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Put your best foot forward with these rain-ready ankle boots.
Picture this: it’s the end of a party at a friend’s place and you’re ready to go home. You look down at a pile of well-worn Blundstones by the front door: the tedious search for your pair amongst the doppelgängers begins.
It’s an all-too-common scene in Vancouver, and we never want you to be faced with the risk of walking a mile in someone else’s shoes again. So we’ve gathered up eight chic-yet-casual weatherproof options to put you a step ahead of the crowd.
Elevate your look with the 2¼” heeled Darry Bootie. Naturalizer specializes in contoured, comfortable and stylish footwear you actually want to wear all day long and these side-zip Chelsea boots from their Weather Ready collection are no exception. Step into your choice of leather or suede. $220, shoplords.ca
We absolutely love the stacked tri-coloured lug sole and leather piped elastic gore on the Canadian-designed Decade Chelsea Boot. The soothing secret to this pull-on design is tucked inside though—every pair contains memory foam insoles, providing support to your sole and your soul. Available in medium and wide widths, this classic style—along with all of Poppy Barley’s footwear—is designed to comfortably carry you from season to season. $398, poppybarley.com
UGG’s take on the timeless Chelsea boot silhouette combines waterproof full grain leather with a soft microfiber lining, meaning your feet stay dry without sacrificing the brand’s signature slipper soft feel. We are eyeing the mod white two-toned version, but it also comes in straight black if you’re not prepared to keep them squeaky clean.$200, ugg.com
Of the many classic styles available from Dr. Marten’s, the women’s 2976 Nappa Leather Chelseas are our top pick thanks to tapered footbed shape and the buttery soft Nappa leather which requires little to no breaking in. Treat these right and they will thrive for decades. $225, gravitypope.com
Form meets function with the Wanda zip ankle boot from Camper. The sleek and simple upper design of the full grain calfskin leather is paired with a flexible and super lightweight EVA outsole, meaning you will can float over puddles while others trudge. $215, camper.com
Are you looking for a leather-free waterproof option? Enter the Laney vegan leather rain boot! All of Matt & Nat’s products are PETA-approved and crafted with all sustainable materials and ethical practices. We love the goes-with-everything brushed olive, but choose your favourite from 10 colour options in matte or patent finish. $150, thebay.com
Part of Fluevog’s ‘Guardian Angel’ collection, the Archie Chelsea is sure to leave an impression — and not just because of the collection’s signature Angel sole. These Portugal made boots feature a rubber sheet toecap for extra weather protection and come in a classic black with electric blue detailing, or a stand-out-from-the-crowd teal leather. $399, fluevog.com
Vessi’s 100% waterproof Dyma-tex technology is now available in an over-the-ankle boot and we couldn’t be happier about it. Designed by Vancouverites for Vancouverites, these boots are made with a 4-way stretchy knit vegan material that hugs your feet for maximum comfort and breathable warmth. Check out their neutral Originals line or watch for limited edition seasonal colours. $175, vessi.com
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