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Royals, including Meghan Markle, love Hunter rain boots — and they're up to 50% off at Zappos

What is it?

The vast majority of us don't have royal status, but that doesn't mean we can't dress like it! Sure, the royal family is known for donning the highest of high-end garb — with price tags to match — but there's one accessible brand that multiple members, including fashion icon Meghan Markle, have been spotted wearing: Hunter. Known best for its durable rain boots, Hunter strikes that perfect balance between functional and fashionable. And who knows stylish rainwear better than the first family of England? If you'd like to give these aristocrat-approved kicks a spin yourself this fall and winter, Zappos has a variety of styles on sale for up to 50% off — including this sleek Refined Short Gloss style.

Give your feet the 'royal' treatment this season. 

$160 at Zappos

Why is it a good deal?

It's enough of an endorsement for one royal to wear a given accessory, but when several have been spotted wearing it — over the course of a few decades — you know it has to be a good product. They do have access to everything, after all! And royal family aside, Hunter has been a respected brand for over a century (it was founded in 1856). People will buy these boots whether they're on sale or not, so being able to score them at a discount is even sweeter.

Why do I need this?

We're heading into the wettest season of the year in many parts of the country, and you're going to want a pair of reliable rain boots that'll actually keep your feet dry — no cracking or tearing. But they also have to be comfortable.

The Hunter Refined Short Gloss Boots offer the best of both worlds. They're made of a thick rubber material that won't just keep water out, it'll also provide good tread while walking on slippery surfaces. Plus, the shorter silhouette won't feel as stiff as taller styles, allowing you more range of motion — and it looks cute with jeans or leggings tucked in! There's even a strap at the top that you can adjust to your calf size for the perfect fit.

As far as looks go, we're loving the super-shiny gloss finish, which looks impossibly chic for a rain boot. With these beauties on your feet, you won't even mind navigating a few puddles.

meghan markle wearing a cream-colored top
If Hunter rain boots are good enough for Meghan Markle, they're good enough for us. (Charles McQuillan via Getty Images)

What reviewers say

Royals aren't the only fans of Hunter boots — Zappos shoppers adore them too.

One five-star fan called them "comfy," while another wrote: "Very sleek, comfortable and stylish. I love them."

A final reviewer said they "Loved the shiny patent leather look," but that "the footbed is narrow" and "will not accommodate heavy socks." If you have a wider foot or plan on pairing them with bulkier socks for extra warmth, you might consider sizing up.

Be sure to check out these other Hunter boots on sale too!

If you prefer a taller boot, you can't go wrong with these knee-high stunners, which have a modest 1.25-inch heel for just a bit of a boost. 

$160 at Zappos

Add some color to the party with these cute chunky-soled stompers. The stretchy tops keep your legs comfy while the rubber bottoms keep you dry — and you can choose from six fun hues, plus classic black. 

$117 at Zappos

Go glam with this studded pair, which features two rows of silver diamonds running down the back of each boot. Getting caught in the rain never looked so good!

$212 at Zappos

Psst: This style isn't currently on sale, but it's the one worn by Meghan and is an absolute classic. Snag the Dutchess's black pair, or choose from six other colors. 

$175 at Zappos

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.