If you are looking to go on walks in the rain or need to hike across muddy fields, you will need footwear that’s up to the task. There are many places where you can get good quality wellie boots, but before you can select the right pair, you need to know what features you’ll require, which all depends on how you plan to use them.
Not all rain boots are created equal, some are more of a fashion statement than a practical piece of footwear. Others, such as those made here at Merry People, are made not only to look good in many colours, such as red and yellow but also to provide high-quality durability, comfort and protection from the elements.
Here are some tips for helping you find the perfect pair of wellies.
What Size Is Best For Me?
To provide a good fit, you need to ensure that there is enough space between your toes and the front of the boots. You need enough space so your toes are not cramped, but not so much that they slide inside the boot when walking, which could lead to blisters.
With a little amount of space around the toes, you may find that your heel will raise slightly when you walk. This is normal, but it shouldn’t be so much that you feel like your boots may slip off. If the boots are made from natural rubber like Merry People boots then you want a slightly snug fit to start as the natural rubber will soften and mould to your foot with wear.
If you are going to be wearing your boots in all types of weather, including ice and snow, then you should ensure you have enough room inside to accommodate a pair of boot liners or thick winter socks. Are wellington boots good for snow? They sure can be!
Measuring Your Calf
Apart from the size of the boot, you might also want to measure your calf if you are buying mid-calf or full-length boots. Although the rubber will stretch to some extent, they may soon become uncomfortable if your boots are too tight.
To measure your calf, you need to sit in a chair and measure the widest part of your calf. You should add a little to this if you intend to fold your trousers inside your boots when walking.
Some boots like the Merry People Darcy mid-calf boot come with an expandable gusset, so you can adjust them yourself as you need.
Consider An Ankle Boot
If you will be spending your day knee-deep in mud, then you will want a longer calf-length boot that will protect you. However, for regular rainy days, you can use a smaller ankle boot.
Ankle boots can be more versatile so you can wear them from day to night and often come in many colors like red, yellow, green, and blue. They are also lighter and easier to put on in a hurry. For people with a wider calf, they can also be a good option.
Where To Look for Rain Boots
The issue of where to buy good rain boots is harder now you have a choice of online and physical stores. Many retailers, both online and in store, will have a decent range of rain boots. However, you should shop around before making your final decision, especially if you are looking for something specific.
Online stores will often have a size and fit guide that will help you select the right boots for your needs. They will also have multiple views of each style and ideally a picture of the tread as well. If you are unsure how they will look and fit, most online stores have risk free returns for exchanges or a refund so you try on with confidence before you decide.
If you are looking for a fashionable yet practical boot, you will find specialized manufacturers are the best option. These types of rain boots will cater to many people and offer more customization than regular stores.
Visiting physical stores can be time-consuming, but the upside is that you get to try on different types of boots to see which ones really suit your taste.
This is also a good opportunity to take some walking socks or boot liners with you to see how they fit and what size you need. You also have the added advantage of trying different pairs out to see how comfortable they are to walk around in.
While you may find a type of wellie you like in a store, you are likely to have better success by choosing to purchase from a specialised manufacturer. Not only can they offer more choice, but they will also fit better and use better materials. This means they will be comfortable to wear and last a lot longer.