If you live somewhere normal, where you get 4 seasons, then I’m jealous! We now live in California and rainy season wasn’t shy to make its appearance. And while I am grateful we are getting rain for our crops, I ride a bike for part of my commute to work and rain isn’t making things very fun. Imagine a frozen, wet little raccoon pedaling very fast to get to work-that’s me! Haha.
My new best friends have definitely been my rain boots which I purchased not so long ago. Before this, I had never bought rain boots before,because I was living in a country where rain wasn’t necessarily a pain in the a** .:D
Buuuut, I know I am not alone out there and if you are here for some rain boot inspiration, than enjoy! These are my favorite ones so far!
Just click the picture you like to go find the boots on their website!
Fun history of rain boots and how they were created
Rain boots first made their debut on the feet of Arthur Wellesley in Britain in the early 19th century. Also known as the Duke of Wellington, the military man (like many others of his day) used to wear Hessian boots.
Hessian boots, standard issue in the military, were made out of leather, had a semi-pointed toe, reached up to the knee and had a tassel on the top. (Think Mr. Darcy in “Pride and Prejudice”).
Thinking he could improve on them, Wellesley commissioned his personal shoemaker to make a variation just for him. He asked him to do away with the trim around the calf, shorten the heel and cut the boot closer around the leg. The result, known as Wellingtons, quickly took hold among the British aristocracy, and the name wellies endures to this day.
The original Wellington boots were fashioned out of leather, but in the mid-19th century, a man named Hiram Hutchinson bought the patent for vulcanization of natural rubber for footwear from Charles Goodyear (who was using the process to make tires) and began manufacturing rubber Wellingtons. The introduction of the rubber Wellington was met with much approval, especially among farmers, who could now work all day and still have clean, dry feet.
How did they get so well known?
The Wellington became even more popular after World War I and World War II. Soldiers often spent long hours in flooded European trenches, and the rubber boots allowed their feet to stay warm and dry. By the end of World War II, men, women, and children were all wearing the rain boot. Hunter Boot, the company commissioned to make boots for the British Army in both wars, continues to sell their signature boots today.
Rain boots are still called wellies in England, but around the world are referred to as billy boots, gummies, gumboots and, of course, rain boots. In South Africa, where they are called gumboots, miners wore rain boots and used them to help them communicate with each other when talking wasn’t permitted. The miners even created gumboot dances (whose variations have become popular entertainmenttoday) to keep themselves from getting bored.
Which ones are your favorite?
Here are mine ♥ . Purchased them a few months ago from Target and I couldn’t be more in love. Rain boots are the best invention EVER!
With much love,