When we initially worked on narrowing 49 rain boots down to 10 pairs for testing, we wondered whether the more expensive boots were worth the extra money. These boots were $19, and the most popular men's rain boot on Amazon (they're now down to #4). We wanted to see: could a budget boot perform up to the same standards as boots roughly five times more expensive? After wearing the Waterproof Rubber Sole boots for over 20 hours, we can definitively say, "No." While they are fully waterproof and have average traction, their lack of an insole, their rigidity underfoot, and their inflexible shafts made them difficult to wear for more than 30 minutes at a time.
For only $26 more, we loved the Baffin Enduro, which still cost less than half the prices of other competitors, and easily took home the Best Buy award. If you're looking for better style, take a look at the Bogs Carson. If you want something for nasty weather, the Arctic Sport is a better option. And if you want something versatile and deliciously comfortable, read up on the Editors' Choice Bogs Ultra Classic High.