This spring, I won’t mind if April fulfills the stereotype of ushering in heavy rainfall. In fact, thanks to these Miss Juliette Bottillon boots by Aigle, I welcome wet weather with open arms. Known for its impeccable craftsmanship and reasonable price point, Aigle has been making boots by hand for over 150 years. Founded in 1853, it was one of the first footwear manufacturers to use rubber as the core material (it now makes most of its boots using natural rubber, an added bonus).
These beauties are a labor of love: The production process of a single boot involves 60 separate stages. The result is a sleek line and lightweight yet durable boots—a true departure from the often clunky all-weather styles that you see on the market.
I love the Miss Juliette Bottillon style (top) for the chic heel and wing-back feature. The cut is pretty genius: They hit low enough to enable a quick slip-on (to walk the dog, get the mail, take out the trash) and are just high enough to keep out the rain and mud.
The Start boot is another highly coveted Aigle style. It saves you from lugging an extra pair of shoes to work: The boots are made sturdy enough to survive the trek to the office, and they’re so sleek that you’ll want to wear them throughout the day.