Wellies, gumboots, rain boots, wellingtons - or whatever you want to call them - are an unparalleled empowerment to winter commuters. Why? Because nothing ruins a day like wet feet! Since emerging in the 19th Century, and popularised by the First Duke of Wellington, 'wellies' are not only practical for horrific wet-weather days, but have undergone a fashion makeover in recent years to become a style statement for the modern women. So, toss away those Farmer Joe look-a-likes - we’ve compiled a few favourite brands.
Make these your go-to for acceptable welly style during your city commute.
Chances are there’s no living celebrity that doesn’t own a pair of Hunter boots as the latest snaps from Glastonbury 2015 advocate, which is probably what’s made them so damn cool.
I’m also an owner of the beloved Hunters because of their minimalistic style that will coordinate with a corporate coat, weekend parka or metallic mini dress (if you’re Alexa Chung!). Widely available, you can order your next pair from ASOS, The Iconic or Shopbop.com.
Noteworthy for reimaging the boring welly into something much more eye-catching, Joules is the boot of choice for those who love print and pattern. Stripes, polka dots, flowers and even the odd animal print splashed across a matte or gloss rubber finish has made these boots iconic and a popular statement accessory for winter. Shop them online at joules.com.
Stepping up the fashion element of rain boots is Chooka. Designed for those who love sophisticated classics, these wellies are chic with attention to detail, and are made with adjustable straps to fit an array of calf widths. With knee-high boots, mid-calf boots, booties and flats, there’s a style suitable for all personal preferences. Shop them online at nordstrom.com.
If you happen to be in the market for $250.00+ rain boots, then simply go straight to the top for the ultimate in fashion-meets-wellies from Burberry. In the price tag’s defence, the combination of luxury fashion design, featuring Burberry’s iconic tartan print and stud embellishments with all the rain boot qualities will see you get the wear out of them... even when it’s not raining!
By Christina Roys