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10th Commandment: January 14

The weather in D.C. is truly terrible.  It’s that spitting, wet, not-quite-rain/not-quite-snow that defines Washington winters.  And one of the questions that I always receive when the weather turns like this is “What kind of shoes do you wear on your morning commute?”

Sometimes, I wear Wellies, but if I can’t be seen carrying rubber boots around, I give my leather tall boots a good coat of Frye weatherproof spray and wear those with wool socks.  I can usually get away with it if I’m wearing very opaque black tights and a structured dress.  Here are a few options.

Elected Official

Cole Haan Flat Boots (Bloomingdale’s, $244)

Hill Staffer

Sofft Claremont Riding Boots (DSW, $90)

Paid Intern

Dana Buchman Tall Boots (Kohl’s, $40)

 Need boots for wider calves? Some readers swear by Fitzwell or J.CREW’s extended calf boots.

Have narrow calves? Try this pair from NYLA or this pair from Michael Kors.



  1. Amy says:

    I bought a pair of classy-looking rain boots, ones that looked like tall black equestrian boots rather than Wellies (I love Wellies, but I was tired of having to carry them around all day at work). Gilt usually has some great flash sales with these, so you don't have to pay full price.

    November 30, -0001/Reply
  2. R says:

    I have the Sofft Claremont riding boots, and I love them! No need to buy one of the other two.

    January 14, 2013/Reply
  3. J says:

    Perhaps this is a silly question, but don't the elastic portions of boots like this leak horribly? It's one of the reasons I've always been reluctant to invest in a pair.

    January 14, 2013/Reply
  4. m says:

    J — if it's raining/snowing enough that you needs to worry about elastic portions of boots leaking, then you probably shouldn't be wearing leather boots outside. I ruined lovely pair of black tall boots before I wised up that leather + puddles + snow melting chemicals don't mix. If there's more than a half-inch of stuff on the ground, I wear galoshes or my snow boots.

    January 14, 2013/Reply
    • SNP says:

      With all the rain recently I’ve been searching your site for some good shoe options. I get way too hot to wear boots – any other shoe suggestions for all the rainy summer commutes recently?

      July 5, 2013/Reply
  5. T says:

    They are expensive, but if you can find a good deal Aquatalia boots are the best around. Stylish, waterproof, and many styles are insulated. They are also great if you have narrow calves.

    January 15, 2013/Reply