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Could you lovely ladies recommend the best wellies please?

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Callisto Tue 06-Sep-11 17:44:17

Hi all, my lovely Hunter wellies have sprung a terminal leak and need to be binned. On an earlier thread several of you said you wouldn't buy Hunters again as they are no longer made in Scotland and as a result the build quality is poor.

So what wellies do you wear and why do you love/hate them? I use mine generally for dog-walking and I have some sheepskin-lined long boots for winter riding so I don't need thermal wellies. Budget is around £50 though I would spend more if they are going to last for a few years.

<am very tempted to get myself some silver Hunters but I think I will be banned from the Cotswolds if I do...>

Butkin Tue 06-Sep-11 18:25:43

Just bought some neoprene lined Le Chameaus at Burghley. I swear by them and wear them almost every day of the year. However they are more than double your budget unless you can pick them up on an auction site.

FagButt Tue 06-Sep-11 18:27:06

butkin, they must have cost a pretty penny.

Am still in green hunter, and not noticed any difference, these are approx 2 years old, so not sure when the change over from scotland was?

Callisto Tue 06-Sep-11 21:27:12

The bog standard Le Chameau are only £70. I would so rather buy British though.

MitchiestInge Tue 06-Sep-11 22:02:55

I was going to say Le Chameau too, tried some on and they were insanely comfortable. Unfortunately my Hunters are indestructible, much as I loved them once. The Le Chameau ones are so warm too, think they do a leather version which would be even better - not much more £££y than Hunters I don't think?

Saggyoldclothcatpuss Wed 07-Sep-11 00:52:05

Anything from the the Muck Boot Company. I have the green ones from the home page. They are bloody fantastic! Proper cleated soles which wont wear out like muckers, fully neoprene, they are toasty down to minus temperatures and they are soft, so you can fold them down by half when its warm. I love mine soooo much, I might marry them!

Pixel Wed 07-Sep-11 16:51:20

They look lovely and comfy, I've put the link on my favourites for future reference (when people start asking me what I want for my birthday wink). Are they good for wide feet though? This is the main problem I have with wellies and the reason I'm currently wearing a multicoloured spotty pair from a factory shop as they fitted so I grabbed them!

ExitPursuedByATroll Wed 07-Sep-11 16:56:01

How opportune - I have just returned my Hunter Balmorals to the shop as they have sprung a leak and was going to post a similar thread!

I have only had them 10 months, and they were purchased to replace another pair of Balmorals which had lasted about the same time. Although to be fair, every pair of muckers, wellies etc I have had in the past few years have developed a split over the knuckly of my left big toe. That is my slightly smaller foot so wonder if that affects the way my boots crease?

Although the pair I have just returned to the shop had no visible hole, just a very nasty wet foot.

I have wide calves and need support round my ankes.


CeeYouNextTuesday Wed 07-Sep-11 21:32:13

Definitely Muck Boot Company! I have wide flat feet, no problem, and wide fat ankles that turn over at the drop of a hat, and hooooge calves! These boots are gorgeous! And, the feet are quite nice solid rubber so shouldnt split! Easy to get on and off, and nice and stretchy!

Callisto Thu 08-Sep-11 12:14:29

Muck boots look great. Thanks all for the recommendations.

glasscompletelybroken Fri 09-Sep-11 21:03:28

No contest - for comfort and warmth Le Chameau.

ExitPursuedByATroll Fri 09-Sep-11 22:37:26

But they are so expensive shock

glasscompletelybroken Sat 10-Sep-11 13:13:11

yes they are but they last a long time. My wellies are by far the most expensive footwear I own but I wear them more than any other footwear and comfort is more important with my wellies!

ExitPursuedByATroll Sat 10-Sep-11 14:07:41

I agree glass - I am currently lost without mine, as it has rained for days and is very muddy. I am ruining my walking boots. Trouble is, I really want to try before I buy and there are no stockists close at hand. Cannot believe I am welly-less.

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