I have owned my Hunter Rain Boots for over a year now and feel like it’s about time to give a FULL HONEST review of them. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
I bought my first pair of Hunter Boots last December. I waited until they were on a price match promo and took the plunge. I wasn’t sure if they were going to be worth the investment but after going through 4 pairs of those super cute super cheap rain boots, I assumed I would wear these enough to make it worth my money. 12 months later I am here to break it all down for you.
COMFORT: Holy cow, I cannot express how comfortable the Hunter Boots are. My cheap rain boots had broken down in the sole so much that the plastic form of the sole was super painful to walk on top of. Picture a crosshatching pattern pressed into the sole of your foot…ya, not fun. The sides of the boots are insulated vs. the cheap ones just having the rubber. You can buy liners for more comfort but I didn’t find I needed them.
WARMTH: The sides of the Hunter boots are insulated vs. the cheap ones just having the rubber. You can buy liners for more comfort but I didn’t find I needed them. I did buy the sherpa sole inserts to keep my feet a little warmer in the snow and it was so helpful! They even made these already comfortable boots more comfortable. If you are in between sizes these help to close the gap.
FIT: I have pretty muscular calves so I was worried that they would be too tight on me. I love the fit. The cheaper ones tend to gape on your legs which invites the cold wind and rain into your boots which is NOT fun. Hunter did make a new style that has an adjustable closer in the back for more room! Also, when you put them on or off, it takes a little push. Don’t worry, this is how they fit for everyone.
COLOR: I am sure you can guess already, they have EVERY color you could ever want or imagine. I bought the glossy red last Christmas and wore them so much I purchased the matte blush this Winter when they went on price match. I have worn these colors so much, I treat them as a neutral.
THE FINISH: I have heard so many people talk about them having an awful finish on their boots when they bought them. This is a “bloom” from the rubber. Hunter goes into a lot of detail on their website HERE. I have both the rubber spray and sponge to keep the finish on my boots. The matte finish has less of the dusting effect than the glossy.
HEIGHT: I have loved having the boot be taller! All of my rainboots in the past have hit me mid calf. The taller boot is much more flattering not to mention it keeps you warmer!
TRACTION: The PNW brings all sorts of weather conditions. I have loved the traction these boots have brought me. In high school, I would wear my other rain boots and as soon as I stepped onto the tile floors in the building I would go sliding because the boots had NO traction. A high price to pay for style! These boots ACTUALLY have traction. I have now tested them in rain, snow, and ice.
PRICE: Are they worth the investment? Yes. A hundred times, yes. After wearing cheap rain boots for years, I can say without a doubt in my mind they are worth it. If you can save and get them on the Anniversary Sale at Nordstrom, price matched (Bloomingdales and Nordstrom both price match throughout the year), Nordstrom Rack, or used. After paying $35 per pair of my old boots, I spent almost the same amount of one pair of Hunter Rain Boots that will last a lifetime.
I love these boots and wear them so much that I could justify buying a second pair. When I first bought them I didn’t believe I would wear them as much as I do.