Here to help you withstand the season’s downpours in style, we give you the third and final portion of our guide for rainy-day cycling: our selection of footwear and accessories.
Be sure to check out Part 1 (outerwear) and Part 2 (hair and makeup) of our Guide to Stylish Cycling Through Showers. With these handy tips and tricks, you’ll master the rain better than Allie in The Notebook, better than Carrie in Four Weddings and a Funeral, better than…you get the idea.
Now go forth into those downpours with style!
Don’t let your toes suffer on your daily commute. Stay dry with the right footwear. A plus: all of these options have a solid heel, so your foot won’t slip and slide off your pedal. And most are on sale as the season winds down.
Hunter rainboots are tried and true classics. This spring, the company debuted a fresh, stylish pair of fringed boots that have our hearts aflutter. Orig $185, now on sale for $128, available here.
Put on these ankle boots by Diesel when you really need to kick rain’s butt. With a row of studs and a hardcore buckle, the weather will know you mean business. $48, marked down from $80 on YOOX, available here.
With a chic Chelsea-boot style and a hip New York vibe, these rain boots from LAUREN by Ralph Lauren will instantly brighten your mood and up your cool factor. Plus, they’re lined with polkadots. What’s not to love? $59, available here.
Ahh, accessories. They can make or break your look. Here are a few that finish off your style just so. You protect yourself from the elements—you need to protect your bike, too! Pick up a handy Bird Industries Waterproof Saddle Cover to protect your bike seat from precip and keep you seat sitting pretty. (Riding on a wet bike seat? No thank you!) $15, available here or here, in a variety of colors and patterns for road or cruiser sized saddles. Take your pick!
If anyone were to understand navigating rain, it would be sailors. Channel their expertise and resilient attitude with Ella Vicker’s waterproof Sailcloth Backpack. It’s crafted from recycled sailcloth and waterproof vinyl and features a random number from 0-9. $136, available here.
Once used by “water boys” to deliver snacks, cigarettes, wine, and water to riders in the Tour de France, musettes are fast becoming the preferred bike bag for urban cyclists. Handmade in Santa Cruz, Strawfoot’s Cycling Musette is water resistant, extremely durable, and completely no nonsense. Pick one up for $54, available here. Allow about a week for that handmade production!
Based in the Netherlands and launched in the early seventies, BASIL knows their bikes. This waterproof carry-all bag is roomy enough for your essentials and then some, but it’s not a size that will get in your way when zipping down a wet road. Plus, it’s so chic! Rain or shine, you’ll take the city by storm. Find a BASIL supplier here.