Staying stylish during the rainy season can be a challenge. You can protect your clothes with an umbrella or raincoat. But what about your poor feet that stay close to the filthy puddles and slippery streets? It is impossible to wear your fashionable heels during this season.
Many office-goers are now carrying their formals in a bag and making their way to the workplace in rain-friendly slippers and sandals. Flip-flops may seem to be the obvious footwear choice for the monsoons. But walking through a rain soaked street in slippers will guarantee that dirt splash behind your legs. So, keep your flip-flops exclusively reserved for very casual outings which may include jumping into a puddle and dancing in the rain.
What will I wear during the monsoons then? Is this question troubling you? Fret not – you have variety of options to choose from waterproof footwear. And yes, they can be stylish. From cute ballerinas to comfy willies, colour blocking is the latest trend. Neon colours rule the shoe racks. Quirky prints also have a huge fan following. Rubber and plastic are preferred footwear materials for the monsoons. Leather is better avoided – lock it up in a dry place. Avoid stilettos too – if you are looking for some height, try platform heels that keep your feet above the filth. Socks are also not recommended.
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Now, check out these stylish waterproof footwear trends for this year’s monsoon season:
These simple sandals are ideal for every occasion. From formal events to a casual outing, you will find a T-strap sandal useful during the monsoons. Colourful plastic t-strap sandals are a usual sight at popular street markets. You will find them for as less as Rs 100. Keeping up with the colour trend for this year, bright neon and florescent colours are the favourites. Yellow, red, pink and blue are also popular. But you can try matte black and other neutral shades for formal events or the workplace.
Gone are the days when you found these only in farms and fields. Also called willies, these comfy boots now come in a variety of colours. The printed variety is slowly moving out of trend. Florals are now being replaced by neon green, pink and even transparent varieties. A choice in length is also available – the knee high willies are a classic. Transparent gumboots have also been spotted. The biggest advantage of willies is that they keep your feet clean and dry throughout the day.
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Ballets are savior for women’s feet. These flat shoes come in a variety of colours, prints and materials. Pick the right one and you can wear it anywhere. I have a pair of black textured rubber ballerinas which I wear everywhere – from a stroll in the park to business meetings. They look just like leather shoes, but are waterproof and flexible. For the monsoons, plastic ballets with cutwork and rubber bellies in neon colours are the best. Get yourself a collection of these and mix ‘n match them with various outfits.
Native Shoes had recently launched their rain-proof sneaker collection for women. These colourful flat shoes are comfy and sporty. You can wear them with a pair of shorts or denims. The Native Miller collection comes in 12 colours and floral prints. You will find a larger variety among the street market knock-offs.
What among these have you selected to stack up for this monsoon? Play with colours and styles and make best of this wonderful rainy season!