Nature walks are a mainstay of lockdown, but those of us with dogs have been walking since before it became cool. As such, especially during the cold and wet winter months, we know that having comfortable yet waterproof boots is a godsend. Whether you’re new to dog walks or your current boots are getting tired, we’ve ranked the best wellies for dog walking in 2021.
What makes a good pair of dog walking wellies? They should be designed with big, muddy rambles in mind, offering a long length to protect from splashing, tough construction, and extra-grippy soles for wandering different terrains.
If you’re worried about them fitting snugly around your calves, look for boots that can be ordered to fit calf measurements, or choose a pair with an adjustable gusset.
Good to know: Wellingtons are normally composed of either natural rubber, PVC, or Gore-Tex. Natural rubber is extremely waterproof and is known for being flexible and comfortable. PVC is a man-made plastic that is lighter and much more affordable, but less supportive and long-lasting. Gore-Tex is a breathable membrane that repels water and wind, and is often used for high-performance outdoor wear, but tends to have the highest price point. Most good quality wellies for walking feature Vibram soles, which are built to last and won’t wear away quickly if used on harder surfaces.
Three of the best wellies for dog walking in 2021
Best for sturdiness & customisation: Hunter Field Balmoral
Available in men’s and women’s (from £135)
Hunter’s are found in boot rooms all across the UK, and for good reason. Not only do they encapsulate the classic wellington boot look, they are also extremely well designed for long walks on any terrain.
Crafted with natural, super-soft rubber, these Balmoral collection wellies feature a highly durable Vibram outsole designed for both grip and shaking off mud, plus enhanced comfort and shock absorption. For the lining, you can choose between neoprene, bamboo carbon or leather – we would advise neoprene for the unpredictable winter weather, being insulating, resilient and waterproof. These boots also feature an adjustable side gusset to allow you to get a perfect fit around your calves.
Part of what makes the Hunter Field Balmorals some of the best wellies for dog walking is how sturdy they are. However, some may find their thick soles and substantial heel too heavy for their liking; if you prefer a lighter boot then look on!
Best all-rounder: Le Chameau Vierzonord Neoprene Lined
Available in men’s and women’s (£180)
You may recognise our next wellies from pictures of our very own Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, meaning these are another iconic staple of the country house boot room.
This French brand has its own master bootmakers who hand-craft each boot. Each pair of wellies is designed with a toasty 3mm of neoprene lining, built from natural rubber, and is adjustable with an easy snap-fastening buckle. They also feature a dual-density Vibram sole that absorbs shock, ensures stability and supports tired arches even after a long ramble.
These Le Chameau boots are lighter than the Hunter’s, and some people may prefer this – they have the feeling of an all-rounder boot, ideal for quick strolls with your pooch or long countryside romps through the mud.
Best for look & extra-long walks: Aigle Parcours 2 Iso
Another French hand-made brand, Aigle flies slightly below the radar and is cooler for it. These wellies offer a sleek look that might just make them our most attractive pick.
The Parcours 2 Iso are some of the best wellies for dog walking thanks to their tri-density rubber sole and shock-absorbing cushion, which allows you to explore for hours on end in comfort – something that will make your furry best friend very happy.
Made of mainly natural rubber, they have an adjustable gusset to adjust to your calves, while fitted ankles hold your feet steady. They also have a luxurious 4.5mm Neoprene lining to keep your feet snug.
Now that you’ve found your perfect pair of wellies, why not upgrade your boot room to match? After all, boot rooms are the informal entrance to most country homes, not to mention the place where your new wellingtons will live – why shouldn’t yours deserve a makeover? To browse English country aesthetics and get inspired, follow joinery-led designer Artichoke on Instagram.