As the father of two young children, I’ve grown a familiarity to rain boots. For my three year old daughter, they’re not just a functional piece of weather gear, but often a fashion statement – complimenting her “pantless look” on hot summer days. Although my wife (who’s much more practical than I am) adopted a pair of rain boots years ago, I could never bring myself around to the thought of knee-high rubber anchors on my feet. Maybe I always had the thought that I could just “out-run” the weather. When I learned about the Forsake Duck boots this past summer, my perceptions of what rain boots “were” was shattered. Let me start off, by stating that I’m a huge fan of footwear that serves multiple purposes. Hiking boots that could be worn to happy hour, sandals that are at home both on the beach and in the streets, and in this case – rain boots that play dual function both in the rain and out. What I love about these boots, is that they’re equal parts rain (and snow) protection as they are sneakers. The comfortable to wear, and the “Peak-to-Pavement” outsole is comprised of a series of “lugs” that provide grip and traction on both loose terrain, as well as stability on hard surfaces. I received these boots during the first major snow storm of the season in Minnesota – and they performed just as well in slippery conditions as any cold weather boot that I’ve worn. They look great, and I actually ended up wearing them to a corporate party – where I received multiple compliments.