It’s On Sale: SWIMS Galoshes
Shrine Haberdashers has SWIMS overshoes on sale for $35, plus something around $5 for FedEx shipping (see below). That’s the cheapest I’ve ever seen these offered. The sale isn’t available on their website, so you’ll have to call their store (312.675.2105) or email them (info@shrinestyle.com) to order. 
For those unfamiliar, you can slip these over your shoes to protect them from rain, snow, and mud. Once you arrive to your destination, you can slip them off so that you’re not having to wear rainboots in potentially inappropriate places. Choose brown for brown shoes, black for black shoes, and blue if you wear blue raincoats. Shrine also has an orange version not listed on their website. Orange goes with nothing, but if you’re the type to like such things, they can provide a touch of humor. 
(Update: Shrine just told us they sold out. To all those who were able to grab a pair, enjoy your new SWIMS). 

It’s On Sale: SWIMS Galoshes

Shrine Haberdashers has SWIMS overshoes on sale for $35, plus something around $5 for FedEx shipping (see below). That’s the cheapest I’ve ever seen these offered. The sale isn’t available on their website, so you’ll have to call their store (312.675.2105) or email them (info@shrinestyle.com) to order. 

For those unfamiliar, you can slip these over your shoes to protect them from rain, snow, and mud. Once you arrive to your destination, you can slip them off so that you’re not having to wear rainboots in potentially inappropriate places. Choose brown for brown shoes, black for black shoes, and blue if you wear blue raincoats. Shrine also has an orange version not listed on their website. Orange goes with nothing, but if you’re the type to like such things, they can provide a touch of humor. 

(Update: Shrine just told us they sold out. To all those who were able to grab a pair, enjoy your new SWIMS). 

For $50 You Can Buy …
By going through this Gilt City sale, you can buy SWIMS galoshes for $50. That’s the cheapest I’ve ever seen them. You can also get some handsome hats for about the same price.
The deal is through Shrine Haberdashers, a store in Chicago that Jesse and I have recommended before. The Gilt City coupon is supposed to only be used in-store, but I talked to the owners and they said they would honor the voucher over the phone if a customer didn’t see the fine print. Nobody will be turned away.

For $50 You Can Buy …

By going through this Gilt City sale, you can buy SWIMS galoshes for $50. That’s the cheapest I’ve ever seen them. You can also get some handsome hats for about the same price.

The deal is through Shrine Haberdashers, a store in Chicago that Jesse and I have recommended before. The Gilt City coupon is supposed to only be used in-store, but I talked to the owners and they said they would honor the voucher over the phone if a customer didn’t see the fine print. Nobody will be turned away.

Q and Answer: How Should I Dress in the Rain?
Steve writes: I live in Vancouver; can you suggest how I should dress for the rain?
The answer is yes.  We can suggest how you should dress in the rain.
You’ll want to start with an umbrella.  I really love the ones at Howard Yount, which are lovely, with solid wood handles and beautiful hand-sewn canopies.  They also cost $165.  If that’s out of your range, there are plenty of other options, just go with something simple.  There are usually good choices at a luggage shop.
On your head, you can wear a hat.  A wool flat cap is a great choice.  If you’re going to wear a proper hat with a brim, this is a good time to do it, especially if it’s not too blustery.
You’ll want some kind of covering for your body, of course.  A classic trench coat or Mackintosh is a good option here for pairing with more formal clothes.  Khaki is the traditional color.  There are plenty of choices for more casual wear - I like waxed cotton, and own a Barbour Beaufort, which I bought on UK eBay for about a hundred dollars.  A number of companies also make lightweight, packable rain coats, which are very useful for climates like Vancouver where rain and cold do not always go hand in hand. 
For your shoes, you’ll want to avoid leather soles.  When leather soles get wet, they wear much faster.  Shoes with rubber or dainite soles are best.  Alternately, you can wear rain-specific shoes like Bean Boots and switch them when you get where you’re going, or cover your dress shoes with galoshes.

Q and Answer: How Should I Dress in the Rain?

Steve writes: I live in Vancouver; can you suggest how I should dress for the rain?

The answer is yes.  We can suggest how you should dress in the rain.

You’ll want to start with an umbrella.  I really love the ones at Howard Yount, which are lovely, with solid wood handles and beautiful hand-sewn canopies.  They also cost $165.  If that’s out of your range, there are plenty of other options, just go with something simple.  There are usually good choices at a luggage shop.

On your head, you can wear a hat.  A wool flat cap is a great choice.  If you’re going to wear a proper hat with a brim, this is a good time to do it, especially if it’s not too blustery.

You’ll want some kind of covering for your body, of course.  A classic trench coat or Mackintosh is a good option here for pairing with more formal clothes.  Khaki is the traditional color.  There are plenty of choices for more casual wear - I like waxed cotton, and own a Barbour Beaufort, which I bought on UK eBay for about a hundred dollars.  A number of companies also make lightweight, packable rain coats, which are very useful for climates like Vancouver where rain and cold do not always go hand in hand. 

For your shoes, you’ll want to avoid leather soles.  When leather soles get wet, they wear much faster.  Shoes with rubber or dainite soles are best.  Alternately, you can wear rain-specific shoes like Bean Boots and switch them when you get where you’re going, or cover your dress shoes with galoshes.

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SWIMS

A lot of folks email me to ask what to do when circumstances demand dress shoes, but weather demands rain shoes.  Galoshes, like these Swims, are a great solution.