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Hunter boots - how did they become fashionable?

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dappleton Tue 12-Jul-11 10:38:51

I've just seen the homepage of MN today and the competition prize of Hunter Boots, does anyone else think they're a weird fashion accessory - I spent my childhood wading around in these covered in thick mud and would have died of embarrassment if my school friends had seen me!
Sorry for the slightly odd post - think I have too much time on my hands today smile

malinois Tue 12-Jul-11 10:51:28

They're fashionable among the same sort of people who think that Barbours are 'fashionable' and drive Range Rover Sports, i.e. people who want to appear a bit 'country' but would drop dead of fright if they had to an emergency fence repair in the pissing rain, or were presented with a brace of birds in the feather as a dinner party gift smile

marge2 Tue 12-Jul-11 12:31:31

haha totally agree. Mine are so old and mank you can't really even tell which colour they are meant to be any more. Certainly wouldn't consider them as a fashion item.

Callisto Tue 12-Jul-11 13:51:02

I saw a silver pair the other day and I did think how bloody ridiculous the woman looked in them. My ancient green/mud coloured ones have just developed a split by my big toe so I need to get a new pair soon. Perhaps I should go for silver or gold myself...

malinois Tue 12-Jul-11 13:55:54

calisto - don't buy a pair of new Hunters. They are now made in China and the quality is lousy. Dunlops are still great in my experience.

Callisto Tue 12-Jul-11 14:31:09

Oh really? I assumed they were still made in bonnie Scotland. Do Dunlop make wellies that you can also ride in? If not I shall have a look at Aigle maybe, though they are so expensive.

Pixel Tue 12-Jul-11 15:00:43

My chav neighbour has a silver pair for walking her yappy mutts.

Personally I don't find Hunters comfy (I have the wrong shaped feet I suppose) so I gave mine away.

Nagini Tue 12-Jul-11 15:01:32

Festivals and Kate Moss.

malinois Tue 12-Jul-11 15:13:06

calisto - they do ones with a decent heel so ok to ride in, although they all have quite a heavy tread so if that bothers you better to go with Aigle, Ariat, Mountain Horse etc, although obviously a lot more expensive!

MitchiestInge Tue 12-Jul-11 19:27:43

I loved my aubergine hunters, especially with my barbour! But they are cold in winter and not very supportive, and it was before I discovered all the poor person's versions of dubarrys which are obviously better to ride in anyway.

Callisto Tue 12-Jul-11 20:21:54

I love my green ones which is why I can't quite bring myself to bin them even though they leak. They are really cold in the winter though but I have some lovely long winter riding boots by Tuffa which have a sheepskin lining and keep my feet toasty. I like wellies for really muddy/wet weather dog walking and it feels wrong to put leather through that much abuse.

I'll have a look around.

Tchootnika Wed 13-Jul-11 17:02:27

Nagini is right. Kate Moss was photographed wearing Hunters (with what looked like saggy nappy that she'd just filled - a way of avoiding Glasto loos, perhaps?)
... Hey presto, Hunters were a fashion item (saggy nappies, less so).
Yep, quality of Hunters is now crap.
And much as I love MN, there is something a bit yuk about seeing Hunters on homepage - it really corresonds with MN's slightly naff image image, apart from anything else.

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