Rainy Day Footwear: Keep your Socks Dry in Style

weatherproof boots for guys

By Megan Collins | Last Updated: Oct 14 2016

(Self-portrait of a busted rain boot)

I’d like to take a moment to pour a little rainwater out for my old galoshes. My beloved pair of rain boots burst at the seams last fall after six years, and I haven’t been able to bring myself to replace them yet. They were tall and blue with lime green lining and made whatever I was wearing look at least fifty percent more adorable. I mean, knee-high bright blue galoshes? Who wouldn’t wear that?

Guys wouldn’t.

Because fellas don’t (usually?) wear jeggings, tights, or other similar close-fitting clothes that tuck easily into a tall boot, you have to make alternate inclement weather arrangements.

The way I see it you have two options:

L.L. Bean Men’s “Bean” boots, $69

If you can change your shoes when you get where you’re going – or, alternately I suppose, if you really don’t need to – the classic Bean boots from L.L. Bean are your best bet (phew, say that five times fast). They’re durable, stylish in that timeless, “have ’em forver” kind of way, and, y’know, actually protect your feet from rain.

SWIMS Galoshes, $98

If your workplace is dressier, and don’t want to be the guy showing up in rubber mocs and a worsted wool suit, go for the SWIMS. These overshoes will protect what you’re wearing so there’s no need for a Mr. Rogers change of shoes move at your desk. Are they cool looking? No, not really. But get ’em in black, and they’ll mostly go unnoticed. Plus, they’re definitely cooler than ruining a pair of leather shoes in your walk from the train to the office.

Tell me, what do you wear on your feet when it’s gross out? Or do you just make a run for it from the subway/parking lot/bus stop and hope for the best?