There's no better time to write about winter footwear than today. Why, you ask? Because up until today, we had only a slight snowfall in early December. No white Christmas, no snow-covered streets in New Year (don't get me wrong, I don't long for snow.. I'm just used to it). This morning, when I woke up, the Weather-man announced there will be snow tonight.
Hence: let us brace ourselves (unless you're in Australia and New Zealand, than my advice to you will be: a chilling glass of lemonade).
Old 1940's galoshes, find these at Etsy.com
Galoshes (from French: galoches), also known as boat shoes, dickersons, or overshoes, are a type of rubber boot that is slipped over shoes to keep them from getting muddy or wet. The word galoshes might be used interchangeably with boot, especially a rubberised boot. Properly speaking, however, galoshes are synonymous with rain boots often reaching heights just below the knee or mid-shin.
Young worker looking at her new stylish galosh
These pieces of protective footwear were not only popular in the western civilisation; the image above shows us a Russian poster of a joyful girl adoring her new footwear.
Vladimir Mayakowsky made quite some number of posters back in the day, and he did some amazing art on galoshes:
Rezinotrest is your protector from rain and slush.
Without galoshes, Europe is bound to sit and weep. (1924)
Resinotrest also made tires, so folks back then could rest assured that their galoshes are truly weather-proof.
Yet another great find - take a look at it on: etsy.com
Great imagination was required to make a dull rubber into a decent-looking pair of protective footwear. They were made to look attractive, material wasn't simply moulded, there were patterns.. and a zipper?
Galoshes are, according to this lovely advertisement from 1924, being made with a "key" (that is: a zipper) to fasten with two rows of metal teeth that lock together.
For your entire family!
Later came fashionable modifications: adding fur, lace-ups and yes: colour! Girls became able to match this outer-protective footwear to their overall appearance.
"New beauty - smarter fit"
I, for one, would love to be able to find a pair of these, since it'll save me a pretty large sum of money on buying new pair of leather boots every season (since the salt used to control snow on roads get into every pore of my boots and ruins them).
I am seriously thinking of getting one pair.
Do you own galoshes (or any kind of weather-proof rubber footwear)?
♥♥ Pinky Honey