On miserable summer days, these Penneys shoes are the only ones to wear

Shoes to suit miserable summer days cannot be espadrilles, plimsolls, runners or flipflops

I have had to throw away three pairs of shoes this summer because I got caught in the rain wearing them. Two espadrilles and one pair of plimsolls down the swanny, all because they're not compatible with Irish weather. And by that I mean once they get wet, they start to stink big time. And my favourite pair of espadrilles shrank. Moral of the story - don't wear summer shoes unless it's proper summer weather.

I've learned my lesson the hard way (I loved those shoes!) and have vowed to wear weather-appropriate footwear forever more.

A couple of days ago, I wrote about Alexa Chung's sensible festival style. She 100% has the right idea. Wellies are festival and rainy-weather-in-general-friendly; Chelsea Boot Wellies are a slightly more 'fashion' alternative.

Yesterday, on my daily trip to the shops, I walked into Festival Land. The 'high summer section' in Penneys has absolutely everything you need for an Irish summer: raincoats, band tees - and Chelsea Boot Wellies.

I snapped this black pair up for €11, and it's the best decision I ever made.


They're available in maroon, navy and green, too. They also have short boot versions without the Chelsea element.

I also picked up that black raincoat that's barely in shot, in the men's department for €16. It's much cooler than the ladies macs, IMO.

I'm wearing the boots right now, as I sit at me desk typing, and I don't feel like I got lost on my way back from Body & Soul. It's going to rain a lot this summer (and autumn and winter). These may be the best buy of the year.

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