Does anyone remember these? Perhaps you noticed your grandmother wearing them. I know I remember little rubber boots my mom got us to wear over our shoes when I was very young . But they weren’t stylish like the ones grownup ladies wore with their heels. Back in the day ladies protected their dress shoes from inclement weather by wearing rubber boots that covered them. The most famous brand was Gaytees, and they came in different colors and heel heights. The fur trimmed ones are my favorite. Only wish I could find a pair in my size. Every time I search for a pair on the internet they’re sold out! So apparently they are still quite popular.
Here is an ad from 1940 that says “When there’s mud on campus, when November chills enthusiasm for football, when weather threatens a date in town, when slush puts a crimp in winter fun-it’s time for Gaytees.”
This ad from 1947 states “U.S. Gaytees make the weather just another excuse for dressing up. Gaytees offer more than dry, trim protection. They’re smart fashion accessories-styled to go with suave town clothes or rugged tweeds.”
Of course, you could find them at your favorite “Stormy Weather Shop!”
I always thought these were such a practical idea and wondered why there wasn’t something similar for women to wear now to cover their shoes when they hit the wet pavement. Well, lo and behold, I found these shoe protectors designed by Grace Carter and sold at Nordstroms. Though I prefer the vintage ones cause I’m a vintage loving gal, these look like they’d do a proper job and quite stylishly to boot!