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Rain boots or barefoot?

When it comes to braving puddles from April showers, rain boots or bare feet? And if the former, what color are they and what drew you to them?
  • Terry Ambrose:

    Alexandra Atwood from the Seaside Cove B&B mysteries here. Red rain boots are totally awesome. They draw attention to me so that when I’m walking to school, a car doesn’t hit me. Some of the kids at school make fun of my rain boots, but I think that’s just because they’re jealous! 

  • Nancy J. Cohen:

    Marla, my hairstylist sleuth, doesn’t brave puddles. She skirts around them. If necessary, she would tiptoe through a puddle to preserve her shoes. No bare feet or boots for her. She wears low-heeled sandals most of the time.

  • Debra H. Goldstein:

    Sarah Blair is definitely a boot person. She hates squishy sensations so much that she doesn’t even want to run barefoot through a hotel room. WHEN ONE TASTE TOO MANY begins, her boots probably were tan or black so that they didn’t stand out. As she gains more confidence in the series, I think she would have decided to periodically make a statement by accenting her outfits with a touch of color – red!

  • Cheryl Hollon:

    Savannah Webb here, owner of Webb’s Glass Shop in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. I don’t have rain boots. As a result, I land on the bare feet side of this discussion. That sounds ridiculous because I live on the West Coast of Florida, which is known for its tropical climate, but that’s the truth. Rain showers are fast and furious here, and during a hurricane or tropical storm, you shouldn’t be out, anyway. However, I have been known to take off my fancy high heels and wade through the puddles barefoot to get to my car.

  • Diane A.S. Stuckart:

    Nina Fleet from the Georgia B&B Mystery series is a southern girl, meaning shoes are optional. If she encounters a puddle she can’t leap over or tiptoe through, she’ll kick off her shoes and tuck them under her arm, roll up her jeans, and walk right through it. She’s never owned official rain boots, though she does have a pair of those big black rubber work boots should she ever have to slosh through actual flood waters. 

  • Maggie Toussaint:

    Tabby Winslow, the psychic candlemaker in the Magic Candle Shop Mysteries, loves to stomp in puddles. Her navy-blue rain boots are adorned with daisies, and they are her favorite footwear. Oh, she has nicer shoes and rain boots, but her Daisy Boots are faded and comfy and just right for her inner child. She loves April Showers! 

  • Lois Winston

    Anastasia Pollock is definitely a rain boots girl. She’d never paddle barefoot through a puddle. She might squish a worm or snail between her toes. Yuck! As for color, depends on what’s available in her size (like her author, she has small feet), but she’d always opt for a brightly patterned pair on a dreary, rainy day.

It looks like everybody here is a little different. How about you? Are you willing to squish a worm or two, or are you in with the boot crowd?


20 thoughts on “Rain boots or barefoot?

    1. HI Donna! I had grey snow boots once upon a time. I loved them because they were so cozy, but mine had a Michelin man look to them–sorta quilted and round. Not fashion statements at all, not that I minded! Thanks for visiting!

  1. I’ve been running barefoot in the rain for 70 years now, and probably always will. Now, in nasty city water, I wear purple rain boots, and a red rain hat!

    1. Hi Mamanyt1953, I love your color palette. After many years of dressing conservatively myself, I am also letting ‘er rip when it comes to colors. A long time ago, people were keen on figuring out which “season” they were and then plugging into that color palette. What I learned from all of that is that it’s impossible to say a person can’t wear green or yellow or whatever with their coloring because there are so many different shades of each color. I fluctuate between jewel tones and primary colors, and my closet is a riot of color. I love it!

  2. My last pair of rain boots finally died! Now all I have is grey snow boots, so I guess I will have to buy another pair this year. I don’t do barefoot at all! lol

  3. I keep meaning to get rain boots. Having grown up in SoCal, I didn’t really have a need for them. When we lived in NC, I never got around to getting any. Now that I am back in SoCal, with all of the rains we have had this year I have decided that it is time to take the plunge and get a pair of fun and colorful boots.

  4. I have a pair of rain boots with umbrella’s on them but I also love running around barefooted!

  5. I’m a barefoot gal, however when I work in the yard I have low rain boots. Black with white polka dots, red accent trim and a cat face on the toe. Of course I stuck my bare feet in them. No socks.

  6. I try to tip toe around the shallowest part of a puddle or avoid them completely. When I was a kid, I’d be barefoot, right in the middle of them.

  7. I don’t own a pair of rain boots. I’d rather just feel the rain on my feet!

  8. I never had rain boots. It was either with my shoes on or barefeet. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you.

  9. I don’t have rain boots but my snow boots are hot screaming pink! Clunky and very appropriate for our winters here in the northeast, but really a brave color for an old lady! I laugh every time I see them and say to myself. “What on earth was I thinking?” And then I put them in and waddle on about my business!

  10. I don’t have boots but my flip flops work perfect for puddles but on our land they are mud puddles and the only one who runs thru them are my m3 yr old little 4 legged pups and he loves it

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