In the Big Apple, fashion trumps function, so when designer Johan Ringdal became frustrated with the number of stylish shoes he was ruining during wet weather, he set out to create a solution. The result is Swims: water-resistant overshoes. Ringdal developed a unique rubber compound that is flexible and lightweight, allowing the wearer to easily slip the galoshes over their favourite pair of leather loafers or even stilettos (the CitySlipper variation has an opening in the sole for the heel to slip through). Swims’s inner linings also offer added insulation against the chill, and have a polishing action to shine away any scuffs.
February 27, 2012