Gaytees Rubber Boots-Stormy Weather Style

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.”

Gaytees Rubber Boots 1940

Gaytees Rubber Overshoes 1940 Ad

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.”

Gaytees rubber boots 1948 ad

Gaytees rubber boots 1948 ad

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!

grace carter shoe covers

Grace Carter shoe covers



By | 2014-01-22T10:01:56-04:00 January 31st, 2012|Fashion|2 Comments

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Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


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    Ashley Sumner February 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks for including us in your post! The Stylish ShoeCover by Grace Carter was definitely inspired in part by Gaytees, so we appreciate the comparison.

    Ashley Sumner
    Grace Carter Design

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    Wink February 4, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I sold a pair of Gaytees out of my shop, so disappointed that they were ONE SIZE too small for me to keep for myself. The Grace Carters you found are so close, but I still dream of finding my own vintage pair one day.

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