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Servus Rubber Boots
by Mark Hamilton
We have moved into winter's waning stage here. While we still get some cold weather, mid-March daytime temperatures are much warmer than what we experienced in December, January and for most of February. The frequency of precipitation has decreased and for the first time in 2011 daytime precipitation is more likely to be in the form of freezing rain or rain. This is the time of year when I start wearing rubber boots.
My rubber boots are the un-insulated Servus 16" Economy Knee Boot. It is the manufacturer's basic model. I find they offer a number of very compelling features. First, they are comfortable. The soles have arch-supports molded into them. When I purchased these boots I also purchased the company's Foot Form Contour Comfort insoles as well as a pair of their 3/8” (1 cm) felt insoles, allowing me to comfortably wear these boots all day. Second, they're waterproof. My feet just do not get wet. Third, the soles provide superior traction on ice, even on wet ice. Fourth, as long as I also wear a pair of good wool socks (I bought the boots in my normal shoe size), my feet stay warm with temperatures in the teens and twenties (Farenheit). Fifth, they are durable. These boots are several seasons old and at this point they show no signs of deterioration that I can find.
I purchased my boots at a farm supply store. However, Servus products are available from a wide variety of retailers and their website thoughtfully includes a search engine for finding sellers in your area. They even list a few online retailers for folks who prefer to or must purchase electronically.
Contact information: Servus Products, 1136 2nd Street, Rock Island, IL, 61201, USA.
1-800-777-9021, 1-309-786-6923, or on the world wide web at: http://www.servusproducts.com.
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