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Good dog walking boots/ wellies?

(26 Posts)
BossWitch Sat 07-Oct-17 09:24:09

I'm fed up of lacing up walking shoes (which are knackered and no longer waterproof anyway) for dog walks. What's a good alternative? I was thinking wellies but not sure if they'd be warm enough/ comfortable enough for a decent walk. Any good suggestions? I could probably spend up to £60 - 70 but not really much more. Been having a look online but don't really know what I'm looking for!

PhatSlag Sat 07-Oct-17 12:27:46

I do a lot of pavement walking with my dogs so my wellies take a battering.
Hunters were rubbish, went through 2 pairs in a couple of months. Think they’re ok for walking in parks and woods but not for hard ground.
I have Aigles now and they’re great. The only thing I would say is that I have to wear thick socks as they’re big around my ankles and I’ve also got gel insoles in them for extra comfort.

BossWitch Sat 07-Oct-17 13:20:12

I've heard a few bad things about hunters, but they're out my price range really anyway!

I'll mostly be in woods and fields, little bit of pavement. Just want something warm and waterproof and comfy that I can just sling on and go!

Isthatwhatdemonsdo Sat 07-Oct-17 14:01:50

I've got some Shires country boots, they are similar to the Dubin Country boots. I paid just over £100 though.

NotInMyBackYard1 Sat 07-Oct-17 14:04:18

I love my Hunters with welly socks. I have two pairs and they don't show any signs of wear, they are super comfy. I have skinny calves and I can't stand wellies that slop about. Hunters can be tightened to fit well round wellie socks and jeans - and are comfortable to walk long distances in.

CallMeDollFace Sat 07-Oct-17 14:05:34

Well my hunters are great. Current pair are 3 years old and going strong. Very comfy. I live on a farm though and rarely do pavements. They were no more than £70 from the local farm supplies shop.

BossWitch Sat 07-Oct-17 14:07:33

Argh maybe I need to reconsider Hunters then! I don't have loads of £ at the mo so while I can pay out a bit to get what I want, I'd be gutted if they fell apart after a few months.

takesnoprisoners Sat 07-Oct-17 14:07:37

Hunters never last for me. Muck Boots are the only ones that last and are comfortable for long walks. It is also very easy to clean

Mammyofonlyone Sat 07-Oct-17 14:09:08

My friend and I both have neoprene (sp?) lined wellies and that makes a real difference to warmth so I'd recommend getting some with that in, and factor in a little wiggle room for wellie socks and you'll be toasty all winter

HerOtherHalf Sat 07-Oct-17 14:11:45

I walk my dog for 2-3 hours every day regardless of the weather, half woodland, half beach. I use a pair of dunlop half-height wellies that cost me 14 quid. Spend mega bucks on Hunters or whatever if you like but wellies are wellies and you're just splurging money on a label. Stick on a thick pair of socks when the temperature drops.

CupofBeans Sat 07-Oct-17 14:11:45

I’d recommend looking for some waterproof country boots in your price range. I have Dublin river boots but they are £120ish. They keep my feet warm and dry and are really comfortable too

eurochick Sat 07-Oct-17 14:15:14

I have some sheepskin lined Hunters that are amazing. I got them in the sale but they are probably outside your budget this time of year. Otherwise I was going to suggest walking Boots when I saw the thread title...

Fosterdog123 Sat 07-Oct-17 14:15:58

Hunters are dreadful - uncomfortable and cold. Le Chameau are the dogs but out of your price range but try to find other neoprene lined ones.

BeastOfCraggyIsland Sat 07-Oct-17 14:17:35

I have Le Chameau wellies which are great but ££. Muck Boots aren't very glamorous but are warm and comfortable. Leather country boots look nice and are also usually comfortable but may be out of your price range... could be worth looking in your local country supplies store though.

Chickenagain Sat 07-Oct-17 14:20:34

I have Aigle neoprene lined wellies, bought them in 1999. I walk miles & miles in them and they are so toasty & warm. Uber comfortable, tend to keep them on all day! The heels are a very worn now and I have just repaired them for the third time with Black Witch! Still drying on the kitchen table.

MikeUniformMike Sat 07-Oct-17 14:21:01

Bog standard wellies are just as good as hunters. Primark etc are fine.

PostNotInHaste Sat 07-Oct-17 14:22:34

I do the short Dunlops with an insole in and then sock thickness to suit weather .

boxesoffrogs Sat 07-Oct-17 14:26:14

I have the equestrian hunters, they have neoprene in them, I have found them much sturdier than the usual hunters. They have lasted me over a year or so now with no signs of the heel wearing which the normal ones did, and have taken a fair old battering from walking the dog and sorting the horse out. Really warm, really comfy and they mould to the shape of your calves.

electricblue2017 Sat 07-Oct-17 14:27:47

I have Aigle Signatures. They are fabulous and walk miles in them

twinkletoesimnot Sat 07-Oct-17 14:34:35

HKM do some country boots that are around £70 and fairly decent.

MikeUniformMike Sat 07-Oct-17 14:36:14

I'd go for the Dunlops.

Lottieskeeper Sat 07-Oct-17 14:39:52

I love hunters and find them hard to match for comfort because they are so soft and flexible but they just don't last like they used to when they were made in England.
My last pair only did 6 months of daily dog walks until they sprang a leak just where my toes bent the boot as I walked.

I was unwilling to be spending £80 ish twice a year so had a long hard search for something better.

Came up with Aigle parcours and got them from Amazon on offer for about the same price as hunters and 18months later there still going strong. They are heavier than lots of wellies but very comfortable because there designed with soles like a walking boot. They do a neoprene version if you feel the cold.
Well worth trying a pair on if you have a nearby stockist.

All wellies are certainly not created equal

MrsMotherHen Sat 07-Oct-17 14:41:41

Look at this on eBay

these look pretty good for a tenner might get some myself.

Adarajames Sat 07-Oct-17 14:49:51

I find wellies just aren't great for your feet if worn for any length of time, even though I've quite pricey neoprene lined ones. I now wear Lowa Recon GTX which are military style boots, (needed something similar for volunteer search and rescue uniform anyway) quite pricey but so comfortable straight out of the box, no walking in needed, and so I wear them pretty much every day for hours so well worth the initial outlay, and as long as kept well and cleaned and treated as needed, are waterproof. (I even dance in them at times as feel so light and flexible!)

BossWitch Sat 07-Oct-17 19:50:04

I'm leaning towards a pair of country boots now. What do people think of these?

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