Soggy tents and accidental mud-baths are as much a part of the British festival experience as the music. But while we can cope with dirty hair, damp clothes and even the long-drop, soggy feet should not be part of the equation.
Festival fashion begins with the wellies, but finding that perfect pair with enough character to help you stand out from the crowd, but enough class that you can wear them year after year can be a tricky one. From the classic Hunters to the unusual Hemingway, we’ve searched out the best to keep your feet dry and get you ready for all that dancing in style. You’ll be channelling Kate Moss in no time.
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10 best festival wellies
10 best festival wellies
1/10 Joules Molly Short Wellington Boots
Joules’ range of women’s wellies are fashionable and full of character as well as practical and the gold buckle and red details on this navy Breton striped pair are great. They’re suitably nautical in case the puddles turn into a lake. £36.95, johnlewis.com
2/10 Fat Face Flower Plain Wellies
These wellies are simple enough on the outside to go with anything, but have a pop of colourful florals on the inside to add a feminine touch. Try folding over the tops to give them a floral cuff. £30, fatface.com
3/10 Linzi Loralie Black Bow Boots
Linzi’s Loralie boots are beautifully shiny, understated and completely acceptable on the school run or on the Tube as well as at your favourite festival. Be warned, they’re quite short so not suitable for hardcore mud. £17, linzi.com
4/10 Barbour Classic Wellington Boot
Barbour, the go-to brand for country clothing for many, do a great range of classic wellies for men and women, which will make you look like a muddy field native. This pair have a non-slip sole and adjustable calf strap, and come in black, navy and farmer’s green. £58, houseoffraser.co.uk
5/10 Hemingway Design for Briers Splash Boots
If you’re after something a little more playful, this pair from design duo Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway are inspired by the 1950s pop-art movement and feature a fun polka dot pattern and “splash” label. £29.99, briersltd.co.uk
6/10 Hunter Original Tall Wellies in black and pink
Hunter are the iconic festival wellies, and this take on their original wellington injects some individuality and colour into a classic style. It is bang on trend for summer, with a bit of high-gloss pink colour blocking. If you’re after something a little more masculine, pick up a matte pair in black, chocolate or olive. £76, houseoffraser.co.uk
7/10 Emma Bridgewater Polka Dot Wellies
Inject a bit of cheer into a wet weekend with this pair of colourful polka dot wellies from Emma Bridgewater. The blue soles and blue and white spotty lining are particularly cute. The adjustable strap means you can buckle them up for a really good fit on your calves too. £40, emmabridgewater.co.uk
8/10 Le Chameau Chasseur Noire
At this price, a pair of Le Chameau wellies are an investment for many festivals to come, but the Chasseur Noire pair, real leather with all the elegance of a riding boot, are well worth it. Most Le Chameau designs are unisex enough to be worn by men or women. £340, kurtgeiger.com
9/10 Laura Ashley Short Ribbon Floral Welly
This pretty green floral pair prove that wellies can be feminine as well as practical. Perfect to pretty-up any plain old shorts and band t-shirt festival outfit. £22.40, lauraashley.com
10/10 Hunter Chunky Cable Welly Socks
For maximum comfort, pick up a pair of welly socks to keep your dry feet warm and cushioned. Their length means that they protect the backs of your calves from that nasty welly-rub and you can fold them over the top of your boots of choice to stop them slipping. £18, asos.com
Hunter’s black and pink wellies are our style of choice for the perfect balance of classic and fun that you can wear year after year, but if you’re after something a little more creative, Joules’ nautical pair are a good choice too.
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