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Hunters, really ok for long walks?

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ditavonteesed Thu 08-Sep-11 16:19:21

having a discussion with my mum about always having wet feet and she said I should wear my wellies, but if I walk far in wellies I end up with my back and hip really hurting. she reckons hunters are ok for walking in, is that true, and do they really last well as are ££££

sausagerollandketchup Thu 08-Sep-11 18:00:13

See other thread in chat about wellies - Hunters are crap and will leave you with cold wet feet. They are designed as a fashion welly these days and will not stand up to even a bit of dog walking! It's a shame as the old ones (before the company sold out to China) were classics and lasted well.

I really recommend Aigle, they are 'walking wellies' with a proper footbed like a walking boot. I have a bad back and knees (slipped disc from a riding accident, knees shot to pieces from running) and after much trial and error have found these the comfiest. The neoprene lined ones are also really warm, mine are the Parcours Vario and have lasted two winters now and still going, as opposed to my pretty red Hunters that lasted two months with freezing wet feet. The Hunters were also really, really slippery.

ditavonteesed Thu 08-Sep-11 18:15:07

thanks thats what \i needed to know, I bought some merrell snow boots last year, they are the best boots i have ever had, all comfy and fleece lined and proper foot bed, the fleece lining has worn through already and now they rub me, and I am sure they cost me about £100 have found these which I though might tick the boxes but never bought anything from joules before (so not middle class, more aging goth) will google aigle now.

Purplebuns Thu 08-Sep-11 18:19:23

I was going to reccommend Aigle too, I have an adjustable calf and the walking boot tread on the bottom of mine. I have had them for three years now and still going strong.

ceres Thu 08-Sep-11 19:59:54

another recommendation for aigle parcours - very comfortable and suportive, designed as a walking welly. worth every penny.

SpringHeeledJack Thu 08-Sep-11 20:03:02

I got horrible brown hunters for dog walking and kids' horseriding and have done miles in them...maybe the pretty ones are shitter wink

you really need the liners, though, which is another tenner +, iirc

chickchickchicken Thu 08-Sep-11 23:29:16

we've got brown and black hunters. i find them very good for walking and totally waterproof. i have problems with my feet and these are the only welly type boot i can wear. when cold i put the liner in but i like the fact i can wear them without as i wear them all year round and any lined ones would be too warm in the summer. maybe the festival type ones are different?

MrsJasonBourne Thu 08-Sep-11 23:43:33

I've had Hunters for years. I wear them when I go brushing. I'm out across the fields from 9 in the morning till about 4 in the afternoon and I've never had wet or uncomfortable feet. They're fine!

naughtaless Thu 08-Sep-11 23:47:25

Dita, dp walks the dogs twice a day at least 2 miles, and has done for years. His last pair were rubber and they lasted 10 years. This time he got the leather version, and is planning on them out living him wink

diddl Fri 09-Sep-11 07:45:21

I had Huntress years ago & the soles/heels wore down very quickly.

I had to walk on the pavement quite a bit to walk to the fields where I took the dog, so I guess that was it.

CoffeeIsMyFriend Fri 09-Sep-11 13:32:42

I have saddlecraft - neoprene lined so warm in winter and cool in summer, they also have adjustable straps for calf width and a lovely sturdy grippy sole.

They are very comfortable for walking in and I regularly stomp through woods/mud and up and down hills in mine.

Aigle are good, as are Chameau, but more expensive.

Hunters are just not what they once were. sad

glasscompletelybroken Fri 09-Sep-11 20:58:08

I am a Chameau fan as they are comfortable and keep your feet warm. expensive but worth it.

CoffeeIsMyFriend Sat 10-Sep-11 10:42:01

I wore a friends Chameau once when we were up north. Oh My, it was foot love at first step! grin

CalamityKate Sat 10-Sep-11 17:17:19

I find Hunters really comfy and mine have lasted 3 years so far.

rogersmellyonthetelly Mon 12-Sep-11 19:21:25

Dubarrys, my best ever buy.

DimDimmy Mon 12-Sep-11 22:25:52

My wellies are Muckboots - so comfy, all padded at the feet and neoprene legs. I can walk the boys miles in them, one of my better buys!

isw Tue 13-Sep-11 08:55:12

Another Aigle fan here, I have really high arches and have lots of problems but I am in love with my Aigle boots. Lovely and warm and like walking on air.

rubyrubyruby Tue 13-Sep-11 08:56:25

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