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Dress Shoes for Bad Weather

pred02

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I am perhaps not the only one to have had the misfortune off living in places with, well less than perhaps weather. While I do enjoy a good shoe with a handcrafted leather sole, there is nothing worse than feeling moisture seep through as you step on the wet or snowy sidewalk caught in unexpected London rain or Boston snow.

I do know many have suggested things to wear over the shoes, but to be fair, in all practicality it's not always the convenient option (especially when traveling for work, where checked luggage is a no-no)

I know that any pair of nice dress shoes will not withstand the brute of a New England Northeaster', but I am looking for a compromising shoe in the $100-$200 range to use as a workhorse in all kinds of weather.

Options are to either go down the Timberland/Rockport weatherproof route, or maybe get a pair of AE with rubber soles for these scenarios. I do know that AE makes the Commuter model which has rubber soles.

What are some shoes that people use when walking to the office, er meetings in inclined weather?

Thanks
 

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Originally Posted by pred02
I am perhaps not the only one to have had the misfortune off living in places with, well less than perhaps weather. While I do enjoy a good shoe with a handcrafted leather sole, there is nothing worse than feeling moisture seep through as you step on the wet or snowy sidewalk caught in unexpected London rain or Boston snow.

I do know many have suggested things to wear over the shoes, but to be fair, in all practicality it's not always the convenient option (especially when traveling for work, where checked luggage is a no-no)

I know that any pair of nice dress shoes will not withstand the brute of a New England Northeaster', but I am looking for a compromising shoe in the $100-$200 range to use as a workhorse in all kinds of weather.

Options are to either go down the Timberland/Rockport weatherproof route, or maybe get a pair of AE with rubber soles for these scenarios. I do know that AE makes the Commuter model which has rubber soles.

What are some shoes that people use when walking to the office, er meetings in inclined weather?

Thanks


Last year I bought a pair of black Polo MiI chukkas w/a rubber sole. They're smooth leather, plain toe and worked very well with a suit when I needed them in rain/sleet/snow.

I just bought a pair of BB chukkas w/Dainite sole from forex on the SF. I'm not sure these will work with a dressy suit but should be fine with anything else.

If you look around a bit you'll be able to come up something suitable. I've seen quite a few Dainite or Vibram soled wingtips and plain toes on eBay and no doubt there'll be a good selection in the stores on sale.
 

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I just wear regular rubber soled dress shoes most of the year even though most here would tar and feather me for such an atrocity. I deal with bad weather too much and don't feel like having two "seasons" of shoes to warrant purchasing a leather sole version and a rubber sole version. Many of the good brands like Alden or Allen Edmonds have soles that are still very thin and nice despite being rubber.

That said, I just carefully wipe down my shoes with a wet cloth after being out in winter weather where road salt becomes an issue. I should probably get a pair of overshoes, but I haven't yet.
 

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