Tell me if any of y'all did this: When I was a kid, we got our snow boots from Kmart. At the time, that was the only affordable option for a family with five kids and not a lot of money. So we got these cheap boots, and if we were lucky they lasted two years. Sort of. About this time of year, when the snow turned to slush and spring rains came, those cheap plastic boots that were on their second season started to split. Little cracks along the sides, cracks in the soles, once in a while a heel coming apart. Well, with just a couple weeks left of winter, there was no way my mom would be buying new boots. Out came the bread bags.
My mom would save the plastic bags from long loaves of bread, turned inside out and brushed clean of bread crumbs, until one of us kids would start showing up with damp socks. Then she'd have us slide the bread bags over our socks, pull on the boots, and turn the tops of the bread bag down like a cuff over the top of the boot so it wouldn't slip down. The bread bags got us through til spring, and they made it a heck of a lot easier to get the boots on.
Sitting here, typing this out, I can just about smell that row of damp plastic boots by our front door. I wonder if kids still do that, wear bread bags inside their boots. Of course, these days I don't know a whole lot of kids who walk to school. Most of my friends drive their kids. I bet they don't know the fun they're missing, walking those five or six blocks to school.