Rubber Boots Over Flipflops

The sister of a girl I work with attends college in Erie, PA where the snow is almost knee-deep all winter, as I understand it. She loves wearing her flipflops year-round, and she had a stroke of genius: she bought a pair of colorful rubber rain boots large enough to fit easily over her flipflops. She puts on her rubber boots over her flipflops to walk to classes in the snow, and when she gets to class she takes off her rubber boots and just wears her flipflops until it's time to go back out out into the snow. I tried a pair of roomy rubber boots over my flipflops and found it perfectly comfortable for walking, but I don't really have occasion to wear my flipflops anywhere during the winter; flipflops are my summertime footwear with cargo shorts. However, I would recommend rubber boots over flipflops as a great solution for anyone living in cold, snowy areas who does desire to continue wearing their flipflops all winter. One cautionary note: unless your rubber boots are well insulated (rain boots generally are not) you should not stay outdoors in freezing weather or in the snow for a prolonged period of time in your flipflops-in-rubber-boots, as your feet could quickly become quite chilled and you could suffer serious frostbite. You'll find your flipflops difficult to wear if you lose your toes---sad
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3 Responses Oct 28, 2010

I knew (years ago) a fellow who wore little more (talking about Pa) than a sweater all winter long. Perhaps maybe 3 or 4 days he would have a windbreaker jacket on. He just swore that he was not cold. I guess there are just a certain few individuals that are just that way.

I'm sure there's something to that. When the temp hovers around 50 F I'm comfortable in cargo shorts and a long sleeve T-shirt with bare feet in rubber boots, while at the same time my wife, wearing long pants and several layers of shirts and coats, is shivering and complaining bitterly of the cold. My legs, in particular, don't feel the cold the way my upper body does, so in my case there is some variation with body region. That being said, I doubt that insensitivity to cold confers any protection from hypothermia or frostbite--in fact, people who don't feel the cold may be at greater risk because they may not perceive that their body is becoming chilled..

If your flipflops are the thin rubber kind and don't project very far beyond the edges of your foot, you might get by with one size larger wellies than you would usually wear. But I would suggest taking your flipflops to the store and trying on various sizes of wellies over the flipflops to see what you would need, and to see if it would be comfortable for walking long distances as you would on a hike. If the wellies are loose enough to accommodate the flipflops, they might give you blisters. You might find it better to stick with carrying your flipflops in the backpack, changing when needed..<br />
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Incidentally, I glanced over the groups you belong to and I see you are from England--I think that's fortunate because it seems that wearing wellies is commonplace in the U.K., whereas in the U.S.<br />
(in my particular locale) relatively few people wear wellies, and I have had to become accustomed to being looked at like an oddball for wearing mine. It doesn't bother me anymore, I wear what I like, and I enjoy displaying my rubber boots. On another incidental note, my wife and I share your taste for stouts, particularly the rich imperial varieties, or chocolate, oatmeal, and bourbon-barrel aged stouts.

I've never thought of doing that, I usually carry a pair of flip-flops in my backpack when I go on summer hikes if I am wearing my wellies, so I can change into them if I want to stop at a pub. I wonder how many sizes bigger I would need to cover the flip-flops? I don't want to end up looking like a clown with huge feet.