The fisherman's choice boot.
The fisherman's choice boot. (David Hills/Xtratuf)

Xtratuf Boot

The fisherman's choice boot.

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A sturdy, purpose-made fishing boot that has become the gold standard of footwear in the 49th state. Known as the Alaskan slipper, the Xtratuf is, for many who live in extreme climes, a symbol of divine utility. First created in the 1960s, the waterproof, insulated, slip-resistant rubber boots are worn by everyone from longline fishermen to little kids playing softball. (Some Alaskans get married in them.) Though many consumers have voiced concerns that the Xtratuf isn’t so tough anymore—Xtratuf’s parent company, Honeywell, moved the factory from Illinois to China in 2012—it’s still the most common boot in our wildest state.

From Outside Magazine, August 2015 Lead Photo: David Hills/Xtratuf