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Top 10 Best Wellies in the UK 2021

Whether you’re pottering around the garden or allotment, working or farming, dog walking, or just a big lover of the great outdoors, we could all do with a good pair of wellies. But if you remember them as cold, stiff boots that required at least two pairs of socks, don't panic! We’re happy to report that the innovation of these humble boots has also made great strides.


This guide will cover important considerations like which to pick for wide calves and whether to go neoprene or gum, ankle or full-length. Then, we’ll show you some of our favourite options to buy on Amazon and eBay from brands such as Hunter, Dunlop and Aigle.

  • Last updated: 08-04-2021
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How to Choose Wellies in the UK – Buying Guide

As with most clothing decisions, there's always an element of practicality vs. style; some of us just want to get the job done, while others want to look good doing it. In this section, we’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of what different wellies bring to the table – that way you can decide which you prefer when you dip into your funds.

Choose the Length Based on What You’re Planning on Doing

When you're on a welly shopping-spree, you'll predominantly come across three different styles: full-length, half-length and ankle boots. Here we’re going to cover who should be looking for what, based on usage and personal fit.

Go Full-Length if You're Working or Spending a Lot of Time Outdoors

Go Full-Length if You're Working or Spending a Lot of Time Outdoors

Full length styles refer to the traditional wellies most of you will be familiar with. They generally come to just below the knee and will keep you well protected from any slippery sludge you may find yourself stumbling across.


If you do a lot of walking in the countryside, you work in a big garden or you partake in agricultural work in general, then these are the boots we would recommend. This style can also come with added features such as steel toe caps and anti-slip treaded soles for safety whilst you're working, so look for these additions if you need extra protection.

Half-Length Will Be a Better Fit if You Struggle With Calf Sizing

Half-Length Will Be a Better Fit if You Struggle With Calf Sizing

As you can guess, half-length styles tend to be half the height of regular wellies, and will ordinarily reach just under your calf. These are great for those of us with wider calves, as it shouldn’t be an issue finding some that fit.


They’re also a good option for more casual wearers or the festival-goers out there, as they will still offer plenty of protection from the mucky fields but are easier to slip on and off when clambering in and out of a tent.

Ankle-Length Wellies Are Perfect for Pottering Around the Garden

Ankle-Length Wellies Are Perfect for Pottering Around the Garden

A recent addition to the welly family, the ankle boot is ideal if you just want a pair to slip on to take the rubbish out, potter around in when you’re messing with your flower beds, or if you need something you know is going to keep your feet dry when you’re walking the kids to school.


People have been spotted with these at festivals as well, but we think it's pretty brave to be so trusting of the English weather! So be careful when wearing these if it's likely to be a muddy one, as they offer good waterproof protection but aren't as successful when faced with mud.

The Outer Material Could Depend on Your Budget or Environmental Stance

The Outer Material Could Depend on Your Budget or Environmental Stance

Wellies are ordinarily made of either natural rubbers, PVC, or polyurethane, all of which are known for their waterproof qualities.


Natural rubbers or gum rubbers, which is why these styles are affectionately called 'gum boots' in some parts of the world, are an agricultural product derived from the sap of trees and plants. They’re known for being flexible, sturdy and comfortable, and will appeal to those wanting a natural material. 


The synthetic products (PVC and polyurethane) are generally lighter than natural rubbers, and often cheaper too. However, they do have an unwanted impact on the environment during and post-production in the shape of plastic waste which may put some of you off. They’re also slightly less supportive and sturdy.

Depending on the Season, You Might Want to Include a Lining

Depending on the Season, You Might Want to Include a Lining

We get some pretty dismal weather in the UK, so opting for some wellies with a suitable lining to keep your feet warm is a must if you’re planning on being out in the fields in the winter months. 


Our pick of the bunch is neoprene (also known as 'scuba knit' as it’s often used for wetsuits), a breathable fabric that'll keep your feet cosy in winter but cool in the warmer months. Other than bringing extra warmth, the lining will also give you added comfort. The downside is these linings do tend to come with an inflated price, though.

Depending on the Season, You Might Want to Include a Lining

Other lining options that shouldn’t rack up the pennies as much are nylon, polyester or PVC. These will all do a similar job of providing extra comfort and warmth, perhaps just not as well. If you’re not planning on spending a lot of winter in your wellies, but still want to be snug, then they might be the best option.


On the other hand, you could always pick yourself up a pair for occasional use that either uses the same material as the outside of the boot or one that is unlined. These won’t provide the comfort or cosiness of their lined counterparts, but they'll most certainly be cheaper.

Picking the Right Sole Should Keep You Grounded

There are many different options when considering which sole you should look for on your wellies, so we have compiled a short list of types to look out for. Our listing consists mainly of PVC and Rubber, but that doesn't mean other types are any better or worse!

Gum Rubber Soles Are Tough and Slip-Resistant

Gum Rubber Soles Are Tough and Slip-Resistant

Gum rubber soles are by far the most common sole to be found on Wellington boots, as they're sturdy, slip-resistant, waterproof, and very hard-wearing. This makes them a solid match for strolls in the countryside, festival-goers and essentially everyone who isn’t planning on coming up against any foreign agricultural chemicals.

PVC Soles Are Resistant to Abrasions and Chemicals but Aren’t as Sturdy

PVC Soles Are Resistant to Abrasions and Chemicals but Aren’t as Sturdy

Boots with PVC soles have a lot going for them. They’re good insulators and are extremely resistant to abrasion and chemicals, so are therefore ideal if you’re working in the fields


However, they have two major flaws – first off, their non-slip qualities are pretty poor, which isn't great if you’re walking through a sloppy field or partying (especially not after a few too many). Secondly, their ventilation isn't great, so if you’re getting these in preparation for summer then there's every chance you'll be suffering from a case of sweaty feet. 

Additional Types Include: Vibram for Traction and EVA for Lightness

Additional Types Include: Vibram for Traction and EVA for Lightness

Vibram was developed in the late 1930s after lives were lost on an expedition up the Alps, partly due to incompetent footwear. By 1954 it was patented and used in the first ascent of the K2 summit (a notoriously difficult climbing expedition), so as a sole that cut its teeth taking people up mountains, we’re sure it’s going to get you to your favourite country pub or around the work warehouse without a hitch! 


EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) is similar to rubber in softness and flexibility, however, EVA soles are known to be much lighter. By nature, this makes them more flexible, and better at absorbing impact when walking, which in turn makes them more comfortable. Perfect for dog-walkers or those that are planning on spending significant time pounding the pastures.

Top 10 Best Wellies in the UK

Now you've had a think about the kind of wellies you'll need, let's take a look at our top recommendations. From budget-friendly choices that can be ditched right after the festival season, to wellies fit for extreme weather, we have options for everyone! 

10
LengthAnkle
Outer MaterialNeoprene Rubber
Inner LiningNot specified
Sole MaterialRubber
9
LengthFull-length
Outer MaterialRubber
Inner LiningNeoprene
Sole MaterialRubber, steel
8

BekinaRubber Work Boots Men and Women

£94.20

LengthHalf-length
Outer MaterialSynthetic
Inner LiningUnlined
Sole MaterialGum rubber
7

JCBHydromaster Safety Wellington Boots and Boot Socks

£24.95

LengthFull-length
Outer MaterialPVC, Nitrile
Inner LiningPadded
Sole MaterialPVC
6

Joules EvedonWomen's Wellington Boots

£84.95

LengthFull-length
Outer MaterialRubber
Inner LiningManmade
Sole MaterialRubber
5
LengthHalf-length
Outer MaterialRubber
Inner LiningRubber
Sole MaterialGum rubber
4

HunterUnisex-Adult Original Tall

£139.00

LengthTall
Outer MaterialRubber
Inner LiningNylon
Sole MaterialGum rubber
3
LengthFull-length
Outer MaterialPVC
Inner LiningPVC
Sole MaterialPVC
2
LengthFull-length
Outer MaterialRubber
Inner LiningPolyester and a softex rubber insole
Sole MaterialGum rubber
1

SkellerupQuatro Insulated

£79.94

LengthFull-length
Outer MaterialRubber
Inner LiningNeoprene
Sole MaterialGum rubber

Compare the Best Wellies

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1
Skellerup Quatro Insulated 1

Skellerup

2
Aigle Parcours 2 1

Aigle

3
Dunlop Pricemaster 1

Dunlop

4
Hunter Unisex-Adult Original Tall  1

Hunter

5
Hunter Original Short 1

Hunter

6
Joules Evedon Women's Wellington Boots 1

Joules Evedon

7
JCB Hydromaster Safety Wellington Boots and Boot Socks 1

JCB

8
Bekina Rubber Work Boots Men and Women 1

Bekina

9
Lakeland Active Rydal Neoprene Insulated Rubber Wellington Boots 1

Lakeland Active

10
Bison Neoprene Ankle Wellington 1

Bison

Name

Quatro Insulated

Parcours 2

Pricemaster

Unisex-Adult Original Tall

Original Short

Women's Wellington Boots

Hydromaster Safety Wellington Boots and Boot Socks

Rubber Work Boots Men and Women

Rydal Neoprene Insulated Rubber Wellington Boots

Neoprene Ankle Wellington

Features

Boots That Come Prepared for a Weather War

Wellies That Will Put a Spring in Your Step

An Affordable, No-Nonsense British Icon

The Hottest Name in the Game

Half-Length Chic From the Hottest Name in the Welly Game

Form and Function: A Love Story

Comfortably Sturdy and Ready to Go!

Good Frostbite Protection

A Pair to Get the Job Done

Warm and Comfortable Ankle Wellies

Price£79.94£150.00£21.99£139.00£75.00£84.95£24.95£94.20£89.99£39.90
LengthFull-lengthFull-lengthFull-lengthTallHalf-lengthFull-lengthFull-lengthHalf-lengthFull-lengthAnkle
Outer MaterialRubberRubberPVCRubberRubberRubberPVC, NitrileSyntheticRubberNeoprene Rubber
Inner LiningNeoprenePolyester and a softex rubber insolePVCNylonRubberManmadePaddedUnlinedNeopreneNot specified
Sole MaterialGum rubberGum rubberPVCGum rubberGum rubberRubberPVCGum rubberRubber, steelRubber
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In the Market for More Wet Weather Gear?

In the Market for More Wet Weather Gear?

Regardless of whether the calendar reads December, April, or even August, having some decent rain gear to hand is a given for us Brits. But where to begin? With our related buying guides, of course! Hopefully we should take some pressure off finding products that'll actually keep you dry!

Summary

Using our guide we think you should be able to find a pair of wellies that'll keep your feet dry, warm and comfortable no matter what type of adventures you're planning on taking this year. We hope you've found our recommendations useful, and good luck out there in the great, green grasslands! 

Author: Lewis Clark

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