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The other kids all had good boots, although many refused to wear them. It just wasn’t cool. They’d rather have cold, wet shoes and socks all day.
Ian’s boots were definitely not cool. Old, ratty galoshes, they were held together and water-proofed with duct tape. Ian hated them. His shoes had to last, though, so he pulled the ugly things on and zipped them up.
Head down against the wind and rain, he set his jaw against the comments that would come.
At least he had dry feet. Idiots.