I’ve been wearing the functional but plain black rubber boots that were given to me by a local church during the clean-up after the hurricanes of 2004, but I’ve been wanting a pair that might not make me look like I’m on my way to shovel muck from a barn. I saw these on a fashion blog (sorry, but I can’t find it and there are 1000s of them) and followed the links to Amazon where they were for sale. To my great delight, they were reasonably priced and made in Canada.
The brand is Kamik, which was a new one to me, though according to their website, the company has been in business for over 100 years. The company is headquartered in Montreal where many of their boots are made. Others are made in assembly plants in Ontario and New Hampshire, with 70% of Kamik products being made in North America. Their factories are hydro-powered, and they use very little fossil fuels. And their rubber boots are recyclable, which you can do by sending the used boots back to the company where they are reprocessed.
You know how I love a manufacturing video? They have one.
There is not a sales feature on the Kamik website, but they are readily available on Amazon, Zappos, R.E.I. and Nordstrom. Their rubber boots are made in North America, but some of their other styles are made in Asia, so make sure you know the origin of the boots if this is an important issue to you.
The style name of my boots is Christina, and they do come in other colors. I’m not a lacy type of girl, but I thought the Gwyneth boots were rather cute.
An interesting side note: I was in Wal-mart recently and went by to glare at the made-in-China boots. To my surprise, there were quite a few styles, some very similar to mine, that were labeled Made in the USA and Made in Canada. At $24.95, they are worth checking into if you are needing a pair of rainboots.