I am reminded how much mud there is in New Zealand. Gumboots are standard operating procedure. We’re not talking about the fancy fashionable ones worn by city slickers - this is the real deal - an essential item to be left at the back door in every size.
The approach to footwear is totally different here. Kids routinely wear bare feet on any outing, presumably preferring the feel of oozing mud between their toes than soggy socks. My highly urbanised 11-year-old nephew forgot to take shoes to school the other day and complained he couldn’t participate in woodwork class. This is the middle of winter and the bitterest cold snap experienced here for 80 years. These kiwis are made of tough stuff!