Going to music festivals can be a lot of fun – but, alas, you could be caked in so much wet mud by the end of it all that you feel like the clock has been turned back a year and you have just returned from a few days of engaging in trench warfare.
However, if you don’t love the smell of sweat-soaked socks in the morning, you might want to invest in a suitable pair of wellington boots. Those boots should help protect your feet from the mud that you will inevitably often wade your way across during a festival… or several.
Still, wellington boots don’t all come in the same standard form. They can significantly vary in their shapes, sizes and features. As a result, these boots can span a broad spectrum of prices. So, what do you need to look for when on the hunt for the best wellies? Here are some vital tips.
How tall should the wellies be?
Tall variants can be good for those occasions when the weather has been particularly bad and so you end up not so much walking over the mud, but instead… swimming in it. Okay, so that’s an exaggeration – but you still wouldn’t want that brown stuff to get into your boot easily.
However, long wellies could still chafe your legs. Furthermore, ironically, the same British weather that makes mud likely could also deter you from wearing the shorts with which tall wellies would especially nicely fit. For that reason, you could consider ankle-length wellies instead.
For how long would you like to use the boots?
As much as you love music, you might make only very occasional visits to festivals. So, you might be happy to buy a pair of boots for just one festival – especially if you aren’t certain whether or not it would take you several more years to get around to attending a festival again.
On the other hand, you might have already made a note of the dates for various festivals that are coming up pretty soon and in quick succession. For that reason, you might instead favour wellies that are truly built to last – even for years.
Unsurprisingly, the longer-lasting footwear is typically the more pricey footwear. However, if you are committed to your festival schedule, you will probably also be committed to buying those more expensive boots – the price tag of which you might consider great value for your situation anyway.
What should your boots look like?
While your footwear’s appearance shouldn’t exactly be at the summit of your priorities list, it’s not entirely out of the question that the weather could actually be clear when you arrive at a festival. If that indeed turns out to be the case, your boots could serve as more of a style statement.
Frankly, women do have it easier than men when shopping for stylish wellies – as, while women’s ranges are delightfully broad in their designs, men have scarcer options. However, it’s worth looking out for an online store that sets aside space for both male- and female-friendly offerings.