SWIMS – The Modern Galosh

March 15, 2012

Its official – I have now found the perfect shoe for my boyfriend to wear in the rain and while playing with the dogs by the pool so that he doesn’t ruin every pair of leather drivers he owns.  Driver death due to puddles filling the shoe is never good and everyone knows that leather and water don’t mesh too well.  I first learned of the SWIMS brand while creeping around on the Neimans website a while ago.  SWIMS were created by a gentleman named Johan from Norway who grew up in Europe wearing his grandfathers old galoshes year after…

Its official – I have now found the perfect shoe for my boyfriend to wear in the rain and while playing with the dogs by the pool so that he doesn’t ruin every pair of leather drivers he owns.  Driver death due to puddles filling the shoe is never good and everyone knows that leather and water don’t mesh too well.  I first learned of the SWIMS brand while creeping around on the Neimans website a while ago. 

SWIMS were created by a gentleman named Johan from Norway who grew up in Europe wearing his grandfathers old galoshes year after year and rainy season after rainy season.  It wasn’t until Johan moved to New York – ditching his golashes to fit in with the image conscious culture and in turn ruining many-a-shoe – that he created the modern galosh that is SWIMS.  The theory that Johan had in mind when creating SWIMS was that one could get through a “big city rain” without completely cramping their style – shoe style that is. 

If you want my opinion, Johan has hit the money with his line of rubber/mesh loafers and drivers for both men and women.  Coming out of a huge rain spell in Texas and a rainy day last weekend in Austin where my boyfriend just about ruined a pair of leather drivers, I definitely have rain-wear on the brain.  I can get around just perfectly in my black Hunter Boots, but there is really no good looking and versatile option like this for guys.  The silhouette of the SWIMS perfectly aligns with a pair of drivers you could buy from Cole Haan, Gucci, Prada, or Car Shoe which makes the shoes not just functional, but extremely good looking as well.  The color options are endless and they even come in a classic brown, grey, or navy for guys that don’t like to go crazy with their shoes (this color way is my personal fave).   

I know I own a pair of Hunters, but I am kind of crazy about these shoes for myself, too.  There is something so classic and timeless about a driver.  I think they will forever remind me of our stylish mama who while growing up could sport a pair of jeans, drivers, and an oxford so effortlessly.  I don’t even think of these shoes as just a rain shoe, but a great pair of classics for this time of year where we are transitioning into summer and wearing sandals everyday seems just a little bit aggressive.  I am thinking of SWIMS as an updated Sperry Topsider, which remind me too much of my highschool and college days for me to wear them anymore.  A grown up version if you will.  Which would look so chic with a pair of shorts and a chambray shirt or skinny jeans, a tee, and a pretty scarf.  As much as I adore the bright colors they offer in the shoe, I am leaning towards the classic Almond color because I know it is something I would never tire of.

What are your thoughts?  Would you sport these?  Better yet, would your man friend(s) sport them?    

(Images via Neiman Marcus and Swims)

  1. These are fabulous! Perfect for Texas summer rainstorms. I tried the J. Crew rainflat but was really disappointed. Can't wait to pick up a pair for myself AND the hubs!

  2. Love these! I love my Hunters as well, but these might be finding their way into both my and my husband's shoe closet. Thanks for sharing!!!

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