A couple of years ago at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show I bought some pink floral wellies…and they certainly brighten up walks in the countryside and nearby parks.
So, as the rain has reappeared after a very dry October, I thought I’d feature my pick of colourful floral wellington boots for this season, starting off with these gorgeous walnut brown wellies by Joules and vintage floral wellies by Monsoon.
Of course, we have the 1st Duke of Wellington to thank for this waterproof footwear.
The story is that in the early 1800s he requested a new style of boot from his shoemaker to be worn in battle and for evening wear. A leather boot was designed and became known as the ‘Wellington Boot’ and the name has stuck in the English language ever since.
Wellies started to be made of rubber in the mid-1800s when Hiram Hutchinson met Charles Goodyear, who had just invented the vulcanisation process for natural rubber. Hiram bought the patent to manufacture footwear and moved to France to establish the company now known as Aigle.
Rubber boot production was boosted by World War I when the War Office commissioned The North British Rubber Company (now Hunter) to make a boot suitable for soldiers in flooded trenches. And they were also made for World War II.
By the end of the war in 1945 wellington boots had become popular among men, women and children for wet weather wear….and the rest is history.
So, if you need a new pair of wellies, why not treating yourself to some floral ones?