10 best wellies for women 2021
15 March 2021
Whether you need wellies for trekking the fields with your dog or just plan to splash in a few puddles, here are the best women's wellies for any budget.
Even in the height of the UK summer, there’s always a chance of rain, so a pair of wellies are essential for keeping your feet warm and dry.
Thankfully, there are lots of styles and prices to choose from, whether you’re after some fashionable patterned wellies for trekking through muddy fields at a music festival (when those are allowed again), a pair of classic boots that offer both style and protection on dog walks, or sturdy wellies for maximum protection when gardening or on outdoor adventures.
Generally, wellies are made from natural rubber – thought to be the most comfortable and eco-friendly material – or Gore-Tex, which tends to be more expensive but offers good protection. There’s also PVC, a more affordable welly but less supportive and flexible than other materials.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s favourites are La Chameau, which cost around £150. However, if you only plan to wear your wellies for the occasional walk, you may want something a bit cheaper.
Thankfully, there are plenty of lower-price options that will protect your feet from the elements. For tougher terrain or more regular use, it’s worth investing in a good pair of boots that are waterproof, slip-resistant and durable.
To help you find the right pair, here are the 10 best wellies for women to suit all needs and budgets.
1. Muck Boots Hale Wellington Boots
“Muck Boots all the way. Mine are 12 years old and still going strong. The neoprene keeps you nice and warm.”
The main selling point of these futuristic-looking welly boots is the self-cleaning sole, designed to make sure that mud doesn't stick like it does on your bog-standard boots.
Add to this the option to customise the top half of the boot with either neoprene or rubber and you have a pair of boots that are both practical and comfy – and less space-age than they might first appear.
2. Le Chameau Unisex Country Vibram Boots
“They're really comfortable on long walks, the tread is great in mud and uneven surfaces and my feet don't get cold when walking. They're not cheap, but in pay-per-wear terms they're down to pennies.”“Mine have ended up as a favourite purchase. They're toasty on cold mornings and incredibly comfortable. Five years later, they’re in the same great condition as when they were first bought despite being used daily.”
They might be a little on the steep side, but you get what you pay for with these high-end Le Chameau Unisex Country Vibram Boots.
With a cosy three millimetre neoprene lining to keep your toes warm, as well as a sturdy Vibram sole, these wellies are loved by Mumsnetters for being exceptionally long-lasting and surprisingly comfy.
3. Barbour Bede Wellington Boots
Looking for a classic yet durable welly that won’t cost the earth? The Barbour Bede Wellington Boots are made from vulcanised rubber, which makes them very hard-wearing, and come with a durable non-slip sole to give you extra support when walking over tough terrain.
They also have a ‘kick spur’ at the back to help you get the boots off easily, which is especially handy if they are covered in mud. They also have an adjuster strap for a better fit and the inside of the boots are lined with Barbour’s signature tartan, giving them a classic look that most will enjoy.
4. Joules Women's Wellibob Wellington Boots
“I really rate Joules wellies. I initially bought them for the pattern, but since my first pair I have never swayed. Worn with the Joules fluffy socks they are warm, comfortable and, as yet, I've never had any problems with cracking or leaking. Mine are worn on the farm daily as well as on long dog walks and in the sea.”
Have you ever wished you had a pair of wellies which just slipped on like your favourite ankle boots? Wish no more because Joules has the answer.
Available in eight beautiful patterns, these Wellibobs finish just above your ankles, which means you can tuck in your skinny jeans but won't topple over when yanking them on or off.
5. Aigle Parcours 2 ISO Wellington Boots
“I bought a pair of neoprene-lined Aigles when I got my Labrador. Nine years and many hundreds of miles trod on dog walks later and they are still in perfect condition.”
“I have done some extensive welly testing over the years and the best ones I've ever had are my Aigles. It hurt paying for them, but they have been brilliant: warm, comfortable, and still going after six years.”
Another long-standing Mumsnetter favourite, Aigle Parcours boots get a lot of glowing reviews on our forums.
They're oh-so-stylish, come in four proper countryside colours (black, navy, brown and khaki) and can be adjusted at the calf for a tighter fit if required.
They're designed to be worn for long stretches of time, so they're perfect if you spend many hours a week trekking across fields with your dog.
6. Jileon Wide-Calf Wellies
“I bought a pair of the neoprene-lined wellies from Jileon and they are the warmest, comfiest wellies I've actually ever had. Very reasonably priced too. They are plenty wide enough for my chunky calves and they slip on and off easily."
Wellies suitable for wider calves can be hard to get your hands on, particularly if you're after something pretty and long-lasting.
Enter Jileon, an affordable and fun brand specialising in wellington boots for the wider calf. With plenty of patterns available, from plain black to a yellow and blue floral pair, you're bound to find something to complement your wardrobe.
7. Toggi Canyon Long Country Boots
“They're leather, toasty warm and waterproof. I've had mine for three years, they're still going strong and I only need the thinnest of socks. I used mine for work with horses and now for walking my dog – love them.”
If you're after waterproof boots, but wellies aren't really your thing, look no further than the Toggi Canyon Long Country Boots.
Handmade from real leather instead of rubber, they're waterproof and look just like a normal pair of boots.
Plus, the sole is lightweight and flexible, meaning you'll be comfortable wearing these boots day-in day-out through the rainy months.
8. Original Hunter Women's Wellington Boots
“I have to say, I really hope my Hunters don't split because they are really comfy. They're really soft and supple and lovely.”
“I've got two pairs of Hunters – one short and one long. They've been going strong for over 10 years now. No splits, no leaks, they're super comfy and I can walk for miles in them.”
Deemed the perfect festival footwear, Hunter wellington boots are the cool cousin of the more hardy and practical wellingtons.
They will keep your feet dry, comfy and warm (and looking really chic). But, a word of warning from Mumsnetters – the manufacturers have changed in recent years, so it's wise not to expect a new pair of Hunters to last as long as your trusty pair from the 90s.
9. Dunlop Ladies' Black Wellington Boots
“My current pair are now on their second winter and still intact, warm and comfortable with two pairs of socks inside.”
“Dunlops are brilliant. So what if they're not trendy or posh? I want dry feet and not to slip and slide around.”
So you need a good pair of wellies, but you don't want to break the bank. We get it. Although there are no promises these wellies will last decades, they're a firm favourite among women for being affordable, easy to get your hands on and totally dog-walk-friendly.
Plus, you'll not be too bothered when they
-inevitably- get muddy, as they cost a fraction of the price of some of the top brands.
10. Rockfish Women's Wellies
“I have some wellies made by Rockfish which I have been really impressed by. Made from natural rubber and really reasonable prices too.”
These wellies are a firm favourite on the style front for one main reason: they're suitable for vegans as the glue used to hold all the pieces together contains no animal ingredients.
Plus, they're handmade, come in a lovely range of colours and have an adjustable strap to fit lots of different calf sizes.
Should I get wellies a size bigger?
Although the sizing can vary from brand to brand, wellies do tend to be the same size as normal shoes (if a little roomier) so you should buy your usual size. If you plan to wear lots of socks to keep your feet warm, however, you may want to purchase one size bigger.
Another thing to consider is whether the wellies will fit your legs properly. Some materials will be more flexible than others, such as natural rubber, but it’s worth checking your calf size.
If you’re worried they may be too tight or you want a better fit, look for a pair with adjustable gussets or tightening straps. There are also wider wellies available for larger calf sizes.
How long should wellies last?
How long wellies last will vary depending on how often you wear them and what material they’re made from. Wellies that are used daily for muddy dog walks or for regular gardening may only last up to a year, although some boots have been known to last as many as five or more.
Gore-Tex is a tough, weather-resistant material that is longer-lasting than PVC. PVC wellies are more affordable but aren’t as flexible, so they may rip or fall apart more easily. Natural rubber is more durable, though it will deteriorate over time. Washing your boots regularly can help them last longer.
What are the best women’s wellies?
We think the Muck Boots Hale Wellington Boots are the best women’s wellies. Lightweight yet protective, they also come with a self-cleaning sole so that mud doesn’t stick easily. The boots also come in a variety of colours and patterns and can be bought at a reasonable price.
How we chose our recommendations
Most of our recommendations for wellies came from Mumsnet users themselves. We searched the Mumsnet forums for posts about which wellies Mumsnetters really loved. We also researched various review sites to find out which wellies both looked and performed well across the board.
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