As a pathological DIYer, I do a lot of projects in and around the house, including all of the dirty jobs. I also live in Colorado, where the weather loves to go from blizzard to balmy in the space of a few hours. That means lots of slop. On any project, I like to be as efficient as possible, which often doesn't leave time for removing muddy boots for quick trips into the house. The secret is to pretend I'm not getting the floors dirty by walking very slowly and taking as few steps as possible. This, of course, offers no real benefit whatsoever. Neither does walking on my tiptoes, which just flexes the boot soles, ejecting dirt clods from the waffle crevices, but I try it anyway. (My wife seems to think "efficient" is synonymous with "lazy", but she just doesn't get it.) All of this makes me an excellent candidate to test-drive these new overshoes called Shoe In.
What Are Shoe In Overshoes?
They're essentially oversize plastic slippers that you step into before heading into the house with your work boots on, effectively keeping mud, slush, driveway salt, fertilizer, dog poop, and anything else you've been tromping through off of your cream-colored carpet—or from scratching your hardwood floors. The main difference between Shoe In overshoes and other boot covers is that Shoe In overshoes, made by Weinbrenner USA, are hands-free; you can slip into them and pull them off with your feet alone.
Look and Material
Hip and attractive Shoe In overshoes are not (Frankenstein would consider them "practical"). But they're far less ridiculous-looking than those fabric-and-elastic booties that resemble surgical caps. And Shoe In overshoes are actually shoes; you don't throw them away like the fabric booties. Shoe In overshoes are made of EVA plastic. It's similar to the material Crocs are made of, but a little stiffer. The all-plastic construction makes them completely washable and waterproof. When your Shoe In overshoes get dirty you just hose them off and let them drip-dry.
The most clever elements of the Shoe In design are the two rows of "fingers" that extend straight down from the instep. The fingers are flexible, allowing your boot to slide in, then they grab onto it to keep it from slipping out. The fingers also are the secret to accommodating a variety of boot and shoe sizes, thanks to their flexibility. My Shoe In overshoes even stay on without shoes, at well least enough for a casual trip to the mailbox.
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