I live in the good ol’ Pacific Northwest, so I’m kind of an expert when it comes to fashionable apparel that is functional for the rainy weather that this region is known for.
Of course any style post is informed by own fashion aesthetic and since I don’t really follow trends per say, these shoes are all very timeless pieces that I think will look fashionable for a long time. Also, I prefer to buy shoes that are an investment (because then I don’t have to buy new shoes for awhile). With that in mind let us begin!
Brand: Doc Marten
Doc Martens are classic leather boots that are appropriate for every occasion where you want to toughen up your look, seem a bit more badass, or just appreciate the lovely comfort of thick soled shoes. I’m personally quite fond of the black, matte leather variety of these boots, but they come in a ton of different types, colors, and materials (even vegan leather!).
These combat boots aren’t marketed as rain boots, but I’ve had mine for 3 years now, meaning that I’ve waded through puddles, been covered in rain, and sloshed through soggy leaves. After 3 years of wear, my Doc Martens look almost as pristine as the day I bought them. The boots provide quite a lot of ankle coverage, so you don’t have to worry about ending up with water all over the bottom of your jeans.
How I Style Them: All black everything, with a pop of burgundy and peek-a-boo speckled grey socks
Brand: Treasure & Bond
I know, I know. Suede is a terrible choice for the rain. Water ruins suede. But wait! With the power of weather proofing spray, you’re able to wear suede boots in the rain.
These taupe boots are a new acquisition to my wardrobe of all black shoes, and I absolutely love them. They have a short stacked wooden heel that adds a wonderful bit of height, but the heel is short enough that they’re fairly comfortable (I’ve walked around campus, gone to work, and run errands in these shoes with only a little bit of foot pain).
Suede Ankle Boots aren’t tradition rain boots, and I for sure don’t wear them when it’s raining…mostly because my university’s campus is a slippery death trap. These boots are ideal for those quintessential autumn and winter days where it’s cold and sunny outside, maybe a bit windy and you want to look a bit chic.
How I Style Them: Black skinny jeans and a cozy oversized sweater
Brand: Sam Edelman
Price: $129.00 (sale)
Whoops, another one with suede…well a suede and leather combination. Riding boots are the perfect mixture of equestrian and East Coast prep school style. They’re a very versatile shoe that looks good with skirts, dresses, and jeans. My riding boots were a lovely Nordstrom exclusive by Sam Edelman that I got last year before my freshman year. Sam Edelman makes some really high quality boots; in the two years I’ve owned them the suede and leather still look really good (though a bit aged).
I wouldn’t recommend these particular riding boots for serious, full-on rainy weather, but they do well in all autumn/winter weather phenomena. Riding boots are perfect for college because if you get a higher quality pair, they are really comfortable, easy to style, and add a bit of classiness to any outfit.
How I Style Them: Cropped sweater, high waisted black skinny jeans, and some manner of scarf
At last we have arrived to the piece de resistance, actual rain boots. In all the years I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest, this is the first time I’ve had rain boots (well excluding the period where my mom bought some cute lady bug ones for me when I was a kid).
I’ve post a full review of my Hunter Rain Boots
last year on The Traveling Curl with details on the boots. Since then I still like my rain boots just fine, but I still maintain that any old pair of rain boots will do. Spending $150 on a pair of rain boots is pretty much pointless in my opinion.
If you live on a campus rife with uneven walking spaces, rain boots are a great way to let you slosh through a ton of puddles without fear of getting your feet wet. Hunter Rain Boots are really versatile because of their sleek silhouette and minimalist style, so they look good with basically anything…except like jeans that flare out.
How I Style Them: Literally with anything 🙂
I’ve basically been living in these three pairs of boots for the past couple of years and I’ve found that these styles of boots are the most versatile/staple shoes of my wardrobe!
What are your favorite shoes for Autumn, Winter, and the Rainy Season?