This fall marks my ninth as a New York City resident, meaning that I've dealt with my fair share of shitty seasonal weather. Commuting to work and generally surviving through the rain, sleet, snow and hail requires some sturdy footwear, and although this is common sense for any city dweller, I have never once intentionally purchased a pair of all-weather shoes. Over the past (almost) decade, I've ruined several pairs of nice leather boots (RIP my trusty Fryes) after mistakenly believing that they could hold up in the elements; I've also acquired some less-than-attractive rubber pairs that, while practical, are honestly pretty ugly. A nice-looking pair of waterproof shoes is never something I felt compelled to spend a decent amount of money on — that is, until now.
Perhaps it's the popularity of hiking boots on recent runways like Gucci, Ganni, Alexander Wang and Kim Jones's last men's collection for Louis Vuitton, but I was immediately sold on these all-weather boots while window shopping recently. Most importantly, they're by Sorel, a brand beloved for its well-constructed footwear, so I know that my feet are guaranteed to stay warm and dry even in the face of a blizzard or torrential fall downpour. But as a bonus, they're cute enough that I can keep them in heavy rotation regardless of precipitation. The ankle height allows me to pair them with some very on-trend branded socks with some cropped jeans, and the red laces add a bit of fun to an otherwise standard utilitarian style.
Sorel Ainsley Conquest waterproof leather and suede ankle boots, $170, available here.
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