A late but nonetheless nifty addition to my rainy day shoe closet arrived this September, care of the John and Frankie store’s Frankie herself.
Within three days’ time (and in the midst of a storm, no less) I received the big blue bag that contained my brand new wellies. The package was bulky and surprisingly heavy and I took it to mean that these boots were of good quality and not like those flimsy run-of-the-mill pairs you can buy at the supermarket or off a vendor on the street.
The boots I got were of the tall, equestrian variety in a deep rich brown with decorative side buckles (I will discuss these buckles in detail later).
The “when to wear me” dilemma
Shortly after opening the package and examining the goods, I found myself wondering, “when am I going to wear these?”
If I were still studying in an outdoor campus and taking public transportation daily, this would not have been a problem. However, funnily enough, using a private car regularly actually turned out to be a hindrance in this situation.
For an entire week, I found myself praying for rain just so I could take the boots out for a walk. I hopefully kept them in my trunk, ready for use at the slightest drop of rain.
Boot leg vacuum
The thing about tall rubber boots is they’re structured in such a way that they act as a natural vacuum, making it almost impossible to slip them on or off without some form of a struggle.
After my sister tried them on, she sat down on the couch, huffing and saying that she’d given up on trying to take them off. We then proceeded to take them off her, tug-of-war style.
This “natural vacuum” is exactly why these boots are not the best choice for people who drive. The boots are stiff and make it hard to control the pedals. It’s also a hassle to push them on and pull them off. But you could take a leaf out of my book and make sure to keep them handy in the trunk for emergencies.
For commuters, they promise long-lasting, hard-wearing protection. You can be sure they’ll keep your feet covered in a snug and stylish shell.
Ornamental buckles and other charming details
The color brown is not something I would typically go for in footwear or clothing but I found that on this pair of boots it adds a certain sophistication one could not achieve with a black version.
The bronze buckles complement the deep shade nicely, making for an ultimately wearable design that looks good even on a sunny day or a dry night out.
The fact that the buckles have no other function other than to sit there and look pretty annoyed me at first, but then I grew to appreciate their ornamental value. If the buckles actually functioned as fasteners, the look of the boots would change entirely and most likely into a bulky utilitarian number very far from the slim lady-like version they are now.
Lucy Wellies are exclusively available at Zalora PH.
More about boots and the style guide to splashing through the rain in style: http://thepoc.net/index.php/boots-to-beat-the-bad-weather/