At bestinthecountry.co.uk we stock a wide range of Wellington Boots from premium and luxury brands. With all this choice we know it can be hard to decide which brand and style is best for you. Therefore, we have created this guide to the brands we stock and the styles and products within those brands. From luxury boots to seriously hard-working wellies, we're sure you'll find just what you're looking for!
There are a few aspects to consider when purchasing a new pair of wellingtons. Firstly, you need to keep in mind what you will be wearing your wellingtons for. This can range from standing on a peg for a day or for tough jobs on the farm. You wouldn't want to be mixing cement in your Le Chameau's as this would damage any zips/fastenings (yes, we have probably seen it all!).
Sizing and Fit
Sizing and fit varies from brand to brand, but it's advisable to take some measurements before starting your quest for the perfect wellington.
A. Shoe Size - as a general rule use your standard shoe size.
B. Boot length - measured from the sole up to the highest point of the boot.
C. Calf Size - Calf size reflects the measurement of widest point of the calf. Remember to allow for your normal trousers and socks (usually a 2cm allowance will suffice).
You will also want to consider what lining to opt for. The choice of leather, neoprene or jersey will be the general linings available to you. The lining will have no impact on fit but it will make the difference between warm or cold toes depending on what climate you will be wearing your footwear in. The lining can also have an impact on breathability and anti-bacterial protection.
Leather lined boots provide luxurious comfort all year round and prove to be tough, hard wearing and easy to put on. Often treated to resist dampness, the leather remains supple even in contact with water.
Originally used to make diving suits, neoprene has superior insulating properties and is favoured for comfort in colder temperatures. Generally available in two thicknesses, 3mm for temperatures down to approximately -15C and 5mm for temperatures down to -25C.
Ideal for everyday wear and normally a mix of polyester and cotton.
What to expect:
The most luxurious range of Wellingtons that we stock, boasting extremely high quality, durability and comfort. The 'Rolls-Royce' of Wellies, their fine craftsmanship has been honed to perfection over their 80 year history. Each pair is handmade by a master boot maker to the highest standards and is buffed and polished for a perfect finish. Expect excellent performance in all conditions.
Fit and Sizing:
Le Chameau boots provide a refined fit which is snug on the calf and narrow across the bridge. We would recommend buying your usual size.
Styles and Products:
Vibram is Le Chameau's latest highly innovative boot, replacing the popular All Tracks. Featuring Le Chameau's exclusive Vibram ® sole for outstanding comfort and lined with jersey-cotton.
Vibram Neo Replacing the popular All Tracks Neo, the highly innovative Vibram ® sole provides outstanding comfort. Fully neoprene lined for great insulation makes the Vibram Neo a great cold weather alternative to the Vibram.
All Tracks Now replaced by the Vibram, the All Tracks features an innovatively designed sole that allows flexibility, stability and grip in all directions. Strongly indented tread and increased feeling underfoot allow for increased grip in all terrains.
All Tracks Neo Fully neoprene lined winter/ cold weather version of the above All Tracks. Now replaced by the Vibram Neo.
Vierzonord Lined with 2mm neoprene to provide insulation against the cold and superior comfort when walking. An ideal choice of boot for British winters.
Chasseur The flagship of the Le Chameau range. Fully lined in leather with a full length side zip for complete ease when putting on or taking off. Guaranteed 100% waterproof, with a technically advanced dual density sole. Classical design provides exceptional fit unrivalled in comfort and reliability.
Chasseurnord/ Chasseur Neo this model combines the exceptional design and craftsmanship of the Chasseur, with insulating neoprene lining making it ideal for colder months. A double layer of cushioning neoprene is added underfoot for unbeatable warmth and comfort. As in the Chasseur, the Chasseurnord/ Neo also features the dual density sole and full length zip.
What to Expect:
Aigle is a luxury French clothing brand specialising in durability, comfort and superb style, creating clothing that is designed to allow the wearer to 'feel at home in nature'. Combining fashion, functionality and innovation, the wellingtons from this brand are designed to look good whilst offering fantastic comfort and durability.
Fit and Sizing:
Aigle boots provide a comfortable fit which is ideal for those who need a wider fit on the foot and calf. The footbed fits the shape of the heel and the heel of the boot provides a snug fit for less rubbing and improved comfort. The shock absorbing sole features increased tread for better grip.
Styles and Products:
Benyl M A lightweight country wellington made with care and attention to detail with the price tag of a mass-produced boot. The rubber upper uses Gomma Plus natural rubber for superior comfort, flexibility and strength. Lined with a quick-drying, antibacterial polyamide which is also rot proof. The footbed is lined with a quick-drying Softex with an antibacterial treatment, making these perfect work boots or for those spending long periods of time wearing their boots. The sole is constructed from natural rubber providing great cushioning whilst supporting your foot and resisting abrasion.
Parcours 2 Inspired by hiking boot technology the Parcours 2 (an update of the Parcours) is a long distance country wellington. The triple density sole and inbuilt heel shock absorber provide grip and comfort. A pinched ankle and excellent midsole support provide optimum comfort when worn for prolonged periods. A polyester jersey lining with Santitized protection is rot proof, washable and fast drying and the Sanitized insole is lined with Cambrelle to draw moisture away from the foot and reduce incidence of blistering.
Parcours 2 Vario The Vario is a wide calf boot with all the benefits of the Parcours 2 but with the addition of a half length adjustable gusset, to fit 99% of calf widths. The adjustable buckle makes them ideal for those with a wider calf or for anyone wishing to tuck thick winter trousers into their boot. As with Parcours 2 they also feature; triple density sole; inbuilt heel shock absorber; pinched ankle and midsole support for comfort; Sanitized protection to lining and insole.
Parcours 2 ISO Aigle's ultimate cold weather boot with 4.5mm neoprene lining and insole, with insert sole in 6mm felt. As with other Parcours models they also feature; triple density sole; inbuilt heel shock absorber; pinched ankle and midsole support; fitted heel with rubber reinforced inner for superior walking comfort; a waterproof gusset and bucklestrap. The Parcours 2 ISO will keep feet warm even when walking in snow and ice for hours.
Parcours 2 Signature A top of the range, leather lined wellington with an adjustable gusset. Featuring a wider calf that, with adjuster, fits 99% of calf widths. Offers many of the features of the Parcours 2 plus more, including; triple density sole and inbuilt heel shock absorber; pinched ankle and excellent midsole support; full grain leather for comfort and insulating properties; full grain leather insole.
What to Expect:
Muckboot was born in 1999 from the Honeywell Safety Products company with the purpose of creating comfortable footwear that could withstand messy work conditions and harsh weather. The Muckboot Company have created an ideal country boot that is 100% waterproof, self insulating and lightweight, with superb grip soles. In America they are extremely popular for outdoor pursuits. Their range offers great options for both men and women.
Sizing and Fit:
A wider fit on the foot and calf with many styles offering reinforcements around the heel and toe. Ladies styles have a specifically designed midsole for comfort.
Ladies Arctic Adventure and Arctic Weekend Muckboot quality in a feminine package. The Arctic Adventure is a full length, fleece lined boot and the Arctic Weekend is it's shorter length equivalent. Moulded specifically for women the EVA midsole offers a superb fit and comfort. The cosy fleece lining gives these boots a comfort range of -29ºC to 19ºC. A smarter style thanmost wellingtons, they will take you effortlessly from field to town.
Chore A classic work and field boot with Airmesh lining to aid moisture dispersal in all conditions. Dual density, oil resistant sole with deep cut lugs to give grip in a variety of situations. Comfortable in a temperature range of below 0 to 29ºC thanks to the 5mm thick neoprene bootie and Airmesh lining to ensure breathability and comfort. Reinforced toe, instep and heel combined with a steel shank make this boot ideal for those doing a lot of digging.
Fieldblazer This is a general purpose boot which features a wrap-around, self cleaning, all terrain sole. Ankle high rubber overlays plus toe and heel reinforcement provide durability and protection. 5mm neoprene bootie and Airmesh lining ensure breathability and comfort within a temperature range of below 0 to 29ºC. Shank reinforcement in the midsole provides additional arch support.
Muckmaster The Muckmaster replaces the popular Tay as Muckboot's premium field sports wellington. The Airmesh inner features thousands of tiny vertical fibres to encourage air circulation and help moisture to wick away, hence a much wider temperature comfort range (-29ºC - 21ºC) than a conventional neoprene lined wellington. Extended rubber overlays on leg, wrap-around toe bumper as well as reinforced toe and achilles heel enhances durability. The rugged sole of these boots has deep, wide spaced lugs for excellent grip in muddy conditions without clogging. A superb boot for the most arduous conditions.
What to Expect:
One of the first and most easily recognisable in the wellington boot family, Hunter have a fantastic heritage and two Royal Warrants and their rubber boots have long been a favourite of those working and playing in the great outdoors. In recent years the Hunter Original boot has enjoyed overwhelming popularity with fashion conscious festival goers. However, Hunter have developed a range for those who work and play in the countryside, called the Field Collection. Here at bestinthecountry, we only stock the Field Collection as we believe this reflects the durability and quality needed for our country customers.
Sizing and Fit:
Provides a secure and comfortable fit with Hunter's orthopaedic footbed providing cushioning and comfort of fit. The Field Boots are supplied with removeable insoles allowing the wearer to adjust the fit as required. The Field Boots also feature a more complex and hardwearing sole.
Styles and Products:
Norris Field Boot - A fusion of the iconic Original Tall boot with new technology, the Norris Field boot is made for sustained use on varied terrain. The boot is named after Hunter's pioneering founder, Henry Lee Norris, who set up the rubber company in 1856. Made from a new soft rubber compound, the design is strong and flexible, while the durable sole has a wide zigzag construction for high traction. The Norris Field Boot is also available in adjustable and neoproene lined styles for both men and women.
Huntress The Huntress style provides a slightly shorter and wider calf width to accommodate the various sizes of ladies leg shapes. As with the Original range these boots feature anti-bacterial lining and a cushioned insole and Hunter's legendary orthapaedic fit.
Balmoral Equestrian Neo Stretch A womens boot designed with experts in the equestrian field. This boot is fit-for-purpose and embodies advanced technologies inside and out. Its innovative rubber compound protects against the acids and alkalis in animal waste. A neoprene upper provides warmth and in winter and Airmesh allows breathability. The boots feature a reinforced rubber panel on the inside leg and reflectors to aid visibility. The riding sole with inbuilt metal shank provides stability.
Balmoral and Lady Balmoral Neoprene Lined These high performance field boots feature the latest in technology. Neoprene lining provides warmth in cold conditions and the adjustable waterproof gusset allows for differing calf sizes. A quality insole prevents cold penetration through the sole.
Hunter Balmoral Bamboo Carbon High performance boots utilising the latest technology. The bamboo carbon fleece lining keeps the foot warm when it's cold and the wicking properties of the material disperse moisture from the foot when warm. These boots also feature an adjustable calf width and removable insole.
Hunter Balmoral Montrose A smarter style of boot in brown leather featuring a Sympatex and Shearling lining for breathability and superb comfort. Tumbled leather leg, full grain leather foot. A Vibram outsole provides great traction and comfort.
Hunter Balmoral Hawksworth The winner of the Shooting Industry's New Footwear Product of the Year 2012, this mens boot offers superb durability and comfort. Tumbled and full grain leather upper with a waterproof and breathable Sympatex lining and internal heel grip. The multi layer outsole with EVA midsole and multidirectional tread provide excellent comfort, traction and mud release.
Hunter Balmoral Westerley The sister boot to the Hawksworth, this ladies boot is durable, comfortable and stylish in tumbled and full grain leather. Sympatex lining provides waterproofing and breathability. A Vibram outsole provides tremendous grip.