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Really stupid question about wellies and/or waterproof boots

(13 Posts)
TheHouseofMirth Sun 09-Oct-11 14:14:54

I am determind we will be more outdoors-y this winter but am having a footwear dilema. I'm not a huge welly boot fan but I'm assuming they are the only truly waterproof boot? It is likely I shall be required to do some shallow paddling...

TheHouseofMirth Sun 09-Oct-11 19:18:11

Anyone? Please?

ristretto Sun 09-Oct-11 19:19:01

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TheHouseofMirth Sun 09-Oct-11 20:39:40

Really? Which style do you have ristretto? I think I just hate wellies because I have skinny legs and narrow feet and they always feel so heavy and ill-fitting.

PhyllisDiller Sun 09-Oct-11 20:43:37

I had some timberland leather boots that were fairly waterproof, I doubt I could have walked through an actual puddle but they were fantastic in snow, wet grass mud etc.

TheHouseofMirth Sun 09-Oct-11 21:28:46

Realistically, I think there will definitely be puddles involved. There's no escape from wellies, is there?

moonstorm Sun 09-Oct-11 21:35:59

I am buying some Muck Boots this year - not pretty, but they are waterproof and WARM

rushofbloodtothefeet Sun 09-Oct-11 21:39:47

Croc wellies are very light - but they do look like you have put your foot in a large jellybean!

Blimey though, look at these

rushofbloodtothefeet Sun 09-Oct-11 21:41:58

Ha ha, do you want wedges with that?

ristretto Sun 09-Oct-11 21:59:47

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OldBride Sun 09-Oct-11 23:08:18

Hmm. This depends on the terrain, and how long you plan to be in it. Wellies ARE waterproof, it is true. BUT they don't give your feet much contact with the ground and don't allow you to be nimble, because they are thick inflexible tubes. If you plan to be walking on any unstable terrain - scree - hummocks - then wellies aren't really safe, you should probably get some goretex walking boots. If you're doing beach, or country park type stuff, then wellies will be fine. This season, reputable outdoor brand, Merrell are doing styles which are less rugged and more fashion but still waterproof. Try Javari. You could always get Dubarrys, but I'm guessing you'd rather not spend £300.

I wear padders

Ok not elegant but VERY warm and comfy!

LolaLadybird Mon 10-Oct-11 08:12:31

Aigle Parcours - they are shaped around the ankle to grip your foot etc more like a walking boot. The 'Variable' style also allows you to pull them in at the sides. I've had mine two winters and love them - you can even get neoprene lined ones for super warmth (but also super ££££s). I can't stand wellies that flap about either but these are great.

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