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I am going to my first ever festival this year and as a treat for my recent birthday, my lovely husband bought me some Hunter wellies. They were adult ones in my size and they unfortunately didn't fit. They were too big in the foot and also too long in the leg for me (being the shorty that I am). When we went to take them back we discovered a whole range of children's Hunters that were much more suitable and cheaper!
Hunter wellies are one of those fashion fads that I don't really get where something that serves a purpose becomes the must have fashion accessory, rather like Barbour jackets - I am assuming that somewhere down the line Kate Moss wore them and now everyone is following suit. However, that said, Hunter wellies are indeed fit for a purpose and so are very well made and hard wearing. OK i haven't exactly been ploughing the fields in them, but in preparation for wearing them for long periods of time at the festival, I have been wearing them a lot to break them in.
They are surprisingly comfortable - I always remember wellies being unflexible and rubbing my feet, but this is not the case with these. They have a little bit of a heel on them, which means that they are good for walking around in. The grips on the bottom are excellent and I wore them a lot when we had snow and I didn't slip at all when wearing them because the grips are fairly deep and well defined.
As with most wellies, you'll need a thick pair of socks because they aren't particularly warm. You can actually buy Hunter wellie socks that fit inside them and turn over at the tops, but they are obviously extortionately priced. I bought some of those slipper socks from Primark and they do the job perfectly. I have found that they don't slide down inside either because they kind of stick to the inside of the wellies, because the inside isn't smooth, which is great.
Like I said, the reason I bought the children's version is because the adults ones didn't fit me. I would recommend, if you are buying them for yourself to go at least a size smaller than you normally would because they are really roomy inside. You are best trying them on though because I ended up going two sizes smaller and that is even with allowing room for thick socks. The length of the boot in the children's version is also a little bit shorter (probably about one and a half inches shorter) and I actually think this makes a massive difference. When I had the adult ones, they reached right up to the back of my knee and when I bent my leg, they sometimes pinched the skin. I obviously don't have this problem with the children's ones and I actually find that they fit better around the calf too.
There are other benefits to buying children's versions as well. Firstly they come in a much better range of colours I think. I got them in black glitter which I absolutely love - they are black (obviously), with a little bit of sparkle in them. It isn't so much that you look like a small child, but enough that it looks pretty funky when they catch the light.
The other benefit is obviously the price. They are half the price of normal adult wellies. I paid about £30 for mine and the adult ones I had originally got were about £65, so it is obviously a massive saving. Price wise I think they are pretty good value for the lower price because they are very sturdy and I think that I will get tired of them or they will go out of fashion before they need replacing. I have worn them lots in all kinds of weather conditions in the last couple of months and they look exactly the same as they did on the day that I got them.
I'd be a bit reluctant about paying that much for children though, simply because they would grow out of them so quickly I'd imagine - although you can go up a size so that they can grow into them. They would however definitely be able to handle the beating that any child would give them and they are a really sturdy boot with good grips so kids will find them easy to walk in.
Aside from the length of them, the only other difference I can see between these and the adult version is that they have little reflective strips on the back of them at the top and bottom. They are small enough that they aren't intrusive although they do reflect the light effectively enough that they do the job they are supposed. A great little feature for when being worn by children I think.
Overall I'd definitely recommend the Hunter Wellies for children, especially if you are an adult with small feet or legs! They are hard wearing and durable and they look as good as new even after lots of wear. Recommended.
I have purchased three pairs of these wellies so far, and have loved them. There are no negatives that I have found at all, except that they generally do not come cheap. I bought the green classic hunters for my daughter over three years ago, and I sized up by a whole size. She wore thick socks initially (you can buy the fleece welly liners which are suggested to make you need a size bigger anyway) and normal socks as her feet grew. My son is now wearing them, and I expect my third child to get a couple of years' wear out of them when she is the right size too. They remain in excellent condition, despite three years of the child treatment (welly flinging comp anyone?!). The finish is slightly less "polished" than it was, but there is basically very minimal wear and tear and the quality is excellent. They fell as if they are built to last, and are suitable for more than just the odd puddle-walk.
The wellies are a great height on the leg, as the originals are the "tall" ones (as opposed to the kids "first wellies" which are shorter and don't have the buckle on. Compared to many other kids wellies, this means that they keep more of the leg drier, and provide protection higher up the calf. The height of the welly depends on the size purchased, and there is a great chart on the Hunter website which lists the boot shaft height of each size so you can see exactly how big they will be.
They feature a coveted "Hunter" logo on the front, and come with a logoed boot bag in the box which can be useful for carrying them around. The logo has not faded or worn off in 3 years of wear as it has on other branded kids footwear we have had.
The fit of these wellies is one of their strengths - they feel as if they have been actually made "foot-shaped" because they are made on an orthopaedic last. I can tell the difference when I feel my kids' feet through them, and also from the fact that they are happy to wear them for long periods without whingeing! (/a rare treat!)
They have reflective patches on the back, which are great for walking in dark conditions as they help to improve visibility and add a useful safety feature, as well as looking quite stylish!
The sole of the wellies features an excellent grip, which hasn't worn off at all with years of regular use. They have a "heel" but this is only small and really helps with grip and allows them to be used for active activities e.g. horseriding, climbing frames etc. It is a positive, practical feature and is so slight that it doesn't look out of place.
The lining is soft and welcoming, but also dries quickly if you get any moisture in them.
Overall, they are excellent design and quality, and really feel like they are made to be used lots, not just as a short-term puddle fashion.
I have never been a fan of wellies, and I don't think I've owned a pair since I was about 4 years old! However, Harry obviously loves jumping around in puddles, and always has a pair of wellies on whenever it rains, and I was getting fed up with getting wet trainers, wet socks and wet trousers whenever I went out with him. I invested in a cheap pair of Tesco wellies but they didn't fit very well and I found them very uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. So when I spotted a very cheap pair of Hunters wellies online, I couldn't resist and quickly bought them - I can safely say they were one of my best purchases of 2010 without a doubt and I expect them to last a long time!
Hunter are one of the biggest brand names in Wellies these day, and have also given the brand the "By Royal Appointment" honour, so they definitely are something special. I have seen and heard about them in magazines and such like, but not being a huge welly wearer, I didn't really get what was so special about them. I actually saw these on Asos.com in the kids section for just £10, and then with my student discount, I ended up paying just £8 for a pair of boots that retails at £30 so I thought they were a bargain and worth a try for that amount of money! The particular boots I will be reviewing are the Hunter Junior Young Hunter Original Wellies.
The boots turned up in the black Hunter box that is apparently well-known in Hunter welly circles, and I thought that they were really nicely presented. They were then inside a Hunter canvas bag so they were well protected and had survived transit very well. As well as the canvas bag, it came with a nylon Hunter bag too that Harry has adopted as his own for various bits of kid junk lol, but I thought that was a nice little extra thing to put in there. I purchased the boots in red, and I was slightly worried they'd look too young but they were great, nice and bright and looked pretty cool as well... I was actually quite looking forward to some rain!
The boots were a great fit. These are a child's variety because my shoe size is only a 2 and therefore the boots were a) cheap b) VAT free and c) nicely coloured and not boring black! The wellies have reflective patches at the top and bottom of the back of each boot, not something I especially need but it's a really good addition for children's wellies, especially in the dark winter evenings, walking home from school etc. They also have the Hunter badge at the front and top of each welly. They are fairly narrow at the legs but with my leggings or thin trousers, they fit nicely and don't flap around too much when I walk which is good, they just stay put. They come up to just under my knees, and being 4' 6''and these being a kids welly, I'd say that is just about right!
The boots are made of rubber and a moulded one piece boot. I have found the soles are nice and thick, and the tread is also deep so that you don't have much risk of slipping in the rain or now. I bought my wellies back in September - we didn't really any rain that needed wellies so when the snow started to fall in December, I looked forward to getting my wellies out. I found it easy walking about in the thick snow in them, in fact it was a pleasure to be outside having fun with Harry and not getting cold and wet feet all the time! I had the boots on for hours at a time and was never uncomfortable at all which I think is really good for rubber boots!
I can see why Hunter wellingtons are very popular and are certainly worth every single penny I paid for them, especially because mine were such a bargain at only £8. I wore mine through all the bad snow we had, and they were absolutely invaluable, I wouldn't have been without them, especially on my awful 15 hour journey to my parents last Christmas, I'd have definitely had wet socks without them! They are extremely well made and they look brand new despite having been worn a fair bit recently. The colour is gorgeous - the red isn't too bright but stands out nicely, and I've had several people comment on my boots which is always nice! I'd definitely recommend Hunter wellies for grown ups - perhaps not so much kids because they outgrow them too fast and therefore wouldn't be cost effective, but they are something I'd definitely buy again for me!
Available in a different variety of colours and sizes.
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