Old Boots, New Boots

old & new boots

Old boots passed their prime at least a year ago. They leaked. Duct tape didn’t stick. They needed to be replaced, but other needs were more pressing.

All winter I wore my higher, warmer boots. They don’t leak. Long about late April, when those boots got too warm for walking in, it stopped raining on Martha’s Vineyard. I went back to my old boots. Boots don’t leak if it isn’t wet.

Besides, I hate to throw anything out.

As fall got under way, it started raining again. I had to skirt the big puddles on the road, and even then my socks got wet. I had plenty of work. Money was coming in. The time had come.

This past Monday I went up to SBS. This is where Travvy’s food, treats, and toys come from, but they carry other stuff too. Like boots.

I sat on the wooden floor and tried on boots. Several pairs. The fourth pair was Just Right. That’s them in the picture. You can’t see my feet because my feet are in the boots. They’re happy. They’re dry.

About Susanna J. Sturgis

Susanna edits for a living, writes to survive, and has been preoccupied with electoral politics since 2016. She just started a blog about her vintage T-shirt collection: "The T-Shirt Chronicles." Her other blogs include "From the Seasonally Occupied Territories," about being a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard, and "Write Through It," about writing, editing, and how to keep going.
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5 Responses to Old Boots, New Boots

  1. Sharon Stewart says:

    I can never find boots that fit. Maybe I’m looking in the wrong places. (The one store we had for big feet / big calves closed awhile ago.)


    • When I find a place whose shoes fit me, I order from it over and over again. Same goes for jeans. SBS (feed, grain, and gardening store) had what I was looking for at a competitive price. I got to try on boots. Interesting thing: the first two pair I tried on in “my size” (ladies’ 10 medium, 41 in UK sizing; men’s 8 usually fits me fine) didn’t fit right. So I went to the men’s shelf. The boots I bought were a men’s 9, or a UK 42. They fit perfectly. Go figure.

      A couple weeks ago I bought a pair of Clarks walking shoes through MV Stuff 4 Sale. They were a 9 wide. They fit perfectly. Go figure redux.

      I’ve got big calves too. I avoid anything that gets that high. The (cheap, secondhand) tall boots I got for riding were desperately uncomfortable, I only wore them for showing, which I didn’t do often.


  2. Never thought much of boots while in California, but back to Maine for months, I realized how a nice, comfy pair of boots (that don’t leak) is important. I hope that your winter won’t be too rainy and cold.


  3. Helen Green says:

    live in my Boggs all winter long walking the dog.


    • My old ones were Mudruckers. The new Boggs look like first cousins at least. I’ve got another pair of almost-knee-high Mudruckers — great when there’s snow on the ground, but also too warm for warm-weather wear. When my feet aren’t happy, I’m not happy. 🙂


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