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Which Wellington Boots Should I Buy?

Not all wellies are created equal ...

As Autumn progresses, the ground becomes wetter and there's a lot more mud around. So if you're thinking of buying a new pair of Wellington Boots, you may find our blog post useful ...

Which Wellington Boots are right for you? That depends on what you want to do with them!

Which Wellington Boots are right for you? That depends on what you want to do with them!

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In our new store in Milton Keynes, we sell Jack Pyke, Seeland and Harkila Wellington Boots. Over the years we have learned that the biggest problem with Wellington Boots is that you don't always get the right type of boot.

"Sellers don't fully understand the differences between each type of Wellington Boot!"

Although Milton Keynes is an urban centre, it takes a short time to get to the countryside. We're surrounded by farms, equestrian centres and yards, shooting woodland, open fields and many rural villages.

One of the first questions we ask a customer who is looking for a new pair of Wellington Boots is, "What are you going to use them for?"

The name of the Wellington Boot range usually gives away what they should be used for. For example, a Field Wellington is designed for fields, not pavements, so we always want to be sure we have the right boot for the right customer.

Wellington Boots are made from Rubber, PVC or Leather, and sometimes, a combination of all three. Leather Boots need more looking after, regular feeding and cleaning. Rubber and PVC Boots don’t need as much care, but they do need to be looked after.

Rubber and PVC are both damaged by different chemicals and also by UV light. Rubber Perishes in sunlight and therefore needs a good protector to both feed the Rubber (as it does dry out) and act like a sun cream to help reduce the speed of degradation. PVC is a lot more stable in wellingtons and is much cheaper.

  • Pure Rubber Wellingtons

    These are extremely soft and floppy so it can be quite challenging to put them on as the leg will fold over easily. As these are pure rubber, they are likely to perish quickly if not protected from the sun during the summer months. Medium to high rubber contents are also not suitable for mucking out and working with Slurry and manure as the Acid and Alkalines destroy the rubber very quickly.

    Blends of additive to the pure rubber add firmness and durability to the boot, so dropping to around 70 -80% rubber, give a great boot with more durability. 50-60% rubber reduces the price considerably.

  • PVC Wellingtons

    These are best for farming as they are resistant to many of the harsh elements. They can be cheap, from just £12 a pair, but also can be just as expensive as a mid-priced or a £100+ boot.

  • Dunlop

    Specialist in Work and Industry, with ranges such as Acifort and Purofort, Dunlop make tough, extremely comfortable wellingtons that are designed to stand up to the rigours of any harsh environment.

  • Neoprene

    Neoprene is not just for winter, it is a thermal lining, which helps reduce the transfer of temperatures between the outside and side of the boot.

    Neoprene is porous and is not 100% waterproof, so if you want to walk in streams up to the top of the boot, don’t buy a ones with half Neoprene showing from the ankle up. Buy full height Wellington Boots with a full Neoprene lining.

  • 3mm, 4mm or 5mm

    Neoprene linings add more thermal properties to the boot, the thicker the lining, the less the transfer of temperature.

And what about socks? Well, that depends if you have cold feet or not. If you want to wear a thick sock in winter, take the insole liner out of the boot when you try them on, as this will give you more room for a thicker sock, then in the warmer weather put it back in to take up the space the thicker sock took. Otherwise, the boot will be sloppy on your feet. If you still find this, put another insole inside.

"The sole on the boots is critical for the durability of the boot!"

Due to the weight and comfort, all soles tend to have hollows in them and therefore are not solid. Make sure you look at the sole as well as the upper and ask what it is designed for:

  • Soft soles are normally are for soft ground, hard soles generally are for both hard and soft surfaces

  • A hollowed out heal is designed to sink into mud, to help prevent slipping

  • Grooved soles going across from one side to the other, tend to be field boots, not muddy hills, but grass and rough surfaces

  • A sole that has a pattern like bolts in various shapes, is designed for hard terrain so it can help grip on rock

So yes, you can purchase Wellington Boots off the shelf at your local hardware or garden centre, but if you want to get the right boot for your needs, you need to speak to someone who knows about Wellington Boots and can ensure you get the right ones for you.

"Would you like to know more?"

Rugged & Tough are here to advise you so call us on 01525 211488, click here to visit our website or come on in and see us in Stacey Bushes, Milton Keynes, try on a few pairs and get some expert advice.

Until next time ...


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