When It Rains, It Pours … So Wear Rain Boots!

On my way to work Tuesday, water was pouring down the mountain and out onto Route 9. And on Wednesday night, the Route 299 Bridge (which spans the Wallkill River in Ulster County) was closed due to floodwaters — the river level was a mere 10 feet below the bridge. You probably don’t need to read this post to find out that it’s been raining a lot this week — surely you have your very own severe rain sightings that you could share, also.

Anyhow, the other day I was discussing with a friend of mine this rain situation, and its adverse effects on our clothing. We agree that walking around in heavy rain completely ruins our shoes and the bottoms of our pants. So, what’s a girl to do when rain clouds come rolling into town? The logical answer is: be equipped with umbrella, raincoat, and rain boots.

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“I bought a pair of rain boots a couple of years ago,” my friend said. “I hardly wore them because I thought I looked silly; so I threw them out. Now everyone is wearing them. I’m leaving for Ireland this week and it’s going to be so wet over there — I really wish I had a pair now.”

I don’t think I’ve owned a pair of wellies since the early ’90s (aka third grade) — and every time I thought about buying a pair to salvage my suffering feet, I’ve had this fear that I’d look like I was nine years old again. But with the recent influx of rain boots in colorful, boisterous designs, I’ve become increasingly curious. So yesterday, while shopping down by Bleeker Street in Manhattan, with my friend’s words and the loud patter of rain from earlier this week echoing in my head, I did it: I bought a pair of galoshes. And now, after spending four years of sloshing across my (unusually rainy) central-PA college campus in regular shoes — and wet socks and cold feet — here I am with my brand new pink rubber rain boots, ready to take on the world — and all the rain it dares to pour.

So do I look silly in my new footwear? Frankly, I don’t really care anymore. Because for the first time in a long time, I’m actually looking forward to walking in the rain — even splashing through a few puddles. I think I went with a rather conservative style (the majority of the selection consisted of funky plaid or polka dots and zany duck or frog prints), and I’m wondering if I should have went with something a little bit more fun — like a lot of what I’m seeing on other girls’ feet. I mean they’re rain boots, they’re not supposed to be taken seriously, right?

If you’re ready to bite the bullet and buy yourself a pair — or if you own something that look more like bog busters, and want to spice it up a bit, take a look at these really cute designs by Chooka. They’re priced at $59.95, and I think the only local place you can buy them is Nordstrom, or on their Web site.

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