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I had been wanting to invest in a pair of wellies for years but for some reason never did as I didn't think I'd use them enough (I'm not a festival go-er). I was actually browsing other shoes on 'very' when I came across these and decided to give them a try!
First of all these are SO comfortable - I expected them to rub against my skin but they haven't at all!
I do wear them with hunter long welly socks as I'm quite short (5ft1) so they look fine with them.
I have a toddler who loves to puddle splash (thanks peppa pig!) So these have been a saviour and have meant we can go on muddy walks and splish splash together! I've seen reviews where they say the wellies have cracked and let water in but I can honestly say there is no sign of that on mine! They have been completely waterproof!
Not only are these wellies functional but they are extremely stylish too and I would highly recommend spending the money and investing in these as they are worth the money and will last a lot longer than cheap wellies!
I am always looking for a bargain and hate spending more than I need to. I have had several pairs of wellies over the years mainly under £20 from New look etc and they only ever last through the one winter. I few of my friends did have a pair of Hunter wellies and kept telling me they were worth the money and to buy a pair. I had saved up several Amazon vouchers from other sites and had £45 in my account and had seen a pair on Amazon for £60. The reviews I read online were really good so I decided to buy a pair.
Hunter wellies are available in several colours and also in short and long. I went for the short ones as I am really small anyway and the long ones would have probably come above my knees (not a good look). I bought a pair of black gloss ones as black will match with just about everything.
The boots have the hunter logo on the front of them a buckle on the side however apart from that they are pretty plain. I bought a size 4 and they fit really snug even with a couple of pairs of socks on (which is needed in the winter). The wellies are really comfy to walk in and actually keep your feet warm which I haven;t had with any other wellies. It may be because of how snug they fit they keep all the heat in.
These boots have lasted me through 3 winters - snow & rain - and they are still going strong! Through the winter I would wear them everyday to work (then change my shoes at work) as I get 2 buses and walk 20 mins and they always kept my feet dry and warm.
Most wellies I have bought previously have been £20 and they last 1 winter and they are ruined. The hunter wellies have lasted 3 so far and cost me £60 so at the moment it has cost me the same. Hopefully they will last a few more and I will definitely get my moneys worth. These are expensive wellies and I would only recommend you buy a pair if you would wear them often.
Hunter wellies have become a bit of a brand favourite amongst the masses, thus the high prices (see below). I have been through quite a few different pairs of much cheaper wellies over the years but have had various problems with wellies not living up to expectations, splitting etc. so wanted to splash out on a decent pair that would hopefully last me.
I bought a pair of Unisex Hunter Wellies in Size 5 short. You can get various different versions now; tall, women, men, junior, gloss, non/gloss; various patterns and colours including - black, chocolate, red, navy green, aubergine, fuschia, graphite, violet, teal and probably more if you look in the right place! The ones I bought were dark olive which is like a darker green - I bought them to match a dark olive topshop coat I have!
You can get these from various outlets but I bought mine on Amazon for £55. I see that depending on the size, colour etc the price can vary greatly between £38 and almost £100, so waiting for a sale, special offers, (or using the dooyoo miles) may be a good idea here! I was careful to buy from a reputable buyer however, as with a lot of branded products there is the chance you can get counterfeit so if it looks too good to be true it may well be!
These are in my opinion very pretty boots. I bought the matte version, as I thought the gloss version was a bit too glittzy for me. I also wanted to go for that farmer chic look! They look great on anyway and as I chose a more neutral colour they match most of my coloured jeans well.
They have a little buckle on the side which adds to the look, making them look very cute. They also have the embroidered hunter logo on the front which distinguishes them from other wellies. What I also think is cute is that inside you can write your name on the inside (although I haven't) - this reminds me of school days and when mum used to sew your name in your knickers!
I am usually a size 5 and bought these true to size after reading various reviews and size guides on them. Usually I would have bought a size larger but this was not necessary at all. Even with thick socks these fit perfectly as they are very wide and long, I think Hunter must have adapted their sizes with this in mind (I guess who doesn't wear socks with wellies eh)! If you are in doubt however they also do half sizes which I think is really useful.
The inside of the wellie is made out of synthetic but feels very soft on the leg - giving a comfy and snug feeling. They fit around the calves lovely and are not too tight or too lose - just right! I would say my calves are average for my height and size - although I know one of my pals who has very large (and very beautiful) calves and she tried these on and they were way too tight so I would definitely have a look at sizings or try on in a shop to see if this style of Hunter suits you first.
The wellies come to around 2-3 inches below my knew - despite my shortish height I do have fairly long legs so again if you want to see how they look on you I would recommend trying on first - after all we are all different!
The majority of the wellie is made by rubber, which you can tell instantly by the feel of it. In comparison to other cheaper wellies I have had this is really where I feel the difference. The rubber feels thick and oozes quality. The soles are also made of rubber and very thick and chunky. The grip is very good for a wellie (usually I find I wade in wellies) and I have felt absolutely safe in these trumbling up hillsides and running down hills - a freedom which I do not find with other wellies. The sole seems able to handle rough terrain too and walking over pebbles, little stones is a breeze (you really wouldn't know it)!
The main test of these wellies is that they keep my feet dry! I have only had them 3 months so only used them in the rain (alas no snow test yet)! However they seem to me hard wearing, sturdy and reliable. My sister has had her short red Hunters fro 3 years and she has had absolutely no problem with them at all. We both use them on average probably two/three times a week.
These boots are very easy to clean, I tend to wash off and then use a knife to scrape any mud off the bottom (although this perhaps is not recommended just in case you cut into the wellie)! I don't wash them after every use but regular cleaning is recommended.
One of the (very few) downsides to this wellie comes with it's particular styling. I got the short boot as I wanted something which gave me a lot of freedom to walk in (I did try on the tall ones and apart from the fact that they were too...tall, they were quite uncomfortable to walk in as they went past the knee). If you want your wellie because you are doing a lot of muck out work (say you work in a stable) or if you want to use them in the sea a lot and are going to be wading above your knees you may want to get the tall version for obvious reasons - with these I cannot go into waters past my upper calf as the water WILL seep in. I think this is a pretty obvious thing from the design however.
This leads me onto recommendation. Would I recommend? Most definitely yes but obviously this depends on -
what you want to use the wellies for (walking, gardening yes)
your particular sizing (short with average size calves yes)
I also think it is interesting that for the price these boots are they do not come with any type of guarantee - whilst I do not think I will need a guarantee this would be nice and give the buyer more confidence - also it may help alleviate counterfeits trying to make a buck.
I am giving these four dooyoo stars though as I do think they are expensive (though worth it) - I would like to see a few extras such as the piece of mind guarantee.
I've wanted a pair of Hunter wellies for a quite a while now, but two things have put me off buying a pair. 1. the price - they are very expensive for a pair of rubber wellies, and 2. I struggle with wellies, and boots in general, as I have chunky, i.e. fat, calves. The width of the legs of the wellies/boots is always a problem, with wellies in particular I want a pair that I can wear over my jeans and not feel like they are cutting off the circulation to my legs and feet!
I received a £50 gift card for Office a few months ago for my birthday, and somewhat bizarrely I was actually struggling to spend it. I decided on a whim to just try on some Hunter wellies. I tried on the 'original tall' Hunter wellies first of all, which wouldn't even go over my fat calves at all. Somewhat dejectedly I was about to give up and head off when one of the sales assistants suggested that I try the 'original short' Hunter wellies on, she said that they were cut slightly wider around the calves. Bingo, they actually fit!
I had skinny jeans on at the time, and they even fit over my jeans. Sold! They had around half a dozen colours to choose from; various matt colours and various glossy colours. I chose the glossy black. The glossy black looks kinda classy, and will go with everything I figured. They were £69, so I had to put just £19 towards them.
I've got a size 5 in my Hunter wellies, I normally buy size 5 shoes, and these are a perfect fit, I can even wear these with two pairs of socks and they are still a comfortable fit. They are wide enough to fit my chunky calves, and I can even wear them over my skinny jeans. They don't pinch or cut into my calves at all and they are very comfortable on my legs. They are really easy to just slip my feet into and pull up, and they also pull off very easily. They come up to about mid calf on me - I'm only short with little legs.
They are a very shiny glossy black, and they have the Hunter logo on the front - on the tops of the legs, they also have the little buckle detailing typical of Hunter wellies on the outside of each boot. The inside of the wellies is lined with a knitted nylon, and they have soft cushioned and very comfortable insoles. They are very lightweight and so very easy to wear all day, they don't feel like a pair of bricks on my feet.
They are really very comfortable, easy to wear and walk in. The insoles seem to hug my feet and my feet don't slip and slide around when I'm wearing these. I've not had them rub or cause any blisters at all. So far I've worn these in rain and mud, we've had no snow yet! They've never leaked, I've never had wet feet, and the grips on the soles seem to work well.
I've been really happy with these so far, yes they were very expensive but they are superb quality and I can see them lasting for years and years. Whereas with cheap wellies you're lucky to get just one winter out of them before they split or start to leak.