There's going to come a time this autumn when a pair of wellies is non-negotiable, whether you're going for a country walk or just trying to do the school drop-off without getting soaked. Luckily, fashion seems to be one step ahead with designers backing the rubber boot in a big way. It might be fashion's favourite functional new hero since the workout legging – and now they're catwalk-approved.
Luxury brands have been banking on these practical shoes in a big way (Chanel, JW Anderson, Jimmy Choo, they've all made high-fashion versions of the welly). Earlier this year, Ugg released a whole host of rubber clogs and rain boots (aptly named the 'Drizlita') in acid brights. Iris Law was quick to snap them up, matching her lime rubber boots to her bandana. The cool-girl way to do matchy-matchy accessories, no?
If there's a pair which have managed to reach cult status (and continue to crop up on Instagram), it's Bottega Veneta's BV Puddle Boots, a clumpy rubber ankle style with a pumped-up sole.
It's not just designer brands who are in on all the fashion-welly action. The high street is coming through with plenty more affordable options, too.
Finally, a reason to get excited about dressing for wet weather.
SHOP: The Best Waterproof Boots
Hunter, Khaki Long Wellington Boots
Prepare for the wet weather and festival season all in one.
Le Chameau, Women's Vierzonord Neoprene Lined Boot Vert Vierzon
There is a reason why the Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, owns a pair of wellies from Le Chameau. Handcrafted from start to finish, they're as classical (and durable) as it gets.
Merry People, Red Wellington Boots
This Australian brand makes some of the most cheerful boots around, in an entire rainbow of colours to choose from. They're the perfect wellies for city-dwellers or just if you're looking for something less cumbersome than a tall boot.
Hunter, Women's Commando Chelsea Boots
Easy to wear and they go with everything. Wear with floaty summer dresses for warm wet days or wear with chunky knits and jeans on days when the weather does not come through.
Ugg, Drizlita Rain Boots
Ugg's Drizlita boots in zesty canary yellow will brighten the most drizzly days.
ASOS DESIGN, Gadget Chunky Chelsea Rain Boots
Tough rain boots but make it fashion. ASOS' rain boots in this breezy shade of lilac will finish any outfit.
Arket x Tretorn, Women's Rubber Chelsea Boots
These robust boots are lined with soft scuba fabric for warmth and cushioning, and the heavy-duty sole has enough grip to avoid any slips. Developed in collaboration with Swedish rainwear experts, Tretorn, you can also expect the best in water resistance and durability.
Everlane, The Rain Boot
Everlane has thought of everything when it comes to the ultimate rain boot. The non-slip tread, a cushioned insole for walkable comfort, plus stretch side panels and pull tabs for an easy slide-on, and plenty of room for thick socks.
Hunter x Killing Eve, Short Hunting Boots
Two big hitters come together, Hunter and Killing Eve, for a collaboration we never knew we needed. Complete with a side pouch for any loose change or maybe lipstick?
Hunter x Killing Eve, Tall Chasing Boots
Rubber boots fit for a heroine, the Hunter x Killing Eve tall rubber boots in Mawson Creek Brown will get you through any all-weather scenarios.
Jimmy Choo, Black Biodegradable Rubber Knee-High Rain Boots
Jimmy Choo brings us the classiest rain boots around. These will last you a lifetime in the style stakes.