It probably depends on the wellies you're wearin'.
You're CHILLIN' if your wellies:
- are handmade ... yes really HANDMADE in Europe;
- made of natural rubber;
- feature a 4 mm neoprene lining to provide warmth down to -10 degrees Fahrenheit;
- include a stitched in felt heel pad to prevent blistering;
- a lining that stays in place - promise;
- non-slip rubber sole;
- SELF-CLEANING deep treads - brilliant!
- honeycomb sole and footbed design for cushioning - these are boots you can walk ... and walk.... and walk in;
- come in classic colors like black, khaki, red and blue;
- are built to last for years;
- are "Real Wellies".
Or, you might be JUST PLAIN COLD if your wellies:
- are a brand that still pretend to be authentic, but are now made in China;
- are constructed of pvc (plastic);
- have a lining that either moves, twists, bunches up, or falls out;
- lack insulation - you're going to need that neoprene lining when temperatures drop;
- are pink with polka dots; it's ok, we've all had a pair at some point in our lives; just please
- DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED on the topic of "wedge wellies" or even worse, that ghastly fashion-fusion faux pas, the "welli-etto".
SHADBELLY's Recommendation? Gumleaf Boots - everything a "real wellie" should be: practical, comfortable, hardwearing and good-looking. Field tested and handmade in Europe, Gumleaf Boots are now available in the US through www.gumleafUSA.com [our featured pair, the Gumleaf Norse boots in Red, retail for $180.00].
No mystery to styling these - Gumleaf's authentic country boots work effortlessly with jeans, breeches, knit socks - just about anything you'll want to wear in and around the barn this season. Got a minute? Browse through SHADBELLY's "Wellie Style" board on Pinterest for inspiration [Our favorite? Move over Kate Moss - we love how Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II struts her stuff in a skirt and wellies at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.]
Got questions or need guidance on sizing? Just email Peggy@gumleafUSA.com and she'll get right back to you with expert advice.
So what's on your Winter Wish List?