Four buckle over shoes were a common commodity in farm communities would even see them in town at grocery stores, clinics, as well as people walking down the street. For many, it was the only kind of overshoes a man had. They were made out of rubber and had a good grip on the bottom. At our farm, they were the barn boots.
For deep snow and dress up, men had the option of 10" tall zippered boots. They were worn zipped or for many unzipped and I will tell you they looked just like crows in flight.
For the very best to keep your shoes dry, there were rubbers. Rubbers, as you can see by the picture, covered the shoe and nothing else. Another rubber was even less coverage. The lessor of the two were easier to get off a dress shoe, that is, a shoe with a leather sole. They also came in brown, a closer match to oxford colored shoes or Wellington boots.
Anyone of the above offered another insulation from the snow. In those days, if your shoes got wet, white marks showed from layers and layers of polish.
I remember the four buckle overshoes and the 'aroma' of horse droppings. Since he wore a crepe sole shoe for work, he bought them bigger. For those of you who ever tried to get a crepe sole into a rubber boot, you can understand why you bought them bigger. Since he wore them for messy work, he tucked his cuffed pant leg inside the boot. If the boots got a hole in them, they were patched with something that looked like a bicycle inner tube patch. Although old trunks does not know the price of this product in the early forties, she does know they are priced at $45.00 now.
What do men where on their feet now?