DRAWING THE LINE: Waterproof, water-repellant or water-resistant?

DRAWING THE LINE: Waterproof, water-repellant or water-resistant?
Yes, we know - summer isn't even over yet and we're already trying to protect those toes of yours from facing an over-hydrated doom. When it comes to footwear, what is the difference between waterproof and water-resistant? And, what is our HQ's favourite pair in light of Autumn's rainy season? We love swimming as much as the next person, but there's no reason for our feet to be splashing about above 'sole-level' (*cough, cough*). So, sit back and relax as TOWER takes you through the good, the brilliant and the superb this week. To keep this breakdown short and sweet, we'll give in at the deep end. Waterproof textiles require no introduction - they keep the water out and your feet dry! Water-repellant footwear tends to integrate an element of hydrophobic coating throughout the design process, whereas water-resistant materials boast waterproof traits to a certain threshold - beyond that threshold, expect heavy steps and wet feet.

5. UGG Classic Short II - Water-resistant

Famed for timeless styling and globally recognised comfort, the UGG Class Short finds itself on the shortlist thanks to a water-resistant twin-faced sheepskin upper; not to mention that durable Tredlite sole.

4. VEJA Rio Branco Ripstop - Water-repellant suede

Without paying attention to its appearance, the VEJA Rio Branco combines tear-proof ripstop with non-PFC treated suede to create a runner than looks after itself and your feet in tandem. Above all else, that's quite a palette is it not?

3. Dr. Martens Combs Tech Mono - Water-resistant

Military-inspired aesthetic bearing a 60% extra tough nylon upper in-and-around an equally hard-wearing 40% water-resistant nylon split, Dr. Martens Combs Tech Mono boot even sports a removable stability strap. That's a classic ideology within an updated dress.

2. Timberland 6 inch Boot - Waterproof

Timberland has been a TOWER staple for many years now, and it’s about time you added their rugged 6-inch boot to your autumnal rotation - need we say anymore?

1. Birkenstock Madrid Birko-flor - Waterproof... really!

From the runway to Brick Lane, TOWER welcomes an updated version of the Birkenstock Madrid.

What could be better than Birkenstock’s signature comfort, minimalist aesthetic and premium Birko-flor? The answer - owning a pair for yourself.

Oh, and it's worth noting that Birko-flor is our waterproof number here; your feet may not be dry, but your sandals won't become water damaged!