Hunter Original Tall Boots Review
Iconic Rubber Boots
Hunter Original boots are not what we were expecting from such a popular brand of rubber boot. They look great and come in a range of colours and a matt or gloss finish. However, we found they didn’t cut the mustard in a few key areas. Find out more in our Hunter Original Tall boots review.
|WHAT WE LIKE||WHAT WE DON’T LIKE|
|+ Variety of different colours. Matt & gloss finishes||– Poor build quality|
|+ Fashion must haves (worn by many celebs)||– Quite expensive. Paying for the ‘Hunter’ brand|
|+ Iconic brand|
Hunter Original boots have become the go to rain boots for wet weather, from light showers to torrential storms. You will almost certainly see these boots proudly being worn by people in the countryside and in towns on a wet day
What makes Hunter boots stick out from other wellington boot brands, is their simple yet very recognizable classic design. The Hunter Original boots have became a fashion icon since Kate Moss was photographed at the 2005 Glastonbury Festival wearing a pair of black Hunter Originals.
But just because the Hunter Original boots are popular, doesn’t necessarily mean they offer good value for money. In this Hunter Original Tall boots review, we will callout their good qualities and their not so good qualities.
About Hunter Boots
Hunter boots have a rich history stretching over more than 160 years. The company started life as the North British Rubber Company making rubber boots, tyres and even golf balls.
Thanks to the high standard of their rubber boots, the company was commissioned to make boots for soldiers during both World Wars.
The Hunter Original Green Wellingtons, or the Original Tall Boots as we know them today, were first produced back in 1955. Even after so many years, these handmade boots are still Hunters most popular rubber boots.
Hunter Original Boots: Features
- Side buckle (for appearance only)
- Inside material: Polyester lining
- Outside material: Natural rubber
- Fit Type: True to size
- Heel Type: Block, 1 inch tall
- 100% Waterproof
- Women’s boots 7 colours | Men’s boots 3 colours
- Matt & Gloss finishes available
- Sizes: Men UK6 to UK12 – Women UK3 to UK9
There are loads of reviews for Hunter Original wellies on the internet. Not surprising considering they are probably the most popular wellington boots in the world. Nearly every review we’ve seen has been praising the boots. However, we don’t think all the praise is deserved.
As the name suggests the Hunter Original boots are tall. This means that they offer water proof protection higher up the leg, when compared to the majority of other wellies. The boots are made using natural rubber, making them 100% waterproof.
The wellies have a basic cotton \ polyester lining, which makes slipping feet in and out of the boots easier. The lining offers very little protection from the cold. Due to the lack of insulation the Hunter Original boots are not ideal for winter weather conditions. Hunter do have a very limited range of Original boots with a fleece lining
As the boots are made from rubber they are flexible, which will generally mean less chance of rubbing and aching feet, especially when compared to boots made from PVC. Unfortunately the rubber is pretty thin, offering little in the way of support. The insoles are also thin and don’t really offer any cushioning or shock absorption. This is probably ok if you don’t plan on walking too far or wearing them for long periods of time.
Hunter Original boots are available in the traditional green colour and also and range of other colours, with a matt finish or a nice shiny gloss. At the top of the boot there’s a buckle which give the boot more character and style. The buckle has no function other than to be aesthetically pleasing.
A point of note, the boots are called Hunter Original Tall boots, this distinguishes them from Hunter Original Short boots. The boots are not an extra tall version. They are sometimes simply called ‘Hunter Original Boots’
Traction \ Grip
The sole has fairly shallow treads and a block heal which helps to give the boots reasonable traction when walking in wet and muddy conditions.
Hunter Original wellies: The Bad
Hunter Originals are not made as well as they once were
I purchased a pair of green Hunter Original boots about 20 years ago that are still with me today and in pretty good shape. Just over 2 years ago I treated myself to some new black Hunter Original boots, which looked lovely, but they are obviously not constructed to the same high quality as my old Hunter wellies.
The inner lining has started to peel away from the boot
Like many wellies, the Hunter Originals have a cotton \ polyester inner lining. This is to help make it easier putting the boots on and taking them off. After about 18 months of use the lining started to peel away at the top and is slowly coming away further and further down the boot.
The soles wear down
The treads of the soles are wearing smooth so the boots are starting to lose traction when walking. Also, the the heel on one of the boots has worn all the way through.
The Hunter logo has nearly disappeared
One of the most distinguishing features of Hunter boots is the logo on the front of the Boots. For many people the Hunter logo is an important reason for buying the wellies in the first place. As you can see from the picture below after two years of use the logo has nearly disappeared.
The boots are starting to split
Where the boots crease when walking, the rubber has started to split, so they are no longer waterproof. I don’t walk long distances in my boots, i really only use them for pottering around the garden and sometimes for walking the dog. So it is really disappointing that the boots have split in this way, so quickly.
New Hunter boots Vs Old Hunter boots
My old green Hunter Original wellington boots have got a few problems. Like the soles have worn down and one of the buckles on the gusset has started to come away from the boot. But these boots are 20 years old have had a lot of use, yet they are in better shape than the new Hunter boots which are only 2 years old and haven’t really been used that much.
It should be noted that i don’t take great care of my rubber boots. I occasionally wash them down with cold water, but i don’t treat them with any oils.
Hunter Original wellies: The Good
Hunter Originals look good
The big thing about Hunter Original Tall Boots is that they do look good. This is the main reason that the boots are so popular. They come in a wide range of different colours and are available in both a matt finish or a gloss finish. They are also available as a short boot and the boots are also available for children and even toddlers (Hunter First Classic)
Iconic Wellington Boots
Whenever you see a celebrity or someone famous wearing wellington boots they are nearly always Hunter Original boots.
If you’re looking for practical wellington boots, that you’re going to be doing quite a bit of walking in or wearing for long periods. Then Hunter Originals are probably not for you. The build quality is mediocre at best and they’re not that comfortable.
If, however you are looking for a good looking wellie in a range of different vibrant colours to walk around town in, then Hunter Original boots should definitely be on your short list.
Hunter Original Tall Boots Questions & Answers
Are Hunter Original Tall boots warm?
No, they have a thin cotton and polyester lining which provides minimal insulation from the cold.
How tall are Hunter Original Tall boots?
From the bottom of the heel to the top of the boot is approximately 16 inches \ 40cm. Although they are called ‘Tall’ boots they are not especially tall for rubber boots.
Are Hunter Original Tall boots vegan?
Yes, they are vegan certified.
Are Hunter Original Tall boots true to size?
Yes, buy them in your normal shoe size
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