There are some things in your wardrobe that can be classified as ‘style classics’. The crisp white shirt, a beige trenchcoat, the little black dress, you can probably name a few others. And when it comes to Wellington boots, only one brand really deserves to be labelled as classic, and that has got to be Hunter.
I’m not sure why Hunter Wellies have this cachet rather than other brands. British made and sturdy, these boots are the epitome of cool, being loved by everyone, from the festival going crowds wading through the mud at Glastonbury, to the country set who wear them on long, rambling walks through the English Countryside, accessorising with Barbour jackets and headscarves. My favourite way of styling Hunter’s has long been the sort of Land Girl/The Edge of Love style with chintzy dresses and chunky cardigans worn with the wellies. Think Kiera Knightley, Sienna Miller and Anna Friel, all channeling Debo, Duchess of Devonshire.
Earlier this year I was approached by Cloggs to see if I would be interested in reviewing one of their shoe products. Cloggs is a one stop shop for shoes and boots, with many premium brands available including Joules, Clarks, Converse and Barbour. But I was drawn to the great variety of Hunter boots, coming in a range of colours and lengths.
I opted for the original short boot in red. There was a clear, and rather embaressing reason for opting for the shorter boot. I have rather thick calves and had once managed to get myself stuck in a pretty pair of pink tall Hunters in a shoe shop in Taunton. I actually thought I was going to have to buy them, until my husband managed to pull really hard and released my leg. Cue utter red faces all around and a rather sheepish exit from the shop. I hoped that by choosing the shorter option I could avoid the boots being too tight, or getting stuck.
Thankfully, these boots are a great fit, they are neither tight around the calves, nor too loose around the foot. I always find cheap wellies to be loose fitting on the feet, and this in turn makes them uncomfortable, and too cold and draughty to wear for any length of time. The Hunter boots fit snuggly and this makes them feel like they are both protecting and comforting the foot. They are heavier than the wellies I normally wear, but because they have a cushioned insole, they are so much more comfortable, and hence, easier to wear. I went for a size 5, although I normally like a 5.5, but the 5 is the right size, anything bigger would be too big.
I decided to wear my wellies ‘Edge of Love’ style with a Pearl Lowe tea dress that I have had for a while but really love. But I am also planning on taking my wellies to Wales at Easter so they get some real experience of mud, and will then wear them with jeans and leggings for a more outdoosey look.
The Hunter Wellies at Cloggs come in a range of styles and colours and are available for next day delivery.
Many thanks to Cloggs for the wellies – I love them!