Sometimes $15 spent is $15 wasted.
But not when it buys dry feet.
Several years ago I learned this the hard (and expensive) way when covering a mudslide several years ago. Ruined a perfectly good pair of shoes pursuing a photo. To make things worse, the photo wasn’t even that good. So I ended up with muddy shoes and a lame photo but I did learn a valuable lesson.
The next day I went down to one of our local farm-supply stores and got this pair of cheap rubber boots for $15. Sure, you look a little dorky wearing ’em but they keep your feet clean and dry.
They work in a variety of situations – I wore them this morning while shooting apple harvest in an orchard still wet from recent rains. I’ve also worn them in wet, melting snow (of course my feet did get cold. The boots are not insulated). And, of course, mudslides. I covered two mudslides in less than a week and they worked great.
I’ve added these boots to my already-full box of work clothing and supplies I keep in my car and, to paraphrase an old television commercial, I won’t leave home without them.