History of Wellington Boot
First invented by (you guessed it!) the Duke of Wellington in the 1800s to prevent cavalry soldiers from getting shot in the knee, the Wellington Boot has played an integral part in human history since its conception.
The Wellington rocketed to public consciousness during WW1 and WW2, where Wellington manufacturer ‘Hunter’ were commissioned to make boots suitable for trench warfare. At the end of WW1 alone, they had manufactured over 1,185,036 pairs.
It may seem anachronistic to be writing a Wellington centric style guide in mid-May, but it is around this time that Wellingtons take up their secondary role, and thousands of pairs will soon be hitting the grounds of every major festival in the UK.
‘Men’s Balmoral Adjustable 33mm Neoprene Lined Wellington Boot’
For a refined take on the classic Wellington, look no further than Hunter’s ‘Men’s Balmoral’ Boot. The Balmoral boot is stylish and slick, with top of the line technology behind it to guarantee comfort and utility.
As a part of Hunter’s iconic design, there is a ‘side gusset’ (visible in picture) to adapt the fit of the leg (so you don’t lose your welly in the mud!). Wear these as a slightly more sophisticated alternative to your regular festival Wellington.
‘The Official Men’s Cambridge Boat Race Boots’
f the serious and reserved Balmoral boot is not for you, then perhaps the ‘Official Men’s Cambridge Boat Race Boots’ will do the trick. The official Wellington boot of the Cambridge v Oxford boat race, Hunter designed this boot in partnership with Cancer Research UK to commemorate the first race, held in 1892.
Though officially described as ‘blue’ on the Hunter website, in actuality this boot is closer to ‘mint’, and would be a great statement piece and stark contrast against the festival mud.
‘Men’s Balmoral Short Wellington Boot’
These Short Wellingtons offer an alternative to the standard half-leg length and are specifically made for rough terrain. These boots are also incredibly light weight and flexible, allowing you to wear them not only for festivals but throughout the rainy Winter months (and probably Autumn…and in Spring).
Check out how Hunter makes their boots here: