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Can one get by with a pair of regular shoes or does the water not drain well on the sidewalks that you must have at least ankle length waterproof boots if one doesn't want soaked socks? Are there puddles everywhere?

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    According to Wikipedia, Paris averages about 9 rainy days in June, with an average of 55mm (2in) of rain in total. That's not a particularly large amount so I wouldn't bother taking precautions against it. (The tags of your posts suggest you might be in Toronto, which gets 11 rainy days and 70mm (3in) of rain, so Paris is somewhat dryer than home.) – David Richerby Apr 25 '15 at 13:02
  • You're confusing Paris with Venice.. – user61942 May 20 at 19:20
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I live in Paris and I don't even own boots. I wear “normal” shoes all year round, and so do most locals (except possibly during the handful of snow days).

You do need closed shoes (i.e. not sandals) that can withstand rain in order not to get your feet wet. Paris has no dry season, only seasons during which it doesn't rain for a few days at a time. But even during the worst downpour we have here, you won't have to wade in deep puddles unless you go out in the country. More generally take a light waterproof coat with you on your trip even in the summer, but leave it where you're staying if the weather forecast says the day will be sunny throughout.

If you want to keep your legs relatively dry, the main thing to watch out for is not to get too close to the street when it's been raining, as cars zooming past can splash water pretty high sometimes (high enough that boots wouldn't help anyway).

  • As a tourist you can get away with walking in sandals, as long as you do not mind getting wet feet at times. Most of the time it will be clean water and it is not freezing cold. – Willeke Apr 27 '15 at 15:59
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No, you do not need rain boots in June in Paris. First of all, even in the worst weather you can expect to walk in good shoes without problems. Secondly, in June the chances are pretty high for warm weather with little rain, even when it rains it is not as likely to be downpours, more likely light rain.
Even when there are downpours, and/or very high water levels in the rivers, Paris has so many roads and bridges that you are very likely able to take a different route to avoid walking in the few streets that are wet. Or use public transport to avoid the problem areas.

I was in Paris in March and April this year, one time in the rain, the other time nice weather. Both times some streets were rather wet but neither time the water stayed. The streets were wet because they clean the streets with water that is pumped onto them just for that reason. There is a separate water system for that reason that uses river water that is not cleaned to human consumption level.

  • Do locals ever wear ankle length shoes during rainy season to avoid water drops on their pants that get thrown up from the back heel as you walk of a wet shoe? Interesting! When do they pump water to clean the streets? A nightly thing? – verve Apr 25 '15 at 7:37
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    I have seen the water thing during all working hours for the street cleaners, which seem more extensive than those for office workers, so any time of day well into the evening. – Willeke Apr 25 '15 at 8:15
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summers in Paris actually best is to wear sandals because mid-days & afternoons get extra hot and you might wish to soak your feet in one of the rivers or canals or walk through one of water fountains in parks. Very refreshing.

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