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Thursday, 14 April 2011
Wellington boots are really indispensable. They turn even the most timid city-dweller into an all-terrain vehicle. But they are bulky and - if worn for a long time in hot weather - sweaty. Also, they are not as comfortable to wear as shoes, particularly for extended walks.
Galoshes - that is foot-shaped plastic bags that go over ordinary shoes - go part-way to solving the problem. You can deploy them just when you have to ford a stream, and wear comfortable shoes for the drier parts of your journey. But they are not so good for riding horses or climbing - things that can be done in wellies (they have heels, which you need for riding).
So how about inflatable wellies? These would be much lighter than conventional wellies, and - when emptied of air - would roll up and fit in your pocket. But if you blew them up they would aquire sprung thick soles, and reasonably stiff calf-gripping sides. A highly fluoridated outer polymer surface could make them very non-stick, so they could easily be rinsed off before rolling up and putting away.
And if the stream being forded turned out to be a little deeper than expected, they would make an excellent buoyancy aid, though at the wrong end until taken off and slung round your neck...