Every guy needs a pair of water resistant shoes when rainy weather strikes. The well dressed man should always be prepared for whatever situation arises. On the plus side, you may already have water resistant shoes in your closet but probably don't think of them that way. In this piece we define the terms water resistance and waterproof and give you some ideas on shoes you should check out. After all, no guy likes soaked shoes and wet feet when they are out on the town or heading to the office.
Water resistant vs. waterproof...
Sometimes the terms water resistant and waterproof are used interchangeably but there is a distinct difference. Waterproof means the product completely resists the entry of water into it. While, water resistance means that the product has the capability of resisting water from entering into it to a certain extent. The level to which the entry of water is resisted can vary from product to product. The term waterproof is used less commonly today due to governmental regulations around verification and investigations of the accuracy of advertising and product labeling.
Here are a few rain shoe styles that'll keep your feet dry when it rains:
Leather Sneakers Or Shoes With A Rubber Sole
Leather shoes you already own are suitable for rain if the leather is treated or waxed. A rubber sole shoe prevents water from seeping in and will dry quickly, especially if you take time to add extra waterproofing protection before slipping them on. No foul weather will get through these shoes to harm the construction of the shoe, or the wearer. Rubber soles provide traction and stability in wet weather. Leather shoes are the most comfortable for walking, standing and driving.
Nike Air Force Ones, $90 www.footlocker.com
Caterpillar Dougald Canvas Oxford, $90 www.amazon.com
For a sportier option, check out rain sneakers which are a rubber rain boot - high top sneaker hybrid. Rain sneakers look like high top trainers for those who want to use them as a sporty option. Or you can go with waterproof trainers that are actually an athletic shoe. Rain sneakers aren't suitable for the working out. However, waterproof trainers are because they have the flexibility and support needed for a medium to high impact workout.
Tretorn Gunnar Rain shoe, $90 www.amazon.com
Vans SK8-Hi MTE DX, $100 www.vans.com
Adidas Terrex Scope GTX, $164.95 www.moosejaw.com
Rain Boots - Tall,Short or Chelsea
Yes guys, you can wear tall rubber rain boots and not look like a kid. You've just got to have the swagger to pull it off. Tuck your jeans in your boots and you'll look effortlessly cool. But if you still think those knee-high rubber boots aren't for you. Go for a short boot that hits just below your calf muscle or try a Chelsea rain boot. The Chelsea rain boot is waterproof and stylish but still easy and lightweight to walk around in. Chelsea's are great for the guy who wants a simple, non-bulky rain boot option. Remember, you can always carry your nice work shoes in a waterproof bag and change at work if you prefer not to wear your boots all day.
Hunter Original Tall Rainboot, $165 www.hunterboots.com
Hunter Original Moc Toe Short Rain Boots, $185 www.hunterboots.com
Aquatalia Adrian Waterproof Suede Chelsea Boot, $450 www.aquatalia.com
If you prefer to wear your usual dress shoes then galoshes are for you. Galoshes are basically a protective rubber covering for your shoes. Some cover the entire shoe and others cover the lower part of the shoe (the part most likely to get soaked). They function very simply, just slip the thin, flexible rubber over your normal dress shoes, and peel them off when you get to work and slip them in your work bag or overcoat pocket. Select the size closest to your usual shoe size. Galoshes are highly stretchable and durable.
SWIMS Classic Galosh, $95 www.swims.com
The point of rain shoes is to get you where you are going dry and comfortable. Since they are so practical you should make sure to incorporate a dash of style in your selection to ensure you are always looking your best. Try a bold color for an eye catching statement or keep the color subdued for a more refined look. Some rain shoe manufacturers skip the half sizes when the sizing exceeds a men's shoe size 10. For example, you'll likely find the sizing skips 11.5 and goes to the next full size 12. I recommend sizing up to ensure a proper fit. In addition, some companies make less expensive (but still solid) footwear that uses water resistant materials such as synthetic leathers or gor-tex. Invest in a pair of quality rain shoes to ensure you stay dry, stylish and always prepared, it'll be a wise purchase. Thanks for reading. Please comment, like and share.
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