By James Wall
Well it has been a month now since I first put on a pair of Bogs boots. I got given a pair of boots by the new distributor in Australia. They are mid height with handles on the sides.
The boots have a rubber type base, with wetsuit like material on the top. Here is the Bogs description:
The Bogs Ultra Mid boot was originally designed to help dairy farmers stay safe and comfy on slippery indoor and outdoor cement surfaces. Easy-on pull handles, durable hand-lasted rubber over 7mm waterproof Neo-Tech insulation. An internal midsole with rubber sponge for extra cushioning and warmth. Aegis antimicrobial odor protection insole. Comfort-rated from temperate to -40°F.
Pretty fancy boot hey. I thought these had better be good because they cost more than twice that of a rubber gumboot at a hardware store. Well, here is my review.
The boots came at a very handy time, as I am currently landscaping my backyard. The first thing I noticed is how warm my feet feel. They are snug. The soles are very comfy – I usually use inner soles in my shoes, but these don’t fell like they need them. The other surprising thing for me is the level of grip. Looking at the sole of the boots they have a trendy rippled pattern through them that you may think would be ineffective; but on the contrary, I can see why butchers and dairy farmers wear these on wet cement as the grip is confident and sure.
The real test for the nursery industry will be to see how effective they are at keeping feet dry during long periods of watering. The early signs are positive, with a lot of interest shown from our staff and other nursery staff, with many pairs being purchased for this purpose.
At one stage at home, I cleaned the mud off them and bought them inside the house. I was sick for a couple of days and was really feeling the cold. The Bogs became the default slippers, the handles making them very easy to slip on when I got out of bed. Next ting I was off to get some milk at the shop……..may as well wear the Bogs………………..pick up the kids from school………….it is raining………….just wear the Bogs………ok, remind yourself they are gumboots and you may not be the trendiest looking dad at school pickup………….but gee they’re warm………….and they’re are so comfortable…….. maybe I’ll wear them out for dinner tonight…..maybe not judging by that look my wife is giving me as we are getting ready.
So would I buy a pair ? The pair I have retail for $105. If they are for work, I would say a definite yes. But I would also say yes to a home gardener. The reason being not just the comfort of the sole, but the biggest plus for me was the mobility in the garden. When you bend down or crouch on the ground, the wetsuit like material bends easily and you feel very little restriction at all. This is something a rubber gumboot, just can’t do.