We’ve braved the typhoons to find the most rain-resistant, waterproof shoes for Hong Kong’s weather
Whether you’re schlepping down the streets of Central in your favourite summer sandals, or heading to the waterfalls in Sai Kung in your favourite eco-trainers, the shoes you wear can make or break your day. With the Hong Kong Observatory issuing more than 30 rainstorm warnings last summer, it’s important to be prepared at all times!
Summer means the dreaded downpour is here and, as we know too well, when it rains in Hong Kong, it pours. We’ve all fallen victim to getting doused whilst in our favourite espadrilles or brand-new summer sliders (and let’s not even mention the brand-new school shoes we bought the kids!) but fear not! We’ve rounded up some tried and tested rainy-day shoes for mums and kids to help you out.
We know what you’re thinking… flip-flops and rain? Surely a match made in hell right? Wrong! Flip flops are ideal for a morning work (or school) commute when the sky is gloomy. A pair of good quality flip flops are made from only the best durable rubber, they wont fall apart once wet, and they dry almost instantly once out of the rain.
The downfall? Yes, your feet are going to get drenched. So if you’re a working mum, we suggest popping your indoor shoes in your bag for your commute and once you get to work, slip off your wet flip flops. Ta daaaa!
There’s a reason wellies are such a popular option for feet all across the UK during the classic British summertime. These classic boots are designed for the wet and muddy English countryside so a T8 in Hong Kong is a breeze! The great thing about this option is that more and more brands are designing stylish options for this old school staple. They come in a range of colours and are long enough to deal with any taxi whooshing by. Perfect for any age.
For Mums: Bede Classic Welly Boot with Tartan Lining from Barbour available at Asos; Womens Original Colourblock Tall Wellington Boots from Hunter available at Hunter; Gransta Wellies from Asos available at Asos
If you’re not quite ready to ditch your new sliders when the rain comes in (or you’ve got a little fashionista who won’t part with hers!) we’ve got some good news for you…you don’t have to! Brands are introducing more and more waterproof rubber alternatives of our favourite summer sandals, meaning rainy days don’t always have to mean chunky unflattering shoes. One of the best things about this option is you can wear them rain or shine. Take them to the beach, a pool day, or for a full day shopping trip.
For Mums: Gizeh by Birkenstock (available in kids, men’s and women’s sizes and various colours!); Off Spray Printed Rubber Sliders by Off White from Net-a-Porter; PopCat Sliders in pink by Puma from Asos
These ain’t your mama’s galoshes! You can now find waterproof shoes that come in a range of styles and colours. Choose a fun loafer that is fun and flirty, a flat boot for when you’re out and about, and for kids, we think crocs are a good wardrobe staple.
Trainer lovers take note: wet season doesn’t necessarily mean you have to leave your favourite pair at home! There are now more stylish water-resistant alternatives to keep you active around town, and next time your kids jump in that puddle, you won’t be worrying about soggy socks!
Fancy footwear that will walk you through all the seasons. The timeless leather ankle boot is an option to take you straight from day to night. Whether you go all out Alexa Chung and team with a cute midi skirt or pair with your favourite vintage cut offs, this option is a sure and stylish answer to your rainy-day dreams.
For kids, we found some waterproof options that will get them through the rainy day and onto the playground, or even for when they take a hike with you!
Our favourite picks:
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Sassy Hong Kong in July 2018 by Ciara Radburn.