Wrinkly, soggy feet

Dear Home-Ec 101,

Okay, I live in Taipei, Taiwan, and, as you may or may not know, it never stops raining here during the winter. It’s gotten so bad that my toes are wet nearly every day for hours (until I can get home to change). It’s anoying the sin out of me, so I’ve decided to buy a new pair of shoes.

This has become a point of contention between myself and the lady friend. First, I hate shopping, and, second, I’m very picky. I want a pair of casual shoes that are, at least, water-resistant.

Right now, I have a pair of New Balance shoes that, as soon as it starts raining, they are wet and quickly absorbing the water into the inside of the shoe. I also have a pair of leather dockers that do much the same thing.

We’ve gone to I-don’t-know-how-many stores, and I always have a reason not to buy a pair of shoes: too flashy, too dressy, wrong color, etc. Every time I do find a shoe that I like, they’re made of suede, which my girlfriend says will be just as useless in the rain as my New Balance shoes are.

What I want to know is: is that necessarily true? If I get a pair of suede shoes like these, are my feet going to be wet?

I would greatly appreciate your help, and I thank you in advance.


PS – Please, don’t tell my mom I emailed you instead of asking her.

WinkIvy says:

Excuse me a moment while I finish jumping up and down with glee that we have someone reading us in Taiwan. Okay. I’m over it. Mostly.

While Nashville isn’t exactly the rainy capital of the world or anything, I do feel your pain. I used to go to school in a place apparently used to be a swamp, judging from the absolute lack of drainage there was on campus. I, too, like suede, and I have found that the very best suede waterproofer is the G-Tec Nubuck and Suede Protector.

Now, that’ll make your suede shoes water-resistant, and they’ll certainly be better than what you have now, but for extra waterproofiness (and ultimate slip resistance), check out Shoes For Crews. They only seem to ship to the US, Canada and Europe, so you might have to have someone you know buy them and ship them to you. But I can attest, they do resist water quite well and will hold up practically forever. They also make some attractive looking shoes, as long as you’re cool with black, black, or black as a color choice.

Additionally, perhaps some rubber overshoes might be good for you? These gigantic yellow boots are super sexy, right? No? Ah, well.

Keep those feet dry- and no worries, we won’t tell your mother you wrote in. If she asks us, we’ll tell her that’s a different Robert that lives in Taipei, Taiwan.


  1. malia on April 11, 2007 at 9:00 am

    Eh-hem, Heather! Redhead here, too 🙂

    When I was a little bit, my Dad was stationed in the Phillipines and I was the only redhead on those islands fo’ shizzle!

    And what about Crocs? My husband has a pair that he really likes and they come in all sorts of colors and styles.

  2. Bramble on April 11, 2007 at 9:37 am

    waterproof trail runners. depending on your budget you can usually find them starting around $60. they’re so worth it tho. they’re lightweight, great support and best off, waterproof. even better, unlike they rubber boots they’re designed to be breathable too so your feet wont get all sweaty and nasty.

  3. Heather on April 11, 2007 at 7:24 am

    Robert, I’m just glad to have a fellow redhead around the place.

  4. Robert on April 10, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    Thanks for the help, Ivy! The sun’s actually out this morning, but it never stays out for too long here. I’m going to check out those sites you posted, and maybe get my parents to send me some goods.

    Thanks again!


    PS – Happy to be one of your few Taiwanese readers.