In too deep, or still safe and shallow? Now your boots will tell you for sure – and down to an inch (or centimeter) of detail. Sometimes good design is as simple as adding something cosmetic that also has a twist of functionality … or might brighten a dark and rainy day for you or someone around you.

Simple hard-rubber galoshes with black soles and single-colored sides, these are the epitome of elemental style and classic construction.

They also come in the typical traditional yellow and black varieties, as well as other less-common colors from green, purple, red and orange to light and dark shades of blue.

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What sets them apart from any other is just the added white text indicating the ‘rain level’ (also their brand name) on the side, and the ruler-like marks that show how high the water is getting around you. Red is reserved as a warning for when you may be in over your depth.