There are many wellies on the market, some better than others, and if you trying to choose for the first time there are things to consider:
Why spend so much on wellies when the local DIY shop is selling them for £15?
You will find that most cheap wellingtons are made mostly from PVC. This will make you perspire and has a poor resistance to the work that we expect wellies to do. They will wear quickly and tear/split easily. Our whole range of rubber wellies is made from 100% natural rubber, and our stocks are handmade, giving superb quality and longevity.
I suffer with cold feet.
If you suffer with cold feet, a neoprene-lined welly will keep your feet amazingly warm on the coldest days. If you don’t, don’t buy neoprene-lined wellies – you will overheat!
Our warmest boot is the Aigle Parcours 2 ISO, extremely warm and very comfortable. Le Chameau’s equivalent is the Vierzonord welly, another warm and comfortable boot, whilst the Le Chameau Chasseurneo wellies have a neoprene lining and a full-length waterproof zip. The Muck Boots and Grubs ranges are made from neoprene but designed to breathe. They are all fully waterproof and have the advantage that you can roll the legs of the boot down, allowing air to circulate.
Le Chameau have produced the Chasseur Fouree with a natural wool lining, which is very cosy!
My feet overheat in wellies.
Cotton-lined wellingtons allow you to decide whether a thick sock is needed or not, depending on the temperature. An Outlast® lined boot will regulate the temperature of your feet, cooling if they get too hot. The Aigle Parcours 2 Vario Outlastwellies are lined with this amazing material but currently only available in sizes 39-48.
A leather lining in your wellies works as an insulator and assists in allowing your feet to breathe – very comfortable! Our boots that feature a leather lining is the Le Chameau Chasseur or Chasseur (Ladies). You will find that the leather will mould to your foot, giving you the perfect fit and comfort level whilst the leather and rubber combination helps to make the boots last longer.
I can’t fit into wellies – my calves are too big!
If your calves are normally too large to be accommodated in a standard welly, choose a boot with a waterproof gusset. The Aigle Parcours 2 Vario wellies, ISO wellies and Outlast® wellies and the Le Chameau Vierzon and Vierzonord boots have this facility. This allows for an amount of adjustment at the top of the boots (up to 6cm with Aigle and Le Chameau). If this doesn’t suit, the neoprene Muck Boots or Grubs ranges are very flexible in the leg and have the added bonus of clamping on to your calf to stop water running down inside your wellies!
Beware: a zipped boot does not give any more room in the leg of the boot once zipped up!
Once my boots are on, I can’t get them off again easily!
The Muck Boots and Grubs ranges can be folded over to get the wellies on and off, making the process easier than a standard rubber boot. Wellies with a gusset (see above) will also aid the on/off process whilst wellies with a full zip (see Le Chameau Chasseur and Le Chameau Chasseurneo) make life even simpler, although caring for the zips is very important (see Boot Care)!
If all else fails, use one of our Boot Jacks. It saves wearing out the back door step and the heel of the wellies!
I work in my wellies and treat them hard – which are best for this?
The Muck Boot Chore Hi is a warm and solid boot, strengthened to work in.
I would like to buy British. Which brands of wellies are still manufactured here?
Sadly, there are no rubber boots still made in the UK. The nearest welly makers are in northern France – Aigle have been making boots there since 1853!
We are happy to advise if you have particular requirements or are confused by the wealth of choice. Call us on 0161 850 4880 or email us via our contact form (click here). You can also reach us via our Facebook page or you can visit the WellyWizard on Twitter and we have the facility to Skype when we are in the office (check our Event List) – Please telephone and we can set up the call.