Hey y’all! How are ya doing? One thing about The Cottage Chronicles….you can never be exactly sure what I am going to write about…well I admit, no matter what it usually has a cottage/summer home/camp/outdoors flavor, but I like to diversify as much as I can within those boundaries.
So today I decided it might be interesting to write about…..you guessed it, rubber boots !!
No discriminating cottager can be without a decent pair of rubber boots, at least one pair, and more is always better. Rubber boots are among the most practical footwear for the outdoors. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there, nothing is much fun if your feet are wet.
So let’s start with a stylish pair of rubber boots, Cottage Craft by Ovation Rubber Boots these boots are for the ladies, a nice pair of fashion rubber boots styled after leather riding boots. These completely waterproof boots are molded of PVC with no outside seams and with a comfort-lined shaft.
You could wear these even if you have never been on a horse. Nobody has to know that…you will still look great walking around the general store or taking a walk on a muddy country road.
Origin of Rubber Boots
Did you know that for all intents and purposes, the rubber boots we love so much actually orginated in the early 1800’s and were called “Wellington boots” because the 1st Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley wanted them made for his troops. They were based on leather “Hessian Boots” which had a low heel and semi pointed toe for ease of use riding horses.
Wellington Boots and Hessian Boots eventually evolved into all kinds of boots including cowboy boots. Nowadays we refer to them by any number of names, including, rubber-boots, wellies, gum-boots, barnboots, muckboots, or rain-boots.
Leather boots are still popular, but for wet weather, camping, boating, fishing, the boots we wear are made from rubber or PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC) a halogenated polymer.
Speaking of “muck boots” here are a pair of very well made, 100% waterproof muckboots for women, The Original MuckBoots Adult Chore Hi-Cut Boot
Can’t you just see yourself working around the cottage yard, raking leaves, stacking firewood, with a good looking pair of muck boots? I can……
Rubber boots have come along way, they are pretty comfortable these days, not to mention practical and stylish, and what’s more, there are insulated boots for cold weather wear.
I know that the best rabbit hunting boots I ever owned were a pair of insulated rubber boots. They beat out leather hunting boots for those cold January days in the swamps behind the camp listening the my little beagle dog chasing rabbits. Did you know that rubber boots are better for hunting because they don’t hold and leave scent on the ground the way leather boots tend to do.
Rubber Boots Have Come A Long Way
Rubber boots for hunting and outdoor activities have come along way since I was chasing snowshoe hares through the bogs and evergreen forests, they even come in Mossy Oak camoflage, like these Bogs Men’s Classic High New Break Up Boot These boots are not only waterproof, they are well insulated and warm to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Trust me, if it is minus 40 degrees fahrenheit, I am going to be indoors, no matter how good my boots are !! However, if I did happen to be outside in that kind of cold weather, these would be good boots to be wearing.
These have a neoprene upper and a removable moisture-wicking sockliner to reduce heat and eliminate odor. They are good for slippery conditions too, with a non-slip rubber outsole. I like these….maybe I should start rabbit hunting again…..
Of course, no self respecting cottager or camper goes without a pair of standard rubber boots, un-insulated, perfect for summer wear, and great around the camp. They are easy to pull on and kick off, which makes them a good thing for boating. Practical and inexpensive, rubber boots are my footwear of choice.
You can tell I am a backwoods person…..lol….. I like the extra tall version, 14-16 inches, it’s amazing how often you benefit from those extra two inches of height when you are wading in the water around the boat or while fishing.
I have accumulated way too many pairs of shoes, leather boots, etc, but most often at the camp you will find me wearing rubber boots like these LaCrosse Men’s 16″ ZXT Knee Boots
I like my rubber boots so much I even wear them when I am singing and playing the guitar…..entertaining the neighboring cottagers with my rendition of songs like they have never heard before.
Someday I have got to learn how to play that guitar…..it is so stressful faking it for pictures……
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