Zapponian Spotlight: Michelle R. Gives the Rundown on Rain Boots

Spring has sprung, and once the sky starts to leak, the shoe closet has a way of looking a little bare. Be ready for cloud bursts of any sort with a reliable pair of rain boots. A good quality pair of rain boots will not only last season to season, they can be surprisingly versatile and stylish!

Consider pairing a back-strap rain boot with a printed-dress and jacket combo for festival season. The practicality of a cute rain boot will help keep your feet dancing, rain or shine – not to mention lend a uniquely casual look. 

Thinking of picking up gardening? Rubber garden boots come in shorter lengths for added mobility when reaching to prune those perfect posies. If the great outdoors lights your fire, you can relax in the wilderness or on a fishing boat in a rugged pair of waterproof boots.

If you’re up a creek without a paddle when it comes to styling rain boots, Zappos’ very own style editor, Michelle Robles is here to take us all to school. After six years of wowing everyone around the office with her undeniably chic taste, Michelle has agreed to share her own rainy-day fashion tips as well as some great rain boot picks to get you through any rainy day in style:

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Classic:

1. Bogs Urban Farmer 2-Eye Lace

2. Hunter Original Back Adjustable Gloss

3. Hunter Garden Boot

Contmeporary:

4. The Sak Rhythm

5. Chooka Ziggy Stripe

6. Bogs North Hampton Floral

Chic:

7.COACH Talia

8. Kamik Medusa

9. Ted Baker Liddied

What inspires your personal style?

M: I’m influenced by street style, Pinterest, bloggers, and different cultures.

 

What is an ultimate essential to your own inclement-weather wardrobe? 

M: My classic Hunter Original boots – these never go out of style!

 

How do you build a practical and stylish outfit around rain boots?

M: Leggings or skinny jeans are my go-to picks. My personal favorite is wearing skinny jeans, a striped tee and a utility jacket for a relaxed-cool look.

 

What is one fashion faux pas that makes you go “Eew!”?

M: Wrinkled clothing.  Steaming your clothes can take you from sloppy to polished in an instant. Ironing is not my thing, but steaming is a breeze. I can’t live without my steamer and travel steamer!

 

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Rainy Day Picks

April showers bring May flowers… But while they’re doing that, they also have the potential of putting a damper on your style! Not to worry though, we’ve got the perfect rainy-day essentials like raincoats & rain boots to keep the whole family dry and stylish through the spring downpours & drizzles:

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Women's:

1.Nautica Fireman Clip Raincoat

2. Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket

3.Hunter Original Gloss Rain Boots

4.Tretorn Elsa Rain Boots

Men's:

1. Arc’teryx Alpha FL Jacket

2. Columbia Watertight™ Jacket

3. Tretorn Kelly Rain Boots

4. AIGLE Parcours 2 Rain Boots

Kids':

1. Hatley Kids Raincoat

2. Kamik Kids Explore Raincoat

3. Sperry Top-Sider Kids’ Pelican Rain Boot

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Fresh Picks: Spring Rain Boots

Downpours in the forecast? Don’t let dreary weather dampen your style! Rain boots are not only super practical for rainy days and overcoming puddles, they’re really cute, too. Encorporate pops of color or some fun prints just by slipping on a pair of these rain-busting boots below!

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1. Chooka Flora Glass Rain Boots, 2. AIGLE Chantabelle Pop Rain Boots, 3. Hunter Original High Gloss, 4. AIGLE Malouine, 5. Hunter Gloss Short, 6. Kamik Adele

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Fresh Picks: Cute Rain-proof Boots

Mother Nature can be totally unpredictable--sunny one day, then downpours the next. For those of us who don’t like being caught off guard with the wrong shoes on a rainy day, a pair (or a few) of stylishly practical waterproof boots is essential! We think a little rain should never get in the way of looking your best.

Below are some of our picks for cute boots that can withstand rain or snow without ever sacrificing style over function:

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1. Martino The Cool Boot, 2. Hunter Original Short, 3. UGG Sabene, 4. Chooka Top Solid, 5. Kamik Noela, 6. La Canadienne Trenton, 7. Khombu Marker Fur, 8. Sperry Top-Sider Pelican Too, 9. Sporto Sparta

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New Brand Spotlight: Aigle

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We're all about things that stand the test of time. That's why we're so excited to launch the brand that stakes its claim as being the "original rain boots"--Aigle. Their high quality rubber boots are still handmade in France with superb attention to detail. Over 150 years later, Aigle boots have managed to stay true to this tradition of reliability and performance. Your whole family will love them!

Check out Aigle Kids available now! Aigle for men and women is coming very soon. Stay tuned!

About AIGLE:

Established in France in 1853 by the American Hiram Hutchinson, AIGLE ('EAGLE' in English and pronounced 'Eh-gleu') today stands for uncompromising quality combined with superb design and craftsmanship. Aigle boots has a rich heritage in the French farming population.

Check out the "bear" from their fall/winter campaign making an appearance in an Aigle store in Paris!

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Jack Rogers Fall Boots

Did you know? The go-to name for chic summer and resort sandals is not just for warm weather anymore! Jack Rogers has some amazing fall shoes including two new boot styles available just in time for your fall wardrobe.

So whether it’s a rainy or chilly fall day, you can now wear the same classic Jack Rogers style that Jackie O herself was quite fond of.

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1. Jack Rogers Tack Riding Boots, 2. Jack Rogers Whirlaway Rain Boots in Blue/Lime Whipstitch, 3. Jack Rogers Whirlaway Rain Boots in Black/ Espresso Whipstitch

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Fresh Picks: Spring Showers

With springtime comes the inevitable spring shower. Thankfully, there’s no need to settle for lackluster style when it’s pouring outside. Cute, rain-ready accessories really brighten up your look even through grey skies.

Here are some of our favorites for a little rainy weather pick-me-up:

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1. Free People Lacey Raincoat, 2. Vera Bradley"Island Blooms" Umbrella, 3. Gabriella Rocha Mission, 4. Hunter Aston rain boots, 5. Chooka Deck Solid rain boots 6. Hunter Original High Gloss in Orchid

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Bogs Spring 2012

Spring is just around the corner, and that means spring showers, gardening and lots of farmers’ markets to peruse through on weekend mornings. Lucky for us, Bogs, a brand known for its durable, waterproof and super comfy shoes, has spring covered—at least your feet.

Bogs is also sponsoring local farmers across the country by giving them hardcore boots and gardening shoes to withstand anything Mother Nature can dish out. If you live in San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, Portland and Chicago, be sure to check out your local farmers’ markets this spring to show your support.

Check out this short video description of the Bogs Rue, a great everyday slip-on shoe for amateur urban farmers and advanced green thumbs alike!