“Functional luxury.” That’s what it’s all about come rainy, slushy, icky weather and that’s also what Aquatalia’s founder, Marvin Krasnow is all about. Uniting stylish shoes, classic Milanese craftsmanship, and weatherproof boots, there is now officially no need to resort to galoshes in rainy (or snowy or icy) weather! Great rubber treads on the bottoms of all their shoes make for no-slip grip even on the most frozen of streets.
All of their suede and leathers go through an elaborate weatherproofing process (skins are treated with a sealant while being tanned, then each seam and stitch gets a liquid sealant, followed by sealant tape) – so they are also salt and stain resistant. But remember “weatherproof” does not mean totally “waterproof.” As in, you can’t dunk the boot under water, but why would you want to do that when your all-weather boots look this good?
For fall, Aquatalia has released their Equestrian collection, utilizing elastic panels to stretch to fit calves of all shapes and sizes. Riding boots like the Unicorn ($475) (with an elastic band running the back for comfort and a series of straps for style) and the Orchid ($495) (sleek with light motorcycle-inspired stitching at the heel) will blend right in with your fall wardrobe. The woven stretch-elastic on the Undy boot ($575) looks supremely comfortable, and does a good job with texture. But for me, it’s a toss-up between the Snap ($495) – antiqued calfskin with a bold back zip has a fabulous red stripe reminiscent of Golden Goose’s rugged-cool boots – and the Sunshine ($675), a chic over-the-knee boot with a series of rocker-chic zippers piping the back.