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Muck boots are waterproof rubber boots that can be used for a wide variety of purposes. There are special versions for equine use, farm work, fishing, hunting, gardening, and other outdoor activities. Although known as boots, this waterproof footwear also comes in sandals, clogs and shoes.
Muck boots keep feet dry and comfortable in harsh weather and messy working conditions. The secret to their effectiveness is their 100% waterproof natural rubber overlay and the self-insulating foam bootie. The non-cracking natural rubber boots and shoes have a reinforced toe, heel, and sole.
The inside bootie is made of a soft, breathable foam (the same material that is used in divers' dry suits) that draws moisture away from the foot and lower leg. Since muck boots do not have an inner felt liner, like most pack boots, skin irritations are rare. The lining can be dried in seconds using a household blow drier. The foam shell is non-abrasive and hypo-allergenic.
It is not necessary to wear thick socks with muck boots unless activities are planned for extremely cold conditions. A medium-weight athletic sock is ideal. The flexibility of the upper part of the boot means that a pant leg can be worn either inside or out of the boot.
Muck boots are warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They have a comfort range of minus 40 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (4 - 29 Celsius). The boot fits snugly around the foot and calf, so that it is flexible, yet supportive. The boots stretch to fit your foot, so they have easy-on/easy-off convenience. They clean up easily with a spray of water.
When determining size in muck boots, use your standard athletic shoe size, rather than dress shoe size. The boots are typically made in whole sizes, so if you wear a half-size, select the next size up. There is not a separate line of boots for men and women, so the size block inside the boot will contain both the men's and women's sizes (i.e., M8/W9).
I got hired to work on a harvesting crew a few years ago, and the first thing the farmer told us to buy was a good pair of steel toed muck work boots. We would be spending all day in a field of mud, and muck boots were the best kind of footwear for those conditions. I remember I got completely stuck in 6 inches of wet mud and all I had to do was step out of the boot and pull it out.
I had a friend when I was a kid whose house was built on black dirt. The soil was so rich that his family could grow just about any vegetable or fruit they decided to plant. But one time he gave me a pair of rubber muck boots and we hiked to a spot behind his property. It looked like a different planet to me. Absolutely nothing was growing for miles in any direction. The whole area looked like it was made from black asphalt.
He told me this area was pure muck. The reason we had to wear those muck boots was to keep from sinking into the soft, sticky ground. If it rained, the ground would be
almost like quicksand. Those muck boots were designed to slip out of the mud if the wearer stood in one place too long.
I bought a pair of steel toe muck boots myself, and I wear them whenever I have to work out in the garden after a hard rain.
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