You may not have noticed Bottega Veneta's puddle boots during its autumn/winter 2020 runway show. They were, after all, quite hidden under the puddling of the collection's trousers. The series' kiwi green highlight however, is rather difficult to miss. The footwear was prominently worn by London-based musician Obongjayar in Bottega Veneta's short film project back in July.
On its own, the puddle boot is very much distinct; an unusual pair that one who's been following Daniel Lee's creative direction at Bottega Veneta, wouldn't immediately associate it with the fashion house. But perhaps, it's an extension of the already wide array of boots that Lee has created since his appointment. The puddle boot is not as chunky nor as exaggerated as previous iterations of boots, but it's definitely a standout piece for its shape and range of colours.
Crafted partly out of biodegradable polymer, Bottega Veneta's puddle boot is designed to look almost like a slightly blown-up Chelsea boot. Look closely and you'd notice the etched out details where stretchy rubber panels would typically be on a pair of Chelseas. But of course, with an all-round seamless construction, the puddle boot is meant to keep one's feet dry and protected from, well, puddles of water. Perfect for the unpredictable showers we've been experiencing of late.
A pair will set you back SGD900, which is relatively decent for a pair of Bottega Veneta footwear. But if the fashion house's version of Wellington boots isn't the right kind of design for you, here are five others that may be right up your alley.
Rubber rain boots, by 1017 ALYX 9SM (approximately SGD565 each via MATCHESFASHION)
It's quite odd to see a 1017 ALYX 9SM design without the brand's hallmark rollercoaster buckle, but the hardware would have probably added a few hundreds to the retail price of this pair of rain boots. The inside is surprisingly lined in blue for a touch of that subversive attitude the brand is known for.
Leather and rubber ankle boots, by CamperLab (approximately SGD320 each via MATCHESFASHION)
CamperLab's a relatively new offshoot of Spanish footwear brand Camper (it was founded in 2014) and has just undergone a revamp under new creative director Achilles Ion Gabriel. It's a bit more experimental and youthful, just like this all-white boot fitted with a vulcanised rubber tread sole.
Rubber short Wellington boots, by Mackintosh (SGD243 via Farfetch)
Not many brands are as quintessentially British as Mackintosh. The renowned coat-maker—the Mac is named after the brand—knows a thing or two about weather protection. Its Wellington boots are decidedly traditional in appearance but designed with touches of sartorial footwear elementss.
Rubber short Wellington boots, by Hunter (approximately SGD204 each)
You know a brand is legit if it's been officially recognised by the Queen of England herself. Yet, don't knock off Hunter for being staid and traditional. These fiery red, short version of its famed original silhouette proves that a few updates is all that's needed for a refreshingly modern glow-up.
EVA shoes, by À La Garçonne (SGD120 each via Farfetch)
If you're keen on keeping your feet dry but not into boots, À La Garçonne's EVA shoes are made to resemble the characteristics of a pair of Wellingtons without the extended coverage. Put on a pair of calf-length socks and you're all set.
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