Gumboots are no longer limited to muddy festivals and farm work”they’re popping up all over city sidewalks as a stylish alternative to wet and soggy shoes. The trend has gotten so big that gumboots aren’t limited to the classic black, chunky, oaf of a boot¦they’re now presented as sleek, chic, and dare I say, sexy? Check out this guide of all things rain boot for every budget.
Who would have thought that the words gumboot and Gucci would be in the same sentence, let alone trend? However, they are, and they’re fabulous. Go gaga for these designer rain flats that run around $300.00 a pair. You can go all-out with the all-over famous Gucci script logo with the designer label’s edimburg GG flat, or wear a subtle flair with Gucci‘s rain flat. The only problem is; do you buy a bag to match the boots?
Middle of the Range
Famed British brand Hunter has a line of gumboots that will make you feel like you should be playing polo rather than puddle dodging. Worn by celebrities and civilians alike, the gumboots run for about $150.00-$200.00 a pair and are both comfortable and classy. Check out the upcoming trend of the two-tone boot with Hunter’s Regent Carlyle in a variety of shades. Tea time, anyone?
On the Cheap
If you don’t want to fully commit to the gumboot lifestyle but do want to try it out, invest in a cheap pair for weekend wear. Many department stores carry an assortment of gumboots for a lower price. Crocs (don’t knock ˜em till you try ˜em) have a surprisingly chic looking line of gumboots in a variety of colors for around $75.00 a pair. For a pop of color, try Croc’s Wellie Rain Boot in their cranberry hue.
If you’re a veteran of gumboot wearing, and you’re just looking for a unique pair to wear this winter, look no further. Check out oversea designer Karen Walker’s adorable pair KW Gumboot Filigree or if you’re feeling extra sassy and are seeking a shorter pair, try out Vivienne Westwood’s Bootie Stud Gold Glitter Boots– sure to get you singing in the rain.
Give it the Boot
While uniqueness is always encouraged with fashion, say no to the following when it comes to gumboots:
1) Any boot with eyes.
2) Gumboot wedges.
3) Gumboots that aren’t waterproof.
4) Borrowing your little sister’s boots, your dad’s wellingtons, or Farmer Joe’s work boots.