Once wellies were only worn for “country life” but now it should be back to your outfits. However, they can be bright, patterned and different lengths.
They brighten everyone from the grey mass of people and look really playful.
Wellingtons saw the light of day for the first time at the beginning of the 19th century. Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, asked his shoemaker sew the classic jack-boots which became very popular in the eighteen century. Shorter and narrower shoes perfectly suited to Duke – it was not only comfortable to wear on the battlefield but seemed to be in style as well which was the most important to Wellesley.
First became popular among British dandies, boots became indispensable in war time, especially the First World War because more than a million pairs were made for British Army soldiers.
In recent years this footwear is returning. Italian fashion house Prada‘s autumn 2009 collection showed massive colourful wellingtons and Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto is not refusing detailed variations of wellies for a couple of years.
“There’s a style rush on the humble wellington boot, with Hunter adding studs and quilting, Marc Jacobs’s candy-coloured versions, and now Valentino’s lace numbers – which we think you’ll agree makes for a rather dainty splash in the rain,” says the Vogue blog (http://www.vogue.co.uk/blogs/the-vogue-blog/2010/05/24/the-duke-of-boots)
Summer music festivals usually are unlikely without the rain and mud baths so the boots became cult footwear. Practicality and versatility are corrupted – people do not need to be afraid to jump in the mud and wet feet for a while. Wellies fit with anything – light dresses, shorts, colourful T-shirts.
One of the main manufacturers of bots, British company Hunter, has even a separate rubber shoe line created special for festivals. Furthermore, a couple of years ago Jimmy Choo, Malaysian origin footwear designer, collaborated with Hunter and created wellies decorated with crocodile leather and leopard fur which has become a must-have among the festival participants and celebrities. In 2005 British model Kate Moss appeared in a pair of wellies at the largest music festival Glastonbury – bots were blown away from stalls by young fashion followers trying look like a Katie.