* Don’t sacrifice style or carry a second pair of shoes
* Keep your feet warm and protected while looking great
* Waterproof shoes are no longer reserved just for rainboots
Office clothes and rain don’t usually work together. During the fall and winter, your everyday shoes have the double duty of looking great and keeping rain and cold out (forcing you to carry an extra pair of shoes, or sacrifice style). To make rainy commutes less stressful and more efficient, we pulled these 10 waterproof, work-appropriate shoes that will help, rather than hinder, your fall/winter office attire.
1. Sam Edelman Tinsley Rain Boot
At first glance, the Tinsley boot by Sam Edelman looks like a sleek black chelsea. But on closer examination, they’re actually crafted from waterproof synthetic, making them rugged enough for a rainy day yet presentable enough with office slacks and a sweater.
2. Sperry Crest Zone Sneaker
These Sperry sneakers are for the casual, but still professional office. They feature premium, water-resistant suede that looks just like the real thing, and a slouchy pull-on side-zip style.
3. Swims Classic Overshoes
If you’re unwilling to part with your trusted work shoes, these Swims overshoes are great because they simply slip over your typical shoes for your commute. The versatile ballet slipper style works for both comfort and charm.
4. Blondo Villa Waterproof
Blondo integrates waterproof technology into a classic heel bootie with the Villa. The stacked leather heel and sleek design make for a sophisticated look, and a cushioned footbed provides excellent comfort.
5. Timberland Banfield Boot
Sometimes, classic rain boots can be very chic. Timberland reminds us of that with these Banfield boots that feature a full-grain leather upper and vintage equestrian style. They’ll look great, and hold up no matter how nasty the weather.
1. Global Win Chukka Boot
Global Win’s Chukka boots are somewhere in-between a dress boot, and rugged outdoorsman boots. At about $50, they’re very well priced, and feature seam-sealed water resistance for real protection against the elements.
2. Swims Penny Loafer
If you need an office shoe for warmer, early fall rains, or even last-minute summer vacations to the beach, these Swims loafers are a great option. They have the style of a classic penny loafer, but can unexpectedly go everywhere a rain boot can without getting ruined.
3. Palladium Pampa Rain Boot
Of all the shoes, these are probably the most rugged and capable. But somehow, Palladium has styled them well enough pass in a professional environment.
4. Rockport Northfield Oxford
These Rockport Oxfords can be worked into your office attire, and have a slightly rugged style. They feature Hydro Shield waterproofing, a removable shock-absorbent underfoot cushioning, and a durable rubber outsole that provides real grip.
5. SOREL Madson Chukka
On a shelf full of trendy chukka boots, these SOREL Madsons would blend right in. They can be worn like any other chukka – casually or with a suit – and add a sophisticated ruggedness to the outfit. The Madson sets itself apart by utilizing waterproof suede, seam-sealing, and an Ortholite memory foam footbed for premium, all-day comfort.