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In the old days, angler Dads kept a tin of boot grease in their tackle boxes. Waterproof boots have come a long way since then, although wellies, now retro chic, are hard to beat for rain and puddles.

High tech waterproof boots are available in walking and hiking styles, caribou-style snow boots and steel-toe work boots. Brands like Hi-tec, Sorel and Timberland give superior craftsmanship and variety. Look, too, for waterproof technology like Gore-Tex, HyDry and Dri-tec liners.