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Choosing Your Wellies

Choosing your Wellies (also known as Wellington Boots/ Gumboots/ Rainboots/ Galoshes)


Many people had their first experience of wellingtons, wellies, gumboots or rain boots as a child and remember them as cold items that you need to wear two pairs of socks with in order to make them bearable,

I'm happy to report that since we've been able to put humans on the moon, the technology in the humble boot has also improved leaps and bounds and with that comes a lot of options.

Many others have wellingtons such as PVC Fashion Wellies and want to move on up to what we describe as more 'serious' wellies; those used more often than once a week.

Wellies such as these and even the classic Hunter Originals have a very basic tread pattern so are not ideal for long walks as many of you have found. Hunter and other manufacturers have other boots in their range which are great but there are lots of options from a variety of brands - Hunter Wellies, Aigle Wellies and Le Chameau Wellies to name just three.

 

Top 3 Factors in Choosing a pair of Wellies

Lining

If you are looking to walk in Winter as well as Summer it's worth considering a neoprene lined boot as this means your feet stay warm as well as dry. Some are suitable for use down to -20C so the rigours of everyday life in the UK or most of Europe should be no problem for these boots.

 

Sole and Tread Pattern

The key for a good boot to use for walking is the tread pattern. The patented Vibram sole is probably the best for walking so boots with this sole are great for even long walks. You'll forget you have them on. It depends how often you are wearing them whether it's worth the investment. If you are wearing them everyday for long walks however, it's a 'must'!

Calf Size

We are starting to see more wide calf wellies in our range. Please check out our Wide Calf Wellies page

Getting Them on and off - You can now purchase zipped boots for ease of removal. These tend to be on the high price side, so another option is one of our boot removers. They do the job as well and are a lot more cost effective.


If you need any advice making your selection, please let us know.

Have a great day deciding on that perfect welly!