One of the greatest seasonal adventures in the spring is traveling up to the Skagit Valley Tulip fields for some flowery fun. The scenes are from a fairy tale. Perfectly tended flowers and a rainbow of colors for days.
The spring time in the PNW is temperamental, meaning you don’t always know what you’ll get. Half the days are gorgeous paradise, the rest are a little wet and muddy. If you’re headed up to the tulip fields, boots are in order.
The Washington Shoe Company hosted a little field trip for Seattle Bloggers to connect and talk about new trends in the boot business. The Seattle-based company is also celebrating 125 years being in business. You may recognize their brands like Chooka and Western Chief (available at retailers like Nordstrom, Target, Fred Meyer, and Kohl’s).
Me, my friend Torie, and a dozen other Seattle Bloggers headed up for a beautiful day. The sun was out, and there couldn’t have been a better day to do the trip. I went jacket-less all day and my long-sleeved dress kept me protected from the sun.
For boots, I chose the Freja’ Lace Up boots courtesy of Washington Shoe Company. I loved the quilting details and the laces gave it a fun look. I have wide calfs, so these were my first official pair of rain boots. All others rainboots I’ve tried on have never fit. The key for you wide-calf ladies is to find boots that are a little shorter. Chooka luckily has tons of options. I’m considering buying a few pairs!
These boots are great for an edgy look, but I really wanted to look girly and flowery for our tulip adventures. I finally settled on a high contrast look with pops of color in accessories and nails. I have so many ideas on how to style these come fall, so you may be seeing these again and again in the next few months!
From the tulip fields, we grabbed a bite and recapped the day. Washington Shoe Company talked us through some current and upcoming boot trends. While I went with a more basic black, Chooka has so many fun colors to choose from. This year, buyers will be seeing lovely pastels like lavender and mint. This brand also has a really affordable ‘duck’ boots that I’m lusting over. To top it off, these foldable rain boots would be so great for travel during the summer.
Planning a trip to the tulip fields? Here are some tips I highly suggest to make the most of your day:
- Make it a package deal: If you’re traveling from Seattle, it’s a good hour drive, so it’s much better to do a few things while you’re up there. We went to Tulip Valley Vineyard for lunch and enjoyed an adult beverage. They have great vegan/vegetarian options, which adds a star in my book! The Seattle Outlet Mall is also close.
- Bring sunglasses: I don’t know what I would have done if I forgot sunglasses. These were key to enjoying the day!
- Wear rainboots: While the day was dry, I had friends that went the week before and their one word to describe the venture – muddy.
- Try to go on a weekday: The lines, both in the car getting to the fields and to get tickets, were long. I think going on a weekday will cut your travel and wait time in half. Regardless, choose a good playlist or download your favorite podcast to pass the time.
I love a deal and a good promo code: if you’d like to grab a pair of rainboots for yourself, make the most of it.
- promo code: CHOOKAMUG gets you a free travel mug with $40 purchase through 4/30
- promo code: TULIP5 – $5 off a $25 purchase on women’s and kid’s boots through 4/30