The Highsnobiety Fall Fit Toolkit is your manual for dressing well this season, from wellies to weather-ready running gear.
The season of de-sandling is upon us. It's a unique time to re-up, re-consider, and re-think our footwear rotation. And while the old harvest season standbys that have served us for many moons are still tried and true — from rugged trail runners to forever-trending Nike SBs — fall is a time of change.
Enter the Wellington boot.
Popularized by the rubber-shoe brand Hunter, Wellingtons are a footwear classic beloved by cranberry farmers and moms on holiday alike. Plus, with Supreme putting the Barbour jacket back on the map, and half of the creative industry working remotely from AirBnbs in the boondocks, it just feels right to rock kicks that look like they come with a pack of hunting dogs.
So, with the ever-present danger of puddles at the tops of our minds, we’ve put together some of our favorite Wellingtons on the market right now.
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The Fashion Remix
Having gushed over them effusively during the super-spreader event known as Milan Fashion Week, the Bottega Veneta Puddle Boot has finally hit the brand’s website. With its cute name, cropped silhouette, gonzo color palette, and biodegradable construction, this is the fashion remix the Wellington has always deserved.
As part of his first collection as the new creative director of Camper Lab, Achilles Ion Gabriel has created a couple of pieces clearly inspired by the majestic Wellie. And while the rubber oxfords in the collection are sure to turn heads, this ankle boot in perfect rubber-ducky yellow is the clear winner.
Stella McCartney X Hunter
Are you a fan of Kanye’s kind-of-scary-but-also-kind-of-brilliant tank collection? Us too. And these Stella x Hunter joints are the Wellie equivalent.
If you look Wellington Boot up in your own mental dictionary, these are the shoes that will appear. Knee-high, rubber, and in the perfect British Racing Green that looks best stained with ten years worth of rain. The best part of having a pair of these is how good they look as the final boss of your next-to-the-front-door shoe pile. Like a monument that says, “I Wellie.
The Dupe of the Fashion Remix
If you don’t feel like dropping the full $650 for the Daniel Lee-certified puddle boots, Hunter makes a pair of short “Play” boots that are the next best thing. You’ll have to settle a bit on the color choices, but the Zinc Gray goes into a botanical gardens x art school zone that is still bound to turn heads.
The...Damn, These Are Wellies?
Anyone casually Googling “Wellington Boots” on a Friday night — sorry, not sorry — will quickly learn that the term originally applies not to rubber boots, but rather to boots of this particular high-knee cut, usually made of leather. These Carhartt joints actually look much closer to the original definition of the Wellington. And they go hard enough to prove it.
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