Des bottes de pluie en caoutchouc

by Linda

De Marc Jacobs (gloire à toi, ô grand dieu modesque) à Zara ou H&M (que ton nom soit sanctifié) en passant par Manoush (je t’aime !), les bottes de pluie en caoutchouc s’imposent et n’en finissent plus de fleurir aux pieds des filles. Qu’est ce qui nous vaut cet engouement ? Pourquoi et comment succombons-nous à la wellies-mania ? Réponses.

Au commencement, il y eu la boue… :

Flash-back : nous sommes en juin 2005, festival de Glastonbury, Angleterre. Le cocktail qui s’annonce est réjouissant : festival en plein air + Angleterre sous la pluie = boue, flaques d’eau, batailles dans la gadoue et compagnie. Les célébrités présentes à l’évènement ont donc prévu le coup et troquent leurs frêles escarpins pour des bottes en caoutchouc, plus appropriées au terrain (voir photos ci-dessous).

mode bottes caoutchouc
De g. à d. : Gwyneth Paltrow, Keira Knightley, Kate Moss (ici de dos !), Joss Stone et Stella McCartney.

L’histoire aurait pu se terminer là, sur un cliché sale et boueux d’une belle actrice dégueulassant son pantalon, mais Kate Moss fait alors son entrée toute de mini-short vêtue (puis mini-robe lamée, qui dit mieux ?) et accompagnée de son futur-ex le rockeux Pete Doherty. Forcément, elle fait mouche. En un battement de fesse, l’icône prouve que oui on peut être sexy en portant des bottes de pluie et non ce n’est plus un article réservé aux moins de 10 ans pour la cueillette aux champignons. Les photos font alors le tour du monde, les magazines crient au génie et bientôt (collections automne/hiver 2006) les premiers modèles s’arrachent. Kate Moss, la sulfureuse, est une fois de plus à l’origine d’une mode, sa silhouette et son style ayant le don enviable de rendre à peu près tout génial. Garce !

Puis vint, la révélation :

Les bottes en caoutchouc, ça le fait ! Alors qu’il y a 2 ans on n’aurait pas misé deux pesetas sur ce truc pour morveux nous voila en admiration devant les vitrines. Les bottes en caoutchouc, c’est le charme de la Bretagne et la nostalgie de l’enfance réunis en une seule et même chaussure. La classe. D’ailleurs c’est dit, il nous les faut ! Commence alors la quête de la botte parfaite : ni trop courte (bonjour péniches), ni trop haute (chasse, pêche et tradition), avec la bonne forme, la bonne couleur et les détails qui tuent (brides, cordon de serrage et doublure qui tabasse). Une fois trouvée et les résistances des premiers essayages passées, armées de nos wellies (bottes en caoutchouc en anglais – Linda is your english teacher), on en viendra presque à souhaiter qu’il pleuve pour pouvoir parader en tout étanchéité. Le pied !

Et le temps de choisir son camp :

En matière de bottes en caoutchouc, deux écoles, deux options. La première : miser sur la sobriété en optant pour un modèle neutre, noir verni par exemple. On privilégie ce choix si on a peur du côté infantilisant des motifs et si on n’est pas sûre d’assumer les couleurs trop criardes. Deuxième possibilité : jouer le jeu à 200% en choisissant un modèle fantaisie, ultra flashy. Bon, on ne va pas se mentir, porter des bottes en plastique à motifs de nains de jardin travestis demande une certaine dose d’humour mais on peut facilement craquer pour un modèle à pois, rayures psychédéliques ou fleurs des champs, sans pour autant être ridicule. Le mieux, pour un modèle de la sorte, c’est de prendre un motif qui nous parle, quelque chose qui nous ressemble pour pouvoir mieux l’assumer dehors (d’où l’histoire des nains dans mon cas). Possible encore : choisir un modèle sobre et le customiser ! Avec un peu de matériel, les artistes pourront se créer un modèle ultra personnel.

stivali bottes fantaisie
Sélection fantaisie : modèle à coeurs rose Funky Wellington Boots, modèles avec cerises Aigle, modèle rouge à petits coeurs Regina Regis Rains, modèle léopard Gioseppo, modèle tête de mort Chooka, modèle à fleurs violettes Aigle, modèle soleil couchant Office, modèle imprimé avec bride sur le cou de pied Gioseppo, et modèle gros noeud Office.

Epilogue :

Enfiler des bottes de pluie en caoutchouc c’est un peu comme faire un voyage dans le temps pour pas cher et retrouver ses 4 ans, naïfs et insouciants. A toi le bonheur de marcher dans les flaques et de défier les averses diluviennes sans te tremper un seul orteil. Telle Mimi Cracra tu arpenteras les rues au mépris des intempéries et de la douleur parfois… Car non, les bottes de pluie ne sont pas se qu’on a fait de plus confortable. En bref, leur atout technique et leur aspect potentiellement esthétique en font un objet de haute convoitise, reste à savoir si tu sauteras le pas ! Toi, que penses-tu des bottes en caoutchouc ? T’y es-tu mise ?

Rain boots are the RC style this spring season

by Katie Mead

April showers may eventually bring May flowers, but right now, all April showers cause is a lot of puddles.

Rain boots, galoshes, Wellies or mukaluks: no matter what they are called, rain boots have been keeping our feet dry for centuries. However, rain boots have just recently made their debut in the fashion world.

Rated number 24 on Teen Vogue’s must have’s of the season, rain boots are becoming increasingly popular.

Designers like Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs have begun to dabble in the genre of rain gear. For those who cannot afford such designers, satisfying their rain boot craving can be fulfilled at Target and other department stores.

“Rain boots are fun,” says first year Rachel Von Arx. “They’re just another way to express yourself.”

Rain boots come printed in various colors and patterns and in two major style cuts – the mid-calf and just below the knee. With such variation, a person can choose whatever boot is most attractive to them.

Once suited with the perfect rain boot, an owner must decide what to wear with their boots. Most often a pair of jeans are worn tucked into a patterned rain boot. But those who are feeling a little more daring can be seen wearing a solid colored pair of rain boots with a skirt.

Although rain boots are making a scene in the fashion world and even here in Ripon, they do have a practical side.

“Rain boots are necessary, especially on rainy and muddy days,” says first year Katie Horkan.

With the recent rainstorms, rain boots are keeping students’ feet from experiencing some of the more uncomfortable elements.

“It’s so wet in Ripon [right now],” observes Von Arx. “At first, I purchased my rain boots as an alternative to my heavy, winter boots. But it’s great that they function in spring too.”

In fact, their functunality goes back centuries. When production of rain boots started in the 19th century, British gentlemen wore ones made of leather. Once the boots came to America, they started to be made with a more familiar material.

Before World War I, rubber rain boots were made in limited quantities. It wasn’t until the British Rubber company made a well-built boot to deal with flooded trenches did the concept of rain boots really take off. Over two million pairs of rain boots were made for the army during World War I.

Although rain boots have been worn regularly since that time, they have not really been at the forefront of the fashion world’s mind. Now it seems like high, or really any, fashion can’t get enough of the rubber boot.

Let the stylish puddle jumping begin.

Madonna in rubber boots

Madonna, known for setting fashion trends for the last quarter of a century, admits that her own daughter Lourdes is embarrassed by the star’s tracksuit and other outfits.
The Material Girl singer – who turns 50 later this year – is happy to slob around at home in a comfortable tracksuit, much to 11-year-old Lourdes’ horror.
Madonna – who is married to director Guy Ritchie – said: “I’m happy to muck around in a pair of a drawstring pants and wellies but my daughter gets angry because I go to school wearing my tracksuit. She says, ‘Can’t you just wear normal clothes?’

“I think she wants me to be a yummy mummy but that’s not me. Guy will sometimes laugh at what I wear, too.”




Che esibizionista Madonna: o almeno cosi’ la pensa sua figlia. Lourdes, pur avendo solo 11 anni, ha gia’ le idee ben chiare in fatto di moda e per questo preferirebbe che la madre indossasse dei ‘vestiti normali’ in modo da non metterla in imbarazzo di fronte ai suoi compagni di scuola. ‘Mi diverto a vestirmi da stupida con i pantaloni stretti e gli stivali di gomma, ma mia figlia si arrabbia da morire, soprattutto quando metto la tuta’, ha dichiarato la star a Digital Spy, specificando che probabilmente la sua Lourdes preferirebbe ‘avere una madre piu’ affettuosa o semplicemente piu’ tradizionale. Ma non fa proprio per me’. Eppure sembra che la figlia di Madonna non sia l’unica a criticare il suo abbigliamento: ‘Anche mio marito Guy ride spesso per come mi concio’, ha concluso la cantante.



Die “Material Girl”-Sängerin verrät, dass Mode bei ihr nicht ganz oben auf der Tagesordnung steht, und fühlt sich in Kleidung wohl, die sie nicht einschränkt. Ihr Ehemann Guy Ritchie und ihre Tochter Lourdes sind von dem Look allerdings alles andere als begeistert. Der elfjährigen Lourdes ist es immer peinlich, wenn ihre Mutter in ihrer alten Sportkleidung am Schultor auftaucht.

Madonna: “Ich renne gern in Hosen mit Kordelzug und Gummistiefeln rum. Aber meine Tochter (Lourdes) ärgert das, weil ich im Trainingsanzug zur Schule komme. Sie sagt, ‘Kannst du nicht einfach normale Sache anziehen?’ Ich denke, sie will, dass ich eine superschicke Mama bin, aber so bin ich nicht. Guy lacht auch manchmal darüber, was ich anziehe.”

New Riding Boots by Nike

nike riding boots, reitstiefel

Nike has unveiled a new riding boot as part of its new range of sports footwear to cover every event at the Beijing Olympics.

The boot, with a screw-in removable spur, is called the Ippeas, which is Greek for “rider”.

Nike points out that equestrian footwear has changed little over the past 100 years.

“The sport is steeped in traditional English heritage where leather boots, wood soles and hard-pressed leather outsoles have been standard issue for horseback riding since the 1800s,” a company spokesman said.

Nike wanted to introduce innovations while still respecting the history of the sport.

Nike said it listened to insights and ideas of top equestrian athletes and developed several rounds of prototypes before the final creation (pictured).

The Ippeas is made of leather and synthetic material. Weight has been reduced by removing the need for strap-on spurs.

Innovations include rubber pads for the outsoles of the boots to improve stirrup traction, an adjustable titanium screw-in spur system and a full-length engineered zipper to make the boot easy to take on and off.

Nike says the most revolutionary development is perhaps the most subtle: a thin, high-abrasion synthetic rubber material on the medial side of the boot that delivers improved grip on the horse and saddle, which gives the rider better communication with the animal and increased stability during demanding jumps.

The boot maintains the classic riding-boot silhouette and includes air cushioning around the underfoot.

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Angelina Jolie in red Hunters

Who would have thought that the Royal Family could start a fashion trend that has MADONNA playing copy cat? HUNTER WELLIES, those deep green knee high boots you see all the royals wearing while hunting are now hitting the well heeled mommies and tots of Soho and Rodeo Drive. Celeb mommies GWYNETH PALTROW and KATE MOSS have been photographed sporting this British favorite boot too (and who can forget ANGELINA JOLIE in Mr and Mrs. Smith rocking a hot red pair, a white shirt and little else?). Must say at first I thought they were hideous boots..but after checking out their children’s line, I’ve come around and now I am a true HUNTER WELLIE fan ( Gwynnie had nothing to do with it!). This spring we’re going to be jumping puddles in their bold fuchsia shade just to stand out from the rest. Get you and your wee one stylishly covered for all the rain to come at.


angelina jolie in rubber boots

Covered in color

By Kristy Eckert

April typically brings complaints about the weather — until the showers give way to the May flowers.

On the heels of a wetter-than-normal March, the groaning this spring might prove deafening: Chris Bradley, chief meteorologist for WBNS-TV (Channel 10), expects more than the average 3.25 inches of rain for the month.

No need to fret, though: Colorful rain gear can help spread a little sunshine amid the muck of spring.

Women, especially, have loads of fashionable options, including colorful coats and wellies and plenty of cute accessories.

Columbus stylists Elizabeth Bean and Meredith Piccin, co-owners of the fashion-consulting service Wardrobe Therapy, note several reasons for fashionistas to celebrate rain.

“The one thing that you’re going to see continuously — and it’s a very classic piece in your wardrobe — is the trench coat,” Bean said. “There are all different kinds.”

Trendy boots, already prevalent on the sidewalks of bigger cities, have made their way to the region, too.

“Ohio is kind of getting on board,” Bean said.

And the boots can be found most anywhere — from big boxes to upscale boutiques, Piccin noted.

Americans spend more than $900 million a year on rainwear, according to NPD group, a market-research company.

So grab an umbrella and let the hunt begin.


face the rain with rain boots

Spring in rubber boots

written by Susan Lee

SUNGLASSES or umbrella – two basics which no self-respecting handbag can afford to be without.

One moment it’s April showers, the next bright spring sunshine; it’s enough to make even the most style-savvy weather forecaster baffled about what to put on in the mornings.

A good job, then, that this season’s must-have waterproof essentials combine style with practicality.

When it comes to coats, make it a mac.

Single or double-breasted, in citrus brights, nauticals or neutrals you can dress this wardrobe staple up or down to match any occasion. Great with jeans, ideal for work and perfect for a casual night out.

Ditch that dull umbrella, too, and opt for ones covered in pretty prints or candy colours to keep grey skies at bay.

Finally, rubber boots made a huge splash last winter and that trend continues. Ignore the ‘farmer Giles’ style green affairs and choose ones with quirky prints, spring florals, stripes and polka dots.

It almost makes you wish for rain.