Rubber work boots are a big part of many Australian wardrobes. Those who work outdoors in the often-harsh Australian climate need footwear that will keep their feet comfortable, warm, and dry. The famed Wellington boots do just that. These days, wellies are not only used for work; they are also a fashion statement. You can find the widest selection of rubber boots and other waterproof footwear at Wellies Online, Australia’s leading online retailer of designer wellies. But, where did these popular boots originate?
The Earliest Wellies
Wellies date back to the 1800s and the former Duke of Wellington. The Duke was in need of a pair of boots that would keep his feet warm and dry in the challenging climate of England. He hired a shoemaker who developed the original pair of wellies – calfskin boots that were covered with wax to make them waterproof. The boots became popular among the Duke’s soldiers because they kept feet warm and dry. With a low-cut heel and an upper that stopped around mid-calf, these boots were suitable for wear by soldiers but they were also nice enough for informal evening wear. As a result, British aristocrats soon adopted the boots and wellies became a symbol of luxury.
The boots’ popularity continued to rise during World War I as they became the favoured footwear of soldiers. The need for a boot suitable for the wet conditions of Europe’s trenches was high. Over one million pairs of rubber boots were made just for the British Army during the First World War.
After World War II, farmers and other outdoor workers wore Wellies because they were comfortable and kept their feet dry in the Australian outback. Men’s and women’s rubber boots became popular wet weather wear. Today, wellies are still the footwear of choice for outdoor workers as well as those with a nose for fashion. Rubber work boots continue to keep feet comfortable, warm, and dry and with a variety of styles and colours available, they continue to be a top choice for the fashion conscious.
Currently, wellies are worn by millions of Australians for work and play. At Wellies Online, we have over 200 different styles from which to choose. Many of our products are exclusive; you cannot find them anywhere else. What’s great about shopping at www.wellies.com.au is that you will find a massive selection of designer waterproof footwear all at the lowest prices in Australia. In fact, we guarantee it. We sell our brands below recommended retail prices, and if you find a price lower than ours, we will beat it by 10 percent.
All of your orders placed Monday through Friday are processed within 24 hours of receipt of payment. The order is dispatched the same day and sent via Australia Post. Express next-day delivery is available to anywhere in Australia if needed. If you are searching for the best prices on the best rubber boots online in Australia, visit www.wellies.com.au today.