Buying Rain Boots – Are Wellies the Same As Rain Boots?

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There’s a lot of names out there for different kinds of boots. You have galoshes, gumboots, snow boots, waders, Wellies, Wellingtons, rubber boots and probably other names I can’t even remember. So you might be wondering, “are wellies the same as rain boots?” Let’s find out by learning a bit more about wellies!

For the most part, yes, wellies are the same as rain boots. But to get more picky, while all Wellies can basically be considered rain boots, not all rain boots are wellies. Wellies are always made of rubber, but rain boots aren’t necessarily so. While one could argue that rubber boots are the only ones that are truly waterproof, there are still many boots marketed as rain boots that aren’t made of the material.

Many rain boots can be made of synthetic materials that are treated to be water-resistant. Even canvas boots that are treated with a protective coating can do a pretty good job of protecting your feet from the wet and cold weather. But they certainly aren’t wellies.

So what are Wellies?

Wellies is basically a nickname for a particular type of rubber boot that originated in Great Britain. Originally, they were referred to as Wellingtons, which is a name brand for boots made by a British company called Hunter Wellington. They were probably the first manufacturer of what we call wellies today, so both Wellingtons and Wellies refers to these types of boots, and generally it is the name used regardless of what company actually makes them. While Hunter Wellington is still around and making great boots, lots of companies, such as J Crew or even Jimmy Choo, make the same style today.

While this style of boot has long been fashionable in rainy England, Wellies are a big hit everywhere today thanks to some fashion trends that made the boots more stylish and cute. You don’t have to get by with a pair of army green or black boots. Nowadays, you can buy wellies in all kinds of fashion colors and even prints.

I think some of the print designs for these boots make them particularly cute. My favorites are the plaids and floral prints, especially when bright colors are used. They are ideal for rainy spring days if you want to spend them splashing around in puddles. What could be more fun? Especially when you don’t have to worry about your feet getting wet.

Hunter Rubber Rain Boots

Hunter rubber rain boots are legendary boots that originated in Scotland and have been around since the 1800’s. They are one of the most popular women’s rain boots and with good reason. Their quality is unsurpassed, and their design is classic and long lasting.

There are many reasons that Hunter rubber rain boots should be at the top of your buying list. They’re very comfortable to walk in during rainy or even snowy weather. They have a very classic design that is both fashionable and functional. There are several different styles to choose from so you’ll be sure to find a pair for your individual personality. And most importantly, Hunter rubber rain boots are one of the most durable boots that you can buy. Nothing holds up to the Hunter boots. You’ll want to change your color or style long before the boot itself wears out! These are some Hunter styles that you won’t be able to live without!

Hunter Original Tall

The original Hunter tall boot is the most practical style that can be worn just anywhere. They’re perfect for everyday wear, for gardening, for walking in the woods, for farming, or for puddle jumping with the kids. The shaft is 16″ from the ankle and the boot opening itself is 15″, wide enough to tuck in your jeans. The heel is a practical 1″, and they have a knitted nylon lining that dries quickly if your feet tend to sweat. This practical boot is a must have for your collection and comes in a great variety of colors.

Hunter Original Gloss

Similar to the original tall, these great Hunter rubber rain boots are even more fashionable with their brighter colors and a shiny glossy finish. The shaft size on these boots is 14.5″ instead of 16″ and the boot opening is 15.5″. If you’re petite with shorter legs or have larger calves you might want to consider this style over the original tall. I just adore the colors on these boots.

Hunter Original or Gloss Short

The Hunter rubber rain boots also come in a short version with a 10.5″ shaft size and a 15″ circumference. They’re available in both the original and gloss styles. These are great pull on boots that still give you room to tuck in your jeans.

Hunter Original Lace

The legendary Hunter rubber rain boots are finally available in a lace front boot. These boots compliment the original boots in a smaller version with a lace up shaft. Consistent with their well known and incredibly durable design, these boot have metal eyelets, quick drying woven nylon lining, and a cushioned 1″ heel. These stylish boots that are sure to sell in historic proportions have a 10″ shaft height and a 15″ circumference. Don’t miss out on either the original lace or the festival lace – you’ll love them both.