It is always raining these days and guess what, your usual office shoe can no longer do for you. So what can you do about it. It is no longer possible to go to work without having your trousers and shoes soiled with mud.
As a newly employed or mid level office worker, you do not have your own car, and as such, you have to walk to the taxi park, or nearest buys stop for you to connect to your office.
Inevitably, you will have to walk through dirt roads which are always muddy during the rainy season; it is the case these days. What you need, are work boots.
These are shoes that are acceptable in some offices. They are not necessarily formal office wear, but they are in most instances acceptable. Or they pass!
Ankle level shoes/boots are the way to go during the rainy season. They will protect your trousers from getting soiled and save you the hassle of having to clean, before you go home.
Jimmy Karara, prides in being a fashion conscious corporate guy. But he believes that sometimes, due to circumstances, one can sometimes dress down and have that casual look at work.
“I believe during the rainy season, you can have the excuse of wearing those expensive Mexican Vagabond boots that cost you an arm and a leg, and show them off to you workmates without looking out of place, since it’s the rainy season,” Karara says.
However, there are some types of boots that are off the list of possibilities. Wellington boots are a big no, for both men and women. “I just cannot be seen in wellington boots at the office, not even anywhere else” says Jack Birekhyeraho, a clerk at a law firm in town.
So do not be the office clown by going for what is unacceptable. Unless you are an outdoors worker, then knee level boots like the Wellingtons can do.
However for ladies who work as journalists or other responsibilities that need you in the field, knee level can do. A lady journalist friend recently told me that sometimes she carries different types of shoes to work in her bag, just in case an occasion arises where she needs to change her attire, especially shoes.
You can buy some trendy work boots from Simba supermarket or Bata shoe outlets around town. They range from anywhere between Rwf 20,000 to around Rwf 100,000 depending on where you do your shopping.