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DO NOT BUY HUNTERS!!! I have worn Hunters for years and thought they were great as they last years. Unfortunately my last pair barely lasted 6 months before the rubber started to get cracks in and wet feet! Apparently they now sub their work abroad and not made in Edinburgh anymore and are certainly substandard. If you complain to Hunters they tell you they are guaranteed for a year but refuse to replace them. They offered me 25% of a new pair!! Too expensive to only last 6 months so don't bother unless they start to manufacture in the old way. Bad customer service.
I love footwear, all sorts really, heels, trainers, pumps, flats, wedges, platforms and almost anything else. I live close to a number of fields and a lovely river and my husband and I spend lots of time walking this area now, partly in a bid to lose weight and partly to enjoy some time together. My husband purchased me these Hunter Originals, in a size 8, to accommodate for the wellington socks that I usually wear, for around £50 from Amazon around a year ago.
These Hunter wellingtons, the Original ones, are knee-high and mine do indeed sit just below my knees. These wellingtons offer me waterproof protection and they ensure that no mud is flicked up the backs of my legs either, which is great. I tend to wear leggings or thin trousers tucked in to my wellington boots but I have been able to wear thicker, warmer trousers on occasion and these have placed over jeans too on occasion without too much of a squeeze. My legs fit comfortably in these wellington boots and they keep my feet and toes warm while I am out walking, whatever the weather.
My wellingtons are navy in colour, blue is my favourite colour, but they do come in a wide range of colours now with the prices for these colours usually differing greatly, although I am not sure why. The boots are made from rubber on the outside and have a latex dip to help keep them waterproof for longer. There is a sponge insole in the bottom of these and a Nylon lining too which is quick drying and these boots are designed to be unisex, although some of the colours of them may beg to differ! There is a little buckle on my wellingtons, which is purely for aesthetics on mine, but there are adjustable pairs that can be purchased.
These wellingtons are comfortable, fit me well, even with wellington socks and trousers or leggings tucked in to them. I have found these wellingtons soft to wear and they are sturdy when walking on small hills in my local area too. I feel that my feet are kept soft and protected when wearing these and they also have a nice sheen to them, even after a year of occasional weekend use. I have been using these boots for around a year and I have probably worn them something like 40 or 50 times during that year. I wore these every day for a week when in Center Parcs during Springtime and they held up well to the miles of walking that I did with no cracking or water leaking at all. I have noticed recently that there is a little cracking around the ankle area, towards the back of the boots, and only this week there has started to be a little bit of water leakage when wearing them on a dog walk, so I fear that they may be destined for the bin soon if I cannot find a way to stop this from happening.
Overall I would say that these boots are worth a 3/5 from me. They are fashionable (apparently!), they are watertight (for a certain amount of time), they are comfortable, sturdy and they are not too overpriced considering they are a branded product. I have read lots online about these boots recently and can see that the cracking and water leakage is a frequent problem, apparently since several years ago when the manufacturers made changes or moved to another country for their supplies, and this really puts me off buying another pair I have had cheap wellingtons, for around 1/4 of the price, that have held up for longer than these, despite getting more abuse and being shorter, so that is another reason for my average rating. I have enjoyed owning these wellingtons but I really want wellingtons that are completely waterproof, as this really is the purpose of wearing them for me, and that is the main reason why I feel my 3/5 star rating is correct.
I have in the past purchased some cheap pair of boots thinking they would do the job during the walks with the dog or walks along the country side, however in this case the price really did reflect the quality as the cheap boots I purchased only lasted me a month before developing holes and significant wear even though I barely wore them. So therefore I coughed up a bit more cash and purchased a pair of Hunter Original Wellington Boots and thankfully I have had them for about a year and they are still going strong.
== PRICE ==
I purchased these from eBay for about £30 which in my opinion was a good bargain considering they are usually about £70 at high street stores. Although there should be some good deals on eBay, these can also be bought from most well-known shoe stores as well as other online stores so its worth looking around for deals or bargain prices.
Although the price is quite hefty for a pair of boots, I personally believe they are worth the extra money purely due the quality and the longevity as I have had mine for about a year so far and they are still in great condition. Especially if you plan to wear boots/wellingtons quite a lot then these are definitely worth the price, as the cheaper ones will most likely wear out after a month like they did with me.
== DESIGN ==
I purchased these mainly due practical reasons but on the plus side these boots actually look very trendy and fashionable. I have the red coloured boots, but they are also available in purple, blue, green, black and brown colours. The boots are made from strong durable rubber, which is ideal for frequent country walks. The brand logo 'Hunter' is clearly visible on the boots but not too bold looking that it makes it look tacky. The attractiveness is further illustrated by an added metal buckle located on the front out side of the boot which personally gives it a nice high knee fashionable look.
Now to the main aspect of the review, are these comfy? Yes they are very comfortable, thanks to the well designed inner base and sole they are shaped and designed to provide extra comfort, which is also aided by the nice soft nylon material that sits on the sole area meaning none of that constricting feeling on the toes. I found the boots to be really well designed not only fashionably appealing but also very practical for the walks in muddy wet conditions as the inner material keeps feet closed off from the wet cold conditions outside.
== CONCLUSION ==
Overall I would definitely recommend these boots for either the practical folks or the fashion savvy ladies, as they are trendy boots but also very comfortable and durable for the walks. Whether or not you want to spend the extra cash on these pair of Hunter Original Wellington Boots does depend on the purpose, if its just for fashion reasons and probably wouldn't wear these very often, then maybe its worth buying cheaper boots, buts that's just my two cents!
I'm not one for spending a lot on fancy cosmetics and make ups but I do like good footwear, as you may remember from my review of my Doc Martin boots a while ago. I live in a rural part of Devon which requires good wellington boots for most of the year and although my docs are hardy and water proof, they don't quite cut it. Plus I hate to see them caked in mud and then have to clean it off by hand as they aren't really designed for that.
Hunter brand wellington boots have a reputation of fancy footwear as they do not come cheap, but they are also a trusted brand as they have been around for a while and they do make high quality wellies. I have a pair of Hunter originals for this reason and I have been wearing them for a couple of years now in this muddy village, and they have never let me down so far.
The original style Hunters are knee-high and available in a range of colours. I have them in the traditional navy green welly colour and that seems to be what a lot of the locals and even the farmers round here have too. They are well fitted to your legs and feet to give you maximum waterproof protection and in my experience they are very snug, especially on a cold rainy day as they keep my feet warm as well as dry. This is probably in part to being lined with nylon on the inside, which also makes them quite soft to wear and they don't chaff your soles like some boots do.
Hunter wellies are made of high quality rubber that lasts a long time and there is an extra later of insulation on the inside base where your foot goes, which again adds to your comfort when you're wearing them but also I think this makes it easier to get them on and off, as I have borrowed spare wellies at other people's houses before when out for a ramble and there is nothing worse than trying to get poorly designed wellies off your feet when they are covered in mud - you end up covered in mud too! Which surely defies the object of good wellies. I have never had this problem with my Hunters though, and the mud washes off them really easily too without leaving any staining behind.
Aside from all that the boots are very plain looking, with metal buckle straps on the tops on the outer sides- there for cosmetic purposes- and the Hunter logo. They have the trademark Hunter-style look to them too, so if you like big brands this may appeal to you, though a pair of these will likely set you back £70 or so. They do often have sales on the website so it's worth shopping around first - I got my boots for around the £60 mark, which is still steep but I have not had to replace them yet and nor do I think I will need to any time soon.
After about three years of frequent use my Hunters are still going strong and they are still in very good condition too - just a little wear and tear but nothing obvious, and I quite like that they have been well worn into my feet/leg shape over the years as I believe this has added to the comfort of wearing them. These are not cheap plasticky wellies but high end, well designed wellies that have been trialed by customers and improved for many years. The only downside I can list here is that they are heavy, so when we go away and we need to pack our wellies they are big and chunky to pack and also have quite a weight to them (we don't drive so this is always a factor I consider with any product). I have used Hunters in welly wanging competitions and I really think they choose them because of the weight!
Still, I give them 5 stars and I say with confidence that if you buy a pair of these you will not need another one for at least 4 or 5 years.. I think mine will still be going strong in a couple of years though.
I must start by saying that I like Hunter wellingtons, however, a pair never last me more than 6 to 9 months these days.The original pair I bought, many years ago, lasted several years and I absolutely loved the, style and comfort; they really do fit like a glove. Unfortunately, the more recent ones do not seem to have the same build quality. The problem is that the seams split open and the heels wear down very quickly. As the latter are hollow this allows water to seep in through the sole.I should add that I only wear them for dog walking across fields so they don't get really heavy treatment. I am afraid that despite loving the product I am going to need to find a more robust boot.
Hunter wellies have become very popular in the last 3 years and have moved on from a wealthy middle class country staple, to a fashion lovers accessory. From summer festivals, to winter in the rain, they have made themselves a year round foot wear option. I tend to follow fashion and after pining after these for some time I finally caved in and purchased some at the beginning of the summer. They come in such a huge range of colours, you can go for the brights, the patterns, or decorated (for example with studs). Even special edition ones exist! I went for a timeless navy blue, as when spending so much on a product I want to make sure it is a versatile as possible and isn't just a shade which will be out of fashion the next year.
Price and availability:
There are a whole host of websites which sell Hunters. As with any designer brand, be careful not to buy fakes, so check out reputable websites only. I bought mine from a high street shop, office. I am an adults size 4 and was most excited to find children's sizes go up that high, so I saved myself a considerable amount of money by buying these in a children's size for only £40. I have also seen these foe sale in Schuh. They are such good quality and stand the test of time that buying a second hand pair is also an option, to get a better price, if that is an option you fancy.
Hunters are superb quality as you would expect for the price paid. The material is thick and very hard wearing. I haven't got so much as a scratch on mine and they have been quite heavily used. As they are a childs size they have a cute printed area on the inside for you to write your name so they don't get muddled up with your friends and always make it back to you.
Even though the boots are thick and fantastic quality, they still have the ease of movement when you bend your feet and it doesn't feel like they are really inflexible and hard to move in. It makes them OK to wear when you are going for a long walk, as they won't get uncomfortable like I have with cheaper wellington boots in the past. The soles are also hard wearing, and hardly wear down. As long as my feet always stay the same size, I can't imagine having to replace these.
I have also worn these in the summer when it was hot, but raining (not for a festival- I am definitely not that exciting!) and my feet did not get too hot, like you could imagine.
I know these boots are a little extra than what most people would normally pay, but I think they are worth it, so long as you are going to get plenty of use out of them. I almost feel they are an investment piece, as I could quite easily sell mine now and get back almost what I paid, even though they have been well used. There is just one thing to note, I would advise trying on before you buy, to confirm the exact size required as I found they came up half a size smaller than I had anticipated.
I am the daughter of a farmer and as such spend a lot of time with our animals in the mud. I own several pair of welly boots and when Hunters started to get the media attention due to celebrities wearing them to music festivals I thought I would try them. I opted to buy a pair of Hunter Wellington boots in Original green as these would be used for working on the farm and not as a fashion statement. I take a size 7 shoe and have never had any difficulty in my life finding shoes to fit me. I ordered them online with direct through their website, which was easy to use and very good service. They arrived about 3 days later in the mail. On first impression I was very impressed with the quality, the rubber is smooth and thick, the neoprene lining was well attached and even the belt buckle on the side of the boot was good quality. So far so good. I tried them on and low and behold the boot struggled to get past my calves. I am not a heavy women by any means, and because I work outside I was strong leg muscles, but nothing you could class as out of the ordinary. The circumference of the top of the boot has been designed to be worn by tiny fashion followers, not working girls who need a sturdy pair of wellies for their outdoor work, if you are looking for a good pair of ladies working welly boots consider the Camel brand these are EXCELLENT. The tightness at the top was too painful to bear so I had to return the boots. This was done without problem and my money was returned in full so no complaints there. I was made aware that Huntress boots are available for ladies with larger legs but even at that the sizes aren't that big. Like I said before I am not a large lady, I am average, there is no way a "large" lady or even an average sized lady would be comfortable in these boots.
Its a shame because they look fantastic and I would totally recommend them to anyone, but make sure your leg will be comfortable in the boots before you buy them.
My hunter wellies were one of the best investments I made. They're comfortable, fashionable and really well made. They are a solid colour rubber boot that comes up to your knee. They have a buckle on the side and the Hunter logo.
They have a great sole which means they give you really good grip. I bought mine for walking about in Scotland as we had a lot of snow and they really are great for preventing slips and falls. They're also completely waterproof and have been very useful for rainy days and puddles. I also wore them to a very muddy festival and despite getting completely covered in mud, they were easy to wipe clean and kept my feet and legs completely dry.
They're available in many different colours. I have a pair in aubergine (purple) which is a really lovely colour but you can get plainer colours or even neon shiny ones if you want. They're considered to be in fashion at the minute because so many celebs choose to wear them to festivals etc. I have size 9 feet and found that most other 'fashion' wellies didn't go up to my size so I was really pleased that hunter have a variety of sizes.
Although they are expensive, they are really well made and I know they will last a long time despite being put through tough weather.
I do have a few problems. I found them to be quite tight around my legs but you can buy adjustable or bigger calf versions (called huntress boots) if you find they are too tight.
I also found they didn't keep my feet very warm in the winter so I purchsed some hunter welly socks to solve this problem.
I also had a problem with them producing a white dust that I heard is common with hunter boots. I rub them with olive oil often and this prevents this problem but it can be annoying. You can buy products from the hunter website to stop this problem but don't panic if it does happen. There are various solutions that can be found through google.
I have always been a big fan of Hunter wellington boots and my love for them stems from my horse riding days. Before going to camping this year I decided to treat myself to a new pair of Wellington boots and I wanted a pair of Hunters because I know how well they last. I searched online and found some fantastically designed flower ones; made by Hunter for the Royal Horticultural Society. I fell for their charm and bought them. They have been a really trusty, fun pair of Wellies that have been used recently due to the floods.
==Price and availability==
To get the best choice of designs and styles you should view their website but then have a look on eBay as some sellers are selling them at much lower prices. Unfortunately as I wanted a specific design I had to buy directly from their website and paid £75.00 for them.
I went for a pair that are black with beautiful pink and purple sweet pea flowers all over them. They are a work of art and look absolutely amazing. They knock the spots off other flowery willies, the design is impeccable. They are the standard Hunter Wellie fit that sits just below the knee with a buckle at the top of the boot. They are made from traditional vulcanised rubber with a thick natural rubber sole that has plenty of grip. The interior is a polka dot knitted nylon that states that it is quick dry. There is a layer of sponge inside the boot that comforts the sole of the feet making the boots super comfortable.
Firstly I would like to say that I love my Wellies and I love the design. I most recently wore them two weeks ago when visiting my dad in Hebden Bridge after the floods. I took the train down to see him knowing it was really wet and muddy down there I decided to wear them. He told me that Prince Charles was coming on the Friday and I was desperate to get a glimpse of him so this made me want to come see my dad all the more. On my arrival, all of a sudden the heavens opened for the second time in a week and the flooding started again, luckily I had my wellies so I didn't ruin any decent shoes as the streets were running with brown water. I managed to see the Prince but I did not get very close!
I find the boots comfortable although on my first wears I did get a blister on the back of the heel. I bought a size six and I find them quite big fittings. I wear them with really thick socks these days as it stops them rubbing as much as there is less friction in the boot. The boots are really waterproof, I have not had any leaks at all and I like how tall they all as it means that I would not get water lapping over the top of my boot if I was in deep water. The grip on the boots is good and better than other wellington boots. They have quite prominent teeth to grip to the surface underfoot.
Overall, these are really stylish and fun but exceptionally practical.
I bought an aubergine pair of these Hunters last month from amazon.co.uk for 54.00 pounds which was the cheapest I found them. The aubergine is very dark and very matt, really stylish and handsome.
These wellies have long legs, they come high up your calf measuring 38 cms from the bottom of your heel up, which is great for keeping you dry. They are quite slim too, the calf is about 36cm around which is snug for me, I can only really wear leggings with them, jeans are too thick, however my daughter wears hers with jeans and she has room to spare.
The rubber is nice and supple which makes them very comfy to wear. The sizes seem to be true, I bought my usual size 5. They seem very well made, are a bit heavy to carry but you don't notice that when they're on your feet, and I expect they will last a long time. There is a little heel of about 2 cm which makes them easier to wear for longer periods of time than totally flat footwear. The soles are thick and strong, with a very good grip. They wipe clean really easily, the mud doesn't really stick so far.
They are quite expensive really, but if you want to look good in wellies, or need to wear them a lot then these are worth the money.
I have had my Hunters for.. must be 5+ years now! I paid £40 for them which was a good price even then because when you can get wellies for a few pounds from the likes of Primark, Hunters can seem a bit steep.
Admittedly these days they tend to live in the back of my car (long live the rise of the country boot) for those unexpectedly muddy days, so they're seeing frequent use at the moment.
Generally I am not a fan of wellies. I have a reasonably high instep and a narrow ankle, so not only do I struggle to get long boots on if they don't have a rear zip, I tend to find that they don't offer me enough support. I have always been perfectly comfortable in my Hunters. I bought plain black, if it matters to anybody. Mom already had navy.
I bought my usual size and have always had plenty of room for thick socks to keep my feet warm in winter, without being totally swamped by them in summer.
I've never used the adjustment on the side as I found the standard width worked well for me, even with tucking jeans in. I would recommend tucking your jeans inside some decent socks before you try and get them in the wellies or it'll all get a bit difficult and you run the risk of falling over whilst trying to balance on one leg.
My trusty Hunters have never come off in the mud and I find the grip to be adequate as well. Obviously once the mud gets to a certain point, it won't matter what you are wearing on your feet because you are liable to go bum over bust regardless.
I don't know anybody who's Hunters have leaked so really I can't find a bad word to say about them!
I have been an avid user of Hunter boots for more years than I care to admit. Historically, I have come to expect my boots to last a good 7-10 years, with light to moderate use (minimum 1 hour per day dog-walking over rural footpaths, 7 days a week). However, my latest pair of Hunters last a week over their first anniversary. I sent a letter to Hunters, with photos of the cracks that appeared and their attitude was just staggering. They basically told me to sod off, the boots were out of warranty. Had their attitude been different, I might have put it down to a "bad" sample, but I know other people who have noticed a similar reduction in life expectancy. In view of Hunter's attitude, I'm not prepared to give them a second chance.
For a few years now I have had a thing about wellies and after several trips to Robin Hoods Bay at wintertime and living extremely high up, I need a good pair of wellies to survive! I have had wellies envy for the previous two winters after having a dodgy pair of flower power wellies from the supermarket and at the beginning of last winter I decided enough was enough, I had to invest in a pair of wellies! Decision made, I now had to decide which pair!
Hunters are well known not only for the brand but also for the quality. With so many styles to choose from, you could find yourself owning a pair of hunter clogs, shorty wellies or the standard higher wellies. You can expect them in every colour (just about), with gloss finishing, quilt effect, animal print effect and even wait for it... a pair of Jimmy Choo Hunters!
With a budget limiting be to about £50 I did a lot of searching on the internet and was still undecided about which pair to go for, until ..... I found a pair totally by chance in TK Maxx in purple gloss for £45 with an RRP of £90. I literally ran to the tills like a woman possessed for fear that someone would snatch them out of my hands and steal these beautiful wellies out of my life forever, but it was not to be and after I paid for them, I'm ashamed to admit I actually got into my car and put them on straight away!!!
The grip on the boots are absolutely fantastic and beat any other wellie I have owned before hands down. They are perfect for walking in snow, walking in mud, just generally walking, and because they are so beautiful (a wellie can be beautiful you know!), I would wear these in summer if I thought I could get away with it! For that reason I think they are worth every penny despite the very high RRP, but I will own these for years to come.
The boots are made from a natural rubber and are cushioned with sponge in the footbed for ultimate comfort. They also have a nylon lining so you don't suffer when it has snowed. They are quite heavy but I believe this to be down to the quality of the boots.
The fit of the boot with a slim ankle fit and a streamlined upper make them very flattering. They can also be adjusted by the adjustable strap which I always find useful as I have quite skinny legs and this prevents me from getting too cold or having a gaping gap in between my leg and the boot.
Popular with celebs, you'll be the height of fashion in winter with a pair of these beauties! I loved them so much I even treat my 5 year old daughter to a pair!
I have owned a pair of Hunters for many years because I have always ridden horses. I usually keep a pair of these in the boot of my car, a pair lasts many years as they are a quality, hard wearing brand - this is why they have a higher price tag than standard wellies. I paid £50 for my last pair from my local garden centre and so far I have always owned the classic green colour (although thanks to a recent spurt in popularity thanks to celebrity endorsements you can now get them in most colours of the rainbow - often more expensive than the standard green though).
One of the reasons these are so adaptable is that they have a slight heel which makes them perfect for riding in but also for working around the yard if you are not necessarily going to be riding. To this effect they are great because you do not need to carry separate riding boots with you - many people I know who show their horses keep their 'posh' long leather riding boots for best and generally wear a pair of these on standard days around the yard because they are perfectly suited for either side of horse care.
The grips on these wellies also far outshine those you will find on a £10 pair from the local supermarket. These have proper, hardcore grips which again make them suitable for yardwork. It also makes them popular with dog walkers as they will not let you down and lose your footing on slippery mud surfaces.
Hunter wellies also benefit from an adjustable strap which allows you to alter the width of the boot to suit the size of your calves. This is very useful, there is nothing worse than flapping boots and quite often I find that standard (non adjustable) wellies will not in fact fit over my (quite muscly!) calf muscles. The adjustable strap gives you flexibility and ensures a close and comfortable fit to your individual needs.
Unlike the aforementioned cheapies you can buy, Hunter wellies have a quick dry inner lining and footbed. This means that they let your feet and legs breathe and also will soak in excess moisture to make a more comfortably environment for your feet. These boots really are designed to allow you to comfortably spend all day wearing them outside.
I learnt the error of my ways and the difference between supermarket versions and the real thing a few years ago when I bought a cheap pair purely to wear at a music festival for the weekend. My calves were so crammed into the horrible PVC-esque boots for 48 hours that it was thoroughly un-enjoyable, your feet also cannot breathe in these monstrosities and if it is hot they rub like mad. I will never make that mistake again!
So - if you are an outdoors kind of person who needs a good quality boot which will provide many years of wear in all conditions, then look no further than Hunters, you really do get what you pay for with these boots, a high quality, comfortable and durable product.
Do shop around online if you are going to invest, you can pick these up at specialist suppliers as well as generic garden centres and equestrian specialists.
i first wanted some hunter wellingtons because i soon realised they were the ultimate wellie brand. the only wellie brand celebrities are seen in eg. kate moss, lily allen...... loads loads more. you can get Hunter wellies in so many different colours. i like the classic green! and there's red as seen in the picture, aubergine, lilac, pink, navy, black. and there's more expensive options like crocodile. there's also patent colours, and metallics. these wellies are super practical especially for music festivals! and they are also as stylish as it gets for wellington boots. they are also extremely comfortable but always wear socks! speaking of, you can get loads of different styles of socks to wear with them such as fleecy ones in all different colours, leopard print and furry ones. all the socks have the hunter logo on so you can still show off you've splashed out! the only downside with these boots is that they are expensive. i suggest looking around on different websites, usually they are priced at about £65 but sometimes they are only (it's all relative!) £45. Also, you can buy them on asos so look out for brand discounts/asos discounts because you can often get 20% off so that'd be a pretty big saving. i have heard a few people complain that these wellies don't last long but they have lasted me much longer than any other brands.
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