There are few things good about the winter and there are even fewer things that we like about ‘stepping out’ in a downpour.
When it comes to venturing out in a hail storm or traversing the puddles and pitfalls of the pavements, we don’t take any chances.
What is in order is a damned fine, waterproof rainboot. But like you, we don’t want look dull and frumpy, as well as wet and soaked through.
So, these boots by DailyShoes get our attention immediately. They are glossy, knee high and available in eighteen designs and styles. Most of these are pretty funky ones too.
Choose between ‘strawberry’ or ‘pink heart’. These are bold and cheerful styles, that don’t look tacky, but will still put a smile on your face and brighten up your rainy days.
Other styles we especially like include ‘brown horse’, ‘purple daisy’ and ‘grass’.
At a first glance, these seem easy enough to pull on and don’t feature any fussy fastening. There is a buckle on these, but it seems to be largely for show and not a practical necessity at all.
Also, the toes are nicely rounded and actually human foot shaped. This is good news for anyone who is tired of pointy looking boots, that don’t fit properly!
At between $20-$52 approx a pair, these are reasonably priced and most pairs are on the lower end of this scale.
Ah but how do they fit? More than any other type of fashion boots, rainboots really are made for walking in.
The news is mainly good, if a little tempered by a familiar warning. These run small. Really quite small. This is not at all unusual for a lot of rainboots and at least the sellers/manufacturers seem to address this fact by advising people to size up, by up to two sizes.
We feel confident that if you do this, you should be able to get a pair to fit you comfortably.
Now we know that in a lot of cases, getting calves to fit comfortably in some rainboots can be an issue. But, on balance, this is not a big problem.
Sure, there are some people who have struggled to get larger calves into them, but if you are average sized or smaller and you order correctly, we think you should have no problems.
And what about your foot? How do they actually feel to walk in?
Well, we haven’t heard extensive complaints about them rubbing or pinching, like a lot of rainboots, so we are extremely satisfied that these are a comfortable wearing experience.
They come with a removable foot bed and the grips look sturdy enough to hold you in place, without any trips, slips or falls.
When is a rainboot not a rainboot? When it is only ‘water resistant’ and not fully waterproofed!
Yes, it sounds crazy, but there actually *are* rainboots out there which aren’t fully waterproofed. Fortunately, it looks as if these are not among them.
Made from 100% pure rubber, the manufacturers do advertise these as being fully waterproofed and so you should be able to leap into all the puddles you want, with gay abandon!
Over all, we are convinced that you won’t get wet, as long as there aren’t any visible cracks beginning to appear in them.
But what are they like in the snow? Because these rainboots by Daily Shoes are also billed as being ‘snow’ friendly as well.
Now strictly speaking, these are not a snow boot. They are not well lined enough to keep your feet properly warm in standing snow, or any other prolonged cold environment.
Our advice to you, would be to ensure you have really thick socks and maybe add your own lining to make these warm enough, if you are really planning playing out in the white stuff.
But in terms of leaking through, we think, if you take care of them, they should do fine. The grips on the sole seem capable of holding you steady over packed snow and ice, at least as well as any other boot would do.
These rainboots are, for the most part, available from around $20 a piece. While this is not dirt cheap – and you can get cheaper – we do feel that you then get what you pay for. Also, they have ultra-cute patterns on them and look high fashion.
Taking all that into account and for around $20 each, we have to be realistic about how long to expect them to last.
It does seem that in a small minority of cases, heavy usage has caused them to wear out or develop cracks. Mostly, though, this is not the case.
The vast majority of people who bought these are more than happy about the performance they get from these stomping rainboots.
These are super cool, super cute and super colorful rainboots. They don’t weigh an absolute ton and are nice and easy to walk in.
Additionally, they are well waterproofed and have good traction. If you wear warm enough socks, you can even wear them as snow boots.
They should withstand at least one season of rain, hail, mud, sleet and snow. We think these boots are fantastic value for money and are a colorful addition to any wardrobe.
But they probably will not last for years, at least, not of repeated and sustained wearing. If you want a workhorse that will last forever, these may not be the ones.
However, if you are looking to brighten up your wardrobe and are realistic about how much $20(ish) can buy you, then we think that you will not be disappointed.