There are some people in this world who wear wellies everyday as a fashion statement instead of shoes. I’m not talking about country squires or farmers, but people who live in cities and wear them to work and the like. That’s not me (although sometimes I wish I were when I’m miles from home, wearing my old hole-y Converse and the heavens randomly open), however I do love a good pair of wellingtons – for muddy festivals, snow, and torrential downpours – and I do believe it’s worth getting a funky pair.
And for me, a W.I.P (Welly Important Purchase) means a stripy welly.
I’ve currently got my heart set on these totally OTT boots (above) from Board Angels at www.mandmdirect.com. Not only are they like walking rainbows, but they’re only £16.99.
A close second is this snazzy navy pair, £37.95 (or £32.27 with the offer below) from Joules, www.joules.com. I love the racy – if wellies can be racy – red stripe up the back:
Joules is in fact the best place to go for cool patterned wellies – as well as stripes (my other two faves, £31.95 and £37.95 are below), they also sell fox print, spotty and traditional yellow fisherman-style boots (with natty striped linings) and even wellies with ribbons on… and what’s more, if you enter code NWHD97 at the online checkout before 2nd March, you’ll get 15% off and free P&P!
As for the best of the rest, if you’re planning on trudging through fields of mud, Goldigga’s Festival Wellies (below left) are specially designed for the purpose. They’re currently £17.99 (usually £39.99) at www.amazon.co.uk. And if you can’t decide between stripes and something a bit more girly, then the Multi Floral Stripe Wellingtons, £20 from Barratts, www.barratts.co.uk (below right), combine both zebra-style monochrome bands and flowers.
And that’s a welly good thing indeed.