For sloshing around the muddy mess of a rainy job site, I’ve found nothing better to protect my feet than Muck’s Chore Cool Boots. For almost two years, they’ve kept my toes dry through some of the messiest rainstorms and soupiest foundation pours. Unlike most rubber boots—which are little more than a waterproof shell—these mucks are comfortable and durable.

The boots have what the manufacturer calls XpressCool technology, a moisture wicking anti-microbial lining that absorbs and dissipates sweat from the foot so it can dry faster. As the moisture evaporates it creates a cooling effect on the foot—which is great in warm weather. I have some seriously sweaty feet and can say that whatever Muck did when they made these boots, it’s working. When my feet are in these boots, moisture is kept to a minimum and the boots don’t stink when I take them off.

Chore Cool Boots are equally good in the cold and have become my primary snow blowing boots in winter. The padding and moisture wicking layers act as cold-weather insulation and by keeping my feet dry, I don’t get the chilly sweats. I also like that the chunky tread on the Vibram sole really grips the snow. I don’t think I’ve ever slipped wearing the things.

These boots are nowhere near as flexible as my broken in pair of Red Wings, but they’re not just a stiff rubber shell either. In fact, the actual rubber part stops about 2-3 inches above the ankle. Above that, the boot is made of flexible Spandura layered over Neoprene. This gives the boot enough flexibility for me to comfortably crouch down or bend over. That’s not something I can say about other rubber boots I’ve worn.

A steel shank and rigid rubber lowers provide very good support—enough that it would be nearly impossible to twist an ankle in them. A heel nub on each boot assists with “toe-ing” them off. To get them on I usually have to use the finger loop because of the flexibility of the Spandura uppers.

The top opening has a slight elastic around it, so when I need to wear the boots with my pants tucked in, there is no gaping bird’s mouth hanging open ready to accept water or sawdust. Instead, the boot opening is tight on my pants almost like there is a drawstring.

Over the years, I’ve found it’s just not worth skimping on footwear. For something that I use 10-12 hours each day, I’m going to invest in high quality. And so far, when it comes to dry feet, these are the best I can find.

Muck Chore Cool Boots
Available in multiple heights and models with or without steel toes
Price: $135–$160
COO: China