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If you’re outdoors in the spring, you’re walking through mud and water no matter what you do. Hunting, fishing, chores, gardening, and yard work all go better when you can keep your feet dry. No modern, high-tech boot liner beats old-fashioned rubber when it comes to keeping the water out. The addition of neoprene linings to rubber boots has made them lighter and more comfortable than ever, and there’s a rubber boot for almost any weather or activity.

Toasty Toes

Built to your feet both warm and dry. ArcticShield

To find a leak in rubber boots, either fill them with water to see where it leaks out, or use a spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol. The spray will evaporate faster over the hole, leaving a darkened area. Mark it with a felt pen, then repair the holes with Aquaseal or similar product.

Choice For Chores

No-slip tread keeps you upright no matter how slippery the conditions while lightweight uppers don’t slow you down. HISEA

Keep rubber boots clean on the outside with mild soap and water. If you get them wet inside, either set them on a boot dryer or lay them next to a fan to blow air inside. Or, you can put crumpled newspaper inside, which will absorb the moisture.

Made For Walking

EVA midsoles cushion your stride, and cinches on the back snug these up for comfort on long walks or stalks. HISEA

Store your rubber boots inside. Temperature swings and sunlight can damage and degrade rubber. Store them upright or upside down in a boot rack, so the tops don’t fold over and cause cracks in the rubber.