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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On Our Favorites: Plaid About You

Our 'My Favorites' list is always brimming with so much awesomeness; we just have to share some of it with you!

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Blank NYC The Spray On Skinny in Tartin Martin – We love the fusion of punk and heritage plaid in these surprisingly wearable jeans!

Hunter Original “Mallalieus” BootThis beloved rainy-weather staple gets a fall update thanks to the subtle panels of plaid wool.

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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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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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Fresh Picks: Winter Boots

Although it hasn’t exactly been snow season in our neck of the woods, we still love the fabulous crop of winter boots out there currently. They’re not only nice and warm; they’re stylish enough to rival our favorite non-winter boots!

Check out some of our favorites:

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Sorel Tivoli™: The functional comfort of these boots is almost overshadowed by the stylish exterior. We love these with skinny jeans or even sweater dresses!

Timberland Boot Company New Lucille 10” Boot: With combat-style boots being so hot right now, these are destined to be a go-to pair.

Sperry Top-Sider Brookhaven: These fabulous fringed moccasin ankle boots are so spot-on boho.

Crocs Kosmoboot: Unbelievably lightweight and comfortably stylish, you just might forget about the bitter cold temperature!

UGG Bailey Button Triple Bomber: The iconic Ugg boot with a little something extra.

Hunter Sascha: If your winters consist of rainy days, these versatile rain boots are a must. They transition perfectly right into spring.

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Style Destination: Seattle

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1. Hunter Lapins rain boots, 2. Vera Bradley floral umbrella, 3. Gabriella Rocha Brinda cowl-neck sweater, 4. Joe's Jeans The Skinny Colors in Plumeria, 5. MICHAEL Michael Kors belted trench coat

With as much travelling as I do each year, I make it a point to plan my outfits according to the destination. The weather, the city’s local style vibe, the different activities to do…these are all things to consider when planning outfits for a trip!

Today’s Style Destination is beautiful and rainy Seattle. When packing for rainy weather, it’s always a good idea to pack a pair of rain boots, lightweight outerwear, cozy sweaters, and of course, a cute umbrella! Staying dry can totally look stylish!

Happy travels!