In the old days, when dirt roads were a rough mix of mud and horse manure, boot scrapers were all but ubiquitous. Today, people typically rely on nothing more than a doormat. But in challenging climates, especially if you're accustomed to returning home with dirt caked on your shoes, you may want to reconsider your approach. Boot scrapers are available in all sizes, shapes, and constructions, but the Wrought Iron Powder-Coated Boot Scraper from Plow & Hearth offers perhaps the most convincing take on the original. Available at Plow & Hearth; $34.95.