It may be a strange time to be talking about wellies, but anyone who owns a dog knows we are not quite out of the mud yet when it comes to appropriate footwear for a walk in the park/marshes/hills.
Over the last few months, I have become no stranger to mud and despite living in the city, Big A and I have found ourselves in some pretty muddy/wet situations, while out and about.
Weather is of course no reason to give up on style – as we all know – and I have been in pursuit of the perfect welly, ever since I got a dog. Hunters may be the rubber of choice for Yummy Mummies, but they are not for me. I spent a small fortune on a pair of knee high Red Hunters and have to admit, I don’t love them. Unless you have super skinny calves (I don’t) they are claustrophobically tight and need a member of your family to help get them off. The are also cold in winter and not comfortable to to walk long distances. They may look good on Kate Moss at Glastonbury, with hot pants and a Barbour – but I’m afraid they don’t work for me on a five mile trek on Hackney Marshes.
I then went to the opposite extreme and bought a pair of (also over priced) Margaret Howell wellies. Ankle length, navy Blue and a much looser fit, I added sheepskin soles for maximum warmth and off we went. They were great for a few months, then they started to leak – not so great for a “waterproof” boot!
I had more or less given up and when even my trusty old Blundstones looked like they were on their last legs, I despaired of ever finding the perfect all weather dog walking boots. Until out of the blue came an invite to view the new range by footwear designer Julia Lundsten, for traditional Finnish welly brand Nokian.
Julia is also Finnish, so knows a thing or two about weather (and footwear obvs) and had approached Nokian as they are specialists in high quality rubber footwear and she felt there was a gap in the market for stylish all weather boots.
Each boot in the collection is made using the finest natural rubber, which makes them durable and extremely flexible and Nokian’s s extensive research and knowledge of the Northern climes mean they perform outstandingly in harsh conditions. They are stylish without being gimmicky and the Biker style that I was given are fleece lined, therefore nice and warm.
They are not cheap (but neither are the alternatives) as prices start at £95, but they are far superior to any others I have tried – and they look good.