Saturday, 26 January 2013

Top 5 Winter Wellies

Seeing as it’s been such a snowy week, it seems like a good time to offer up some practical yet pretty footwear. After all, everyone knows that it’s not snow that’s the real problem – it’s the slushy, icy mess that follows. And there really is no reason for waterproof footwear to be ugly! So whether you want designer wellies or boots on a budget, here are the five brands you need to know. 


Hunter is the go-to brand for stylish wellies, having been brought to the fashion forefront by the likes of Kate Moss at Glastonbury. Personally I love them for their narrow fit and huge range of styles – they have kept my feet dry and smug at more than one Download festival! They are understated and if you're not a welly person, you can always rely on Hunter for something that doesn't make you feel too ridiculous. They come in a huge variety of colours but I opted for black. Pictured here are my black gloss pair (on the right) and the rather fabulous Jimmy Choo versions, that neither my budget nor my conscience could stretch to.

Original black gloss, £89


Vivienne Westwood & Melissa have a rather impressive way of making plastic stylish, so it is no surprise that they make a rather stylish selection of waterproof boots! These ankle boots are perfect for rainy days in the city, keeping your feet dry without you having to embrace that ‘long walk in the country’ look. They were heavily reduced on many sites and are now largely out of stock, but the black versions can currently be found on Nonnon.

Vivienne Westwood & Melissa Booties, £72


Ever since Burberry successfully managed to detach itself from that nasty 90s chav association (God bless you Christopher Bailey!), they have returned to the height of country chic, and that iconic check has once more become stylish. These boots are a great example of what they do best, fusing classic style with a quirky twist. Gotta love that owl detail!

Aberdale wellies in black, £315, available from Selfridges


Joules is a great brand for wellies if you want something a bit stylish but without the Hunter price tag. Shades of red are generally a pretty good call and the wellies on the left are a fab coral that will brighten up the dullest of winter outfits.
A bit of humour is a great way to acknowledge the ridiculousness of wellies, and as it seems impossible to get hold of those awesome childhood frog wellies in adult sizes (believe me, I’ve looked.) I plumped for these beauties on the right. Green is a classic welly colour and the fox print is inspired!

Premium Glossy Wellies in red, currently 20% off, only £51.96
Green Fox Wellies £37.95

Trust Gucci to make the most un welly-like wellies on the market. These babies are shiny, sleek and almost don’t look like wellies at all! Their brogue style is tasteful and understated and a weekend wardrobe essential, especially in this vile English weather. Thank you Gucci!

Brogue-style Wellington boots, £200, available from Net-A-Porter

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