Tip #9: Keep a Pair of Waterproof Shoes in Your Car

September 20, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

As mentioned in my previous tip, my shoes frequently get wet when I am out in the elements of nature looking for that special photo. When I remember - and that is usually my error - I put on a pair of overshoes or switch into Wellies (tall rubber rain boots). I keep both in my car for short hikes that I know will be wet. Wellies are not the most comfortable shoes to hike in and do not provide any support or traction so I only use these for short, flat walks where I know the ground won't suck the shoes off my feet. The overshoes, called Neos, are a fantastic option for just sliding right over your hiking boot. They have Velcro up the front to keep water out, go about half way up the calf and have more traction on the soles than Wellies.

Both options keep my feet dry when I am taking pictures of wildflowers next to streams, and the view from in the stream is a better option, or bears fishing in a creek.

Although my hiking boots are waterproof and lined with GoreTex, these features will not keep my feet or the boots dry when deeper water runs over the top of the boots. Having a taller waterproof boot in your car gives you the option of getting out to a more unique vantage point for that spectacular shot.


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