Paddy farming is a mucky business. Each April, much of the Japanese countryside is transformed into a patchwork of enormous puddles as farmers flood their fields in preparation for planting rice. A method of cultivation that extends back thousands of years, growing seedlings in standing water produces benefits including weed control and water conservation. It also produces a whole lot of mud.
When you’re spending all your working hours up to your shins in thick, murky ooze, you need a pair of wellies you can rely on. With space at a premium in many Japanese homes, the demand for a boot that is at once as durable as it is compactable has resulted in the sturdiest and most efficient pair of rubber boots you’ll ever own.
Put simply, these wellies are a game-changer. Their uniquely flexible, adaptable design allows you to literally roll them up and stash them away, whether slid into a desk drawer, stacked neatly in a hallway, or stowed inside your hand luggage. Sleek and low-profile to begin with, once folded down and secured with the included heavy-weight rubber band these boots will take up little more space in your bag than a pair of flats or running shoes. Mixed natural and synthetic rubber construction has resulted in an astonishingly lightweight pair of galoshes.