Scotland is not exactly the driest place on earth! Having experienced that in the past, I was well aware of the fact that one of my first purchases upon arrival would need to be a "brolly" (umbrella). Once the brolly was acquired (at a second hand shop!) I thought I was pretty well prepared for the weather. However, within the first couple of weeks my white trainers (tennis shoes) became a splotchy brown and my trendy boots were no match for the puddles. I resolved to do something to keep my feet dry!
Prior to our move, I had heard rubber boots known as "Wellies" had become quite the hit in both fashion and dryness in the U.K. Buying a pair of Wellies sounded like a good idea, so I began to look around for a pair I liked. I tried on a pair of size 7s, thinking that would be pretty close to my U.S. size of 8. I was way off! I ended up deciding that I'm about a size 5 here! After looking at several shops, I decided to go out on a limb and get a rather colorful pair!
Now, with my brolly (umbrella) and my new Wellies, I am properly armed for the Scotland rain!