Slushing Needn’t Be Unsightly

I’m not sure why I needed the title of this post to sound to fancy and classy… I’m here to talk about rubber boots – not the classiest member of the footwear world.

Although, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t COMPLETELY necessary. I discovered this quickly after I moved from same-temperature-all-year Seattle (well, usually…) to guess-and-we’ll-tell-you-after Chicago. It’s a lot less likely that you’ll go out and snag your groceries/dry cleaning/coffee/toilet paper if all you have are leather flats, satin heels and Converse Chuck Taylors (which are quite absorbent, if you didn’t know), and this explains the recent rage of all things “rubber boot”.

Fortunately, after a few seasons of practice, shoe companies have discovered that these boots, however necessary, may not be at their most delectable in the colors of rotting wood, puce, and/or logo’d to high hell. Although, if that’s your prerogative, I can’t stop you; all I can do is introduce you to some more aesthetic options.

Firstly, I’m proud to show you my wonderful rain boots:

Men: Hunter Argyll Full Knee - Black

Hunter Argyll Boots

These boots are a DREAM! I chose these over Hunter Original in Black ($115) not only because of the price difference, but because the Argyll boot has wider shafts, and my soccer legs need a little room to breath, naw’mean?


See? They work! (Also, don’t smoke! It’s unhealthy!)

The Argyll boots are listed as “Men’s Boots”, but I assure you, they’re unisex. It’s even printed on the inside of the boot!

While Hunter makes perfect, 100+ year old boots (since 1890-something!), I understand that $85 chunks of rubber may not be in everyone’s budget. Luckily, the rain boot market understands that, too, and has PLENTY of other options for you to choose from!

NOTE: Many rain boots run large in size, as they expect you to be wearing lovely, squishy, furry, plushy socks with your boots!

Women's shoes: EMU Australia Welly Repeat - White Multi
EMU Australia Welly Repeat in “White Multi” (12″ shaft circumference)
$60 $39.99

These are nice and festive, without being too obnoxious.

Women's shoes: Chooka Peacock City - Emerald
Chooka Peacock City
$60 $29.99

As peacocks are my favorite animal, I had to include these! * All Chooka boots have a 15.5″ circumference in the shaft – soccer chicks, attack!

Women's shoes: Chooka Radiant - Navy/silver
Chooka Radiant (Navy/silver)
$60 $39.99

These are a little futuristic, a little bright, a little flashy… Invader Zim’s girlfriend would wear these. Well, maybe they’d be a little more evil

Women's shoes: Roxy Puddles - Gray argyle
Roxy Puddles in Gray (14″ shaft circumference)
$49.99 $29.99

The next best thing to Hunter Argyll boots… Are actual argyle boots! One of my favorite prints on a cute, understated rain boot – perfect! It’s almost so patterned that you can’t see the gross logo on the side.

Women's shoes: Sperry Top-Sider Pelican Lug Tall Boot - Navy and red with anchors
Sperry Top-Sider Tall Boot in Navy and Red with Anchors
$60 $39.99

C’mon… I had to throw something unbearably kitschy in there! It’s got little anchors on it! For the rain! You’re in puddles with anchors on your boots! HOW CUTE IS THAT?!

Oh, and I’ll have you know that all of these boots are in “Rachel Zoe’s Picks” at Piperlime… Because we totally care what she thinks.

Peace, love, and crappy stylists…


Listening To:
Beirut – Lon Gisland

Probably watching Netflix.

11 thoughts on “Slushing Needn’t Be Unsightly

  • December 30, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Yeah…I’m from rural New Hampshire. I always snicker at people who sneer at rubber boots. My feet aren’t even always safe going from my front door to my car on a paved driveway.

  • December 30, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    We live in similar climates, and trust me, they are nothing short of glorious.

    I also, may or may not, own cowboyish rain boots.

    Dawn´s last blog post was Yoko Furusho – artist interview!

    • December 30, 2008 at 8:42 pm

      I’ve heard of those! I think I’ve only seen one pair, but I don’t remember much about them. I admire the guts it takes to pull those off! =)

      • December 30, 2008 at 8:46 pm

        Mine are just black, with red trim..two staple colours of mine. They are slightly glorious, and came from nordstrom, but I forget who designed them.

        Dawn´s last blog post was Yoko Furusho – artist interview!

  • December 30, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Great designs/patterns on the boots, they warm up winter a bit!

    Miguel´s last blog post was Wedding Style:Bride Evolution!

  • December 31, 2008 at 8:15 am

    The patterns are cute … but I think you chose wisely, lady. Can’t go wrong with nice, plain black Hunters.

    Sal´s last blog post was Belated Apologies!

  • January 3, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    I adore the Chooka Peacock City boots. I am not sure I could pull off the look. It would look cute on the right person. I love boots. I have a closet full of them. I visit to find the latest coupon codes and sales. It saves me a ton of money. They are always posting latest shoe sales.

    Christine´s last blog post was Office Depot Coupon: $20 Off $75+ Order!

  • January 7, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I actually love the title. Very clever and catchy.

    The boots are super cute too. I have a pair of cute (well cute for snow boots) Northface snow boots that I love. However, I’ve been keeping an eye out for cute rain boots for Fall and Spring. My current tempting purchase (cut/paste)

    Although I do like the peacock feather’d pair!

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  • January 9, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    1) I’m not a fan of the spacegirl ones, but I guess thats a personal choice
    2) You forgot these! I get compliments on them every time I wear them. The downside, however, is the wedge. Very fashionable, but I broke my ankle wearing them in Boston. No joke.
    Mine are chocolate brown with brown and tan laces, but these are equally fabulous. I would even dare say their worth breaking your ankle for.

  • January 10, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Sperry Top-Sider Tall Boot in Navy and Red with Anchors looks so cool, i like it so much.. (^_^)

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