Whatever happened to …

goober boots?

Well, first off, a confession. Apparently, these aren’t even a thing, resolving in a search to other things.

But that’s what we called them.

As I remembered these things, I also was reminded about how incredible peer pressure can be. I mean; it’s winter and where I grew up, you wore boots to school and everywhere else for that matter. Our classrooms had boot trays at the back under the coat rack and we were required to neatly place our boots there or for some teachers, the trays were out in the hallways. I seem to remember that no matter where they were, there was a watery mess on the floor and the caretakers were out mopping at every opportunity.

So, back to the boots. They were mostly dark green with bright yellow laces and rim around the bottom. They were also insulated. I did use that description and did a search revealing that there had been a pair for sale on Etsy. How old does it make you feel when they’re listed as “vintage 70s”? I guess that makes me vintage too. Had they been in the right size, I might have been inspired to buy a pair.

Oh, to be cool again.

All my friends wore them. It was just something that you did. They were warm and because they were rubberized, they kept your feet dry.

One of our modes of transportation those days in the winter was bumper riding. Here’s actually a wonderful blog post about this way of getting from here to there. That was us. Even though we were in a small town where you could easily walk from here to there, riding the bumper was required. Once winter hit hard, the roads were never ploughed down to the gravel or pavement except for the really highly travelled roads. Goober boots were perfect for riding because they had a nice rubber bottom. If you were really skilled, you could also drag your hockey equipment bag along as well.

Who would think something as mundane as a boot would bring back a memory for a Sunday morning? What are your memories?

  • did you wear goober boots?
  • I know now that we apparently just made up the name. What did you and your friends call them?
  • these days, it would be a nightmare to expect kids to lace and actually tie up boots. Have they missed out on something in the days of velcro?
  • how about bumper riding? Did you travel in this manner?
  • is there a local name for bumper riding in your world?
  • do you miss those shiny chromed bumpers on cars that made it so easy to latch onto for a lift?
  • winter is messy. In your classroom or home, have you perfected the technique of storing wet boots?

As always, I’d love to hear your stories about these boots or perhaps the actual boots that you used to wear if you weren’t cool like me.

This is a regular Sunday post around here … you can check them all out here.

4 thoughts on “Whatever happened to …

  1. Doug, I thought that I didn’t have anything to contribute to this post until your final question. I’m now very grateful for coat hooks in the hallway so that the winter mess can stay out there. I’m thinking that the mud mess might be worse though. 🙂


    Welcome to life as a kindergarten teacher. I wonder what others have to say about this.



  2. Schools were never really designed for storage of the variations of clothing, mittens, boots, etc. that show up. I’ll tell you that my room, on the second floor with every student having their own storage space (locker) that the mess always entered the classroom. You’d think that shoes would be dry but it never seemed that way.

    These days when having a locker are just a memory these days. I wonder how that will translate into classroom messes when schools reopen.

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