Nov 21, 2009

What to Wear: Ireland-Appropriate Shoes


My brother was telling me yesterday that my hometown of Ennis, in Co. Clare, is flooded. The River Shannon burst its banks and schools, stores, and most roads into the town are closed. Apparently half the country is under water; A state of emergency was declared in Cork City, due to widespread flooding, and the Irish Farmers Association revealed that farmers in the West are experiencing the worst conditions in 20 years. This is a cruel physical drowning for a country already drowning in debt and despair.
Sigh. Not to make little of this weather-drama, but it does remind that you should always pack a pair of practical shoes for a trip to Ireland. Now, I would never waste valuable packing-space on a pair of bulky wellies, because, while I am typically guaranteed rain on a visit home, it doesn't usually flood as though staged for the release of Roland Emmerich's 2012. Besides, it's easy to pick up a cheap pair of classic black wellies/waders/a dinghy there if you need them.


I would pack these cute and waterproof short "Tatum" booties from Keep. They're made from a DWR (durable water repellent) canvas with a natural gum rubber sole. I could totally see myself wearing the fetching purple pair in all weather—here in Brooklyn and at home in Ireland.

Find them (on sale for $40!) at Keep Company

1 comment:

ankle wellies said...

Love these shoes they are so cute!

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