Give fall the boot

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With the arrival of autumn, I find that I need some new rain boots for all of my weekend outings in the country.  What would you recommend?
—Allison

Manolo says there is nothing more satisfying than going out into the world properly shod, which is why the God invented the shoe closet, because the properly dressed person of style needs many, many shoes for the many, many different occasions and conditions.

By the Manolo’s estimate, the well-dressed lady needs at the least 237 different pairs of the shoes and boots, although if one does much traveling or entertaining, then the number goes up the few dozen.

Which is why the task of shoe shopping, like the grocery shopping, is never at the end.

Of the course, one can make do, if one must, with the far few pairs (say, 178) but only if one is prepared to show up at the various events improperly shod.

Happily, when it comes to the wellingtons, the Manolo believes you can get by with only the 15 or
16 different pairs.

Although, if you absolutely must make do with only one, then there is only one that is worth the recommending: the original tall boot from Hunter in the original green color ($140, bloomingdales.com).

When it comes to standing outside in the rain, generations of horsey-outdoorsy-aristocratic-y English women cannot be wrong. Hunter wellingtons are the best!

Holley Simmons is the dining editor of The Washington Post Express. When she’s not reporting on local restaurants and tastemakers, you can find her sewing a dress from a 1950s pattern or planting a windowsill herb garden. Contact her at holley.simmons@wpost.com.
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