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Have you ever dreaded changing into a pair of “office shoes” after yanking your soaking feet out of wet booties?
Has your morning streetcar or bus ride ever been ruined by rushing down a set of steps only to land in a muddy puddle or pile of snow?
If only there were a way to stay presentable, dry and warm without having to wear full on winter or rubber boots...
Oh, wait! There is. Enter: waterproof sneakers and flats.
Fortunately, new design developments and technical fabrics made from recycled materials have revolutionized the water-repellent shoe category.
Now, there’s more functional, all weather models available that allow you to arrive in style.
Ready to add to your shoe-drobe and put days of frigid feet behind you? Here’s seven waterproof pairs to shop for that aren't boots.
Sorel is best-known for its winter boots, but the brand’s Out N About Plus Sneakers’ ultra-comfy footbed, breathable lining and vulcanized rubber bottom for traction on wet sidewalks shines extra bright.
SHOP IT: MEC, $130
With a naturally glossy rubber exterior that won’t spoil in the rain, this waterproof ballerina flat from Hunter includes a cushioned foot bed for maximum comfort.
SHOP IT: Hunter, $145
The two-inch platform sole on these Chuck Taylor Winter Sneakers provides extra height and auxiliary protection to a winterized leather upper.
SHOP IT: Simons, $150
Blondo’s fuss-free slip-ons are made with AquaProtect, which seal guards leather and other materials against water and the harmful effects of calcium and salt. Plus, the shoe’s sporty construction goes with any kind of outfit.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $60 (originally $100)
Another classic high-top from Converse, the GORE-TEX All Star’s weatherized sole and polar fleece lining keeps feet crisp and cozy all day long.
SHOP IT: Converse, $110
Vancouver-founded shoe company Vessi’s original mission was simple: to create a comfortable waterproof sneaker that was good to the earth, kept socks dry and feet sweat-free. Its creators hit the nail on the head with the Everyday Sneaker - a lightweight and 100 per cent waterproof runner with an anti-bacterial insole.
SHOP IT: Vessi, $135
These varsity-inspired, water-repellent sneakers from Veja are the perfect match to all your casual wear. Even Meghan Markle is a fan of the sustainably-minded shoe brand.
SHOP IT: Veja, $179