It occurred to us the other day during a lively chat in The Swan (our local) that Wellies are a much loved, used and equally decisive item of footwear.
It all began because someone observed nearly have the pub attendees that evening had wellies on, and so ensued a detailed debate about this ubiquitous footwear of the countryside.
Our chat revolved around the whole philosophy of Wellies really, what to pay, which type, posh boots versus cheap boots and fashion statements plus how you can therefore judge an individual by their choice of boot – who would have thought we could have had 2 hours on this – maybe the pints of Oxford Gold Ale we were on that helped that 🍻🍺. We do live the highlife I hear you say.
What we worked out was that some people will pay a lot of money for boots and other see them as just as functional as a spade. It was clear both Hunters and Aigle had their devotees but equally Barbour and Gumleaf had started to eat in to the dominance of waterproof footwear the big names had.
But there are some out there who clearly had a small wellie boot fetish or done kind with thermal pairs, varying lengths of calf boots and even Sunday best boots – there is clearly no accounting for taste. 👢
There is however a strong contingent of cheaper the better types who buy boots in garden centres or from Amazon and think paying £100 for wellies is a travesty… We called these the £12-and-proud group 😁
We even had those who maintained boots in the estate cars permanently (just in case) and there were others who just drove in them pretty much constantly as far as we can tell.
Now as us the way with pub debates we resolved absolutely nothing, we did however spend a very enjoyable countryside evening as only we British can ribbing each others on our views our vagaries of dress and our spending power and all agreed this most British of footwear us indeed something to be praised for its versatility, usefulness and ability to divide a country pub.
And don’t even get us started on DuBarry !