I’m originally from Vancouver, which means I know my rain. With an ocean and mountains all in one place, there was almost always a daily downpour when I was growing up, and so I developed really impressive puddle-jumping skills, got used to getting drenched from head to toe on my way home from school, and for some stupid, unknown reason, absolutely refused to wear proper rain gear.
I don’t really know what my problem was back then, because children’s rain gear is so ridiculously cute, and looking back, I think I was really missing out. These days, I’m pretty into rain gear, even though it’s hard to find attire as cute as the tiny raincoats and patterned umbrellas at GAP Kids. I walk almost everywhere in Toronto, and I spend a lot of time ankle-deep in mud with my dog at the park, so at some point good rain gear became an essential for me. Of course I have a few umbrellas and raincoats in my closet, and I love them, but most importantly, I love my wellies.
Okay, so true, they’re not the most stylish or sexy of footwear choices, but they’re so practical it almost hurts! There is nothing else so ready for the dog park and the mud, nothing else that allows me to trudge through the deepest puddle with handfuls of groceries on each arm that prevent me from jumping. Most importantly, there is no greater pleasure than walking any distance in a torrential downpour and not having to suffer with the squishy feeling of wet, cold feet.
From Hunters to Michael Kors to no-name brand boots from the drugstore, there are seemingly endless types of wellies to keep your feet dry and safe from whatever crazy storm comes your way. Some of them are classic and have an English countryside sort of vibe, while others are stylish and embellished, printed with a fun pattern or cute glitzy details. There’s truly something for everyone out there, but here are some of my favourites:
Still not convinced by the darling fox pattern and bright colours? Here’s a few examples of how you can wear wellies without looking like you just walked out of a barn:
How do you wear your wellies?