Barbour Bede Wellies Review

Stylish Wellington Boots for Men & Women

The Barbour Bede wellies are a classic looking wellington boot. They are more suited for the fashion conscious customer, who would only wear the boots for limited amounts of time, like walking the dog or gardening. The boots come in 3 colours and are available for men and women.

Value for Money
Build Quality

Barbour Bede Wellie Review

Barbour Bede Wellington Boot Review
Date of review Sept 2021 by Richard


Our Verdict

+ Stylish welliesNot suitable for wide calves
+ Good alternative to Hunter Originals Quality could be better
+ Kick spur (help take boots off) 
+ Good traction 
+ Barbour branding 

Barbour are a classic British country clothing company. Known all over the world for their famous wax jackets. They’re not so well known for wellington boots. In this review we will see if the Bede wellies are worthy of the Barbour name.

Barbour Bede Wellington Boots: Features

  • Adjustable side buckle (really only for appearance)
  • Inside material: Tartan cotton lining 
  • Outside material: Natural rubber
  • Fit Type: True to size
  • Heel Type: Block, 1cm tall
  • 100% Waterproof
  • Kick spur (easy to take boots off)
  • 3 colours available: Black, Green and Navy
  • Matt finish
  • Sizes: Men UK6 to UK12 – Women UK3 to UK9 


The Barbour Bede wellies have a traditional wellington boots look about them. Barbour have done very little to the design to make them look any different than you typical wellie. Even the colours have been limited to the traditional green, black and navy. The only design stamp that Barbour have given the boots is the tartan lining, which is a signature of the Barbour wax jackets

It is that traditional look that makes these Barbour wellies so popular. When you physically see the boots they look smart and there isn’t really anything to dislike.

In fact, the boots look very similar to the Hunter Originals, which is no bad thing. The fact they also cost considerably less, makes them a great alternative to the Hunter’s.

Barbour Bede Wellington Boots Tartan Lining
Barbour Bede wellies have a tartan lining


We feel that Bede wellies have primarily be designed as fashion wellington boots and not as practical work boots. When wearing the boots for short walks or pottering around the garden, they offer reasonable comfort. We didn’t find any part of the boot rubbing and there was a reasonable amount of support and flexibility around the ankle.

However, When taking the boots on a long walk (nearly 5 miles) we found they just didn’t offer enough support and comfort to make the walk a pleasure. This is because the boots don’t have an especially good shock absorbing sole and the support required for a long walk just isn’t there. Feet became sweaty and felt tired. When compared to boots like the Aigle Parcours 2 ISO, which are specifically designed for all day comfort, the Barbour Bede boots just don’t compare. 


The Barbour Bede boots only have a cotton lining, which is not designed for keeping feet warm. Without an insulting layer (like neoprene or fleece lining) feet will feel the cold. The boots also only have a fairly basic sole, will means the cold will come up from the ground.

Wearing thick socks will certainly help keep feet warmer, but don’t expect your feet to be warm in freezing conditions. The boots are really only suitable for milder weather conditions.

If you’re after boots for cold weather take a look at our wellies for winter buyers guide

Barbour Bede Wellies Kick Spur

What is a Wellie Kick Spur

The Barbour Bede wellington boots have a feature called a 'Kick Spur'. The kick spur is located on the back of the heel on each boot and helps to take boots off. This is a very simple feature but is actually very useful, especially if you don't have a boot jack.

Boot Quality

The boots appear to built to a reasonable standard. The rubber is a bit on the thin side, so we can see that wearing and possibly splitting in a relatively short time period.

There are reports of the insole slipping in side the boot and customers having to replace it with a new 3rd party insole.


The Barbour Bede wellies are good looking and work well as basic boot. They’ll keep your feet dry in wet conditions and as long as you don’t plan on wearing them all day long, they’re fairly comfortable.

As mentioned earlier in the review the build quality is ok and will probably be fine for the majority of people who buy these boots for fashion purposes rather than as a practical ‘working’ wellington boots.



I've been working with rubber boots (aka rain boots, wellies) in one way or another, since 2009. So, i've seen a lot of wellington boots in my time. I create most of the content for the website, which i hope you find useful.


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