…and I think it’s her shoes!
If gumboots make you think of plain green wellies, then it’s time to change your mindset. Rubber boots (loved by grandfathers and Fashionistas alike) have been getting a makeover from the standard knee-high, forest green designs to styles that are definitely more modern wardrobe friendly.
This Fashionista’s pair is all the way from Japan and barely even resemble gumboots, bar the plastic material and Chelsea boot style sides. They’re ankle length, bright orange and covered in flowers, and if that doesn’t scream adorable…
I love that she’s slipped them on over a pair of navy and white-spotted socks for a cutesy, Japanese street style-esque look. Rubber boots can be rough on your feet, so wearing a pair of socks, especially ones as cute as these, is a great idea.
Gumboots aren’t just for trudging around mud in, but they’re absolutely perfect for those in between days in Melbourne’s spring. As any seasoned Melbournian will know, our spring days can be deliriously hot one hour and the next we’ll be plummeted by wind and rain. So a pair of wellies like this Fashionista’s is great because it’s bright and fun enough to rock in the sunshine but will still keep your feet dry if the clouds come out.
Another situation where gumboots can literally save the day (and your feet) is at music festivals. With summer right around the corner, investing in a pair of gumboots will keep you comfortable as you walk from act to act. When the ground gets roughed up, turning into dirt and mud (thanks enthusiastic stage hoses), you’ll be the one jumping to the tunes having an awesome time while the girls wearing sandals are running for cover.
For all of your gumboot needs, grab yourself a pair of cute ankle-length ones like this Fashionista’s (they even come in glitter!) or go long with a traditional knee-high style in an untraditional pattern. There’s gum-thing for everyone! Okay, I’ll stop having pun with it…
Spotted: If you want a gumboot with a twist (and a whole lot of height!), take a look at the rubber boots from Louis Vuitton’s fall 2011 ready-to-wear collection. Talk about a reinvention!