202 Rubber Boots
Boots from rubber have a long history. Rubber is extracted from the latex of the rubber tree, originated from the rain forests of South America. The aborigines already soaked their footwear with latex to make it durable and water resistant. Gear from rubber and real rubber boots could be produced not before 1840, as Charles Goodyear invented the technique of vulcanisation. This makes products from rubber permanently elastic and removes their stickiness. Rubber boots were first used in farming. In World War I they were used by soldiers in the trench warfare.
Boots from rubber or similar synthetics (PVC, PU) will be used today in a lot of scopes. Beneath agriculture and hunting an anatomically shaped version is used for horse riding. A waist-high version (Waders) will be used by anglers and fishers. Since the turn on millenium they won't be manufactured in Europe anymore and its difficult to get (especially the black versions) them in trade.
Rubber boots as a fetish is a newer phenomenon. Since its important to wear the pure rubber on the naked skin the people prefer the unlined versions. They are less easy to get than the lined boots. Only a few businesses (Sklop, Nora) offer them at all. Here in the HML Fetish webshop you'll find a small but nice collection of typical rubber boots, riding boots and Waders. Have fun exploring them!