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By Gabrielle Nomura on October 20, 2011 – No Comment

Fashion purists may dismiss the rain boot.

It might be just another example of our REI-loving, lackadaisical Pacific Northwest style (or lack thereof).

But I disagree.

While, yes, they may be waterproof, and no, they don’t have a high heel – there’s something sweet and iconic about a good pair of old fashion puddle jumpers.

Not that they’re old fashioned at all these days – rain boots for the modern-day gal come with Coach labels and sassy colors or patterns like hot pink or leopard print.

They can even be found in the most ritzy of shops: Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Macy’s. Here on the Eastside, another good source for the rubber beauties is The Grange in Issaquah, 145 NE Gilman Blvd.

For everyday, you can rock the boots with your favorite pair of skinny jeans. For special occasions, I’ve even seen adventurous Northwest brides make them the required footwear for bridesmaids (check out Bellingham photographer, Josh Durias’ photos to see what I mean.)

I grew up in the land of gray skies, where we appreciate our proximity to water, and the rain at night on the roof makes for the best night’s sleep a girl could ask for – rather than an annoyance. Pacific Northwesties, you know what I’m talking about.

We’re not the sunshine bikini state. Instead, our fashion is rain-proof  and ready for inclement weather.

We may as well embrace this glorious, very wet place we live in.


Coach Pixy Glaser Graffiti Boot. Color: grey, multi. $115 at Macy’s.:  400 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, 425- 688-6000;

Pelican pink Sperry boot, $69.95 at Nordstrom, 100 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, 425-455-5800;

Women’s Rubberware. On sale for $24.97 at Fred Meyer: 2041 148th Ave. NE, Bellevue, 425-865-8560;

Hunter boots in Royal Purple, $125 at Nordstrom.  100 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, 425-455-5800;