'Choosing the Right Pair of Boots' Guide

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CARING TIPS FOR RUBBER BOOTS

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Why buy a pair of Aigle rubber boots?

Rubber, from rubber tree plantations, has remarkable natural properties. By using rubber rather than 100% synthetic materials, our master rubber makers at Aigle hand make, in more than 60 stages, boots that last and combine flexibility with excellent comfort. Rubber boots are more robust and durable and have a high resistance to wear and tear and ripping, so you can pass them down through the generations.

Products made from plastic, derived from petroleum, will not provide you with the same level of comfort nor the same amount of flexibility when walking and will become much more brittle over time.

How do I choose the right pair of rubber boots for me?

Choosing the right pair of rubber boots depends on what you wish to use them for.
If you are looking for the latest design seen in a magazine, that's in the rain boots category.

What size should I choose?

Always make sure there is space in between your toes and your rubber boots. It is normal for your heel to lift up slightly when walking but it should not come away completely. You shouldn't feel as though your boots are going to come off.

To help you, for each boot, next to where you choose the size, we indicate whether the boot is a normal fit or whether it is a large fit.

See also 'how do I choose boots to fit the circumference of my calf?'

How do I choose boots to fit the circumference of my calf?

Rubber has remarkable natural properties but there is a limit to how much it stretches. A pair of boots that is too close-fitting will not be pleasant to wear, it is important to check before ordering.

To calculate the circumference of your calf, sit down on a chair, place your foot flat on the ground with your knee bent at a 90° angle. Using a tape measure, measure the widest part of your calf without pulling on the tape. We recommend that you measure both calves. If there is a big difference, use the larger measurement.

Now that you know the circumference of your calf, you need to think about how you are going to wear your boots. If, for example, you want to push your trousers into your pair of boots, you need to add the additional width of your garment and a 0.5cm safety margin.

If you're not sure, we also offer a selection of ankle boots, which are lower and easier to get on, regardless of the size of your calf.

If you're not sure, we also offer a selection of ankle boots, which are lower and easier to get on, regardless of the size of your calf.

To effectively protect your feet and achieve a comfortable effect, please wear the right length of socks when you are wearing the rubber boots.

How tall are my boots?

The height of the boots is obtained by measuring the distance between the interior sole and the top of the boot, in a straight line.

Rain boots or ankle boots?

The choice between boots and ankle boots is an aesthetic one to begin with but that's not all there is to it! Depending on what you are going to use your boots for, there are many things to consider.

A pair of boots is the most classic choice and will certainly remind you of when you used to jump in puddles as a child. Choosing boots is also about choosing a design that covers the entire calf for the best protection.

The ankle boot is becoming increasingly popular. It is lighter and very easy to put on. The other advantage is that you won't have to worry about the size of your calf when making your choice.

Tips for trying boots on?

When you are trying on your pair of boots, always make sure there is a space between your toes and the end of the boot. Walking will be a lot more comfortable and this air space will act as an insulator in cold weather conditions.

When you take your first steps in your pair of boots, it is normal for your heel to lift slightly because your foot is not supported in the same way as in a pair of shoes with laces. If you feel as if the boot is coming off with every step then it's too big.

Which design should I wear in winter?

You have two options:

Buy a pair of fur-lined boots. You won't have to worry about which pair of socks you going to wear to keep your feet warm. Buy a lining sock, the fur will provide added comfort.
Nevertheless, these designs should be kept for extremely cold conditions, if you're outside for long periods, for example, or if you really hate the cold because you cannot detach the fur lining from the boot. There are different types of fur, natural, imitation fur or neoprene for example, the characteristics of which you'll find in the product description.

The other option you have is to buy a pair of classic rubber boots and complete your purchase with a pair of socks, like the Warmsocks design, in fleece. That will enable you to wear your pair of boots more easily, according to your taste and your requirements, depending on the season.

Can I wear my boots if it snows?

Yes, but your rubber boots can never replace a good pair of après-ski boots. If you opt for boots, go for fur-lined boots that will protect you from the cold. You should also pay attention to the choice of sole. We recommend that you choose a serrated sole to prevent you from slipping.

After walking in the snow, it is important to clean your boots. See 'How to maintain my boots.'

Will my feet sweat in my boots?

Our commitment is to offer you totally waterproof rubber boots. It is technically impossible to create a product that is completely water proof and breathable. It is likely that your feet will sweat in your boots, depending on the weather conditions, but you are guaranteed to stay dry, even in puddles. That's why you're going to treat yourself to this pair of boots that you've been dreaming of, isn't it?

Which boots should I choose for children?

For your children, we recommend following the same rules as for adults.

Your children's feet grow quickly but be careful not to take sizes that are too big. It is normal for the heel to lift up slightly when walking but it should not come away completely. See 'what size should I choose?'.

For very small children, we recommend a design suited to the shape of their foot. The Baby Flac boot, available in 19 to 23, is lower and wider. It is easy to put on and it does not interfere with your child's walking.

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CARING TIPS FOR RUBBER BOOTS

Caring tips for Rubber Boots

  • Store in dry place & away from direct sunlight
  • Store standing upright (do not bend) in a dry clean place.
  • Wash with clean water and let it dry naturally.
  • Don’t wash the lining inside the boots. Remove the sole insert for cleaning if necessary.
  • White powder might be found on the surface of the boots that result from wax oxidation. Simply wipe it with a wet sponge but not a towel, as the fibers will be remained on the rubber boots surface and will be more difficult for cleaning.
  • Daily perspiration of our feet is almost like a glass of water. As the rubber boots are completely waterproof, sweat might be remained inside the boots and might feel the wet. Choose the boot size with looser calf for moisture ventilation, and wear the boots with socks in breathable material.
  • Use the Rubber Boots Wax Sponge by AIGLE special made for boots cleaning and rubber maintenance.

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