We'll be in Paris soon and I see that as expected it will be raining a lot. I have waterproof boots but they look like I just walked off the pasture. I sprayed some shoes with waterproofing spray but I am worried that I need the boots with so much rain. I don't really know how well the spray works. What is your suggestion?
Knock off the manure and wear the boots so cold, wet feet don't spoil your fun!
Are you planning to spend hours at a time outside and walk through every puddle you see? If not, don't worry about the rain and wear you normal shoes. Precipitation in NW Europe usually doesn't come down heavy enough to soak your shoes through.
Winter? Wet? Cold? Yup. Get a museum card and when the storm comes spend the day inside. When its just mist or light rain, or dry(ish) or sorta sunny walk around the lovely city. Got an umbrella? When you go into DC to look around the city and its raining what do you do then?
I agree with Tom. I've spent time in the Paris rain and it isn't any different than any other rain. It's even a lot like the rain the time I was in Virginia although it was a bit north of Richmond. FWIW, my usual travel shoe is a lite waterproof low top hiking shoe. It certainly isn't ever going to pass as a dress shoe but it looks like a decent casual shoe. I didn't intentionally get a waterproof shoe but it came that way.
I'd wear the shoes and bring a spare pair along too. Just in case.
I'm still chuckling at Nancy!
I am in Paris now and it has rained for the past 2 days. I wore my Ugg rain shoes and was comfortable and dry, and they weren't hard to pack, since they are just shoes. My daughter's feet are soaked in regular shoes. I would say function over fashion!!! But if you can afford it, buy a pair of shoes that look like regular shoes but are waterproof. (Mine were about $100 in US). The rain here has not been hard, but there are lots of puddles.
I am posting from Seattle and guess what it has been doing here for the last 2 weeks and forecast for the next 2 weeks? Anyway, I have two pairs of shoes that have GoreTex, one low quarters one boots. I actually got the pair of low quarters (Mifestos -sp?) in Paris when we encountered a several day rain storm. I take the low quarters and another pair of sandals to Europe every summer when we will be in the north half of the continent. Haven't found any need for rain shoes in the south in the summer. Unless you think you will be going into standing water that is over the height of normal shoes, skip the boots and get some water repellant normal height shoes. Less room to pack and not so heavy.
@Charlie, Charles said he is going soon, so his footwear needs are very different than your summer trips. Charles, I would wear whatever will keep your feet dry and bring a spare pair of shoes. Even if you try to stay out of puddles, sometimes it's unavoidable. Wet feet are miserable.
I wear Frye boots - look good and weather hardy. Wear the daily in NYC and on vaca in Europe