A very versatile boot with pliable, easy-to-fold rubber which means the boot can be worn at three different heights, so you can match it to the weather and conditions. The memory foam footbed was comfortable and warm, and there’s good protection on tougher terrain with extra rubber at the toe and heel.
Loved by everyone from dog-walkers to allotment owners, the humble wellington boot will see you through the wettest, muddiest conditions. Which is why, more than 200 years since they were invented, they’re still going strong. A British boot classic to suit all-season wear, wellies are ideal for beach trips, keeping dry in the rain and exploring muddy terrain.
While they come in handy during winter, throughout the summer months, wellies are just as useful when attending festivals, camping, rock pooling and more. In short, they’re an investment buy for pulling on whenever an outdoor occasion arises.
If you’re after boots that are more than just puddle-proof, though, here at IndyBest, our expert shopping team is on hand to help. We’ve been putting a few pairs to the test to find those that offer comfort for extended use, whether for a UK holiday or muddy day in the garden.
Shopping for rainy-day gear? All the boots in this line-up offer 100 per cent waterproofing, whatever the weather.
How we tested
Warmth, the practicality of getting them on and off, and the traction provided by the outsole were all taken into consideration when testing the boots out on Dartmoor, as well as some urban adventuring. We also looked for boots that offered comfort from the moment we started walking, without having to be broken in.
The best men’s wellington boots for 2023 are:
- Best overall – Muck boot forager: £50, Muckbootcompany.co.uk
- Best zip-up style – Ariat burford insulated zip boot: £210, Ariat.com
- Best for muddy walks – Bosworth navy town and country wellies: From £27.53, Amazon.co.uk
- Best insulated boots – Muck boot unisex arctic sport short boots: £145, Muckbootcompany.co.uk
- Best heavy-duty boots – Buckler BBZ6000 S5 waterproof safety wellington boot: £94.99, Amazon.co.uk