The Observer (Kampala)

22 November 2012

Uganda: Metrosexual - Boost Your Feet With Boots

Last week, we discussed how to style up in this wet weather, and we thus continue. Today, we will tackle the appropriate footwear for the rainy season because this is Kampala, a town full of potholes. We generally have to jump over potholes filled with water to save our shoes from the mud.

I am not saying that we need a pair of shoes for every occasion, but I want to stress the importance of investing in quality footwear. This is because the right shoes for the occasion can substantially elevate our personal style and comfort.

When it comes to wet weather like this, we sure can't wear our usual shoes. Gumboots come to mind, but just how fashionable are they? Some think they stay on the farm. However, there are different kinds of boots besides the gumboots.

Combat boots, for example, are trendy and appropriate for the rains. Although they were originally designed for soldiers during the war, combat boots have a rugged, masculine and stylish charm that has ensured their comeback. And that is why I recommend them that we get a pair for the rains.

Let us get it right from the start because there are different kinds of boots. Combat boots would, for example, look odd on a business suit meant for formal meetings. Instead, they would look better on a casual rugged look on say khakis or denim trousers.

I think of them as the 4X4s of shoes for off-road escapades. They come in leather, suede and canvas. We also have boots that are gentler than combat boots. They are varied and by different manufacturers like Red Wing's Heritage collection and the classic Chelsea made famous by the Beatles.Climate

While many are built to withstand the rigours of walking and working, they are more often than not worn for their style in the wet season. They hold the feet together and keep them warm on a cold day.

But more, they create a sense of security from water puddles as we walk confidently on the streets, which we wouldn't do in our formal shoes on a downpour. We also can't talk about boots without mentioning the Texan boot.

If one of us does not have a pair on the shoe rack and a belt with a big buckle to match, then he is out of place. They keep a man in his saddle, protecting him from the terrain, and if taken care of, they can last as long as his horse. But who rides horses here? We simply love them for the cowboy comfort, confidence and look they give the wearer.

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