For maximum comfort and durability on the wettest of winter days, we’ve found the best women’s wellies from Barbour, chasseur, Pays des lacs, Joules and more
It’s the season of getting wet and muddy! Granted, we’d much prefer sunshine and rainbows right now, but there are still some beautiful outdoor adventures to be had even when the weather’s a bit bleak.
With the proper footwear and a can-do attitude, you can tackle everything from muddy fields to puddle-strewn streets without a care in the world. Enter the trusty wellies.
Wellies have come a long way from the bog-standard sludgy-green pair your Dad would keep in the garden shed. Not only is there a pair to suit every terrain, but also height, comfort and style.
Some of them are so stylish you could easily get away with wearing them as an everyday boot. Non, vraiment!
Comment nous avons testé
We tested a variety of styles, shapes and fabrics in the rain, wind and snow in order to give you the best wellie breakdown. We tried these out on all types of surfaces and walked for a range of lengths in order to analyse comfort and durability.
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The best wellies for 2022 sont:
- Meilleur dans l'ensemble – Lakeland red wellington boots: £49.95, Lakelandfootwear.co.uk
- Best ankle boot – Boden Chelsea wellington boots: 60 £, Boden.co.uk
- Best quilted boot – Joules coniston comfort wellies: £99.95, Joules.com
- Best knee-high boot – Hunter original tall wellington boots: 115 £, Hunterboots.com
- Best for spring walks with the dog – Regatta lady Harper ankle wellies: 25 £, Next.co.uk
- Best lace-up boots – Joules Ashby premium lace-up chelsea boots: 44,95 £, Joules.com
- Best lined boots – Seasalt Cornwall storm chaser wellies: 45 £, Seasaltcornwall.com
- Best printed boots – Wilton wellingtons: £49.95, Barbour.com
- Best zip-up boot – Madewell zip rain boot: £35.74, Zalando.co.uk
Lakeland red wellington boots
Sadly wellies aren’t particularly eco-friendly. They’re hard to make, and finding a pair made from eco-friendly materials is even harder. Natural rubber from renewable resources is a good step in the right direction, but there are usually non-renewable materials added into the process, and the mixing of these materials means they can’t be recycled. So a completely eco-friendly wellington boot is not a thing, encore. But we do live in a country where rain and snow make waterproof footwear a necessity, so we need to compromise, and instead look for ethically produced wellies.
We introduce to you Lakeland Footwear. Its boots are made from FSC certified natural rubber and lined with organic cotton, and are ethically made in Sri Lanka, using plantations that have re-forestation and social responsibility at their core.
This is a great basic pair of wellies and is comfy with contoured footbeds that provide optimum comfort. But most importantly, Lakeland seems to be a brand that cares, and takes every step to ensure the production of these wellies impact the earth and the community as little as possible.
Boden Chelsea wellington boots
Meilleur: Ankle boot
Boden may not be the first brand that springs to mind when you’re considering purchasing a pair of wellies, but they may well be when it comes to style. The brand is known for its eccentrically British flair, with ditsy florals and twee knits (very apt for rural settings), so when they started doing wellies it just seemed to make sense.
Bien sûr, these weren’t your average wellies. The chelsea wellington boots are clearly inspired by the very British chelsea boots, making them an incredibly stylish pair. Sitting at a practical ankle height with a slight heel, and featuring the chelsea boot’s iconic elasticated panels, they are very easy pair to pop on. The upper part of the boot is rubber with a matte finish, meaning they can easily pass for a normal boot (they wouldn’t look out of place with your fave jeans) but this also means they’re very easy to clean.
They’re a snug fit, but there’s enough room to add a thick pair of socks if needed. What surprised us the most however was the comfort. We first tried them with a relatively thin pair of socks, and the cushioning made it feel like we were walking on a cloud. We walked for about an hour in these on a frosty morning and the comfort lasted throughout, while the grip saw us through any slippery patches without a worry.
Joules coniston comfort wellies
Meilleur: Quilted boot
Joules is a brand you can rely on for outdoor wear. The brand knows its way around a rainy weekend and produces the perfect attire to get you through it. Its brightly coloured raincoats are super popular, and its wellies tick all the boxes too.
New to the brand’s range is the coniston comfort wellies. Traditional wellies aren’t known for their warmth, which is why we resort to piling on the socks. But with this pair, the warmth of a million layered socks comes in the form of fleece insulated lining. The quilting around the calf is thick but soft, giving you flexibility, and the foam insole gives a cosy, cushioned tread.
These are great for walking through snow, or for horribly chilly days where the cold seems to get through to your bones. They do come up quite snug however and can take some effort to get on, but once you’re in it’s a bug in a rug scenario. There are also adjustable toggles at the top to stop even the slightest breeze from getting in. You’ll be so toasty you won’t want to take them off.
Hunter original tall wellington boots
Meilleur: Knee-high boot
These are the OGs of wellies. A classic style we know and love, and for good reason too. There’s no bells and whistles with this pair, but they get the job done and sometimes that’s all you need. At the heart of the Hunter brand since 1956, this style has stood the test of time. Worn by the chicest of celebs at festivals like Glastonbury and Coachella, they’re even considered a fashion item and bring a surprisingly trendy touch to a raincoat and leggings.
This classic style is available in a wide range of colours, allowing you to really co-ordinate your look (we adore the red), and fits true to size. However if you sit in-between sizes, have a wider calf or want the option of wearing thick socks we recommend you size up.
The cleated sole and slight heel protect your feet from the harshness of the ground, creating a comfy cushioning, while the curve of the foot and contouring panels allow for natural movement and prevent stiffness. The adjustable strap is also handy to prevent the classic wellie slap at the back of the calves and ensure a perfect fit every time.
Sitting at the more expensive end of the scale, we see these as an investment pair. Not only will the iconic style forever be on trend, but the craftsmanship and two-year warranty ensure you will get your money’s worth.
Regatta lady Harper ankle wellies
Meilleur: For spring walks with the dog
Low styles like these are perfect for spring. Warmth isn’t that much of a worry and the weather has eased up a bit, allowing you to ease back on the coverage and slip on a pair like these for a quick dog walk or mooch around the park. Still sporting a chunky heel and cleated sole for grip, as well as a patent finish for cleaning purposes, this pair is a handy addition to your outdoor wardrobe. What makes them extra special is the EVA footbed which has special cushioning properties which ensure every step is gently absorbed, making every walk a dream.
Joules ashby premium lace-up chelsea boots
Meilleur: Lace-up boots
Joules are at it again with another brill pair. The ashby lace-up chelsea boots bring one more unique feature to the wellington – laces. It makes so much sense when you think about it. This pair sits at a nice ankle height, and the addition of laces allows you to tighten for extra ankle support. The grooved outer sole allows for extra grip, and the sturdy gold eyelets not only look expensive but give a stronghold to the laces, meaning they won’t loosen as you walk.
We also love the print on this pair. We didn’t think it was possible to make wellies look pretty, but the subtle floral print gives them a lovely bohemian touch. They’re perfect for festivals and will look lovely with a long flow bohemian dress.
Seasalt Cornwall storm chaser wellies
Meilleur: Lined boots
A large theme of this round-up has been warmth, so a lined pair of wellies had to make it on here. And this pair from Seasalt Cornwall are divine! They’re very minimal which actually makes them look quite chic, and they are available in black, navy and khaki. But it’s the fluffy lining that makes these so special, mimicking shearling. Teamed with the deep treaded soles and extra comfy insoles, these feel like walking on memory foam. There is still room for added socks if you like, but one look at these and venturing outside doesn’t seem so bad anymore.
Barbour wilton wellingtons
Meilleur: Printed boots
If you’re looking for outdoor wear that’s strong and tough, look to Barbour. Renowned for pieces that are designed to withstand the elements of the British countryside, you know a product from this brand will see you through a lifetime of adventures.
The wilton wellingtons are a great pair of boots. They’re hard wearing with a durable sole that can tackle most terrains with ease, and are lined with cotton twill to prevent the feet from sweating. They’ve even added a nifty kick spur on the heel to make them easy to take off (genius). Prints are a nice way to bring a fashionable twist to your wellies, and with Barbour’s signature tartan you’ll always look the part.
Madewell zip rain boot
Meilleur: Zip-up boot
We are very pleased that zip-up wellies are officially a thing. Say farewell to the struggle of pulling your feet out of a rubbery vacuum. Just un-zip and you’re done! This pair are not only a breeze to get on and off, but they’ll win you bonus fashion points too.The colour block makes these a great statement piece to have in your winter wardrobe and the neutral colours mean they’ll go with almost anything. Plus, the chunky cleated sole and rounded toes match that of the biker boots that are everywhere at the moment. With a pair that look this good, you’ll probably be tempted to wear them on dry days too.
Le verdict: Women’s wellies
So if you want to get out and about in all weathers, we hope we’ve given you a varied and informative breakdown that allows you to find your perfect pair of wellies. A brand that encourages a low-carbon footprint will always get our vote, so look to Pays des lacs for a conscious pair that will see you all your outdoor endeavours.
Ou alors, if it’s style you’re looking for, we really enjoyed pairing Boden’s Chelsea wellington boot with our day-to-day outfits and not having to worry about steering clear of muddy areas. If you want to tap into the chunky boot trend, regarde vers Madewell for a pair that merges the practical with the fashionable.
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