Hunter Play Boots Review

Wedge Sole Rain Boots for Women

Smart looking rain boots with a wedge sole. Great for quickly slipping on to go outside on a wet day to go shopping, walk to school or work. Not so well suited for long walks or wearing for long periods of time. Available in a range of different ‘classic’ Hunter colours, also limited editions colours and prints. 

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Hunter Play Boots Review - Short Ankle Rain Boot

Hunter Play Boots Review
Date of review October 2021 by Richard 

OVERALL RATING
4.5/5
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Our Verdict

WHAT WE LIKE WHAT WE DON’T LIKE 
+ Ideal for wide claves (Play short)Pull tabs come off
+ Comfortable Reports of lining dye running
+ Wedge sole  
+ Fashionable \ Stylish 

If you’re looking for footwear that you can quickly slip on to keep your feet dry when the rain is pouring down, then the Play rain boots might be for you. The Play boots are made by Hunter, who are world famous for producing some of the best rubber boots that money can buy.

We hope this review of the Hunter Play boots will arm you with all the information you need to help you decide if the Play boots are right for you.

Hunter Play Boots: Features

  • Adjustments: None
  • Inside material: Polyester lining
  • Outside material: Natural rubber
  • Fit Type: True to size
  • Wide calves: Suitable for wide calves (Play Short)
  • Heel Type: Platform \ wedge sole
  • Pull tab
  • Waterproof: 100% waterproof
  • Colours: 6 classic colours available + limited editions
  • Sizes: Women – 3 UK to 9 UK and 5 US to 11 US

Hunter Play boots are available as Play Short boots and Play Tall boots. The short boots have a leg height of 15cm and the Tall Play boots have a leg height of approximately 29cm.

The only difference between the boots is the leg height, other than that they are exactly the same. Our Play boots review is focused on the ‘short’ boots, but is applicable to the ‘tall’ boots.

How Comfortable Are They

 Compared to other similar priced rain boots that we have reviewed the Hunter Play boots are among the most comfortable.

Initially the boots do feel a little tight and restrictive, but after a few short walk the boots begin to ‘relax’ and really start to feel comfortable. 

The boots are made of natural rubber which provides both support and flexibility. This combination of  support and flexibility means that the boots are well suited for walking and feet should not rub or ache. The Play boots are not designed for long distance walking. If you plan on regularly walking over 3 miles, there are other boots that would be better suited.

Due to the wedge soles, the boots are slightly heavier than similar short boots that don’t have a wedged sole. In a size 8 boot, each Play short boot weights just under 1 1/2 pounds or 680 grams. We didn’t find the weight to be a problem during our tests.

The insole and the the wedge sole offer a good degree of cushioning and shock absorption when walking.

The insoles are removable, which is a nice addition and in our opinion should really be the standard for all rain boots. The insoles can be removed for drying if they do get wet and they can easily be washed if required. The other benefit of having removable insoles is that they can be replaced with your own insoles, especially useful if you have a condition that requires specialist insoles.

Are They Durable

Hunter has a reputation for crafting durable boots and that’s certainly the case here. Made entirely of natural rubber, the Hunter Play rain boots have been vulcanized for a hardened, 100% waterproof fit. They’re lined with polyester to offset the hardening process and provide a more comfortable fit. 

The only weak area we found was that the pull tab at the back of the boot used to help pull the boots on, comes off easily. 

Overall the boots look well constructed and have no obvious weak spots and all the joins look good. We would expect the Hunter Play boots to last at least 2 years, but probably longer, depending on use.

Hunter Play boots come in different colours

Style

The Play boots definitely have a more streamlined appearance than the Hunter Original Boots, with subtle contours that give them a sleek aesthetic appearance.

The main standout feature of the boots is the wedge sole. This gives the Play boots a fairly unique look, that is not often seen in rubber boots. 

The boots come in 6 different Hunter ‘Classic’ colours as well as limited editions with unique finishes, colours and designs

Limited editions, include:

  • Nebula: A more lustrous design inspired by “moonlight” and “glass surfaces.”
  • Speckle: Has a speckled sole that’s the opposite color from the rest of the boot.
  • Pearlized: A two-tone finish that creates a shimmering appearance when hit by the light from different angles.

Overall, the design is enough to separate the boots from other short boots, while not diminishing the fact that, the Play rain boots are still Hunter boots.

How Good Is The Traction?

As the name ‘rain boots’ suggests they are usually worn in wet conditions, so it is important that they provide traction in the wet. Overall we found that on most wet surfaces the Play boots did provide sufficient traction.

The boots did not perform so well on icy surfaces. This is probably to be expected, as the boots do not have studs, which is really the only way good traction can be obtained on ice.

As the boot has a wedge sole, there is no heel. The heel of a boot can provide additional traction by sinking down into soft surfaces, like mud and snow. 

Overall Hunter Play boot traction is good, but nothing special.

Hunter Play Boots Sole
Hunter Play Boots - Good Traction

How Warm Are Hunter Play Boots?

The Hunter Play boots are not best suited to cold conditions. The boots have a thin textile lining, which provides next to no insulation. The only insulation is provided by the rubber the boots are made from and although rubber has good insulation properties it is not enough to keep feet warm in cold conditions.

Wearing thick socks will help improve the warmth of the boots, but socks will not provide sufficient warmth when temperatures get close to freezing.

If you’re after some boots to keep your feet warm in winter, then check out our boots for winter article

Final Thoughts

When buying any rubber boots (or in fact any product) it is important to know what you want from the boots. Are you looking for stylish boots, functional boots, warm boots etc

If you are looking for stylish city boots to wear on mild wet days and don’t plan on going on long hikes, then the Hunter Play boots are defiantly worth considering.

Richard

Richard

I've been working with wellies in one way or another, since 2009. So, i've come across of lot wellington boots in my time. I create most of the content for the website, which i hope you find useful.

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