Galoshes! Who Gets Naming Rights for Footwear?
The answer is: a conquering imperial army. But don’t expect much creativity.
Galoshes are waterproof footwear for wet or muddy conditions. You either wear them over your standard shoes or instead of shoes, depending on which way you roll. The word is a derivation of the French ‘galoche’, which in turn is a derivation of the Latin ‘gallicula’, which means ‘small Gallic (French) shoe’.
The reference dates back to Roman occupation of France; the Romans adopted a local style of wearing shoes or boots with an ornately carved wooden heel and sole. ‘Gallicula’ is an acknowledgement of the origins of the footwear. The French retained a variant of the Latin word, although over time it has evolved as much as galoshes themselves.