Country Gals, I need your sexy yet comfy welly recommendations..... ...

(88 Posts)
fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 07:54:31

So, I have got cheap wellies and they a very uncomfy so I am now moving to the wilds and need some wellies or country boots I can spend a lot of time in without the ouch and the cold and without looking completely awful! Not Hunters obviously because moving to the country and wearing Hunter wellies would be even too much of a cliche for me......

I also need a long raincoat, how can anyone get to 43 and not own a proper coat? hmm

rubylovescheese Sun 19-May-13 08:07:58

aigle parcours iso are your friend. pricey but will last.

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Sun 19-May-13 08:10:11

Why not Hunters? Comfiest wellies I've ever owned and have the best fit too.

peggyblackett Sun 19-May-13 08:12:20

Agile are best. Of a cheapo option Joules aren't bad at all. I actually think Hunter quality has tanked since I was a child.

welliesandpyjamas Sun 19-May-13 08:14:57

Dunlops. Sturdy, comfy, no nonsense, choice of green or black, inexpensive. Also available in half height for those who are sturdy in the calf area like me

WynkenBlynkenandNod Sun 19-May-13 08:15:17

I'm the same age as you and live my Muck Boots but I don't think they are what you are looking for, you need Dubarry.

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 08:29:39

Muck Boots are nice because of neoprene (pervert!blush) I did have a pair of Hunters years ago for horses etc and they did last but I just cnnot bear the cliche of then now (shallow) I seriously cannot pay for Dubarrys - they are nice of course but actually I have bought cars cheaper. I am headin towards Aigles....... Dunlops are just not comfy and warm enough I am afraid.

I need to look STYLEY......................... but sensible, but not try hard. Hunters and Dubarrys would make me feel a bit self conscious. I think Aigles may be the middle ground (over thinking or what).......

Of course I could be packing or doing something sensible but instead I am musing over the 'right' welly. |Goodness only knows how much thinking I can put into my first rain coat hmm

watching with interest as I have heard that Hunter wellies have gone downhill and whilst I'd love some Dubarrys i just cannot afford them so would love something along these lines

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 08:35:16
WynkenBlynkenandNod Sun 19-May-13 08:36:23

grin Fluffy, I think this is very valid packing displacement activity. Make sure whatever you get they will keep your feet warm during the never ending winters we seem to be having. I'm still walking the dog in my Muckboots and it is flipping May.

WynkenBlynkenandNod Sun 19-May-13 08:39:30

I think the first pair linked are nice, stylish in an understated kind of way, It must be said, much as I love my boots, attractive they are not in any way. You're almost making me think about getting some new ones.

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 08:39:32

The worst thing is I don't have to pack as packers are coming but not for a couple of weeks and I am terribly concerned that my slingbacks and velvet coat will not do in the wilds..... we went on a fact finding/house hunting thing last week and it rained for 48 hours...... the house we have chosen is up a track................. nice but you know, proper country.

Now I just need a stylish yet sensible yet not heavy coat which will make me look slimmer and keep out the neverending rain

fishybits Sun 19-May-13 08:40:43

Muck boots if you want warm dry feet.

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 08:42:28

It is possible of course that I am over thinking it? But especially when I know they cost a lot (for wellies) and I will have to get the wear of them because I am frugal I cannot bear them to be ugly....... Yes Aigle might be just the ticket - I wonder though as the Aigle Parcours are much more money if they are more comfy?

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 08:44:47
Nehru Sun 19-May-13 08:45:07

This lifestyle change sounds horrible

Crutchlow35 Sun 19-May-13 08:45:23

Hunters or dubarrys.

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 08:46:44

Thanks for your kind words Nehru....

Oooh wellies with almost a heel!

Callisto Sun 19-May-13 08:48:03

Barbour for raincoats every time.

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 08:49:08

Fishybits - I do want warm dry feet I really do but I want to look amazing at the same tie... too much to ask???

stickortwist Sun 19-May-13 08:50:37

Buy some reasonably price dunlop or similar ones. Get them roomy in the foot. then get a carpet off cut and cut into an insole shape. Works well and keeps your feet very warm.
Not sexy though.... Maybe sex it up by wearimg a leopard print thong peeping out over your sensible warm trousers!

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 08:50:40

Callisto - I did have a barbour years ago and it lasted amazingly but a bit wiffy and hard to get horse smell out of...... I want fabulous yet practical..... I really should sort some stuff for the packers........

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 08:51:32

stickortwist grin

stickortwist Sun 19-May-13 08:53:05

And get a barbour to keep you dry. The carpet trick works for heeled wellies too but you will look a dick wearing them smile

peggyblackett Sun 19-May-13 08:53:15

grin at nehru

Callisto Sun 19-May-13 08:55:43

Barbour do fabulous too and not just wax jackets.

Nehru Sun 19-May-13 08:56:54

You're fecking crazy. Op. get over the sexy welly thing

Nehru Sun 19-May-13 08:57:51

I don't think any of your new neighbours will be quite so interested in you as you are.


francesdrake Sun 19-May-13 09:01:46

I've got a pair of neoprene Le Chameau boots with a zip - not cheap, but I wear them every single day to walk the dog, the zip means you can get them on and off easily, the neoprene keeps your feet warm, the sole is good and grippy for mud/snow, they last forever, and they're strangely flattering, for wellies. Kate Middleton wears Le Chameau boots, if that makes them sexier, but to be honest, most people round here in the middle of nowhere wear LC because they last ages and are practical. That, or a £15 pair from Countrywide.

gindrinker Sun 19-May-13 09:01:58

Do they have to be actual wellies. I always think these sort of things look great on country types. I'm a townie so have no real idea!

Chanatan Sun 19-May-13 09:02:13

Do you actually want true wellies.I am a country girl and have given up on wellies and moved onto equestrian boots,I have toggi berkley atm,they warm and waterproof and dont look so bad if I nip to the shops wearing them.

VivaLeBeaver Sun 19-May-13 09:06:02

Agree with Dunlops. Much better than leaky Hunters, Joules, etc.

TSSDNCOP Sun 19-May-13 09:07:40

Evidently "ladies" that wear Aigle "ladies" boots can't have feet bigger than a ladylike size 7 hmm

VivaLeBeaver Sun 19-May-13 09:09:57

I walk for 90 mins a day in my Dunlops, a fair bit of it through a mud mire some weeks. They're plenty warm and comfy enough and I don't even do the carpet thing.....might try that though.

They ain't sexy though.
Cant say I've ever felt the need for sexy wellies but each totheir own. grin

CooEeeEldridge Sun 19-May-13 09:10:05

Hunters still v good in my opinion, my most recent pair that were bought only for festival use, have been worn non stop for 3 years and still going strong, my uber expensive Dubarrys split within 9 months!! Know what you're saying about cliche, I live somewhere where many people dress for the country but never actually set foot in a puddle, but they all wear le Chameu (sp?) now!

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 09:23:26

Nehru - play nicely

And actually I have no neighbours!

Oh is a 7 ladylike? hurrah, finally! And seriously what is wrong with trying to look nice, seriously not about other people just aware despite my very glamourous clothing choices I do actually have to be sensible about this - I type this as a woman who does not even own a pair of jeans..... change is a' coming.......

I have a pair of dunlops and they are horrid. I really will be setting foot in puddles honestly.

Callisto I will look into Barbour then - mine was a heavy stinky old thing that would never wear out enough to justify replacing!

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 09:25:28

Viva - I think I might need sexy wellies and a chunky built yet think skinned middle aged laydeeee who's looks really matter - trying to work out how I can slip my 1950's style into countrywear....... yes, probably a step too far

gailforce1 Sun 19-May-13 09:33:17

Hunters the most comfortable wellies I have ever worn. But quality is now an issue and I am returning a second pair today as they have cracked and split within a year. They are not warm enough for the winter so I have a different make that I can wear very thick socks with but they are not as well fitting as the hunters.

fishybits Sun 19-May-13 09:35:12

grin Fluffy

Sorry but It is too much to ask for. Muck boots are not sexy but they do the job. There is nothing amazing or stylish about cold wet feet.

Charliefox Sun 19-May-13 09:38:16

There's only one person on this thread who knows what they're talking about and that's the person who said Le Chameau. Don't listen to the others - they know nada. Trust me on this - I know of what I speak. Hunters, Joules, etc will have you the laughingstiltk. People will point and stare. Aigle just about cuts the mustard but Le Chameau is where it's at.

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 09:38:47

Gutted - I really though I might be able to pull of country chic without looking like a towny wanker!!!! grin

Back to the drawing board........................

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 09:42:16

Yes Charliefox I would not ever wear Hunters or Joules.... awful imho... I would rather stick pins in my eyes than wear a novelty boot for instance (snob!)

I think I would have to sell a child on EBAY for La Chameau but Aigle seems to be not crazy price, posh enugh to be credible but not too posh I would look like a big towny tool who never steps in puddles... yes, I could be over thinking it grin

Charliefox Sun 19-May-13 09:48:05

Fluffy, you need either this or this in your life. Teamed with your Le Chameau = pure country sexy bomb.

VivaLeBeaver Sun 19-May-13 09:48:12

It depends where you are doesn't it. Round here either Le Chameau or Aigle would have people thinking you were a townie wanker. grin

Its all muck boots or Dunlops. Anything else would be trying to hard and quite possibly Southern. shock

Nnone would care enough to say anything, not even to each other.....but it would me noticed.

Charliefox Sun 19-May-13 09:50:42

They're not all £200+. These are gorgeous (pic doesn't do them justice)

Charliefox Sun 19-May-13 09:51:57

Muck boots and the like would have people where I am thinking you were a Robinsons sales bin reject who wears pull on pink jods.

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 09:54:18

Its Wales..... does that make a difference. I am southern... does it show?

And honestly, without sounding like a raging welly narcissist, it's all about me! Not too clompy, fitted nicely on the calf, not having to sell small child on ebay to fund them, not green, warm and sexy

Yes, Charliefox - pure country sex bomb (but not in that jacket as arse has it's own postcode). For coat I am thinking long and swoopy.... [displaces yet more useful activity for house move....]

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 09:57:47

Charliefox - 159 quid though and not more aesthetically pleasing than these - I wonder if they are massively more comfy?

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 10:00:28

Oh look, slightly cheaper Le Chameau - they even use the word elegant to describe them

Ladyflip Sun 19-May-13 10:02:25

What's wrong with green wellies? Real farmers wear them!

Joules etc mark you out immediately as the sort of townie who has been inspired to move to the country and will make the locals roll their eyes when you pronounce "Gosh, did you know you can store apples?" Frankly they are only designed for jumping in puddles.

Aigle and Dubarry denote possible country heritage but also lots of money so the locals will probably still hate you.

Just stick to a pair of Safemaster from your nearest agricultural merchants with steel capped toes for when you get trodden on by a cow.

lilystem Sun 19-May-13 10:03:04

Le chameau and dubarry are what you need. Also Barbour for a coat n

Don't worry about them being expensive,
The wellies will last you at least 10 hrs and the coat will be worn by your

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 10:05:45

I have got country heritage but only a little money.......

My DD has a pair of Joules (in sale obviously) with union jacks on but she is 12 so that is OK...... I think [worries children will also look like townie]

fishybits Sun 19-May-13 10:07:48

Clearly Charliefox has more money than class.

EleanorFarjeon Sun 19-May-13 10:07:52

I've got Hunters and find them v comfortable.

But the absolute best boots I have ever had are Le Chameau. I've had these ones for about a month & they feel like they were made for me.

They were expensive, but I think they will outlive me.

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 10:09:19

lilystem - that is actually true about my Barbour wax jacket - I had it for years and then my Mummy had it for years for the horses and it only died when her young stroppy horse ripped the arm off. I was so greatful, it was minging. I am sure it even made the horsey smell more horsey!

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 10:11:28

Eleanor - they don't even put the price (bad sign in my experience as if one has to ask the price, one cannot afford the price...)

Leather lined too

scratchandsniff Sun 19-May-13 10:16:00

I'm a farmers daughter and currently sport a pair of navy Barbour wellies. Just as comfy as Hunter but not as expensive. Had Hunters previously and they split. I walk miles in my wellies, I'm almost sad when It's warmer and I have to find something else to stomp around in.

Charliefox Sun 19-May-13 10:19:35

Joules are ok for kids and townies.

Fluffy, yes, the LC are heaps better I'm afraid. The aigles have no shape round the ankle and look like they're moulded from rubber.

<flicks the Harvey Smith Vs at fishy bits> <shows true class>

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 10:22:26

Here is my country credential, with the mention of Harvey Smith. He told me to 'bugger off you little sod' once for asking for his autograph at Hickstead.... scarred me for life I tells ya!

francesdrake Sun 19-May-13 10:23:49

Not all Le Chameau are that expensive! The neoprene Le Chameau were a Christmas present to myself upgrade on the basic £80 pair I wore daily for 6 years with thick woolly socks underneath for warmth. On a pay per wear basis, that's not so bad. They do wear better than new style Hunters.

You're stuck with green, though. Patterned/coloured boots are a bit Festivalwear. Just embrace the wellie-ness and get a warm, watertight pair that you can walk in. Try the local animal/farm store. Country sexy is totally different - for a start, it's much easier to look smouldering with warm feet.

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 10:24:06

And Charliefox - you have hit the nail on the head it is all in the ankle, this is why I am always attracted to sexy riding boots because of slim ankles..... of course, that is it! What a breakthrough!

and I think you are well classy......

Ladyflip Sun 19-May-13 10:24:36

Confession time. I have two pairs.

One pair for actually being on the farm (it's more muddy and shitty than you would believe) which are these function over form

I have another pair for posing (going to muddy shows, shooting parties, popping into the woods with the dog etc) which aren't fab but are ok. They are now discontinued but similar to these

Good luck with the wilds of Wales. You will need a raincoat!

BikeRunSki Sun 19-May-13 10:28:10

I think Barbour wellies are now made in the same place as Hunters were before Hunter production was moved overseas. ie - modern Barbour wellies = old Hunters.

I wear black Dunlops, they last for ever.

As for Barbour coats, they do a "renovation' service. My mum's just had gets done. It was 28 years old, and for £100 ish, looks good as new.

Charliefox Sun 19-May-13 10:28:25

I likes your style Ladyflip. Way to go!

Charliefox Sun 19-May-13 10:30:10

Posted too soon. I take it back Ladyflip. I thought you meant you had 2 pairs of Le Chameau. Tut.

mejon Sun 19-May-13 10:30:27

OP I'm in mid Wales and in the countryside and only ever wear wellies when I have to go and help my neighbour put her stinky ducks away. Then it's those calf-length green Dunlop jobbies. I don't think wellies and a proper raincoat are compulsory-wear for us bumpkins - the only ones I see are farmers. We have tarmacced roads and all up here wink

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 10:33:33

Yes Ladyflip cool as - the first ones are horrors of course and no fear of me being trodden on so no toe caps for me besides they will make my feet look big and I would rather have a broken foot

Ladyflip Sun 19-May-13 10:33:46

Round here Le Chameau only worn by wankers with, as was pointed out up thread, more money than class.

Charliefox Sun 19-May-13 10:35:13

Well I can guess where you live then Ladyflip.

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 10:37:18

Mejon - we are moving onto a small farm mad as cheese and our school is in the middle of nowhere - it is a concious choice obviously, in fact a planned over a couple of years choice, but aware I am ill equipt by not even owning a pair of jeans/trousers - I need a country capsule wardrobe...... weird because brought up in the country, all horsey and doggy and landrovery but my wardrobe does not reflect my heritage apparently hmm. Think Mad Men - I am all shampoo and sets and 50's dresses, fuck knows what is going to happen to my hair [frizzzzzzz]

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 10:47:13

This is the list of things I am displacing:

Strip downstairs artex off walls and paint
Paint one wall in hall, two small bits in living room and playroom (thanks small child with marker pen!)
Choose carpet for stairs
Sort out papers in study
Fill out two big forms

I really should get off the sofa and out of my housecoat and get my arse in gear but am crusing wellies and playing on MN

[hangs head in shame]

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 10:47:55

Dowstairs loo - not the whole of downstairs that would be mad!

Ladyflip Sun 19-May-13 10:49:29

You'll be fine fluffy. What sort of farming will you be doing (if any?) Nobody really gives a shit what you wear in the country, and if the school is that far away you will presumably be going by car anyway, so not too much exposure to the elements on the school run?

We had a lovely harvest widows thread last summer; it might be time to revive it as we have already started silaging.

You may need to pop into your local agricultural merchants to do a spot of practical clothes shopping. Or go to a show - Royal Welsh is on 22-25th July. Plenty of shopping opportunities at these things. You could reinvent yourself in a whole new style.

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 10:57:38

Yes Ladyflip, reinvention is required... No we are a few chickens and ducks (which we had here anyway) and a couple of horses in the future (as have promised my DDs). We have a couple of fields and some woodland - we are moving for the school as have DD with LDs and we need to do something new - Dh commutes to London at the mo. and we hardly ever see him so we are making the move as he finally found an amazing job which pays well. I actually count us very very lucky as it is all coming together but instead of tackling anything on 'the list' I am very worried I am going to cold and wet - out new place is quite exposed and will possibly be quite unprepared come autumn/winter.

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 10:59:49

The notion of 'practical clothes' makes me shudder...... which is why I am 43 without a proper coat!

TotallyBursar Sun 19-May-13 11:19:52

I was interested in wellies that were sexy - until I actually read the thread.

I shall take my steel toe capped, green, hefty rubber boots, my minging permawaxed Barbour (with optional extras of pocketfull of bailer twine and ferrets) my scrumped back hair and pervading, but also complex and intriguing, odour and leave you beautiful folks to it!

I'm wafting around close to the WiFi while I wait for the man to stop mucking about fixing the quad (which broke because he 'just want to check the brakes') I asked him if I was 'country but sexy' - he said he likes it when I'm not covered in shit or birthing but as I hose down before coming in he's got no complaints...that was ok until he said 'I'd much rather you were good at calving and lambing than looking good, also I like you being solid enough to do the heavy lifting, bugger doing all that by myself' my self esteem has wandered off and is gently weeping. There is absolutely a reason I was his first girlfriend.

I might make him pay by buying those posh boots...with a heel!

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 11:32:23

Oh Totally, make him pay my love.... more worrying though if he had preferred you covered in shit? That is really niche....

I am going to buy some jeans later, the metamorphosis begins........ I shall rise from the ashes of my former glamorous self as a practical yet understated country hottie with Le Chameaus, Skinny jeans (high waisted), tailored shirt and nice cashmere pullover/cardigan accompanied by a neckerchief........ All I need now is a Cath Kidson handbag and some fucking bunting in my country kitchen and I will be a completely countryfied towny tool! What a wanker! lol

You forgot the pearls and headscarf...

Ladyflip Sun 19-May-13 12:25:49

Good luck on the jeans hunt, fluffy.
Totally, I feel your pain. It's hard to look sexy in overalls and steel capped wellies with a woolly hat that came free from the semen rep. But I try. Thank God I have my own job where I can wear heels.

fluffymindy Sun 19-May-13 19:11:59

God help me if I ever have a semen rep. in my life.........

and yes styley jeans for chunky middle aged non jeans wearing women... holy bleeding grail.....

EleanorFarjeon Sun 19-May-13 20:02:50

I did 7.5 miles with the dog in my Le Chameaus today.

Obviously, I looked a complete wanker hmm but, God my feet were comfortable.

suebfg Sun 19-May-13 20:12:32

My new Joules wellies are very comfy

Chocamochalatte Sun 19-May-13 20:19:33

Can't believe no one has mentioned Wedge Wellies!!

TotallyBursar Mon 20-May-13 11:16:18

Hope the packing is going well Fluffy, I hate moving so you have my sympathies.

I don't know about chooks but if you get some turkeys you can get your own semen hat, wear it in the knowledge it's not you wielding the spaff collection unit. I swear to God one of our bulls has never looked at me the same - never watched my back so hard in my life. Still, sadly he's more romantic than DH!
although, yes, so glad dh is not that odd.
Have you chosen yon boots yet? I'm waiting on some pictures!

HoneyDragon Tue 21-May-13 20:16:37

I wear the Farmers choice round here. Nora's. I have a matt purple pair. I wear them with skinnies and a purple jacket, with a pink hoodie underneath when cold. And my Labrador has a coordinating pink and purple collar. grin

They are the comfiest things I have owned ever and look cute with shorts and dresses too.

Loads of colours to choose from

I'm thinking of getting these too

Ladyflip Wed 22-May-13 14:15:37

Good choice Honey. Noras are definitely acceptable for country bumpkins and last well too.

middleagedspread Wed 22-May-13 14:21:56

In my experience locals round here wear farm shop cheapies. Its the DFL that wear the posh jobs.
I agree Hunters have gone downhill. My Barbour wellies have lasted longer.

Ponyphysio Wed 22-May-13 14:26:42

Dubarry and a drizabone 3/4 length. V practical and passes for sexy and posh in these rural parts!

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