These days the UK weather can often resemble monsoon conditions, and even at its best it's 'changeable', so a sturdy pair of wellington boots are an essential addition to the Great British shoe rack. You'll find a welly for every soggy, boggy, mud-splattered occasion, but before you splash the cash on a new pair of posh galoshes, make sure you consult our guide to the best boots on the market.
1.Skellerup Quatro Insulated Boot: £79, Abbey Dale
Here’s a superior, reinforced workboot from Skellerup, the go-to boot-maker for hardy Kiwi hill farmers. Made from cut-resistant rubber with a super-grippy, clog-resistant sole, these battle-ready foot frigates make your feet feel invincible.
2. Grubs Fenline 5.0: £69.95, Internet Gardener
Big and bouncy work boots, perfect for gardening and allotment tasks, Grubs’ reinforced toe sections help repel swipes from wayward spades, and the super-grippy Vibram soles will ensure the safe navigation of a muddy potato bed.
3. Aigle Parcours 2: £115, Aigle
Handmade in France by highly skilled rubber wranglers, these top-spec wellies have damping cushions in the heels that'll put a bog-hopping spring in your step. The super-supple uppers make wearing them a joy. Like pulling on luxurious waterproof slippers.
4. Short Muckboot Arctic Excursion Ankle Boot: £85, Muckboot Company
City-dwelling commuter types should consider a pair of these to stave off soggy office shoes when the weather turns foul. They offer comfortable, watertight protection for when you don't want to go 'full-on welly', and are great for impromptu weeding forays in the garden.
5. Scan Safety Wellingtons: £17, tradebase.com
There's no point taking posh wellies to a music festival where you'll spend most of the time knee deep in mud-encrusted chip cartons. Pack a pair of these – the tough rubber uppers will repel oils and toxic chemicals (perfect for festival toilet trips) while the steel toe caps will guard against crushed extremities in an over-enthusiastic dance tent.
6. Rockfish Tall Matt Wellies: £69.99, rockfishwellies.com
Sure to cut a dash among the fashionable flowerbeds of Chelsea, Hampton and Kew, these award winning, split-resistant wellies are equally at home tackling robust agricultural duties. Hand-made from high-performance rubber, they’ve got style and substance.
7. Harry Hall Shiny Welly: £23.49, harryhall.co.uk
As every parent knows, kids are magnetically attracted to puddles. Avoid wet socks and wet tears by cladding their feet in a pair of these. Tough enough to withstand the roughest juvenile high-jinx, their glossy good looks will reign supreme in any playground fashion parade.
8. Bekina® Boots Thermolite: £65.95, fanevalleystores.com
Fend off frostbite with these hardcore, insulated boots that are favoured by deep sea fishermen. Capable of withstanding temperatures as low as -50° thanks to their extra thick rubberised soles, their aggressive tread provides squid-like traction should you ever need to traverse the fish-slathered deck of an Atlantic trawler.
9. Dunlop Pricemaster: £9.99, screwfix.com
These are the classic, olive green icons of wet weather Britain. They’re a water-repelling no-nonsense boot from the inventors of the pneumatic tyre, featuring tough PVC uppers and durable Dunlop soles. For under a tenner, you can't really go wrong.
10. Le Chameau Vierzonord: £170, molevalleyfarmers.com
If you’ve got the cash, splash out on a pair of these from Le Chameau, the crown prince of welly-makers. Sleek, stylish and soft on the foot, they bring a touch of class to mucky outdoor activities. You'll be prancing through the farmyard like Lord of the Sties.
For serious wet-weather work and for those coming into close quarters with heavy hooved farmyard beasts, you won't find a better boot to keep your feet safe and warm than Skellerup’s Quatro. For a super comfortable, all-purpose boot, suitable for dog walking, digging and mucking about in the rain, look no further than the Aigle.
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