It’s On Sale: SWIMS overshoes
For those of you whose commute involves several minutes of walking during the day while wearing professional business attire, you quickly realize you have two paths when it comes to wearing dress shoes in rain or slushy snow: wearing boots on your commute and changing at the office or using overshoes. 
I’m a fan of SWIMS galoshes as they have a classic and simple look, while also offering you more colors than just black — and right now they’re on sale for $72 (down from $100) at Bonobos. You can find them in brown, orange, navy, green and black. 
-Kiyoshi

It’s On Sale: SWIMS overshoes

For those of you whose commute involves several minutes of walking during the day while wearing professional business attire, you quickly realize you have two paths when it comes to wearing dress shoes in rain or slushy snow: wearing boots on your commute and changing at the office or using overshoes. 

I’m a fan of SWIMS galoshes as they have a classic and simple look, while also offering you more colors than just black — and right now they’re on sale for $72 (down from $100) at Bonobos. You can find them in brown, orange, navy, green and black

-Kiyoshi

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). 

It’s On Sale: SWIMS Overshoes
If you’re willing to wait until mid-December for a delivery, Orvis will sell you a pair of SWIMS overshoes for $64 (compared to $100 at most other locations). Mid-December might seem too far away, but most areas get their rainy season in the Spring anyway. Plus, these would make for a great Christmas present, so consider it early shopping. 
To read more about SWIMS overshoes, check out this review by The Silentist. 
Use the coupon code 113377 at check out. It expires on July 30th. 

It’s On Sale: SWIMS Overshoes

If you’re willing to wait until mid-December for a delivery, Orvis will sell you a pair of SWIMS overshoes for $64 (compared to $100 at most other locations). Mid-December might seem too far away, but most areas get their rainy season in the Spring anyway. Plus, these would make for a great Christmas present, so consider it early shopping. 

To read more about SWIMS overshoes, check out this review by The Silentist

Use the coupon code 113377 at check out. It expires on July 30th. 

We Got It For Free: Tingley Executive Overshoes
The folks at BeltOutlet.com asked if there were any of their products we’d like to review, so I asked for a pair of Tingley overshoes. Since I work from home, I rarely have to commute in foul weather while wearing dress shoes, but I know this is a persistent problem for many of our readers.
Overshoes were a popular product back when men uniformly wore real shoes to work. These days, they’re more of a niche product, appealing to a small group of people: those who are professional enough to wear dress shoes, but also work somewhere urban enough that walking outdoors is part of their regular routine.
So: on the the Tingleys. They’re not as ugly as I thought they would be. I mean, they’re ugly, don’t get me wrong, but in the context of a business suit, they’re suprisingly unobtrusive. I also found them pretty easy to get on, even over the clunky Brooks Brothers white bucks I’m wearing today. That said: in a non-black-shoe context, they’d stick out like a sore thumb.
The most attractive option in the category is Swims, which are a bit sleeker, have a flocked lining, and come in a variety of interesting colors. They’re a valiant attempt at making overshoes almost attractive. Swims, though, retail at about a hundred dollars, compared to just $35 for Tingley’s boot model, and $25 for their lower-cut option.
Ultimately, I think the Tingleys are a practical solution to a practical problem. With a business suit and a trench, they’ll look like a man trying to reach his destination dry. Dignified, but not exactly dashing.

We Got It For Free: Tingley Executive Overshoes

The folks at BeltOutlet.com asked if there were any of their products we’d like to review, so I asked for a pair of Tingley overshoes. Since I work from home, I rarely have to commute in foul weather while wearing dress shoes, but I know this is a persistent problem for many of our readers.

Overshoes were a popular product back when men uniformly wore real shoes to work. These days, they’re more of a niche product, appealing to a small group of people: those who are professional enough to wear dress shoes, but also work somewhere urban enough that walking outdoors is part of their regular routine.

So: on the the Tingleys. They’re not as ugly as I thought they would be. I mean, they’re ugly, don’t get me wrong, but in the context of a business suit, they’re suprisingly unobtrusive. I also found them pretty easy to get on, even over the clunky Brooks Brothers white bucks I’m wearing today. That said: in a non-black-shoe context, they’d stick out like a sore thumb.

The most attractive option in the category is Swims, which are a bit sleeker, have a flocked lining, and come in a variety of interesting colors. They’re a valiant attempt at making overshoes almost attractive. Swims, though, retail at about a hundred dollars, compared to just $35 for Tingley’s boot model, and $25 for their lower-cut option.

Ultimately, I think the Tingleys are a practical solution to a practical problem. With a business suit and a trench, they’ll look like a man trying to reach his destination dry. Dignified, but not exactly dashing.

mrsartorial:

It’s such a nice day out, I think I’ll SWIM to work.

Everyone is Swim-ing today.

mrsartorial:

It’s such a nice day out, I think I’ll SWIM to work.

Everyone is Swim-ing today.

(Source: mrsartorial)

mostexerent:

Slippery & wet surface..

Time to SWIM!

I’m telling ya kids: overshoes.  Class.

Q and Answer: Shoes in the Rain
Andrew writes:  Here is my problem: Corporate casual dress code.  Leather soled shoes.  Rain.  What is a good choice to prevent the ruination of good shoes?  Rubber soles?  If so, what are good ones?
Well, we’re pretty ambivalent about rubber-soled dress shoes generally.  It can be done well, but it often isn’t.  For that reason, we’re hesitant to steer you in that direction.
If you have dress shoes you like, you can buy a pair of Swims or Tingley’s overshoes.  These slip over your dress shoes, protecting them from the rain.  We live in Los Angeles, so we don’t have much use for them, but we kind of want a pair because they’re really neat.  Swims have the added benefit of being lined, so they won’t dull the finish of your shoes.
Many folks also simply wear rain shoes to and from work, which we’re not opposed to, either.  You can either lug your good shoes with you, or leave a pair in your desk during rainy weeks.  When it rains outside, I get so excited that I get to wear my duck boots that it’s a non-issue.

Q and Answer: Shoes in the Rain

Andrew writes:  Here is my problem: Corporate casual dress code.  Leather soled shoes.  Rain.  What is a good choice to prevent the ruination of good shoes?  Rubber soles?  If so, what are good ones?

Well, we’re pretty ambivalent about rubber-soled dress shoes generally.  It can be done well, but it often isn’t.  For that reason, we’re hesitant to steer you in that direction.

If you have dress shoes you like, you can buy a pair of Swims or Tingley’s overshoes.  These slip over your dress shoes, protecting them from the rain.  We live in Los Angeles, so we don’t have much use for them, but we kind of want a pair because they’re really neat.  Swims have the added benefit of being lined, so they won’t dull the finish of your shoes.

Many folks also simply wear rain shoes to and from work, which we’re not opposed to, either.  You can either lug your good shoes with you, or leave a pair in your desk during rainy weeks.  When it rains outside, I get so excited that I get to wear my duck boots that it’s a non-issue.

It’s On Ebay
Vintage Rubber Overshoes
You don’t need vintage overshoes (and these ones are a bit steep, neat though they are), but if you live somewhere wet or snowy, overshoes are an excellent way to protect your good shoes from the bad elements.  We live in Los Angeles, but are lead to believe that Swims are the creme de la creme in this department.
Starting at $49, ends Tuesday

It’s On Ebay

Vintage Rubber Overshoes

You don’t need vintage overshoes (and these ones are a bit steep, neat though they are), but if you live somewhere wet or snowy, overshoes are an excellent way to protect your good shoes from the bad elements.  We live in Los Angeles, but are lead to believe that Swims are the creme de la creme in this department.

Starting at $49, ends Tuesday