Not one but two winter storms arrived this week, bringing high winds and autumn's first serious rain to a parched Northern California. The forecast called the pictured shell cordovan boots to duty on only their second day out of seasonal storage. Shell cordovan of course is the water resistant leather made from the rump muscle (or shell) of a horse, and in boot form it provides protection from the elements up to mid-calf.
Unfortunately, getting caught outside without an umbrella or other rain gear meant that booted feet were the only completely dry part of my body. Too late, I called the Alan Flusser Custom Shop to ask where my Mackintosh was (it may arrive the day after the rain moves out of the area).
Worn with wet flannel trousers, a somewhat water resistant tweed jacket and a dripping beaver felt hat.