Monday, February 12, 2007

what to do about the rain

with cold winter weather comes rain and snow, two elements that does much damage to your favorite cute shoes. for me, that means that I refuse to wear any of my more favorite flats for fear of damage. i once wore a pair of black velvet banana republic flats to work and it rained that day, needless to say my poor shoes were soaked and it hasn't quite been the same ever since.
now, I never really warmed up to the idea of the rain boot which became really popular awhile back (with the pucci designs etc etc). some people can pull it off and make it look really cute. but still to me at the end of the day its still just a rain boot. another alternative are the wellingtons which are traditional rubber english hunting boots.

the riding boot has been popular for a few seasons now and i own a pair myself (in brown suede) and they are both comfortable as they are stylish. but for the cold and wet season that doesn't look like it will be letting up anytime soon I suggest getting a rubber riding boot! i read this wonderful idea from Capitol Hill Barbie ( and must agree with her in recommending the Aigle rubber riding boot.

a pair of these will run you around $130.

here's some info on aigle:

Aigle BootsAigle Boots was established in France in 1863 by an American called Hiram Hutchinson. Aigle prides itself on superb quality, design and craftsmanship of it's boots. Aigle boots are made in Europe using the best natural rubber available and a century of experience.

for a cheaper alternative i suggest checking out a equestrian apparel store, like they sell women's rubber riding boots that cost $36.99. Here's how they look like:

PROS: since its made from rubber it will wear well, minimal upkeep, and will last you a very very long time! hence the investment in the $130 Aigles for some people may be worth it (i myself am contemplating this!). It also looks much more stylish than the rain boots or the wellingtons when paired with skirts, tights, leggings, skinny jeans, dresses...and also because it's rubber, it will obviously protect your feet from getting drenched.

CONS: depending on how big your calves are, it may be too tight to wear with jeans. always check to see if there are bigger calf sizes (i know aigle has varying sizes).

in the end i think equestrian boots are long lasting, classics that will never go out of style.

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