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These Galoshes Fold Up to Fit in a Bag

"Sardines" collapse down to just a fifth their full size.
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Estel Alcaraz

At a certain age, you can no longer get away with wrapping your feet in plastic bags to brave a thunderstorm. And that's unfortunate, because the alternatives are lugging around extra shoes or clumping around work all day in stiff rain boots.

Estel Alcaraz thinks she's found a better, squishier way to weather a downpour. The Barcelona-based designer has created Wellington-style boots made from ultra-pliable, recyclable thermoplastic polyurethane. With these babies, you can confidently splash through puddles on your commute, then roll them up once you reach dry land and slip them into your bag. She calls them Sardines, a name that plays on their compact shape and their ability to handle water.