It’s no secret it rains in the Pacific Northwest. According to U.S. Climate Data, Seattle gets about 37.13 inches of rainfall a year, and where I live in Anacortes gets about 27.85 inches. What does this mean for Pacific Northwest residents and travelers? During your stay, and depending on what time of year you visit, you’ll probably need shoes that can get wet and not be destroyed.
After 10 years of living in Washington State, I finally found a pair of rain shoes I visually liked―the Bogs◦ Urban Farmer Shoe.
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Bogs◦ Urban Farmer Shoe
The Bogs◦ Urban Farmer Shoe item description says they are 100% waterproof and” keeps you comfortable all day long while also keeping you protected from the wet elements in the garden or while you’re running errands.” While I didn’t plan to use them while working in the garden/yard, I did plan to use them while running errands, going to work and traveling to small towns. The price tag of around $80 retail is a little high, but with free returns, trying them out, made the decision easy.
Before this purchase, I looked at a handful of shoes and the design of these I found most appealing. They were easily slipped on and off. The soles had good traction (which is nice if you accidentally step on a slippery snail or slug) and seamless construction. And, I also read a review from a traveler had purchased them for a rainy two-week overseas trip and loved them.
What do I think of my Bogs◦ Urban Farmer Shoe?
I LOVE them!
In fact, I find myself wearing them when it’s not even raining. Why? First, and most importantly, they keep my feet dry and second, they are super comfortable. I have high arches, and I usually find it difficult to find a shoe that I don’t have to put an insert in. With the Bogs◦ Urban Farmer Shoe I don’t have to do that. It must be their dual-density EVA insole.
Would I Recommend Bogs◦ Urban Farmer Shoe?
YES. I’ve had them since April and worn them in light and hard rain, muddy fields and sunny spring days. Overall, I’ve been extremely pleased with this line of Bogs◦ Footwear and find them a great fit for exploring the Pacific Northwest, aka Northwet. Their retail price is a little high – $80 – but sometimes, you can find them on sale for $70.
I found the shoelaces unnecessary, and thankfully the shoe’s sturdy construction allows me to go laceless. They weight 14 oz., which means they won’t add a lot of weight to your suitcase, although they aren’t very flexible. The only negative comment I would have to make is that if I wear the Bogs◦ Urban Farmer Shoe for a long time (like over 6-hours), my feet tend to get cold, which is probably because of the rubber material. But, at the end of the day, I’d rather have cold feet, than wet feet.