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Hi, I am after a decent pair of waterproof boots to stop my feet getting wet at the beach.
Does anyone have any recommendations?
I am considering Hunters but was hoping for something a bit cheaper! Cheers
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Perhaps it would be a better idea to say what you'd like them to improve on, over the standard £15 jobbies?
I was recently in the market for a new pair of Wellingtons and decided I'd be prepared to pay a fair price for a decent pair in the hope of comfort and durability. My budget was £100.
In the end I found a superb pair, superbly comfortable, very pliable, totally waterproof of course, and even looked pretty good.
Total cost was a massive £9.99 and I'm thrilled with them. First time I wore them I walked a good 8-10 miles over a rocky coastal path and was astounded at the level of comfort.
I originally tried Le Chameau, Hunter's and Argyle's and I'm sure they're good boots (they should be the money they cost), but I didn't like them at all, the sizes were completely inacurate and after trying two full sizes smaller than my actual shoe size they were still too big, tried the next size down and couldn't even get them on. I gave up at this point.
The £9.99 ones I ended up buying were IMO much more comfortable than boots costing ten to twelve times as much.
They're called Wetlands. I bought mine from a local farmer's market, so don't know how widespread they are. Perhaps try a Google search.
PS. Any time from Spring untill Autumn I find a pair of shorts and sandalls (sports/walking ones)(yes, even Canon shooters wear them ) the best bet. No worries about getting your feet wet then and they're plenty comfortable enough to walk miles and miles in.
I have some hunter wellingtons that llook like lace-up ankle boots and they're great, easy to walk in (with an insole inside) and high enough to wade into shallow streams.
I recently rang Hunter to ask if they still did them and that particular one has been discontinued but they are introducing a new lace up ankle boot in April.
Apparently because of demand from people who attend Glastonbury.
You can sign up for advance emails with Hunter and then you'll see the pictures as soon as the boot is released.
I think it all depends on the shape of your feet Raife.
I've had a pair of 'Hunters' for about 15 years now and they are really comfortable but unfortunately, as far as I know, they don't produce them anymore.
However there are other good makes on the market and I think you get what you pay for.
Thanks very much for the sound advice. My wife has a pair of Hunters that she has had for about 12 years and are still great but I wanted to pay the 12 years ago price.
I think I may have to bite the bullet with the Hunters as I have just managed to get an allotment recently and will definately need some decent ones as well as for the beach.
I love my Reefs and generally live in them but its a bit chilly still
There's a brand called Town & Country that aren't too bad, but I got a pair of Hunter boots last September and I wouldn't trade them for anything. They are very comfortable, they are made of rubber, so if you are allergic to latex, avoid. I think the Town & Country boots are PVC rather than rubber.
I have Hunters as well and the great thing about them is that they can at a pinch be used as walking boots.
I bought some 4x4 wellies from our local one pond shop.
Brilliant, I can get anywhere now.
Dunlop. Wickes. £9.99. Job done.
And I use a pair daily over some very rough and muddy territory plus stream crossing on a regular basis.
Whatever you do , don't go to B&Q! Mine have been worn about 4 times and leaked like a sieve on Saturday!!
So I'm reading this with gr8 interest - - personally I like the purple Hunters
I have 2 pairs of very comfortable wellies.
- the long ones are Nora - very comfortable as they have a wood insole (bit like Scholl sandals) and no cloth lining - which means if you go over the wellie tops you can empty the water out, dry them out with a towel, put on dry socks and you are comfortable again.
My short wellies which are in daily use are Mucka boots with wellie feet and nylon and foam legs. The leg width is adjusted with velcro.
Try looking in farm and stablewear type shops - they cater for people who need wellies/boots that they can wear all day to work in comfort !
My best wellies are Dunlop "purofort" . I've just managed to find a new pair after finally wearing out the old ones, but they did at least 15 years of daily use (yes even in summer!)
Must admit they are a bit "agricultural" in style, but they are comfortable, if a bit clumpy but I can still wear them for riding, have some serious tread on them which never wears out, have safety toecaps but are still light, & best of all, they are really warm! Price about £35
Quote: wellingtons that look like lace-up ankle boots
Although Hunters might not be available you can get lots of similar kinds. Try WCF (West Cumberland Farmers) at Hexham or Carlisle
Hunters tend to be a bit overpriced. I've just bought a pair of Aigle wellies. They're cheaper but easily as good. Being shaped to fit the foot and calf they don't flop about or bang your shins and are comfy on long walks with the dogs.
The more expensive ones have insulated and padded insoles as well.
Most Scats, or other farm suppliers have them.
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