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They're 'Wellys' Jim, but not as we know them
Until recently you, like me, probably thought that wellington boots were humble utilitarian things, destined only for the garden, the countryside and the building site. I've been wearing these boots for decades; they ranged from my childhood shiny black ones, that used to leak woefully after only a few week's use - probably abuse, come to think about it! Then there were a series of hefty 'Gumboots' made by tyre manufacturers like Dunlop, Pirelli and Firestone, each having the unique attribute of being able, during a short walk, to strip off one's socks and stuff them, soggy and cold, into the toe of the boot - Ugh! (So that's where they got the name.....?) Come on, keep up!! (Ugg?)
Then came the green Hunter 'wellys' sometime in the 1980's, when the 'Hunter' brand suddenly burst from nowhere with the 'must-have' footwear of the decade. Soon, not only was the humble welly exalted into fashion, but for the first time comfort was possible in a rubber boot - Alleluia!!
Anyone who was 'anyone' was seen in them; along, of course with the ubiquitous Barbour waxed jacket. We'll talk waxed jackets at another time, but how is it that the welly, albeit now in its iconic green, shrugged off its lowly origins and made such an impact on our conciousness - not to mention our wallets! They were never cheap; often two or three times the price of their coarse counterparts from the tyre manufacturers. But somehow Britain loved them, aspired to own them and coveted them.
"They're Wellys Jim, but not as we know them."
But that's by no means all..........
Expensive yes, but then style doesn't come cheap, and these are classic boots which will not count count their fashionable lives in weeks.
Then, if the weather does pick up, but it stays a bit damp'ish underfoot, you could try the lovely Aubrey Ballerina Shoe, also by Hunter. Still perfectly acceptable at the tread-in, but do watch out for those brown shiny divots!
And if you really do need to make a statement we've got the vibrant Fluoro Range...
.....and a unparalleled range of colours and finishes from rubber to neoprene and from canvass to leather - all IN STOCK right now.
So if you've still got a stylish date or two this season, or you just need to cut a dash this winter, on the high street or at the school gate, simply click HERE for the full Hunter story.