Mark and I went out to Black Earth an hour before the last WHPS garden tour so we could make a stop at the Shoe Box. We each replaced our worn out gardening/hiking boots. And I finally got a pair of rubber boots that fit my narrow feet.
So now I can weed the boggy garden bed that requires standing in the stream in order to reach the plants. As you would expect I needed boots made of rubber so they're waterproof, though these are actually made of a recyclable PVC-free synthetic rubber that’s 50% lighter than natural rubber. I could easily feel the difference in weight compared to other options.
The boots are made in Canada and/or the USA by Kamik, a family-owned-and-operated company that's been in the business since the Great Depression. New boots meant it was a good trip before we even saw the gorgeous gardens on the evening's menu.