History Brief

Small Home Gazette, Winter 2016

History Brief: “Zip Up Those Galoshes!”

In 1923, a woman could purchase a pair of rubber boots to protect her shoes and keep her feet warm and dry—with help from a newfangled fastener called a “zipper.”

The B. F. Goodrich Company had decided to use Gideon Sundback’s 1917 patented “separable fastener” on a new type of rubber boot commonly called galoshes. The mechanism was renamed the zipper because of the sound it made when closing the metal fastening elements.


Goodrich winter boots ad.