I have an older post where I try to help you determine if Hunter rain boots are worth their $150 price tag. Yeah, it’s steep for rain boots but I never got into an actual review of these oh so popular rain boots. However, since the weather is about to turn rainy here in Seattle, now seems like a great time to give you a full and in-depth Hunter boots review. Like all my other reviews I’ll go oversizing, colors, styles, and all the need to know information.
I have three pairs of these rain boots so obviously I like them. Living in Seattle, they were a good investment for me. I wear on rainy days, to the beach, to the mailbox, and for general mucking about. I used to keep a pair in my car or at my desk at work in case I got caught in bad weather without proper shoes.
But there are some important things to know about Hunter boots before you buy your first pair. So let’s get into it!
Hunter Boots Review
Hunter rain boots are only made in full sizes so if you are in-between sizes, like me, size down to the next full size. Meaning I normally wear 7.5 but in Hunter boots, I wear a size 7. They are pretty roomy so you shouldn’t have any trouble wearing them with thick socks. I’ve found the sizing to be very consistent in all their styles
These are pricey rain boots. Hunter boots retail for $150 and they rarely go on sale for less than $100. Are Hunter boots worth paying the full retail price? That’s on you to decide however, you do have options if you don’t want to get a pair without paying full retail price.
I recommend looking for a pair second hand (all of mine were second-hand finds). I’ve found that fashion-focused consignment stores generally will have a couple of pairs on hand. Poshmark and eBay are also good options for finding a gently used pair for less.
You can also opt for a child-size versus adult sizes. The boot shaft will be shorter and you have to figure out the size conversion but you’re likely to save a bundle. You can see the conversion from Big Kid sizes to Women’s sizing here.
Colors & Styles
One of the things that I like about Hunter rain boots is that they only come in solid colors. No loud patterns at all. But don’t think that this means you don’t have many options because you can get a pair of Hunter rain boots in just about any color under the rainbow. Then you can also choose whether you want glossy or a matte finish. I have both and personally prefer the matte finish more than the glossy.
You also have several options when it comes to what style of Hunter boots to get. There’s the original tall styles, short ankle, Chelsea boot, the ‘Tour’ packable style (both in tall and short), and special wide calf varieties. There are even slim modern styles if you don’t like the look of the heavier original.
They also make the same styles for men, women, and children. You can have the whole family in matching rubber rain boots if you so desire.
Other Things to Know Before You Buy Hunter Rain Boots
Hunter boots are not made for snow or cold weather! Seriously your toes will freeze. Don’t wear these in the snow for long periods of time. I made that mistake once and only once.
The rubber will ‘bloom’. You might notice a white powdery finish after a while and this is a natural occurrence in the rubber. It doesn’t do anything to your boots except affecting how they look. You can either leave it and it will give the boots a more weathered appearance or you can clean it off with some boot cleaner.
If you’re only going to get one pair, I’d personally recommend getting the Tour packable style. You can get the Hunter boots look and colors but they roll up so you can easily fit them into a suitcase. It just makes them more versatile in case you want to take them while traveling. There have been times when I would have loved to have these rain boots while traveling but obviously couldn’t fit the normal style in my carry-on.