A Story of Three Rain Boots

Today we’re going to review and compare rain boots: the Kamik “Jennifer” VS Sperry Top-Sider “Pelican” VS Hunter Original – a complete rundown with photos and comparison chart.

Rain Boots (from left to right):

  • I bought the Kamik “Jennifer” from Zappos
  • And I later bought the Sperry Top-Sider “Pelican” from endless.com (because the cute black plaid wasn’t available at Zappos)
  • I had originally considered the Hunter Original because it’s sort of the industry standard for Rain Boots but enough people were complaining about calf width I figured they would not be a good match for my more shapely calves. I have however included them in my comparison chart.

Kamik Jennifer Rain BootSperry Top-Sider PelicanHunter Original Rain Boots

Of the two I bought, both shipped and arrived extremely fast but one has to go back.
(I really don’t need two pairs of rain boots!)

For reference I measured my calf and at the widest point the circumference was 15″ without jeans and I typically wear a size 8.5 shoe. I ordered the size 8 in both shoes.

When I first got the Kamik Jennifer in, I was both excited and disappointed. This boot is a tight 15.5″ and I could get it on but I couldn’t figure out how to get my jeans or leggings neatly inside (more on this later.) I could get the jeans in but it took some effort and they still bunched at my knee. The rubber was nice and smooth, flexible and not too clunky and easy to walk in. The color I was a little less thrilled about, it wasn’t bad, just wasn’t something to get excited about.

Kamik “Jennifer” sideKamik “Jennifer” with outfitKamik “Jennifer” side2

Kamik “Jennifer”Kamik “Jennifer” inside

 A little backstory: I have wanted rain boots for awhile but never committed to buying any. Then someone asked me if I had waders for doing this walk in a wetland that I somehow committed myself to for this Sunday. I asked if knee high rain boots would do since I had wanted a reason to buy a pair and the answer was yes.

So at this point I ordered the Sperry Top-Sider Pelican.  When they came in my first thought, “super cute”, second thought “they’re not nearly as tall plus they lose some height for the elastic on the side.” See why I needed to tell you about the wetlands?

Anyway the Sperry Top-Siders are definitely have plenty of space for my jeans and the elastic at the top is a nice feature if I were only looking for simple rain boots. These are also really toasty shoes and again comfortable to walk in. Not too bulky. Overall both shoes are excellent choices.

Sperry Top-Sider “Pelican” sideSperry Top-Sider “Pelican” with outfitSperry Top-Sider “Pelican”Sperry Top-Sider “Pelican” insideSperry Top-Sider “Pelican” elastic

By this point I had figured out how to get my jeans tucked into the Kamik however so they were back in the running. Tuck them into socks. Or rather I cut off the end of some socks because I didn’t want to wear non-wool socks in these and used the sock band to secure the bottom of my jeans before putting the rain boots on (I may take a pic of this tomorrow if I remember.) You can also roll up your jeans which is another option for a rainy day.

So which one am I keeping? The Kamik Jennifer.

What were the deciding factors on keeping the Kamik Rain Boots?

  1. Warmth – I actually felt like my feet warmed up too much in the Sperry Top-Sider Pelicans which didn’t make them ideal for fall or spring but might be excellent for the winter. I can wear socks with the Kamik though.
  2. Height – I just really wanted those extra inches. If the Kamik had been painfully tight in the calf I would have gone ahead with the Sperry Top-Siders because they are still really tall.
  3. Pattern – surprisingly the black and cream plaid that I thought would work well with outfits was complimenting fewer outfits than the green. Really important for wetland walks right? Well I do want to wear these for days it simply rains a lot too.
Kamik "Jennifer" vs. Sperry Top-Sider “Pelican” side viewKamik "Jennifer" vs. Sperry Top-Sider “Pelican”Kamik "Jennifer" vs. Sperry Top-Sider “Pelican” elastic
Kamik "Jennifer" vs. Sperry Top-Sider “Pelican” width

A quick note on ALL three boots – the buckle is decorative!
Do not think you can adjust these boots with that little strap.
A nice little comparison chart so you can compare the different aspects of each boot:

Boot NameKamik
Sperry Top-Sider
Average Price$65$70$125
Material (Upper)Lightweight, waterproof upper made from RubberHE. It's a PVC free, synthetic rubber that's designed to retain its flexibility and traction in both warm and cold temperatures.High gloss durable waterproof rubber .Vulcanised natural rubber construction, built on an orthopaedic last.
LiningPrinted lining. Material is imported from Italy.Cushioned Micro-Fleece lining for added comfort and luxury with weather protection, quick-drying capabilities.Woven nylon lining.
FootbedRemovable Kamik Comfort Footbed for a great step-in feel and lasting plush.Same as liningCushioned
OutsoleRubberHE Voyage outsole offers traction in wet conditions.Non-marking rubber outsole with Wave-Siping™ is made for excellent dry/wet traction.Traditional calendered outsole.
(measured from arch)
(your calf measurement)
Weight20oz (site says)
2 lbs 10oz (my postal scale)
?? (site did not say)
3 lbs 3oz (my postal scale)
2 lbs 3 oz (site says)
(did not buy so can't weigh)

Just for a little humor I’m sharing this next bit.  I got the below email from Endless.com the day rain boots from Endless came in in the mail. Yup. Really.

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New winter boots – Found some!

The weather here has turned very cold very fast. I’ve been fine in a short sleeved shirt, jeans and sandals this week… until today. I left the house and picked up the mail etc. etc. and then returned home to put on a jacket and tennis shoes. Because, as I may have mentioned, I seem to have few if no winter shoes in my closet (the last pair I decided I couldn’t wear – the leather has stretched and would fit someone with a half size bigger foot better… I’m sure my feet aren’t shrinking.)

So I went shoe shopping. I finally found what I was looking for at TJMaxx. They were still $74 including the sales tax but they were a pair of winter boots – uggs.

Now before you cringe and tell me that the trend is over – they are not the style that was ever so popular a year ago (which I thought were ugly even then.) They have a proper sole, they are a nice chocolate brown color, and have a better cut and shape but they’re still all nice and fuzzy inside. I never bought into the trend when it happened but I kept trying the uggs on because they are heaven on your feet.

I went and grabbed some shoe waterproofing from Phillip Gall’s (local sporting goods shop) and they’re still drying from the application but here’s a picture (maybe not the best angle but I can’t get a good picture in the mirror when it’s night because the flash is too much and no flash is too little light):

No they’re not dressy or anything but I think they’ll be a good everyday and warm winter boot. I’ll share my walmart and sears finds for the dressy department some other time – dress shoes and purse for under $20 each that I can wear to my winter business meetings (unless it snows … then it’s all about the winter boots.)