I was traveling on public transportation Friday, going to a friend's apartment, and it looked like it was going to rain (it didn't), so I figured it was best to be prepared to be caught in a downpour with lots of mud. That didn't happen.
A note about the boots: The actual boots I wore are LL Bean Trail Model Hikers in Gray and Tarragon, from 2005. They have lasted a ridiculously long time. They don't sell that model anymore, I don't think. But if you're looking for a good, sturdy, long-wearing hiking boot, I recommend LL Bean! And no, I don't get any money from them.