MAKE IT RAIN
Embrace April showers with Melissa weatherproof shoes
As avid fans of jelly shoes growing up, we've missed having flattering footwear that won't get destroyed in the rain. So when weather-friendly shoe brand Melissa popped up in Soho, we began obsessively checking the forecast to determine how soon we could sport its amazing waterproof heels.
The Greene Street space--Melissa's first in New York--more closely resembles a gallery than a store, with glitter paintings by Eli Sudbrack (co-creator of Lady Gaga's workshop in Barneys) and trippy video installations by the art collective Assume Vivid Astro Focus. However, the glamorous plastic and rubber shoes--propped up on pedestals against crisp white walls--remain the center of attention.
In anticipation of upcoming April showers, upgrade your ballet flats with one of Melissa's ultra-modern designer collaborations, like Gareth Pugh's zigzag-patterned peep toes ($123) or Jason Wu's demure slip-ons ($135), which are accented with grosgrain bows.
The high-heeled pairs are so stylish, nobody would believe they're meant for the rain: This Patchuli wedge sandal ($140) works for both puddle-jumping and parties, and these sexy Lady Dragon sling-backs ($190) from Vivienne Westwood are great for dashing through city streets, wet or dry.
Give those clunky galoshes the boot.
Melissa, 102 Greene St. (between Prince and Spring sts.); 212-775-1950 or melissa.com.br