Don’t put your galoshes, barn boots, rain boots, rubbers or wellies away just yet!
A rainy day yesterday and more rain in the forecast this week for Kansas City reminds us to keep our rain boots and galoshes at ready in the mud room especially with the wet spring we’re expecting. It’s funny all the different names we use for these handy boots that keep our feet dry and warm in rain, mud or snow. It seems everyone calls them something different, often based on where they are from. So we did some digging on the etymology of our handy wet weather boots.
The galosh dates back to Roman times and in its long history has been used as over-the-shoe protection in wet, snowy or muddy conditions. Prior to the 18th century, the galosh was made of wood and/or leather. By the 18th century, rubber became a popular material for this over-the-shoe protective footwear. Rubbers, like galoshes – only shorter, are also worn over the shoe.
The wellie, or wellington boot, is a knee-high boot made popular by the Duke of Wellington, who likely wore them on the muddy battlefield of waterloo where he defeated Napoleon’s army in 1815. The wellie, as it’s known today, along with barn boots and rain boots, are essentially the same thing. This particular style of boot is worn over socks, not over shoes, differentiating them from galoshes and rubbers, which are worn over the shoe. The wellington boot, which used to be knee high and made of leather, is now made of rubber or plastic, sits below the knee and is now considered a fashionable statement piece for a rainy day outfit.
It is important to keep our feet dry, warm and protected. Being out in the elements with poor foot protection is not only uncomfortable and annoying, but could also lead to serious problems such as sores, blisters and infections.
Wet shoes create the perfect environment for fungus and bacteria to grow. Fungus and bacteria lurking around in your shoes leads to smelly feet and potential infections such as Athlete’s foot.
While the podiatrists at Kansas City Foot and Ankle specialize in the evaluation and treatment of painful foot conditions including fungal and bacterial infections, they strongly encourage prevention by proactively maintaining a healthy environment for your feet. One preventive measure that we offer is SteriShoe, is a product that is placed in the shoe and emits a fungus-destroying ultra-violet light killing 99.9% of the fungus that leads to Athlete’s foot and toenail fungus.
If you would like more information, or have an annoying infection such as Athlete’s foot or unsightly toenail fungus please call Kansas City Foot and Ankle at 816-943-1111 to schedule an appointment with one of our foot specialists.