The Rubber Boots of Christie’s Antique Show

As I mentioned earlier this week, I went to the Christie Antique Show and Sale in Greensville, Ontario.  It’s Canada’s largest antique show held in 10 acre field.

The great thing about Christie’s is everyone is there for business. Very few people are dressed to impress.  They’re dressed to lug heavy, antique crap around and perform the dash and tackle.

The dash and tackle is a move perfected by professional antique shoppers, or as I call them/us – Shifties.   You see something you like but you also notice someone else sees and likes the very same thing.  So you dash to it as quickly as possible with your elbows positioned direction in front of you creating a sort of insane warrior stance.  If your subject refuses to move as you dash towards the item, you elbow tackle them to the ground.  Then you apologize profusely while grabbing the object of your affection and throwing money at the owner of the booth.  The dash and tackle.

As I was saying, everyone is dressed to perform.  To lug and carry and slop and traipse.  This year was no different.  The fields were wet and the ground was muddy.  Most people anticipated this and wore rubber boots.

In fact, I’ve never seen so many rubber boots in all my life.  After about hour 2 I decided to start taking pictures of all the boots.  Out of all the boots, one was a clear winner.  The Hunter.  Hunter boots were on close to half the people wearing boots at the show and for good reason.  They’re comfortable, made of soft rubber that bends when you crouch (to look under tables etc.) and they fit snugly to your feet and calves as opposed to the old style rubber boots that have a loose leg and slap your shins every time you take a step.

Behold the rubber boots of Christies …


To begin with I took the pictures surreptitiously.  Like that word?  I even spelled it correctly the first time out of the gate.  No spellcheck or anything.  Then I decided if I wanted some really good boot pictures I was just going to have to ask people to stop and let me take a picture of their boots.

I was a bit nervous about doing this and rightfully so.  I mean, it was a pretty insane thing to do.  Someone walking around with the $1,000 antique they just bought and I want to take a picture of their dirty, smelly boots.

Was I in for a shock.  As it turns out … people are pretty proud of their rubber boots.  They were flattered I wanted to take a picture of them.  In fact, I dare say the people I asked were kind of glowing and giddy.

Or maybe  their beaming was just because of their newly purchased antique.  Hard to say.

My favourites (not counting the Hunters because I already own those) are the Yellow Bogs with the grey laces, priced around the same as the Hunters at about $110. And you?

Happy boot browsing and have a great weekend.


41 Comments

  1. Adrienne Audrey says:

    yes! hunter boots! I have a pair myself and they are fabu. I live on a farm in the middle of nowhere so good rubber boots are essential!

  2. Valerie says:

    Where would Canadian women be without their rubber boots and rubber gloves while outside in the spring and the fall? And a good toque is also essential to complete the costume.

    • SK Farm Girl says:

      Miss Valerie, were you peeking over my fence tonight?! I was out earlier this evening frantically planting my bedding plants as a storm was brewing on the horizon, thus the following attire! My carefully chosen attire for the event consisted of fancy leopard-print rubber boots (in the mood for me “fancy” rubbers), my faithful hand-knit Siwash with a bright yellow rain jacket over top, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat style knitted toque (purchased just this morning @ the local Farmer’s Market) and what I call my “Black ‘n Decker” work gloves (‘cuz they are black and yellow – DUH)! Oh, and my fav’rit jeans (the ones with the holes in the knees so mosquitoes can find their down, or worse yet, up my legs)! Got my plants in just in time for a lovely rain and a little thunderstorm – you could say they’ve been “Thunderstruck”! Happy rubber-booting fellow bloggerzzz 🙂 PS – Is it okay to state “Black ‘n Decker” and “Thunderstruck” in a blog without permission from the rightful owners?

  3. Laura says:

    All I can think of now is Billy Connolly’s “Wellies” song! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SguYlpm3ffQ

  4. liz says:

    I love those yellow lace ups too. Very nice!

    Hunters are insanely popular here in the UK now because of minor celebs wearing them at music festivals.

  5. sarah says:

    have you read ‘The egg & I’ by Betty MacDonald?
    Somehow, you remind me of her, an indomitable (sp?)spirit.
    It’s an autobiog of her life on a chicken farm in
    remote US. It is hysterical, knicker wetting. Shows what happens when the chickens take control.

    The yellow laced boots are the winners for me.

    • Karen says:

      Sarah – No I haven’t read The egg & I. Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll go look it up! ~ karen!

    • Annette says:

      Loved this book — I read it over 20 years ago and have lusted for chickens and fresh eggs ever since.

    • jonquil says:

      I highly recommend another Betty MacDonald book, ‘Anybody can do anything’, which is about her zany struggle to make do and mend during the depression. This blog also reminds me of that spirit. I think it’s out of print, and copies are hard to come by/expensive, but if you see it, do the dash and tackle – it’s deffo worth it.

  6. Angela says:

    I have a pair of red boots with white polka dots that I wear when hunting for treasures at the beach and a pair of maroon ones for everywhere else. My beach boots are stained from the crazy sand and come up higher than my other ones so that I can traipse through mud and streams along the beachfront. The other ones are because we have a rainy season here in Japan and I got tired of cold, wet feet and cold, wet pants legs.

    I would love to have some Hunters, but I have giant calves and they probably wouldn’t fit me.

    • Karen says:

      Angela – The Bogs might be good for you ’cause they lace up. I love those too. But I guess what’s important is whether *you* love them, LOL. ~ karen

    • jonquil says:

      Oh, Angela,

      I have the same problem and I have a pair of wide fit Hunters called (and I love this)… Huntress! I’m in Europe, but I’d be surprised if you couldn’t get hold of them online.

  7. Karen says:

    I was going for Bogs, but I have to say there is something about those Hunters that just plain appeal to me… maybe it is all in the name. And furthermore, I am totally digging that you did a boot post!

  8. Oh Karen, living on PEI where it has rained ALL spring I am on the Board of ‘The Rubber Boot Gang’..LOVE the yellow Bogs but the black ‘Hunters’ are my dream….I have the 9.99 Canadian Tire ‘Shin Slappers’..sigh.

  9. LeeAnne says:

    Baffin ladies boots all the way. They have a removable liner made of felt with silvery heat reflecting stuff. They are waterproof and never scuff like skidoo boots (the ladies shape makes the fit better and thus no scuffing – or so sales dude said. Your pic called 4square shows a man wearing them. Not pretty, but good boots for winter. I wear mine all winter to do barn chores – 3hrs in barn daily. Oh and with YakTraks, even freezing rain is not a walking hazard.

    Sorry for bad English but broke my arm falling off the roof studio last night. Only one hand (and no barn chores – yay!)for a while.

    • Karen says:

      LeeAnne! – Oh my God! I can’t believe you fell off a roof and broke your arm! Eek. I’m cringing. That must have been completely horrifying. Hope you mend quickly. ~ karen

  10. Charlene says:

    Please do a junking expedition- like a wine tour but with STUFF. I’d pay $$ to take a tour with you. And I’m gonna go tweet you a picture of my fav boots right now!

  11. I so want a pair! I loved those yellow lace ups too!

  12. Kate S. says:

    I have imitation Hunter & Jimmy Choo crocodile boots that I adore, but since they weren’t the real $450 version they cracked. 🙁
    My faves of those above would have to be the blue ones with the little green polo guys on them.

    ~Kate

    • Karen says:

      Kate S. – A friend of mine found her Hunter’s at Winners so keep your eyes open at places like that! ~ karen

  13. Jules says:

    I live in Dubai and the other day I saw three sassy teens all wearing rubber boots. They looked so silly. Hunters in the desert???? Just wrong.

    But then I have to give it to them, rubber boots are much better for walking around the slippery granite floors of the malls than six inch stilettos like a lot of ladies wear (oh how I laugh). Maybe they weren’t so silly after all?

    Oh and the yellow lace ups jumped right out at me.

  14. oh, MAAAANNN! When I was in Vancouver over Easter I went on a Grand RubberBoot Shopping Expedition and tried on some gorgeous ones, including some Hunter’s. But ever the frugal money-coach, I ended up opting for some knock-offs at a fraction of the price (and still reasonably attractive) only to discover upon returning to Yellowknife (dearth of options here) that … they leak. Who ever heard of RUBBER BOOTS THAT LEAK? Whimper. #yougetwhatyoupayforIguess

    • Karen says:

      Nancy – As we all know, I’m cheap. Well, I’m not cheap really. I’m good with money and try to spend it properly. Buy the Hunter’s. Or some bogs. For around $100 they’ll last forever, DON’T leak, are incredibly comfortable and look good. You can also get felt liners for the Hunter’s so you can wear them in the winter as well. O.K., maybe not winter where YOU are, but certainly into the fall or you. ~ karen!

  15. Amy in StL says:

    I shopped around this fall for rubber boots because my dog doesn’t seem to want to hold it just because it’s raining. I needed ones that would fit in the winter with wool socks but that wouldn’t rub blisters in the summer when I just needed dry feet.

    I ended up with a pair by Sperry called Pelican because I have larger calves and these promised siping on the soles. (The Hunters don’t fit me) I am kind of sorry I got the black and not some of the fancy ones with pennants or plaid.

  16. Evalyn says:

    My boots of choice are LaCrosse ( I believe made in USA) – for $35.00 at the local feed and farm store I got a good barn boot that I can put felt liners in. They don’t leak even after I stuck a spading fork through the toe (there were sheep, there was mud, I try not to think about it). I just can’t bring myself to spend $100 for rubber boots. They aren’t a fashion statement for me. But, talk about knee high black leather with a cowboy heel, and I’m a totally different girl.

  17. Erin says:

    I have a pair of BOGS I love. They are my winter boots and rubber boots. They might not be great when it is warm out but cold and wet they are great.

  18. Larita says:

    It’s insane how many of those I recognize after my search for good rubber boots this spring. I don’t think I should be proud of that. Also? I’m pretty proud of my boots too (even if I couldn’t afford Hunters) and I’d be pretty giddy if someone asked to take pictures of them.

  19. sherri says:

    I am a rubber boot snob. mine are Ilse Jacobsen from Danmark. They are not yet popular in Canada but I did see a few ladies wearing them in Vancouver.

  20. Jen says:

    I was coming on to bemoan the price and availabiltity of Hunters here in NS…but now I’m feeling inspired after reading your comment about someone finding them at Winners. I’m almost ready to pay full price for them…because like you said…they’ll last forever.

  21. Carol-Anne says:

    Love the BOG yellow lace boots. I, like some other ladies on this post have generous size calves. I had a hard time finding rubber boots that would fit and still allow for tucked in jeans. I found a pair of army green boots with about 6″ of black laces at the top of the boots on sale at Joe Fresh (clothing, accessory line in Canada) for $10. They were a little tight but becasues they were so cheap, I just cut a slit in the boots behind the laces to expand the top and allow a better fit. The laces cover up the cut so they don’t look bad and are a lot more comfortable.

  22. Catherine says:

    Have to say I love my Bogs for winter – here in Ottawa we can have bitter cold one day then be wading through 10 inch puddles the next. Plus all the salt and grit they use makes for messy boots. The Bogs get clean with a bit of water and a wipe!

  23. Lindsay says:

    I just bought my first pair of rubber boots this spring because I also built my first vegetable garden, and I LOVE THEM! I want it to rain everyday so that I can justify wearing them all the time!

    After a lot of research I ended up getting Kamik’s from Nordstrom, in black gloss 🙂 The day I got them it was raining (barely) so I wore them to my softball game and the first thing that was said to me, “look at those SEXY boots!” I’ve never had a pair of shoes (boots) that were so fabulous and so practical at the same time!

  24. Anemone says:

    My goodness…thank you very much for these pics…

  25. Wrayann Estey says:

    Hi Karen! I just came across this story and found it very entertaining! We have a true love for rubber boots down here in the Pacific NW, also. I’m actually in the process of launching a new brand of boots for kids, this fall, and expanding to women’s by spring. Our brand is called LUME (pronounced loomie. )We are operating out of West Linn, OR, it’s a little town southwest of Portland, and my husband and I will literally have inventory in our barn! They can be purchased on our website, shortly. I’m going to keep following your site for helpful and useful tips…plus a few smiles and laughs! Find us on facebook, too! Take care, Wrayann

  26. lawrence says:

    Good post Karen. Rubber boots are great. The Hunters in particular look pretty sharp. Personally I have a pair of black and red baffins, which are pretty utilitarian but also comfortable and decent looking too. Cheaper than hunters but I advise them for anyone, even city goers. Anyway, unless I missed it, you failed to mention if you yourself wore rubber boots at the antique show?!? 🙂
    Lawrence

    • Karen says:

      Lawrence – This was from last year’s antique show. (I did indeed wear Hunters to the show, but have now switched to Bogs.) I do like the Hunters as far as rubber boots go because they’re soft enough that when you bend down the boots don’t end up bruising your shins. I’ve had rubber boots that do that ’cause they’re too bulky and stiff. I’ll be doing a couple of posts on this year’s Christie’s Antique Show and Sale in the next week. 🙂 ~ karen!

      • lawrence says:

        Ok Karen. I look forward to your next Christie’s posts and to your next rubber boot report! lol ( And I understand what you mean about the hunters as against the baffins…better material. Mind you I grew up on the West Coast and that’s what there was) Oh, btw, I love your website. Keep up the great work!

  27. Parker says:

    As I’ve said before, Bogs are the best boot I’ve ever had the pleasure to wear. I’m digging those yellow, laced-up boots – I don’t believe I’ve seen that style. Oh well, I have 3 other pairs, so I should not be greedy.

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