What to Wear on a Rainy Day: Tried-and-Tested Waterproof Shoes

9 July, 2018

What to Wear on a Rainy Day: Tried-and-Tested Waterproof Shoes

We’ve braved the typhoons to find the most rainproof, water-resistant shoes for Hong Kong’s weather

From pacing up and down the streets of Soho on a Saturday night in our favourite summer sandals, to chasing Sai Kung waterfalls in our favourite eco-trainers, footwear can make or break a day. With the Hong Kong Observatory issuing over 30 Rainstorm warnings last summer, it’s important to be prepared at all times!

Summer means the dreaded downpour is here and, as we know too well, when it rains in Hong Kong, it pours. We’ve all fallen victim to a downpour whilst in our favourite espadrilles or brand-new summer sliders, but don’t worry ladies! We’ve rounded up our favourite rainy-day shoes as a solution to this unpredictable Hong Kong weather.

We’ll admit it, there is no perfect shoe that can survive the torrential Hong Kong downpours the summer has to offer, however we have tried and tested our favourite pieces to give you the best chance of keeping your tootsies dry and your pride on form. Read on to see our best picks to stay stylish even on the wettest of days…

Read more: 50 Local Hong Kong Brands You Need To Know

Featured Image via Getty, Image 1 Via Asos, Image 2 via Lane Crawford, Image 3 via Zalora, Image 4 via Asos, Image 5 via Hunter, Image 6 via Asos, Image 7 via Zalora, Image 8 via Net-a-Porter, Image 9 via Asos, Image 10 via Revolve, Image 11 via Asos, Image 12 via Zalora, Image 13 via Adidas, Image 14 via Pinterest, Image 15 via Brickworks Cafe

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Flip Flops

We know what you’re thinking… flip-flops and rain? Surely a match made in hell right? Wrong! Flip Flops are the ideal solution to your morning commute when the sky is gloomy and you’ve got places to be. A pair of good quality flip flops are made from only the best durable rubber, they wont fall apart once wet, and they dry almost instantly once out of the rain.

The downfall? Yes, your feet are going to get drenched. So for this option we suggest popping your indoor shoes in your bag for your commute and once you get to work, slip off your wet flip flops. Ta daaaa!

Our favourite picks:

The Classic Havianas: Black slim flip flops from Havianas available at Asos
The Fun Twist: ‘Goldy Fly’ embellished thong sandals from UZURII available at Lane Crawford
The Budget Alternative: Easy flip flops from Adidas originals available at Zalora ($169)

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There’s a reason wellies are such a popular option for feet all across the UK during the classic British summertime. These classic boots are designed for the wet and muddy English countryside so a T8 in Hong Kong is a breeze! The great thing about this option is that more and more brands are designing stylish options to this old school staple. They come in a range of colours and are long enough to deal with any taxi.

Then again, we all know, with rain comes…humidity. There are plenty of ankle boots which offer the best of both worlds! Team them with a cute mini floral dress for ultimate farmer-chic this summer.

Our favourite picks:

The Classic Wellington boot: Bede Classic Welly Boot with Tartan Lining from Barbour available at Asos
The Fun Twist: Womens Original Colourblock Tall Wellington Boots from Hunter available at Hunter
The Budget Alternative: Gransta Wellies from Asos available at Asos ($190)

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Summer Sandals

If you’re not quite ready to ditch your new sliders when the rain comes in, we’ve got some good news for you…you don’t have to! Brands are introducing more and more waterproof rubber alternatives of our favourite summer sandals, meaning rainy days don’t always have to mean chunky unflattering shoes. One of the best things about this option is these shoes aren’t just restricted to rainy weather. Ideal to wear to the beach, a pool day, or for a full day shopping trip with the girls, this option comes in a variety of gorgeous styles.

Our favourite picks:

The Revamped Birkenstock: Arizona Eva Sandals by Birkenstock from Zalora
The Fun Twist: Off Spray Printed Rubber Sliders by Off White from Net-a-Porter
The Budget Alternative: PopCat Sliders in pink by Puma from Asos ($212)

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Ankle boots

This wardrobe staple will walk you all through the seasons. The timeless leather ankle boot is an option to take you straight from day to night. Whether you go all out Alexa Chung and team with a cute midi skirt or pair with your favourite vintage cut off’s, this option is a sure and stylish answer to your rainy-day dreams. Granted, some leathers wont be able to sustain the heaviest of downpours HK likes to throw at us every now and again, so be sure to treat them first with a protective spray.

Our favourite picks:

The Classic Ankle Boot: Sabana Boot by Tony Bianco available at Revolve
The Fun Twist: Impact Black Patent High Cut Ankle Boots by Public Desire at Asos
The Budget Alternative: Anita Ankle Boots by Dorothy Perkins at Zalora ($250)

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Trainer lovers all over will be happy to know wet season doesn’t necessarily mean you have to leave your favourite pair at home. There are now more stylish water-resistant alternatives to keep you active around town. As a bonus, the sneaker industry is doing more to minimise the impact producing a pair of trainers has on the environment. From recycled materials to ethical vegan fashion, here are some sustainable sneakers available in the 852.  

Our favourite picks:

The Classic White Sneaker: Alphabounce Beyond Pride Running Shoes by Adidas at Zalora
The Fun Twist: Classic Cortez Trainer in Retro Leather by Nike at Asos
The Budget Alternative: Contrast Sneakers by Something Borrowed at Zalora ($229)

Read more: Where (and Why!) to Buy Eco and Ethical Trainers

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2012 by Team Sassy and was updated in July 2018 by Ciara Radburn. 

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