Nathan Detroit

Senior Member
Just wondering whether any of the other expensive-shoe mavens on the forum wear 'beater' shoes on rainy days - leave the cordovan or Alden calfs at home and wear an old pair of corrected-grain or rubber-soled dress shoes instead... In short, any particular reason I ought not wear my cordovan wingtips on a rainy day?


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I've heard a few approaches here: some wear beaters, some go with Bean boots (both with and without changing at the office), and some wear nice shoes with some sort of overshoe.

Nathan Detroit

Senior Member
I've heard a few approaches here: some wear beaters, some go with Bean boots (both with and without changing at the office), and some wear nice shoes with some sort of overshoe.
... which would indicate a consensus around not wearing the good shoes on Rainy Days and Mondays...


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Yes, I won't wear nice shoes or cordovans on days when it is going to rain/downpour. I will either wear some camp mocs or bean boots and if torrential Le Chameau boots.

If on those days I need to have the nice dress shoes along for a work/social event I will bring them along in a zipper tote. I'm not much for galloshes, even though I have a set...


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Good topic for today--it's pouring.

I don't envision going out much, so I'm wearing BB bluchers by Peal with Danite soles. Took a chance and left the Tingleys at home--it's not more than 20 feet from the car to the office door. Generally, I keep Tingleys at the office, but I switched jobs not long ago and haven't gotten around to it.

As for beaters, yes. I have a pair of Florsheim two-tone saddle shoes with godawful corrected grain and rubber outsole inserts. If there's a serious chance of disaster, I'll wear those and don't really give a rip what becomes of them--I think I paid $2 at SA. I also have "spare" (i.e., duplicate) gunboats in black, butterscotch and dark brown. They aren't beaters, I suppose, given that they are old-school, high quality Imperials or equivalent (I think one is Hanover and another Nettleton), but they're tough, certainly able to withstand quick walks across wet parking lots. If it's buckets-full raining or if I'm unprepared and wearing Park Avenues or Waldens or other shoes that aren't quite as rugged as gunboats and I don't have backup pairs, I'll pull on the Tingleys. Rubber overshoes are godsends, but I find them hot (unless it's fairly cold outside) and difficult to stretch over larger shoes like, well, gunboats.

The Rambler

Honors Member
The last time it rained, I wore an older pair of wingtips with leather soles. It turned out that we had to inspect a 25 acre woodland property that day. They got wet. They dried. I brushed them off. they're fine.

127.72 MHz

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In the pacific northwest our rainy season lasts for four to five months per year. Although I do wear leather soled shoes because I have so many pairs to rotate through my "Go to" rain shoes have become my Allen Edmonds Wilberts.

I have a brown and a black pair and they work very well in the rain.

I have a pair of custom make up Aldens with the crepe sole with a leather toe piece that I just can't stand. (The crepe has turned hard as a rock and they're just too heavy.) I just spoke with Nick at B. Nelson shoe repair and I am about to send them to him for conversation to Dainite. I'm already looking forward to getting them back!
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