With the clocks falling back and temperatures dropping, we’re all getting ready to hunker down for a long six months in Raincouver. Wet days undoubtedly lie ahead, so it’s time to search out some waterproof footwear before the skies open.
Whereas in years past rubber boots (aka wellies) were mainly functional items that looked like they should be reserved for fishing or hunting trips, women today have plenty of stylish options to choose from. Here are six cute and practical wellies to help keep your feet dry this winter:
Handle with ease: BOGS – $90
Based out of Portland, Oregon, BOGS originally served the agriculture industry and now makes fashion-forward wellies for women. Their signature feature are the handles cut out of the top of the boot, which make them easy to pull on and hold. 100% waterproof and lined with neotech insulation, their trademarked material wicks away sweat from your feet.
Oh Canada: Kamik – $89.99
Family owned for over 100 years, Kamik’s rubber boots are designed and made in Canada. Waterproof and with a lightweight rubber shell, the knee-high wellies come in a variety of bright colours and feature polar fleece lining for warmth.
Equestrian elegance: däv – $80 to $100
Launched in 2008, däv has spent years researching and developing its hardy footwear, perhaps a surprising endeavour for a company based out of California. Featuring a simple knee-high signature style that is reminiscent of equestrians, the boots feature contour fit technology, padded insoles, and plush fleece linings.
Available at Town Shoes.
French revolution: Aigle – $195
Founded in 1853, French company Aigle revolutionized the world of footwear by applying the newly invented process of rubber vulcanization to the manufacture of its boots. The natural rubber mix gives the boots their desirable qualities such as waterproofness and durability. Today Aigle’s boots continue to be manufactured by hand in France.
Available at Gravity Pope.
Put a bow on it: Joules – $164.95
British lifestyle brand Joules offers the Premium Welly Collection of boots, which are high on style, giving them a luxurious feminine touch. They also score high on function with their hard wearing rubber and enhanced tread grip.
Laced with style: Ilse Jacobsen – $199
Ilse Jacobsen hails from Denmark, offering handmade rain boots made from 100% natural rubber and capable of withstanding temperatures to -40°C. Black with white lacing top to bottom, these boots have a more masculine, utilitarian look.
Available at Umeboshi.