Knock It Off: Wellies Edition

This is the second installment in our new blog series, Knock it Off.  This fun series will examine ways to get on board with a particular trend, for less.  Enjoy! 

Wellington boots have a long, and storied history.  In the early 19th century England, the arisotocratic elite would wear “Wellies” while doing outdoor, aristocratic-like activities such as horse riding, fox hunting, and trap shooting.  And triumphantly winning battles, as demonstrated below.  

Today, Wellie-type boots are worn by commoners far and wide for non-blue blooded activities such as running errands, yard work, and walking the dog on a rainy day.  Wellies are also used in industries that demand waterproof, hygenic footwear.  Workers commonly don Wellies in food processing plants, concrete pouring construction sites, and fishing boats.

Without a doubt, tall Wellies are a nice staple piece to own.  Hunter seems to lead the charge as being the most popular brand of tall rubber boots, and their classic women’s boots run $150 and up.

Here’s Hunter’s younger, cheaper cousin – who will save you a buck or three while still being on-trend.  Joules is also an English company, featuring lots of fun styles and patterns, as well as the classic matte and glossy solid colors. 

High-end designers have also thrown their hat in the Wellington ring.  Take Givenchy’s Eva Chain Boot: it gives a rain boot an moto-style edge, eliminating any hint of frumpiness that a typical rain boot might display.


Givenchy Eva Chain Rain Boots

But at $450, it’s quite a hefty investment to rock your rainy day, biker chick look. While one might not think of Groupon as a source for edgy rain boots, they do offer these $41.99 Givenchy look-alikes.

Henry Ferrera Women’s Chain Tall Rain Boots

Mommy and me seriously never looked cuter than this!

If you’re not up for paying Hunter Boot prices for a little foot that will only wear these for one rainy season, these monogrammed rain boots from Etsy offer an affordable ($45 per pair) way to match your little fashionista!

Monogrammed Rain Boot

Once you’ve got your muck boots all nice and mucked up, we have a great way for you to store them!  Check out the Boot Rack – you can put it in the garage, a mudroom, laundry area, or closet and hang those beauties up until the next rainy day!

images via etsy, amazon, joules, barneys, boottique

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