Like shoes, boots offer a message about getting more grounded, natural, and earthy in the steps you are taking to actualize your aspirations. The boot can also be a symbol of becoming more motivated as in 'booting up' or starting something. Looking for boots can symbolize planning for a difficult transition. Getting 'the boot' is also something to consider in this imagery as a fear of an impending change. Offering more protection than shoes or sandals, boots can be associated with increased discipline and self-protection. Rain boots would carry the symbolism into the area of protecting yourself from wallowing in your feelings (water and mud). See Shoes under Clothing and Makeup.