I bought a pair. I don't find rubber boots to be that good looking in general. I like that you can hose them off. I plan to wear them in the garden, too. I caked like 3 pairs of tennis shoes this year in mud and it's a PITA to find the time to wash them separately in the machine.
That is to say, my impression is that a lot of people wear them for status/fashion as opposed to utility. And for a fashion purchase, they do seem fug.
Isn't the rain in Seattle pretty frequent but fairly light? At least that's what I remember from visiting.
I have no interest in spending this kind of money on rain boots, but I need something. We get some crazy downpours here. Last week, it rained hard for 52 hours straight. Even with an umbrella, I got soaked on my way to work and 8 hours later, my sweater still hadn't dried. And that's hardly the first one I've been caught in.
I have somewhat wide calves, but I can fit in the Frye Melissa back zip. I've tried on hunters twice and both times could barely get them on and off. I ended up spending $80 on Sperry rain boots and love them! I don't wear them every day, but it's nice to have the option when I need to be outside in the rain. I wore them trick or treating last year.
Hunter makes a wider calf boot called "huntress" but I haven't tried them on.
I wear my hunters frequently but we tend to get heavy rains. I wore mine just yesterday. It rained in the AM. I had a 1pm soccer game. The fields were cold and wet. They were perfect, plus I think I looked cute.