Don't let muddy moors or freezing foreshores spoil your day. Ensure you are suitably shod with The Field's best gumboots


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Nothing ruins a good day more than wet and cold feet, which is why having good gumboots is a must. Quintessentially British and remarkably useful, they are essential kit in the field. Some say that you can judge a man by his footwear but we say you can judge the credentials of country people by the gumboots (or wellies) they choose. The range available is vast. There is a pair of wellies to suit every field occasion and condition. But which are the best gumboots? From Dunlops to Dubarrys, be suitably shod with The Field’s pick of the best gumboots.

The Field’s guide to the best gumboots

Best for comfort

Harkila’s Orton Zip boot (£219.99) is considered by many to be the most comfortable boot on the market. The best gumboot for long days in the field; made from rubber with a 3mm neoprene lining. In addition to being insulating, the lining helps keep feet dry by wicking condensation and moisture from the skin. Available in sizes 40 to 48. To find out more and buy, click here.

The Orton boot has a zip for added comfort

The Orton Zip boot: one of the most comfortable gumboots on the market

Boots made for walking… all day

The tri-density sole on Aigle’s Anti-Fatigue Unisex Parcours 2 (£150) has a progressive cushioning rubber insert, a stabilising midsole and gripping sole inspired by a chamois mountain goat! The clever sole is also designed to repel soil and ‘self clean’. Made from natural rubber and available in three colours. For more information and to buy, click here.

Aigle Parcours 2 gumboot

A mountain goat help inspire the sole design of these Aigle gumboots

Best ‘everyday’ cold-weather boot

The Arxus Pioneer Nord (£210) is one of the most popular of the Arxus range. It was made for walking in demanding terrain, in nippy conditions with a cold comfort rating of -15. Meanwhile, removable anatomic felt-lined EVA insoles increase shock absorption and insulation against the chilly ground. These boots come in sizes 4.5 to 12.5 and have an adjustable side gusset. For more information and to buy, click here.

Best gumboots. Arxus

Back zip offers fetching design and supreme practicality

The classic country boot

A perennial favourite of country lovers and dwellers. Dubarry’s Galway (£379) leather country boots come in a variety of colours and fits for both men and women. Warm, waterproof and breathable, these iconic boots are as at home by a peg or at a point-to-point as strutting their stuff at a festival. For more information and to buy, click here.

Best gumboots. Dubarry

Infinitely classic and stylish, you can’t go wrong with a pair of the Dubarry Galway boots

Best bargain boot

You won’t find a better-value, basic boot than the Dunlop Pricemaster (£18). Gives a new meaning to bog standard but will keep the wet and the mud off your feet. For more information and to buy, click here.

Best gumboots

Best bargain basement gumboot

Style meets practicality

Ariat’s Burford Waterproof boot (£140) is made from vulcanised rubber with a contrast-colour leather strap closure to add comfort and style. Comes in a range of colours, along with a men’s version (£145). An insulated Burford is also available. For more information and to buy, click here.

Ariat’s Burford boot comes in a women’s and men’s version

A hidden gem

Gumleaf Invicta Side-Vent boots (£130) are made with a neoprene lining for extra warmth. They’re North Norfolk’s real hidden gem, designed for style, comfort and durability. Made in heavy duty rubber, this is the black boot by every farm door. For more information and to buy, click here.

Best gumboots. Gumleaf

A welly for all seasons

The Le Chameau Vierzonord (£200) is a super neoprene boot for every day life in the country. Whether you’re shooting or dog walking, these comfortable boots feature an adjustable, waterproof gusset and a warm, insulating neoprene lining. For more information and to buy, click here.

A brilliant all-purpose gumboot from Le Chameau

A great all-rounder

Available in both a women’s and men’s version, Barbour’s Tempest Wellingtons (£99.95) are neoprene lined and have a three-tier cleated sole that helps release mud and keep them clean, however mucky the job. When all’s done – be that a day’s sport or hard graft outside – a integrated kick-spur feature on the hill helps you kick them off with. For more information and to buy, click here.


Whether doing jobs at home or enjoying the great outdoors, Barbour’s Tempest is a great all-round boot

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This article was originally published in 2017 and has been updated.

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