Men’s Fashion Basics: Wellington Boots
With the rainy weather hitting us lately, it’s the perfect time for men (and women) to try out the Wellington Boot (aka Gum boots) to brave the weather. Unfortunately, very few men wear Wellington boots, and it’s a shame because they’re one of the most utilitarian shoes a man can own. Here, we’ll look how to wear Wellington boots without looking like a stable boy.
Wellington’s Rubber Construction Means Comfort
Unlike many other footwear choices, when choosing Wellington boots, comfort should be your top priority. After all, it’s not like you’ll be going anywhere special when wearing gum boots. There’s nothing worse than having your feet cramped and wet on a gloomy day.
When choosing a pair of Wellington boots, make sure it is make from soft rubber. Investing in quality is the key 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. Its classic design mean they’re the go-to boot for festivals-goers and gardeners alike.
The Hunter Original Short Wellington Boots via Mr. Porter
Note the Boot’s Lining and Insole
To choose a pair of Wellington boots that will last the mile, look out for leather lining since this extends its durability. This is a key point to remember because these foots will see you through some rough conditions. Leather lining means greater protection from the cold too. Boots with thick insoles should also be on your shopping list since it means your feet will be insulated and warm.
Go for monochrome boots
Never buy Wellington boots in prints or patterns. It works for the ladies, but not men. The best pair of Wellington boots a man can buy is a simple, monochromatic pair – preferably in dark colours like black, navy or dark green since it’s easier to match. A darker shade also means versatility with different coloured jeans. It also means less less visible stains on your boots.
Pairing Wellington boots with jeans
Wellington boots with jeans is the most straightforward and classic way to wear them. There are two ways to pull off this look: wear the jeans under the boots and folding up the jeans.
Wearing jeans under the your Wellington boots is a utilitarian look since it shows off the boots yet keep your legs warm as the jeans have an insulation effect. If you want to be more adventurous, try folding up your jeans. Wear the jeans over the boots, fold it up in a cuff, which then gives a ¾ trousers effect.
Note: Men should only wear Wellington boots with straight leg jeans. Skinny jeans will make the boots look out of place. As for baggy jeans… no respectable man should be wearing them anyway.
Wellington Boots should only be paired with straight leg jeans
What should a man wear with Wellington Boots?
The good thing about Wellington boots is that they’re versatile enough to pair with shirts or t-shirts (see our Wellington Boots Lookbook below). For a formal touch, a knit sweater top works. It also mixes up the textures for a varied look.
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