Rubber boot

rubber boot, classically
… or fashionably playful from PVC

rubber boots are differently high waterproof boots, which are originally made only of rubber, today often also from thermoplastic plastics.

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high-quality rubber boots also today still become from genuine nature india rubber and/or. Rubber mixtures with high Latexanteilen manufactured, since some rubber-specific material properties can be achieved only conditionally by plastics. Rubber boots on Latexbasis are (colordependently) somewhat more susceptible in relation to high UV-RADIATION and determined chemicals, do not change however with usual variations in temperature not the substantial characteristic of the flexibility and tenacity. Altogether they are substantially more flexible than boots from plastics (nearly always PVC, rarely different, as bspw. thermoplastic PU).


already the Urbevölkerung South America manufactured a primitive kind rubber boot, by letting india rubber juice (Latex) run over the naked Unterschenkel and feet, whereby this dried slowly and could afterwards like a boot on and be taken off. Even a certain cross-linking of the Latexsubstanz was reached at that time and reached by Pflanzensäfte by watering places by material shoes with this material even a certain durability.

In Europe water resistant boots (and other articles of clothing) on rubber basis found first no large interest. With large heat the boots stuck too much and with cold weather were brittle them. Only as 1840 Charles Goodyear coincidentally discovered that the plastic india rubber with sulfur and soot mixed and by heating vulcanizes, durably flexibly and no more becomes sticking, did not find rubber products and rubber boot its paragraph.

production of rubber boots

with the production of the waterproof boots gives it different methods:

production in manual work

with the traditional production in manual work is applied by hand and pressed in slightly the cut cloth-like natural rubber material on aluminum to carry out. Afterwards that, out up to 35 individual parts, is vulcanized prefabricated rubber boots in a hot-air furnace with for instance 140°C. By the manufacturing it is also possible by hand, different rubber places for sole, fire sole, paragraph, to use reinforcement and surface material which makes a high stretcher comfort possible. Also it is to be integrated thereby possible most modern sport shoe technology into the rubber boot and/or. to become fair fashionable and special anatomical requirements. In manual work manufactured rubber boots are often expensive.

semiautomatic production

another method is the production in press forms. A divided form is used, which presses and after vulcanization is opened the still soft rubber on the borders. One recognizes in such a way manufactured rubber boots by the visible separation joint of the form, which is visible like a central joint at the finished boot. So manufactured rubber boots are inexpensive and nevertheless durable and as work boots are predominantly used.

fully automatic production

rubber boot on plastic basis in the Spritzverfahren are manufactured to a large extent automatically. Are cheap large numbers of items to realize. The thermoplastic plastic is injected hot with pressure into the divisible form. After cooling the finished boot is taken out of the geöffenten form. Also these rubber boots have a visible separation joint.


rubber boot are absolutely waterproof and in many ranges interspersed themselves. As rain protection and articles of fashion they are carried to occupation - and leisure clothes.

vocational applications

  • kindergarten
  • forest work
  • construction industry
  • drainage (drains)
  • agriculture and horticulture
  • food industry (Fleischereien, dairies, breweries)
  • fishery
  • animal breeding, veterinary medicine
  • vehicle cleaning
  • land surveying
  • foundry
  • boat boot (Seglerstiefel)
  • hunt
  • riding boot
  • dog haven
  • mining industry
  • dune care
  • Watt care


rubber boot are expressed wash and wear. Rough contamination is rinsed off simply with water and more easily curd soap caustic solution. The surface is maintained with glycerin, which undiluted one adds or rubs to the washing water in. Glycerin protects the rubber against embrittlement. Silicone oil refurbishes the surface and prevents likewise the premature aging of the rubber. Most mark manufacturers have special rubber preservative agents in the offer. Stored rubber boots are cleaned, drying and coolly.

special forms

  • waterproof rubber trousers (wading trousers, for wading into river and sea), which as far as the chest rich and in rubber boots end, occasionally by anglers in flat inland waters are carried.
  • Rubber over boot without textile tissues gave it in former times for covering over the actual footwear for Motorradfahrer. They tore easily and were unsuitable due to the erroneous acceptance that they are mechanically not stressed. There are still these covering rubber boots; they e.g. are. in the USA for the protection of the roads of shoes usually. Today's motorcycle boots are nearly just as waterproof.
  • Rubber riding boots with textile tissue or an interior sock are high, slim rubber boots, which scarcely to under the knee rich and usually only an easily formed sole exhibit. They are more waterproof and more strainable than leather riding boots.
  • Fashionable rubber boots were produced in and the 80's 70's and to experience for approximately 2004 one Renaissance. There are remarks with differently high paragraphs, in different colors and styles, e.g. Westernstiefel.


the today's radio telephone manufacturer Nokia originally manufactured paper and rubber boot. Nokia produced colored or examined rubber boots in and the 70's 60's as one of the first “fashionable” rubber boots, thus. Also today under the label name Nokia still rubber boots are manufactured.

see also

to literature

  • Helge Sternke: Everything over gentleman shoes. Nicolai publishing house, Berlin, 2006, ISBN 3-89479-252-3.
Comprehensive work (560 S., approx. 450 fig.), which treats all aspects approximately around the shoe: Its own chapter is concerned with rubber boots.

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