to the need for durability in swampy, wet conditions.

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Materials meant for the wet weather
The boot is made with both waterproof fabric on the upper and synthetic materials in the midsole and outsole. The heavy tread allows for good traction in snow or muck. The topline of the boot is built with stretch to give wearers an easy time of slipping into this pair.

Comfortable while you hike or work
A thermal foam underlay insole gives your feet both comfort and warmth while also protecting them from bumpy, rugged terrain.

Cost and Value
These boots run a little on the pricey side, but the cost is never too high when it comes to your feet’s protection and comfort.
Pros
  • Comfortable for all-day wear for work or hunting
  • Good fit for average-sized feet
  • Warm in winter conditions
  • Waterproof

 

Cons
  • Not meant for extreme winter weather
  • Not lightweight

3. Sorel Caribou Boot

This is a snow boot perfect for extreme, wintry weather, designed to keep your feet safe from the elements. Its bulky look is telling of its functionality in the coldest of weather as its padded liner keeps your feet warm.
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Composition of the boot
A waterproof fit is accomplished with a leather shaft and upper stitched to its rubber midsole. The outsole, also rubber-made, is capable of protecting the wearer from any falls on icy walks with its heavy tread.

Snug, warm fit
The boot’s shaft is easily adjusted to give the wearer a customized, secure fit with D-ring lacing in front. The fuzzy felt lining and cuff ensures comfort from any abrasion while walking.

Cost and Value
While providing in quality in every way these boots can, Sorel is known to have higher costs than most other similar boots available. The price is certainly worthy of this model as it delivers all the important factors one would need to consider in a winter boot.
Pros
  • Fits well despite its bulk
  • Warm for all winter activity
  • Waterproof
  • Non-slip soles
  • Durable
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Runs one size large

4. Sorel Cheyanne Lace

4. Sorel Cheyanne Lace
Under the Sorel brand name, this boot makes this list based on its quality but lower on the list due to its price. As rain boots go, the Cheyanne model holds up the Sorel name with its similarity to the original duck boot and its no-nonsense style.
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Constructed for its purpose
Walking in all manner of wet conditions require a sturdy, waterproof rain boot such as the Cheyannes. The height of its shaft will prevent seepage into the boot proper from rain or from splashing in puddles. The leather upper and rubber sole ensure protection from wetness.

Protection from cold and rain
Our experiences with rain usually have the word ‘cold’ synonymous with it. While not a winter boot, the lining is made with Thinsulate technology to keep feet warm without being overly hot during long walks.

Cost and Value
Expect to pay more for this pair of duck boots than the Sperry Topsiders mentioned at the top of this list. You would be hard pressed to find a rain boot more well-made than this model, but as the price stands, this model makes it to number four on this list.
Pros
  • Comfortable for long walks
  • Warm during mildly cold, rainy weather
  • Waterproof
  • Perform best in slushy winter conditions
Cons
  • Runs wide in size for some
  • Not meant for extreme winter conditions

 

5. Kamik Fargo Boot

5. Kamik Fargo Boot
Meant for the rigors of winter, this pair stands tough against most of Mother’s Nature’s worst in chilly climates.
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Stands out from the rest
This pair has been rated for below forty degrees Fahrenheit, making it an attractive option with its insulated lining meant for those working or hiking in extreme cold. You are less likely to feel cold’s sting on your toes while stomping about in these boots.

Anti-microbial
While their purpose is to keep feet warm during cold climates, the other extreme your feet may experience in such heavy-duty boots is sweating during long walks. The answer to that worry is the inclusion of an anti-microbial liner embedded in the foot bed, comfortable enough for those overlong treks.

Cost and Value
Its modest price makes this pair an appealing choice for the budget-minded consumer. At half the price of the Sorel Caribous, this price is somewhat comparable to that of the Sorel Ankeny Snow Boots mentioned later in this list.
Pros
  • Guards against extreme cold
  • Waterproof
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Supportive
Cons
  • Reports of the rubber sole cracking
  • Runs a size small

6. UGG Cecile Winter

6. UGG Cecile Winter
If duck boots and the classic UGG boots got married and had a baby, this would be their child. Incorporating UGG’s styling with the functionality of duck boots, you are sure to be styled properly wearing these boots during the winter cold.
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A Worthy Winter Boot
Like Classic “UGGs”, this Australian contribution to winter footwear features the signature pure sheep wool that pads the insole and tongue, destined to keep toes warm. Its combination of waterproof lining and sealed seams inside and out make this pair perfect for both winter and rainy seasons. The boot’s upper and midsole are comprised of cow and pig leather as well as lamb suede for waterproofing.

Comfort Expected of UGGs
The brand name itself recalls the same comfort found in wool-lined bedroom slippers. This level of comfort is ingrained its foam-padded insole which also features Waterguard technology. The outsole’s composition is comprised of synthetic rubber and cork for better traction in addition to a more comfortable stride.

Cost and Value
This model tops our list as the most expensive, but you are essentially paying for the following factors: natural materials; UGG’s signature comfort; and the UGG name itself.
Pros
  • Beautiful style choice
  • Comfortable fit
  • Quality-made
  • Made for both winter and rainy days
Cons
  • Runs half a size smaller
  • Narrow fit reported for some

7. Sperry Topsider Avenue

7. Sperry Topsider Avenue
At last, the second model in this list with the word ‘duck’ actually in its name! Unlike it’s Sperry Topsider Saltwater Rain Boot counterpart, you will find the style choices limited, but it’s no-frills style is more than made up for through its performance and functionality.
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Design Meant for Industrial Use
Its Wellington toe style, as is common in most duck boots featured here, is telling of its function as a serious work boot with its reinforced toe. This feature allows the wearer protection from mud and grime, but with its minimalist look, both function and form work harmoniously well in this pair.

Comfort and Warmth
A fleece lining within and waterproofing without provides comfort and a measure of warmth required during those long commutes on foot in the rain.

Cost and Value
As mentioned earlier, the cost of this boot is on par with the Sorel Cheyannes, making it an affordable choice for those needing a pair of decent rain boots.
Pros
  • Well-made
  • Comfortable, secure fit
  • Stylish
  • Proper support for long hikes
Cons
  • Runs one size smaller
  • Not insulated for winter wear

8. Sorel Ankeny Boot

8. Sorel Ankeny Boot
With about twelve different color/style options to choose from, this pair is a versatile choice meant to please the stylish eye while performing rather well against winter’s bite.
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Beautiful Construction
As a Sorel product, the beauty is in the details, or in the material details, to be exact. With an upper made of full grain leather and mesh textile for waterproofing and a herringbone design on the toecap’s rubber shell, you can be assured of the finest materials without the costly price tag.

Everything Needed in a Winter Duck Boot
You will find all the features you require in a duck book in this pair of Sorels: full grain rubber for waterproofing; sealed seams to prevent being unraveled; and a specially molded foam footbed made to support heels and arches.

Cost and Value
This pair tops our list as the most affordable pair of winter duck boots. In essence, you are getting the most out of your money for its stylish look and proper foot support.
Pros
  • Waterproof
  • Easy to clean
  • Stylish
  • Comfortable
  • Superior insole cushioning
Cons
  • Premature wear reported by some
  • Runs narrow

9. London Fog Ashford

9. London Fog Ashford
Reminiscent of the original duck boot, it is an affordable version of its forbearer, but keeps its spot on this list due to its ability to perform as a duck boot should.
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Quality Construction
The boot’s upper and shaft are made of leather which keeps moisture at bay just as the rubber shell outsole waterproofs the toes. Designed to beat wintry conditions, London Fog’s contribution sees wearers properly protected from the elements while maintaining a certain height of style.

Proper Winter Insulation
The boot’s insulation is in the two hundred grams of Thinsulate padding. With multiple wearings, the padding will eventually mold to your foot, but won’t compromise its insulating capability.

Cost and Value
This pair is also a contender for the most affordable pair of duck boots on this list.
Pros
  • Fashionable
  • Waterproof
  • Warm in moderately cold climates
  • Durable wear
Cons
  • Runs a half size small
  • Heavyweight compared to the original duck boot

10. Sperry Cold Bay Arctic Grip

10. Sperry Cold Bay Arctic Grip
Last but not least, the third Sperry installment in duck boots on this list carries with it a reputation for proper winter footwear that provides protection against a range of winter conditions.
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Proper Traction and Insulation
With thaw and freeze cycles that can occur during the winter months, Sperry’s patented Wave-Siping outsole prevents unnecessary spills on icy sidewalks or through slippery slush. Sperry has taken on the worry of keeping you safe from falls on ice with this pair of boots so you won’t have to. A fully insulated boot keeps feet warm using Thinsulate lining.

Stain-Resistant
In the urban jungle, salt and sand are a common sight on streets and sidewalks. Keeping a boot made with leather such as this pair clean from salt stains is no longer an issue with its easy-to-clean surface.

Cost and Value
Relative to this list, Sperry’s Coldbay Vibram Arctic Grip Boots are closer to the average cost of all the boots listed here with its quality and affordability.
Pros
  • Well-insulated
  • Well-made
  • Rubber sole molded for traction on icy walks
  • Stain-resistant upper
Cons
  • Runs one size smaller
  • Some have reported lack of water-tightness at the outsole

In summary, the above boots were carefully chosen to give you, the reader, a range of choices that speak to your specific needs. Whether it be hiking through ankle-deep snow in the woods or traversing the urban jungle in the rain, there is a duck boot option on here that may jump out at you and claim your interest. Or if you have an eye for style or require a pair that goes with every outfit in your closet, be sure to click the accompanying links to see what colors and style are available for that model. This guide for duck boots keeps in mind the importance of what I’ve dubbed the three W’s of duck boots: waterproof, watertight, and wear-ability. If you are concerned that a certain model doesn’t deliver my three W’s, this guide can help alleviate the need to search high and low for the pair that’s perfect for you.

Choices to Make in Selecting the Right Pair

Depending on the climate you live in, there is most certainly a pair of duck boots created to keep your feet protected. Now that there are different models available that fit the function you require them for, the questions you should ask yourself in choosing the right pair are:

  1. Do I need them insulated or not?
  2. Would I prefer a stylish pair or a classic pair closer to the original?
  3. Are they meant to be used for rainy days or for trudging through snow drifts?
  4. Do I need the upper to be high or low on the ankle?
  5. How much do I want to spend?

Requirements to Look for in Your Perfect Pair

If you are looking to get a quality pair that fits your needs, consider the following factors:

  • Material Composition and Structure
  • Boot size
  • Versatility
  • Durability
  • Affordability
  • Breathability

Material Composition and Structure

Look for an almost seamless structure between outsole and upper: where the rubber toebox ends and the textile or other material ends. Stitching should be of high quality to ensure a water-tight seam.

 

Boot size

Trekking through snow drifts will require a different boot than stomping through puddles downtown. The choice of the bootcut height depends on your particular needs and style choices. A secure fit around the ankle may also be what you need during a rainy day hike or a winter hike in the woods.

Versatility

Between insulated versus not insulated and stylish versus classic, you will want to choose a pair that may also reflect your taste. For example, a duck boot that works well against monsoon-like rains between business meetings but is also stylish enough to wear with a pair of dress pants may be what you’re looking for. Or a boot that is minimal in design but is built sturdy and tough for marshes while hunting is the choice for you. Almost every scenario you can think of, there will be a pair matching your personal preference.

Durability

Considering the price variations among different duck boot models, you will want to ensure that your pair will stand against the test of time and against the activity for which they are needed.

Affordability

Everyone loves a good deal, and with a wide price range among different duck boot models, you can be sure to find the right pair with a price you will love.

Breathability

The word ‘breathable’ usually doesn’t go hand in hand with the word ‘waterproof’. However, for those who know they will be spending hours on end in a pair of duck boots, there are options that allow for moisture vapor release, keeping your feet dry and free from odor.

Now that you are armed with the above knowledge, cross-reference that with what it is you are looking for and read on to find our reviews on the best pair of duck boots available