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Men, if you wear larger than size 9, this may be your only current option (that I'm aware of, unless you can locate the discontinued Marc Jacobs purple boots; see discussion under my recommendation for Marc Jacobs Neon rain boots) to own purple rubber boots! These aubergine (French for "eggplant") Hunters are made in Euro sizes up to 47 (US men's 13). I could not find them marketed anywhere in the U.S. in larger sizes, but they can be ordered from Target Wholesale in the U.K., http://www.targetwholesale.co.uk. Just be prepared for the exhorbitant overseas airmail shipping charge. Don't be reluctant to wear eye-catching colors such as this--I wore mine with black cargo shorts to an arts festival on a rainy summer's day and got hardly a second glance among all the other rubber-booted folks. One lady did stop me, complimented my boots, and asked if they were comfortable; she had just bought a pair of Hunters but didn't wear them to the festival, being afraid to wear them for prolonged walking. I assured her that my feet felt just fine after walking all day in my boots, and in her soaked sneakers I'm sure she was regretting her decision.