Which Wellingtons to Buy?

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About and Which Wellies to Buy?


Not all Wellingtons are made equal!

In the store we sell Dunlop, Jack Pyke, Seeland and Harkila Wellingtons. Over the years we have learn’t that the biggest problem with problem wellingtons is that the seller has not been very good at selling you the right rubber or non rubber boot for the job.
Around Hockliffe where our main store is we have farms, arable & mixed, Equestrian Centres and yards, Shooting Woodland, Open fields and semi rural locations and towns and loads of other types of environments. One of the first questions we ask our customer who is looking for a pair of wellingtons is….What do intend to use them for? The Name of the wellington will also give some clue to what it is designed for, Field Wellingtons are meant for fields, not pavements.
Wellies are made from Rubber, PVC or Leather or a combination of all, plus additives, fillers etc. See Allcock & Sons http://www.allcocks.co.uk/about-j-allcock-and-son.htm (for more interesting info on Rubber)
Leather Boots need looking after, regular feeding and cleaning.  Rubber and PVC Boots don’t need as much care, but they do need to be looked after.  Rubber and PVC are both damaged by different chemicals and also by UV light.  Rubber Perishes in Sunlight and therefore needs a good protector to both feed the Rubber as it does dry out and act like a sun cream to help reduce the speed of degradation. PVC is alot more stable in wellingtons and is much cheaper normally.

Rubber Based Wellingtons

Pure Rubber Wellingtons are extremely soft and floppy so it can be quite challenge to put them on as the leg will fold over easily.  As these are pure rubber, likely to perish quickly if not protected from the sun during the summer months.  Medium to High Rubber contents are also not suitable for mucking out and working with Slurry and manure as the Acid and Alalines destroy the rubber very quickly.  We sell quite a few Neoprene Lined wellingtons to farmers, but they know that they will have to replace them within a year or so max
Blends of additive to the pure rubber add firmness and durability to the boot, so dropping to around 70 -80% Rubber, give a great boot with more durability. 50-60% Rubber reduces the price.

PVC Wellingtons

Best for Farming as they are resisitant to many of the harsh elements.  They can be cheap from £12 ish but also can be just as expensive as a mid priced or a £100+ boot.


Specialist in Work and Industry, with ranges such as Acifort and Purofort, Dunlop make tough, extremely comfortable wellingtons that are designed to stand up to the rigors of a harsh environment. http://www.dunlopboots.com/en


Neoprene is not just for winter, it is a thermal lining, which helps reduce the transfer of temperatures between the outside and side of the boot.  Neoprene is porous and is not 100% waterproof, so if you are wanting to walk in streams up to the top of the boot, don’t buy a wellington with Half neoprene showing from the Ankle up.  Buy a full height wellington with a full neoprene lining.

3mm, 4mm  or 5mm

Neoprene linings add more thermal properties to the boot, the thicker the lining, the less the transfer of temperature.

Do I need to wear thick socks?

It depends if you have cold feet or not.  If you want to wear a thick sock in winter, take the insole liner out of the boot when you try them on, as this will give you more room for a thicker sock,  then in the warmer weather put it back in to take up the space the thicker sock took.  Otherwise, the boot will be sloppy on your feet.  If you still find this, put another insole inside.

Sole Systems:

The Sole on the boots is critical for the durability of the boot. Due to the weight and comfort, all sole tend to have hollows  in them and therefore are not solid.  Make sure you look at the sole as well as the upper and ask what is designed for:
Press the sole with your fingers, feel how soft or hard it is.  Soft soles normaly are for soft ground, hard soles generally are for both hard and soft surfaces.
Look at the pattern of the sole and the way the heal is designed.  A hollowed out heal is designed to sink into mud, to help prevent slipping, grooved soles going across from one side to the other, tend to be field boots, not muddy hills, but grass and rough surfaces. A sole that has a pattern like bolts in various shapes, is designed for hard terrain so it can help grip on rock.
PU Soles: Keeps the price lower and are hard wearing everday soles, will cope with most environments, but will depend on the construction of the sole itself.
Vibram: Adds to the price and for a reason.  Vibram create soles that have specific functions and therefore compliment the upper of the wellington and the fuction that the boot was designed for. For example: Vibram is added to some of the Dunlop Work Wellingtons .
Vibram Fire&Ice: Performing in a temperature range that extends from -20° C to + 250° C, Vibram® Fire&Ice meets both the EN 15090 and NFPA fire resistance parameters, representing the ideal solution at the workplace in all conditions where safety and security are particularly critical and urgent.
There are many types of Vibram soles, so check which one the wellington has, http://www.vibram.com/index.php/us/VIBRAM/About-Us/The-Company
Hope you have enjoyed this, any comments, questions please let us know.