Men’s Fashion Basics: Wellington Boots
With the rainy weather hitting us lately, it’s the perfect time for men to put on their Wellington Boots (aka Gum boots) and brave the weather. Unfortunately, few men wear Wellington boots, and it’s a shame because they’re one of the most utilitarian shoes a guy can own. Here, we’ll explore how to wear Wellington boots without looking like a stable boy.
Rubber Means Comfort
As with any footwear, when choosing Wellington boots, comfort is the top priority. There’s nothing worse than having your feet feel cramped and wet on a gloomy day. Buy a pair made of soft rubber which ensure comfort and flexibility. Investing in quality is important here – so avoid cheap PVC Wellington boots and go for 100% rubber made. The below pair from Hunter are the ideal mix of comfort and style.
Above: Hunter Original Short Wellington Boots via Mr. Porter
Lining and insole
Look out for leather lining since this extends the durability of Wellington boots – an especially important point seeing they face rough weather conditions. Leather lining means more protection from the cold. The insoles also equates to greater insulation and warmer feet.
Go for monochrome
Never buy Wellington boots with prints or patterns. It works for the ladies, but not men. The best pair of Wellington boots is a simple, monochromatic pair – preferably in darker colours like black, navy or dark green since it’s easier to match. A darker shade also means versatility with different coloured jeans.
Pairing Wellington boots with jeans
Wellington boots with jeans is the most straightforward and classic way to wear them. There are two ways to do right: wearing the jeans under the boots and folding up the jeans. Note: you should only wear wellington boots with straight leg jeans.
Wearing jeans under over the boots is simple since it show off the boots but keep your legs warm since the jeans have an insulation effect. If you want to be more adventurous, try folding up the jeans. Wear the jeans over the boots, fold it up in a cuff, which then gives a ¾ trouser effect.
Wellington Boots should only be paired with straight leg jeans
What about the top? Shirt or t-shirt?
The good thing about Wellington boots is that they’re versatile enough to suit shirts or t-shirts (see Lookbook below). For a formal touch, wear a knit sweater works. It also mixes up the textures for a more varied look. Just don’t wear them with suit pants.
Wellington Boots Lookbook
Wellington Boots as seen on the D&G Menswear show
Top L-R: Hunter Original Wellington Boots in black and green, Bottom L-R: Hunter x Jimmy Choo Crocodile Embossed Wellington Boots and Hunter Originals. Via Mr. Porter