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The Dunlop Wellington boot was first made in the 19th century by a Scottish veterinary surgeon by the name of John Boyd Dunlop. In recent times wellies have become very fashionable and you can now buy all types of gorgeous designs and inflated prices! I have to confess to owning a pair of Hunter wellies! However when it comes to buying boots for my boys I always opt for something practical that will last and a decent price! We live in a rural area and have a large ,often muddy wood nearby where we like to walk our dog. Wellington boots are perfect for these dog walks.
I have tried several cheap brands of Wellington boots from various supermarkets and none have been that good ,often leaking . Whilst shopping in Millets I noticed that they had an offer on Dunlop Wellington boots and although they were being sold as Women's boots I decided to buy a pair for my son. The boots are available in sizes 3-8 and are full length. The olive green colour can be worn by either sex and the narrow leg is perfect for my son!
The boots are made of heavy duty rubber with a good thick sole. This is important as he often walks in mud and during the winter it can be really icy in this part of the world. Inside the boots are thinly lined in polyester. I think you really need to wear thick socks with these boots as the thin lining can rub. They are not very warm either so extra socks really helps!
The boots are not too heavy and after several months wear,have not leaked. I paid £10 for the boots but see they are now selling for £15 on the Millets web site. It really is worth shopping around as Amazon are selling these for £10.99 and Stead and Simpson for just £8!
Dunlop wellies may not be the best looking boot around,but they are very practical and do exactly what they are supposed to do!
I bought these for my younger brother on Thursday as we spent the weekend at a festival and the weather forecast didn't look great! As the campsite and main festival site swiftly turned into a muddy swamp, we were both very glad that I'd bought them!
For £10, these were relatively cheap. As a teenage boy, the simple design of the wellies appealed to my brother; he didn't want anything too overtly fashionable, and obviously nothing pink or with flowery patterns on. The basic dark green Dunlop wellies are therefore perfect for anyone with similar desires! They kept his feet mud free and dry over the weekend, allowing him to enjoy the festival to its full extent.
We would both recommend these wellies; despite wearing them constantly and in very unfriendly conditions, they lasted the full weekend and will be able to be worn on a future occasion as well (in contrast to the wellies I bought, which had holes in by Monday evening!). They were easy to clean on our return home.
In terms of sizing, my brother is a size 8. The shop we purchased the wellies from had run out of his size so we got them in size 9 instead. However, these were still a very comfortable fit for him, so I would suggest buying them in a size too big, particularly if you're purchasing them for someone who is likely to grow a lot in the near future!
Long before I knew what fashion was and that you could actually get posh, fashionable wellies I had a pair of Dunlop wellington boots. I now own a pair of gorgeous black Hunter boots to walk the dog in over the fields which I absolutely love and would not switch for anything but the Dunlop pair served me well although I would never go back to them. Although the price difference is huge and if you think about it they are both just pairs of wellington boots you can tell the difference in terms of style and a bit of comfort too so I think its worth paying a bit more for nicer wellies.
However, these Dunlop wellies were perfect and fit for the purpose I bought them for. When we first moved into our new house six years ago it was a new build and so had no garden in the back. We had to lay the mud and turf and plant all the beds and flowers etc ourself. This was great fun but also very messy on our clothes and shoes so we decided to get some wellies to do the gardening in. A quick trip to our local garden centre had us finding a pair of wellies that fit both men and women, these Dunlop green wellies so we got one pair for my husband in size 9 and one pair for me in size 6.
The boots are pretty simple looking and made of 100% rubber. They are a darkish green colour and have Dunlop written on the fit. The sole is quite thick and has lots of tread in it, perfect for walking across muddy beds and as the sole is quite thick and heavy its really handy for actually kicking and stomping mud and very helpful for doing the garden it. The inside of the boot is just a plain thin material so not that comfortable and also not very insulting either so if you wanted to wear these wellies in the snow I would definitely recommend wearing thick socks with them. These wellies fit most of the way up my calf, just below the knee so they do keep your clothes clean if you are gardening in them and will also keep your feet nice and dry. As the wellies are quite open at the top you can wear them over jeans and they will fit over your calf although they let a lot of draft in so you will get cold feet.
The wells are comfortable but you couldn't wear them for hours like I can with my Hunter Boots. I find the Hunter boots are better designed and have more contours in the foot area so that it feels more like a boot that has been made to fit your sole rather than just a wide boot that fits all.
Probably the best thing about the wellies is that they are waterproof so perfect for inclement weather and perfect for doing dirty jobs in. Whenever these got muddy in the garden we would just wash them off with the hose pipe and all the dirt and mud would just fall off and then the boots would be clean for the next time we needed to wear them. Here is the other great thing about them, a pair of these wellies cost in the £10 region. This is a great price and much cheaper than a pair of Hunter Wellies which will set you back well over the £100 mark.
All in all a cheap, waterproof, rubber boot.
Review of Dunlop Wellington Boots
These are a basically styled, traditional pair of wellington boots. No fancy buckles, trims or optional extras, just sturdy, well-made waterproof boots with a deeply cleated, non-slip sole.
The main colour is green and the sole and welt is cream. The Wellington are made entirely from man-made materials, so are easy to keep clean, a swab down with soapy water and a quick rinse keeps the exterior clean.
I purchased these wellingtons in 2007 in preparation for a long term narrow boat trip. Knowing we would be negotiating muddy canal towpaths, and slippery lock-sides, my partner and I both bought a pair each. I believe we paid in the region of £10 per pair from a local garden centre. The narrow boat trip is long over but the boots have lasted much longer! Mine have been used for walking in snow and on ice, and in wet weather. They have never let me down, keeping me safe and most importantly upright when conditions underfoot are treacherous.
We both purchased men's wellingtons as they had a wider calf fitting and are a little higher in the leg than the ladies version. This is supposed to enable trousers to be tucked inside the boot. I have large, bulky calf muscles and often find ladies boots too narrow in the calf area. Also being tall with long legs, I found the higher design of the men's wellingtons more suitable for me. The boots are available in men's sizes 5-12. I have the size 8 and on hindsight, I wish I'd bought a 7, as they are on the generous side.
I must admit that I do not generally find wellington boots terribly comfortable to wear, even when worn with thick 'wellie-boot' socks; I tend to find them uncomfortable. These wellingtons are about the best I've come across and in all fairness to the boots, I think any discomfort may just be down to me rather than a design fault. My partner has used his far more than I have, particularly when gardening and they have been very hard wearing.
**Brief History of Dunlop Boots**
Dunlop was originally known mainly for vehicle tyres.
Many years of tradition have gone into Dunlop boots, originally founded in the 19th Century by a veterinary surgeon Scotsman, John Boyd Dunlop. He experimented with gluing thin layers of rubber together to produce a hard wearing material that was used to create the world's first pneumatic tyres.
His pneumatic rubber tyre was patented in 1888 and in 1889; John Boyd Dunlop opened his first tyre plant in Dublin, Ireland. Two years later factory was opened in Birmingham, England, Dunlop Rubber Co Ltd went from strength to strength. Ten years later, Dunlop's invention had almost entirely replaced solid tyres.
By 1927 Dunlop had joined forces with Liverpool Rubber Co Ltd and extended the range to include protective footwear, this marked the birth of the Dunlop Wellington boot.
Dunlop merged with the Dutch footwear specialist Hevea BV in 1996.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
These Dunlop Wellington Boots keep your feet dry even in extreme conditions. They have proven to do just what I expected of them and have kept my feet dry. I have found that the non-slip sole works well even after all the rough treatment I have subjected them to; they are still in good condition.
I would advise anyone considering buying wellingtons to consider these, whilst I appreciate that they are not fashionable or even remotely attractive; they are functional, durable and good value for money.
£10 well spent in my opinion!
Thank you for reading
©brittle1906 July 2012
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~Basic Dunlop wellies~
I have a pair of very basic looking green Dunlop Wellington boots that were bought for £10.99 a while ago from a large shoe store chain to wear when out for walks, for camping trips, times spent at music festivals, as well as for general wear when doing a spot of gardening in our classic british rainy weather. I have found that whilst my Dunlop wellies can be quite bulky to store they aren't overly heavy in weight, making them something that can be packed to take away for a camping trip or music festival as required, as long as I have allowed for the amount of space the wellies will take up.
If I am unable to find space for my wellies and it looks like it may be muddy or rainy I tend to wear them to the event, as that way I am able to trail through wet weather and mud without ruining my normal shoes and I haven't got to worry about finding packing space for the wellies. The look of my Dunlop wellies in my opinion is basic, functional and very green! The light olive green colour is inoffensive yet not overly attractive, although I don't mind the colour too much as I would rather keep out of the mud and wet weather than wear less suitable more attractive looking shoes during poor weather.
~Long socks are a must have with these wellies!~
I have found that my wellies tend to rub across my calves a little if I forget to take long socks to wear with them, which can result in sore legs after even very short wear times. I find that it is best to wear a normal pair of socks with a longer pair over the top when wearing these wellies, as this gives a more comfortable fit than wearing just one pair of socks. My wellies didn't appear to come in half sizes when I bought them, that is to say the shop I bought them from only carried full size options, so as I had to opt for a full sized boot I went for the one slightly down from my usual size so as to get a better fit, as the boots do seem quite loose.
I have found that these wellies mostly keep my feet dry and clean although there have been times when the rain has made its way in to them and I have ended up with soggy socks and feet, which isn't all that nice. The inner liners of the boots I have is very basic and offers nothing in the way of padding at all. This means that the only way to make the boots more comfy is to wear them with the right socks. If you buy these wellies in a size too big they can end up rubbing your feet and causing blisters if you are wearing them for a full day or a number of days, however buying the right size in the first place will keep that to a minimum.
My wellies are not overly warm in very cold weather as I have found that my toes can end up feeling quite cold when I wear these boots. Again the right socks can aid greatly in keeping my feet warm and toasty. The treads on my wellies are quite well spaced and fairly deep in appearance, which helps prevent me from slipping when I wear the boots in muddy conditions. The rubber typer material of the boot uppers is reasonably flexible at the top and more solid towards the foot end of the boot, although these boots don't have toe protection caps built in unlike work type boots. I find that the boots are easy enough to put on, but can be more difficult to take off which means I have to pull at them to get them off after wear.
The materials used to make these Dunlop wellies is durable in my opinion, although the inner lining material is very thin and can be rubbed away quite a bit over time. I find it quick and easy to rinse these boots out after wear if they become muddy and dirty and then leave them to dry ready for their next outing. My rating for these wellies based on my experience of them is 4 stars as I feel they are well priced and do help to keep my feet dry enough during wet weather in most cases. The boots are very useful for wear in muddy conditions, although they do need to be worn with good quality socks.
I've had these wellies for around three years now. I bought them for walking the dogs in mainly as the field that used to be local to me was always incredibly muddy and wet! I didn't buy these for festivals (eg T in the park) as they're not particullary very stylish or exciting, they're more like farmers wellies! I didn't and still don't really care what I look like in them when walking through the park etc with the dogs, though.
Because these are so basic in design they are suitable for both men and women and although they aren't as jazzy as my Cath Kidston wellies, they do the job in keeping my feet and jeans/leggings/trackies reasonably clean whenever I am walking the dogs somewhere muddy, such as the woods/beach/park and so on.
The wellies are quite loose around my legs, and I imagine that a man or someone on the large side would be able to fit their legs into them easily too - I really like how spacious these are around my legs as I am able to tuck my trousers in if they're baggy (eg trackies) and I don't need to worry about them getting wet or dirty. Although the wellies are spacious around my legs, they fit well around each of my feet and my feet feel secure in them, not like the wellies are going to slip off. I have quite wide feet and these don't feel at all uncomfortable or too tight.
I have these wellies in the usual design/size and they come quite far up my leg and sit just under my knees - the perfect length, in my opinion. The wellies are also available in a shorter size, these are the same size as a normal ankle boot would be. These do look quite cute and a little more stylish, however I am quite happy with my long ones as they protect my trousers from splashes of mud and water.
What I like the most about these wellies is the thick rubber sole. Whenever I'm walking through the woods in my trainers I can feel the twigs etc under my feet, where as when I'm wearing these I can't - it makes walking on rough ground much more comfortable and the insoles are soft as well, so it feels like my feet are almost cushioned and protected.
The soles also have really good grips and I've never slipped over in these when I've had to walk down steep, slippery slopes. The only downside is that the soles have quite deep gaps where the grrps are and mud and dirt easily gets stuck inside the cracks which weighs the wellies down very noticeably. Cleaning them isn't an issue though and I wait until the mud has dried and then use a knife to scratch away the mud and dig any lumps of it out of the cracks.
The wellies are made of durable rubber and are easy to clean. I simply use a damp sponge or wet wipe to clean any splashes of mud off of them. They're easy to slip on but are quite hard to get off whenever I get back from walking the dogs as they get so weighed down with mud, but this is the only disadvantage. The wellies are available in a range of basic colours including blue, black and green - I have a green pair.
The wellies are available in childrens, mens and womens sizes and the women's sizes start at a UK 3 and go up to a UK 8. I got them in my usual shoe size without trying them on (I bought mine online) and they're a perfect fit. I paid around £20 for these wellies and they currently retail at around £15, but can be found on Amazon at a reduced price of around £8.
Overall, these are durable, comfortable, good quality and easy to clean wellies. They're brilliant value for money and I highly reccommend them.
I have been going to music festivals for about four years now, and as any festival goer will tell you, a good pair of wellies are a must!
I got my black Dunlop wellies two years ago and have worn them on at least five occasions at different festivals in both extreme mud/water, like T in the Park this year, and hard ground. I think it's fair to say I've properly worn in these boots!
These boots come in black and green, I have the black pair and my dad the green pair. They may have different colours on the market but I am not sure. My boots are all black with the Dunlop logo printed in white at the top, facing outwards. There's really not much to say on the style of these boots, as they are just your standard wellie. No thrills and nothing fancy.
I find these boots are quite comfortable when worn with appropriate socks. I wear ski socks as they are the biggest ones I have, but wellie socks or hiking socks are much the same anyway. I find a full days wear with these is fine, but then wearing them again straight after can start to give you sore feet.
They function very well as wellies. Wearing them in the mud of T in the park, sometimes almost as deep as the wellies themselves, my feet stayed completely dry. Couldn't really ask for much more out of a pair of wellies.
Price wise these are definitely a winner. You can get a pair for around £10 and they've already lasted me a couple of years. Bargain. I'd say this price is extremely good especially considering the price I've heard people paying for brands like "hunter" or even just rubbish wellies that have a pretty pattern on them. Who cares what they look like when you're in 6 inches of mud!
All in all I don't think there is really anything else I can say about this product. They keep your feet dry and are comfortable for long enough, but after a full weekends wear you'll be happy to be wearing normal shoes again.
4 stars for these wellies!
So as we live in England we experience quite a bit of rain. More than our fair amount sometimes, but to brave the outdoors we must always have a pair of wellies in the shed or garage to get out when needed. I also have a pair of wellies in France for DIY work, however I am jet to find a pair that will stand up to the heat experienced some days.
--- WHY THESE WELLIES? ---
A few months ago I was looking for a pair of wellies to use here in England after my current pair developing a hole in them from a garden fork falling on them in the shed. I went down to my local cheap shoe shop (stead and Simpson if I can remember correctly) and I found a decent pair or Dunlop Wellington boots for £10. I was only looking for a cheap pair here, for the occasional dirty job in the garden or a messy weekend away camping for a festival or event. I will admit that the sizes were up the creek and I had to buy a size seven rather than my normal size 9, though they seemed to fit very well in the shop and I bought them there for a total of £9 after my student discount.
--- AESTHETICS/ERGONOMICS ---
The wellies themselves are the standard green colour, and have the Dunlop symbol embossed on the outside of each of the boots. The bottom of the wellies are a yellower colour and have quite deep grooves for grip on the underside of them, which is why I liked them originally as I thought that they might give you more grip in very muddy situations. As I first slipped my foot inside the boot, I realised that the bottom of the boot is quite solid and sturdy, but not too hard. This gives the boot, over a period of time a slight moulding into your foot shape which makes the boots very comfortable indeed. I would suggest however, that you wear some thick socks with these, or any wellington boots if you are going to be walking in them for a prolonged period of time. The top of the boots are also quite wide which makes it easy to get them on and also easy to tuck your trousers into the top comfortably.
So in the slippery, muddy and wet conditions that these will be used in, the boots actually perform quite well. They offer quite a bit of grip and give your foot a decent amount of rigidity in the soles so that hard rocks or uneven ground underneath you will not hurt your foot or put you off balance. After about 6 months of use now these wellington boots are still waterproof and have only a couple of scuffs on the side of them, which is to be expected. They are easy to clean and do not seem to have degraded in any way yet. You can pay up to a hundred pounds or so now for wellington boots that may certainly be better than these boots, however I feel that unless you need a steel toe cap in your boot there is very little point In spending that much.
So to sum up, these wellington boots seem to have served very well in some quite hard conditions so far. They offer good grip and a comfortable and easy to wear boot for very little price. I am yet to test these boots in very hot or cold weather (i.e. south of France sun or harsh snow and ice) though I feel that these boots perform exceptionally well for their price. At ten pounds you cannot fault these wellies as they perform well and look quite stylish also. No frills but a decent pair of wellington boots.
I bought my Dunlop wellies about eighteen months ago and they are so far still just as good as they day I bought them and paid £15 for them. The reason I bought Dunlop was because my last pair were Dunlop but one of them got nicked from outside my back door by some joker. One welly was obviously no good so I needed to buy another pair (and not leave them outside the back door).
I bought these from an outdoor shop near to where I live. They are the same colour as my last ones were - green / khaki colour. They are strong and reliable and have seen me through all the snow we had last winter and I expect they'll be doing the same this year.
I use them when my other half wants me to pin the washing on the line and she expects me to walk the length of the back garden (which is very large). The wellies stop me getting all caked in mud. I have also worn them on a number of occasions when we have gone fishing or camping with the little lad and he also has his own pair in dark blue.
I like these particular wellies as they are wide at the calf as I have fairly wide calf muscles and they are not lied or fleecy inside. I deliberately chose them for this reason as I have problem feet which are prone to excess sweating, and a lined welly would have just made them unbearable to wear.
They keep my feet warm and dry but not too hot and I always wear a nice thermal sock when I use these as then my feet can breathe.
Overall these are the best welly you can buy I personally feel and I can really very much recommended them.
I bought my green Dunlop wellies from Go Outdoors about 3 years ago to replace a pair from a supermarket that had fallen apart and let me down. I can't remember exactly how much they cost but it was around the £15 mark, definitely not very pricey at all.
I couldn't be more pleased with my Dunlops! My wellies tend to get a lot of use, from music festivals to camping trips to long hikes in the countryside they are put through a lot of wear and tear. The Dunlops are the longest lasting pair I've ever owned and considering the low price have been brilliant value for money.
These wellies are quite wide fitting in the foot which is great as you can wear a few pairs of socks under them in the winter to keep your feet warm as these wellies don't have a warm fleecy lining like some more expensive brands. The width also helps your feet to breath a bit if you're wearing them in the summer so they don't get too sweaty and smelly! The boot comes up to mid calf, which is plenty high enough to keep your feet dry in most situations but not so high that its a major operation to wrestle your feet in to them!
The rubber (plastic? I don't know!) is the right mix of flexible and supportive, and has been reliably waterproof so far. The grip on the bottom of the boot is quite deep, it doesn't wear away quickly as with some other wellies and its more than adequate for walking safely and confidently on snow, ice and on wet grass or rocks. I couldn't have lived without these wellies the last few winters with all the snow we've had. There's nothing worse than getting wet feet right at the start of the day and with these that's not an issue!
There are only two very minor gripes I have with these wellies. The first is that they don't have any fleece or thermal lining so you need to make sure you wear good warm socks underneath, the second is that they are a bit narrow at the top so if you have slightly larger calves (as I have had at times over the last three years!) then they might be a bit tight or hard to pull on, especially over trousers or thick socks.
On the whole, I'm really really pleased with these wellingtons, I'd definitely buy Dunlop boots again but I have a feeling I won't need to for quite a long time!
I have 3 pairs of Wellington Boots - at least 2 pairs more than I need, I suppose. One pair has a hole in the top and have had for about 10 years and 3 house moves - why I haven't slung them, I really don't know.
Another pair is a pair of Hunters which I keep for best, now that I have a pair of green Size 11 Dunlop Wellington Boots with Steel Toe Caps. I won them at auction for the princely sum of £3 plus 15% auctioneer's commission. Bargain!
Now it has to be said that I don't do much that requires me to wear safety boots and I do happen to have a pair of safety shoes as it happens. This was an impulse bid and had there been any other bidders for them at the auction, I wouldn't have bid more than that...after all, I already had two other pairs.
I like the Dunlop brand and to me all the good brands have a bit of longevity to them. I still have my Green Flash tennis shows which have stood me in good stead and I also have a Dunlop tennis racquet. Both have stood the test of time
You can pay up to £100 thesedays for fancy Wellington Boots; Health and Safety Madness being what it is, they are now a frequent site in food factories and the like in bright white. Dunlop has an extensive range of Wellingtons now available, but these ones are relatively cheap. I have seen them retail at about £15 in a local shop, but you can probably get them cheaper still.
I like these because they are nice and wide at the top and I can easily tuck in my socks and trousers to protect them. They have a really strong ribbed sole which looks as if it will last forever. They look to be much better constructed than my other cheap pair that I should have tossed out years ago.
In addition they have a heat resistant sole which also offers good protection if you stand on anything sharp. They are resistant to animal and vegetable oils and of course they have a steel toe cap built into every boot!
This steel cap is great to have but it does make these quite heavy to clump around in for any length of time, so my advice would be to only wear these when the task demands it - otherwise normal wellies will do. (Spell-check doesn't like "wellies" - it suggests "willies" - what a bunch of wallies!)
So far after about a year of albeit only occasional use they remain waterproof and the sole and heel have been immersed a couple of times whilst retrieving balls from the edge of the river bank. My wife can't throw a ball for toffee and I often end up paddling. If she liked toffee a bit better her aim might improve.
I wear these Dunlop Wellington Boots on dog walks across the fields when ground conditions are wet. I don't want to mess up my Timberlands by getting them covered in mud.
I would recommend these to any user - even at full price. Strong, well-made, reliable and proven brand.
Dunlop make a variety of different types and styles of wellington boot, varying from 'fairly good' to 'pretty awful'; I would say that these 'youth boots' are at the bottom of both their quality and price ranges.
The material the main, dull green part is made from feels much more like plastic than your traditional welly 'rubbery stuff'. This makes the boots hard and I would say uncomfortable to wear, as they don't (or can't) bend or really conform to the shape of your foot / lower leg. Because the material it's made from is so rigid, the part of the boot that goes around your calf / shin has a tendency to stay put while your walking, so you feel your leg going back and forth in the boot to some extent, rather than having the boot, as it would tend to do if it was more of a leg-conforming style, go with you.
The hard plastic of the boot is coated throughout on the inside (ie. the 'sock' part) with a coarse sort of synthetic fabric mesh that's melded to the inside of the boot. Presumably this layer is there to aid comfort / traction, but I find that the boots still feel colder to wear than other wellies in general. The dull yellow sole seems to be made out of slightly harder plastic than the body of the boot (or it may be the same stuff, just thicker). The sole has deep, moulded cleats in it but is quite rigid - again, making the boots uncomfortable for walking in.
I got a pair of these Dunlop boots as emergency wellies, from an independent camping and leisure shop in London's East End. As I didn't want to spend a lot of money on another pair of wellies (as I had an excellent pair of Lakeland wellies already at home) I was pleased to get these for under £10. I kept them in the boot of the car 'just in case' but didn't wear them more than a couple of times, as I was most underwhelmed by them. You can still buy 'youth boots' like this on amazon.co.uk - and they'll certainly be long-lasting, partly because them material they're made from is so hard, but also because no-one in their right mind would want to wear them enough for them to come to wear out. I suppose they are OK for very short periods of use (eg. if you're clearing deep snow from the garden path) but I certainly wouldn't want to go for a walk wearing them.
There are loads of inexpensive, much more comfortable wellies available to buy these days. You'd be daft to deliberately select a pair of these.