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Measuring the rain

October 31, 2012

Top or rainboots, willies, billy-boots or gumbies, are all terms describing waterproof boots. The Duke of Wellington gave them its English name, but ordered his low heel riding boots in leather. It took another fifty years, for the wellingtons to appear in rubber.

Charles Goodyear invented the process of vulcanisation, but Hiram Hutchinson bought a patent for rubber footwear. He moved to France and started supplying farmers with new impermeable boots. They were all happy to trade their wooden cloggs. French farmers were finally coming home from fields with dry feet. The global success of rubber boots however, came with the muddy trenches of the Great War. The rest is history.

Nowadays they come in all shapes and colors, but its core mission, to keep our feet dry, is still the same. With a pair of Rain Level boots you look cool and can measure the amount of rain at the same time.

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