Is it just me or do rain-proof shoes completely ruin a good outfit? An outfit that you spent all of forty minutes carefully curating, combining together warm layers interspersed with just the right amount of accessories. Just like a chef at a high-brow restaurant, your outfit is a delicacy that you're proud of, one that you'd happily eat yourself.
But then you take a gander outside to see that the four horsemen of the apocalypse have unleashed a torrential downpour and, suddenly, your favourite loafers get shunned away instead for a pair of spotted wellington boots that really do nothing for your carefully planned outfit.
In a bid to curb the squelching of wet socks in cute trainers or saturated toes, I've found a compromise to traditional rain boots that don't tamper with your personal style aesthetic. Now, though, your footwear can be the pièce de résistance come rain or shine (or apocalyptic downpour). Keep scrolling to see what I mean.
Square toe lace-up boots byMarques Almeida, €622.60 at brownsfashion.com
What do you wear to fight back against torrential downpours? These white and black Marques Almeida square toe lace-up leather boots. Designed from sumptuous leather, they're ready for am unexpected drenching or a broken brolly. Designed from sumptuous leather, this new-season silhouette features a square toe, black lace-up front, a rear pull tab, comfortable leather insole, beige stitching at the welt and an angular block heel with a height of 65 mm, which combine together to make the perfect combination of tactical, weatherproof shoes.
Miracle ankle boots, €68 at topshop.com
For days that require put-together, formal attire, a patent heel boot will be a sartorial saviour. This pair from Topshop is destined to be worn with a pinstripe two-piece or your fiercest "I Mean Business" dress. You'll stand out in style but still be dry come your lunchtime meeting.
Animal print leather cowboy boots, €192 at zara.com
A puddle-friendly pair of cowboy boots will for the maximalists (hi) among us. There are few shoes/boots that offers protection from the elements without settling for anything less than fabulous. With contrasting snakeskin print and vibrant punches of orange, this pair is not for the faint of personal style - which is why I think they're perfect. These are the type of boots that come with a free dose of sunshine. What am I wearing them with? Everything. I love that they come with a wide heel to boot (!) too.
Black and gunmetal OT tattoo backhand, €125 at drmartens.com
There's a theory that Dr Marten shoes have the ability to withstand ten nuclear attacks and I believe it. Dr Marten shoes are known for being incredibly sturdy and well-made and, as someone who has at least five pairs, I can attest to this. The 1460, above, is the original Dr Martens boot. This updated version comes with a cool tattoo-style imprint that gives me an additional reason to ponder at my feet for longer. These are proper puddle-jumping, splash-exploding boots.
Camper pix multicolour formal shoes, €131 at camper.com
For something more low-key, these Camper brogues will work a treat. Half-brogue-half-water-proof-boot, it's the perfect marriage of super functional and weird chic. Pair with jeans and an oversized jumper and a pair of funky socks for maximal (dry) impact.