Rainy seasons in Kenya have traditionally prompted families to stock up on cold weather essentials like gumboots and sweaters to stay warm and protect their clothing from mud stains. However, for many Kenyans, especially those living in areas with inadequate infrastructure and crumbling drainage systems, keeping their gumboots clean has been a persistent challenge.
As the anticipation of El Niño rains looms over Nairobi, residents are turning to a new fashion trend – portable waterproof shoe covers. Expected to hit in the second week of October, these rains have driven a surge in demand for these innovative accessories.
Fashion Meets Functionality
These versatile shoe covers, ranging in price from Ksh2,000 to Ksh10,000, come in various waterproof materials, from plastic to silicone based options. Nairobi’s savvy residents are discovering their convenience and ease of use.
All you need to do is slip them over your shoes, and you’re ready to take on the world without worrying about getting drenched or muddied. What’s more, they’re foldable and a breeze to clean compared to traditional gumboots.
Diverse Choices for Every Budget
For those looking for top notch protection, premium PVC models offer seamless integration and superior waterproofing. They keep your expensive shoes dry and pristine, shielding them not only from water but also oil and dust. Plus, they boast anti skid features for added safety. Some of these high end options can cost over Ksh5,000.
On the other hand, the more budget friendly versions are crafted from clear, sturdy polyethylene bags. Not only are they reusable, but they also resist dust and water effectively.
From Rainy Streets to Sterile Environments
Portable waterproof shoe covers are not limited to rainy days. Their anti slip design makes them perfect for wet surfaces. Beyond rainy situations, these covers are invaluable in sterile environments like operating theaters, where they protect wearers from contamination and potential contact with bodily fluids.
El Niño Worries Return
Kenyans have been on edge for months as the forecast predicted the return of the El Niño phenomenon, which had devastating effects in 1998. The Kenya Meteorological Department confirmed that above average rainfall is expected across the country during the October to December long rain season. In Western Kenya, these effects may extend into January 2024.
We have issued the forecast; El Niño is here. Claims that there’s no El Niño and that rainfall is merely enhanced are incorrect, emphasized David Gikungu, the department’s Director.
El Niño, a climate pattern originating from the Pacific Ocean along the Equator, brings rising seas and increased temperatures. Areas expected to see increased rainfall include the Highlands West of the Rift Valley, the Lake Victoria Basin, Central Kenya, and the Southern Rift Valley, among others.
Nairobi is already planning to relocate residents from lowland areas to higher ground in preparation for the impending rains.
As El Niño approaches, Nairobi residents are embracing practical and stylish solutions to stay dry and protect their footwear. Waterproof shoe covers have become the must have accessory of the season, offering both fashion and functionality.
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