The rain showers down such misery. But relax. The spoils of wet weather dressing are plentiful. There's the promise of lovely Big Coat Season, for one, and lest we forget our opportunity to layer - properly, expertly layer - without feeling like a dog in a hot car.
Though just as we strut to work in the crisp, cold, pre-Christmas light feeling like the protagonist of a Richard Curtis film, the heavens so often open and turn everything a bit Christopher Nolan. It needn't be this way. Swap the sneakers and loafers for something more hardwearing, and you'll be wading through the floods in style.
Here's our picks of the season's best boots.
im电竞官网-Hikers, once maligned by anyone with a semblance of taste, have now been embraced as part of the wider 'hunter gatherer' renaissance. Yes, most of these men work in ad agencies as opposed to axe throwing, but Grenson caters to every colour of collar in a metal-accented, suede-leather hybrid.
Rutherford Boots, £275,
You want to wear a suit, but it's raining. You want to look smart, but the hob-nailed boots in the porch don't exactly cut it. That's why you settle for Hereu: a Spanish footwear marque that enlists local artisans to retain the sharp silhouette of any classic Oxford or loafer.
Quero Leather Boots, £415,
im电竞官网-You can channel the great outdoors without looking like you work at the Met Office. Common Projects has taken just the right amount of utilitarianism (see the black steel eyelets), and placed it within a far cooler design.
Leather Boots, £545,
America: big stars, big pharma, and, most importantly big weather. And the latter is something Minnesotan outfit Red Wing is all too familiar with, pouring over five decades' worth of awful climate into one big pair of oil-tanned, handsome boots.
8138 Moc Leather Boots, £250,
Under the guiding hand of Clare Waight Keller, Givenchy's star is on the rise. The French outfit's latest boot offering is simple, but with enough quiet branding to remind you who made them.
Dallas Chelsea Boots, £875,
im电竞官网-The humble desert boot is unflappable. Some casual tailoring? No issue, he says. Jeans and a T-shirt and your lovely big coat? Mate, I went to school with them. So it makes sense to swap the suede for leather, and keep man's best friend bone dry.
Desert Ankle Boot, £387,
Dr. Martens have endured for a reason: big, chunky designs that kick trends - and more importantly, the weather - well into touch. And you can expect the footprint to be a kinder one, with the 2976 model produced in a green (and black) vegan-friendly material.
Vegan 2976 Felix Rub Off, £135,
You can wear buckles without looking like The Witchfinder Generalim电竞官网-. Look to Church's, and there's a way to place a point of difference into the tried-and-tested Chelsea boot: a simple detail to the ankle, and one that'll keep you extra waterproof.
Worthing Chelsea Boots, £616,
Leather lasts. Less so a trend-based shoe made out of the stuff. Makes sense, then, to invest in a design that'll endure, much like Mr P.'s simple, fail-safe classic boots.
Jacques Brogue Boots, £395,
Christopher Raeburn is in now charge at Timberland. Expect sportswear-touches, a flash of colour and solid, solid footwear that'll carry you into next season, much like the Premium 6 Inch.
Premium 6 Inch Boot, £180,