In Manila, wet-weather dressing is centered on the jacket and umbrella. Protect everything on top, but never mind your feet. Leave their fates to the weather gods and let them die in a watery grave: a flooded street, a monster puddle, or a freak wave from a speeding car. If you really care about the very important things that take you everywhere, a pair of rain-proof rubber boots should be part of your arsenal.
Consider a pair from Aigle, the French company that has been in the business of making rubber boots since 1853. We're going to underline the obvious, and say that these are made of rubber (and not inferior PVC that you see everywhere), so you are guaranteed not only the waterproofness of the natural material, but also flexibility and strength.
In its workshops found in the quiet town of Châtellerault, blobs of rubber flow like taffy as they are processed into sheets and then finessed and formed by many hands into the form of a boot. Two hundred master rubber craftsmen, each of whom undertake two years of apprenticeship, accomplish the 60 assembly steps to produce the footwear. They make an astonishing 4,000 pairs of handmade rubber boots every day.
What you get is the Icare boot. In the mold of an ankle boot, Aigle's take on the rubber boot for men is contemporary and, more important, wearable as you are basically putting on a short bootie, which can really be worn with jeans, trousers, or these jackets that they also make.
In these boots, it will be harder to get your feet weet amid storms, muddy terrain, and trips to cities with dreary weather. Also, you will be in style.
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