It’s raining – again. You need to walk the dog, pick the kids up from school or just get out of the house for a walk. Whatever your needs there’s a pair of waterproof boots just waiting to protect your feet from whatever elements the weather decides to throw at you.. Whether you are a hardened walker or just want to look funky as well as be dry and comfortable there is a boot that is just right for you. We’ve gathered our favourites together to show you the best of what’s on offer.
Hunter Women’s Huntress Wellies
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B002LE8EM4″ locale=”uk” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81wc1oixIFL._SL1500_.jpg” width=”160″]Hunter’s Huntress wellies are based on their Original Tall boot but with the added benefit of a wider calf and shorter fit. The shorter length eliminates any pinching at the back of the knee and the wider calf provides a comfortable fit for those of us that find traditional wellies a bit too snug around the leg.
For the fashion conscious the Huntress comes in Green, Navy, pewter grey, aubergine and the ever popular black. Alternatively if you prefer your boots to make more of a statement then why not check out Hunter’s Original Gloss Wellies that are available in eye popping violet, pillar box red and fuchsia; all resplendent in a high-shine finish! There is sure to be a pair that suit your tastes. Priced between £52.00 to £81.42 for the basic model, Huntress are a mid-range boot with a good specification. The Huntress is built on an orthopaedic last with a multi-layered cushioned sponge insole ensuring that the boot is comfortable and fits snugly. The upper is vulcanised rubber and they have a traditional calendered sole crafted from natural rubber which makes them both strong and flexible.
The inside of the boot is hard wearing, with a quick dry knitted nylon lining that makes them easy to pull on and off. With generally good reviews the Huntress welly seems to be the ideal choice for a lot of people. Comfort, the extra width on the calf and the shorter length all seem to be points in their favour. On the down side some reviewers have complained that they haven’t lasted as long as expected for a boot that sits within the mid price range. Despite that the Hunter Huntress remains a very popular choice.
Aigle Unisex Parcours ISO Wellies
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B002GYVSL8″ locale=”uk” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41E1p9W9oIL._SL160_.jpg” width=”79″]If you are serious about your boots then the Aigle Unisex Parcours ISO wellies are worth the investment. Designed as a walking boot with an Actigrip sole that is often used on hiking footwear they are a major contender if you want to do more than just walk round the block. The Aigle Parcours provide superb support and protection over rough ground with a dual density shock absorbing sole along with a 2mm polypropylene insole. The boot itself is made of natural rubber with a neoprene lining ensuring your feet stay warm as well as dry and the addition of a neoprene insole with a 6mm layer of insulating felt mean that your feet will remain cosy even in the coldest of months. Aigle’s unique mix of rubber has been designed especially for intensive outdoor use and is resistant to Ozone damage and aging which means that your waterproof boots will stay looking young even when you are showing the first signs of grey.
The Parcours ISO are not a cheap option ranging from £114.40 – £160.00 they may seem a bit steep for what is essentially just a rubber welly. Don’t be fooled however, as these boots are well worth the investment and customer reviews agree. With one reviewer likening them to a pair of slippers there doesn’t seem to be any doubt about their comfort. With other reviewers pleased with their performance over rough terrain there doesn’t seem to be a downside. Well perhaps just a small one, the neoprene does its job so well that some reviewers have said they are just too warm to wear in the warmer months.
Le Chameau Vierzonord
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B0042YFOZG” locale=”uk” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/413-RAYZx%2BL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]With a pedigree lasting over 85 years Le Chameau certainly has the experience to produce a welly of above average quality and the Vierzonord is no exception. The Vierzonord is King of neoprene. With a 3mm neoprene lining and neoprene insole they will happily keep you comfortable and toastie warm down to temperatures of -5C. With a snap fastening buckle and generous gusset it ensurea good fit. The natural rubber make the Vierzonord supple and robust.
So what do people think of the Vierzonord? Well comfort seems to be on everyone’s mind with one reviewer saying that they were the most comfortable and warm boots that he has ever worn.
Generally popular and well received there are a few reviewers that have found issue with the boots within the first two years. For a much cheaper boot this may be what can be expected but Le Chameau Vierzonord comes in at between £159.90 – £229.15 and although it does come with a 2 year warranty as standard there seems to be some debate as to how easy it is to make a return.
Toggi Canyon Boots
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B0035X9ZG4″ locale=”uk” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41OijR0GYqL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]If you aren’t keen on the look of wellies then the Toggi Canyon boot may be just what you are looking for. Designed as a country/riding boot this is our only leather boot to make it into this review. The Canyon boots have a waterproof milled leather upper and PU rubber sole They have a breathable PU cushioned insock for added comfort and the Varidex (TM) waterproof membrane system.
Priced at between £87.00 – £119.00 they are cost effective for a leather boot.
Reviews are generally good with most reviewers agreeing on the warmth and waterproof properties of the boot. The sizing seems to be an area of concern as they appear to be on the large size which has caused a few people problems. Also a couple of reviews have complained of rubbed and sore heels after only a few minutes usage. For seasoned boot wearers though who have an extra pair of socks handy for just such an occasion this shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
Muckboot Tay Field Boot
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00AO6WUVM” locale=”uk” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/418Oj3oEFmL._SL160_.jpg” width=”147″]The Tay Muck boot is the top of the range welly from the Muck Boot Company. Made with running shoe technology and complete with a dual density oil-resistant rubber sole they provide superb insulation, shock absorption and comfort. Made with neoprene over which the rubber coating and sole is applied to they are the ultimate winter welly, withstanding temperatures as low as -40C. The anti-clog deep non slip tread provides excellent grip in mud and toe caps and insteps with wrap around reinforced bumpers will satisfy even the most adventurous of walkers. At the end of the day when you are ready to slip out of your boots then the kick rims allow you to kick the boots off without damaging them.
These waterproof boots are well thought out with many additional features that make them suitable for all types of outdoor activities. We hope the rubber achilles heel protectors are never needed as they shield the wearer from blows to the back of the ankles, but what a great idea. These boots are all about the safety and comfort of the wearer. Reviewers agree that the boot is well made, comfortable and warm. However they do comment that the grip is not sufficient and that they can be slippery, something to bear in mind depending on what you want them for. Prices between £73.45 – £94.50 they are a reasonably priced boot for all the added extras. They are a well thought out boot that is a popular choice with reviewers.
Now it’s over to you. How do you choose the right waterproof boots for you? It depends on what you want to use them for as not all boots are created equal. For light use and a fashionable way to waterproof your feet then the Huntress is a popular choice.
If your walks take you out in the depths of winter then both the Muckboot Tay and Le Chameau Vierzonord are a good bet. For an all rounder that will take you over hill and dale comfortably and in style then my favourite would have to be the Aigle ISO Parcours. Anything that is as comfortable as a slipper just has to have my vote. Sitting within the mid price range and with walking boot technology these wellies are more than just a rubber boot.