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Could you lovely ladies recommend the best wellies please?

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Callisto · 06/09/2011 17:44

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.

Hi there. This thread is a little old and a couple of the recommendations may be out of date. For some more up-to-date Mumsnetter-favourite wellies and boots, take a look at our shortlist here. MNHQ.

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Butkin · 06/09/2011 18:25

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 · 06/09/2011 18:27

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 · 06/09/2011 21:27

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

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MitchiestInge · 06/09/2011 22:02

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 · 07/09/2011 00:52

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 · 07/09/2011 16:51

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 · 07/09/2011 16:56

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 · 07/09/2011 21:32

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 · 08/09/2011 12:14

Muck boots look great. Thanks all for the recommendations.

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glasscompletelybroken · 09/09/2011 21:03

No contest - for comfort and warmth Le Chameau.

ExitPursuedByATroll · 09/09/2011 22:37

But they are so expensive Shock

glasscompletelybroken · 10/09/2011 13:13

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 · 10/09/2011 14:07

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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