We all know this difficult-to-have on-the-ideal-outfit time of calendar year: We cautiously shelve the Sorels, but muddy puddles and squishy grass make it hard to entirely embrace our spring and summertime footwear. Alternatively than dwelling in Hunters and wellies all spring, we identified a regional alternative—Wet Knot’s line of water resistant Chelseas and cozy mid-top boots.

The Twin Cities–based brand, which introduced in slide 2020, has a bit of shoe-environment star-electrical power at the rear of it. Its founder, Jack Guze, ran the shoe division at Dayton’s for yrs (and tripled the division’s dimension when he was there) in advance of getting company and consulting positions with Reebok, Sears, Payless, and other significant-name models. He still left the company environment in 2008 with a desire of setting up an apparel line—but footwear in no way still left his mind. Following setting up a smaller shoe brand, he identified a manufacturing facility in Mexico he beloved that specialized in water resistant products, and the notion to get started a line of inexpensive, trendy water resistant footwear started to turn out to be a truth.

“I was listening to extra excitement about water resistant footwear,” he suggests. “I required to have a thing that was not go out in the rain for each se, but could be worn rain or glow.”

Soaked Knot’s Sloane Chelsea-design and style boots and Drifter mid-calf snow boots are go-out-in-the-rain water resistant (we analyzed them in the snowy-slushy-sunny days of mid-March), but really do not appear like rain boots. The vegan footwear appear like they are designed of suede, but with grippy soles, memory-foam insoles, and wicking products that hold your feet dry no make any difference the climate. (Observe for a water resistant using boot design and style this slide.) And at $89 for each pair for Sloanes and $109 for Drifters, they won’t crack the bank.

“They’re functional boots, specially for the Twin Metropolitan areas,” Guze suggests.

Shop all colors and designs on line at WetKnotUSA.com.