Hunter Wellies: Practical, Stylish, or Both?

So apparently not only does April bring showers, but May does too. We've been blessed with some gorgeous weekend weather here in Boston lately, but the weekday weather hasn't been quite as pleasant. I've seen more rain than I'd like to lately. And since moving into the city, I commute to work via public transportation which means I'm outside slopping through those lovely rain puddles. So what does all of this mean? It means I need rain boots. And I need them right now.

Now, I know everyone and their mother has a pair of Hunter Wellies, and I'd be lying if I said I'm not dying to buy a pair. My question is though, are they worth it?


Hunter / J. Crew / Chinese Laundry
Clearly, these all look very similar. What I'm most interested in is the quality. I don't mind paying more for something if I'm getting my money's worth. But if buying the Hunters is more about wearing the brand than keeping your feet dry, send me the $32 Chinese Laundry pair and let's call it a day. So please enlighten me - should I shell out the dough or keep my wallet padded and opt for a more affordable pair?

18 comments:

Susan said...

I'll be honest, I only got Hunters because there was a garden store in Chicago closing down that day and getting rid of everything an extra 70% off of their liquidated price, so I got mine for very cheap, but still the same Hunter quality. I do love mine a lot! They're classic and go with everything, but before my hunters came along, I did have a pair from Target, and they did the same do! Those Chinese laundry look so similar anyway!

Annie said...

SO worth it - especially living around the Boston area...I wear mine year round and my feet stay so dry. Plus, they ARE very stylish :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Halle said...

I love the look of classic Hunters. However, if you're looking for the "label" factor of it, my friend simply got black ones like Hunters, and then just bought original Hunter socks & slipped those over them!

In my opinion, I really like the Burberry rain booties- but Hunters are always nice too :)

Best of Luck,
Halle

Samantha George-Realtor said...

I'd buy the cheapies if I were you!

Houndstooth & High Heels said...

I'm in the same boat you are...I want the Hunters for the name brand (and because they are adorable, timeless, etc.) But I'm sure a less expensive pair will offer the same quality and keep your feet dry...at least until you are ready to shell out the $125!

http://houndstoothandhighheels.blogspot.com/

xo, S

Landi Lausen said...

I have a pair of Hunter rain boots that I've had for about 4-5 years and LOVE. Of course, my mom paid for them, so I thankfully didn't have to worry about the price... but I'd say they're totally worth it. I wear them all the time, they're SUPER comfortable and definitely keep you dry in those spring showers!!

smk053078 said...

You know what I am going to say....BUY THE CHEAPER ones! Just think of what you could buy with the money you save...I just don't think rain boots should cost $125. But, that's just me and it really doesn't rain too much in Texas. If you do buy a pair...you have to get a FUN color! ;)
xo,
Shanna

lauren at sequined sprinkles. said...

i have a pair of hunters and although i think they're great quality and i wear them in the snow as well as rain, i'm not sure that they're really any better than anything else out there. i'd say start with the cheaper version (rubber is rubber, right?).

Eloquent English said...

I think it depends how often you will wear them and if you get a classic color. If they are something you think you will wear often, then I say get the quality pair, but if you are going to wear them seldom then I say get the cheaper ones as you will wear them far and few between. Let me know what you decide I want to know!!! xoxo A-

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

It doesn't rain much in SoCal so I can't justify buying an expensive pair :( I just have some from Target lol!

JanM ♥ said...

Hmmm, I'm from LA so I'm not really a fan of buying wellies although the colorful ones are so tempting to buy! Maybe if I lived in Seattle, I'll have more than 5 pairs! :)

xo,
janmloves.blogspot.com

Meaghan said...

I've seen more rain & snow in my lifetime than any one person should. Ever. I tried Target & the like but at the end of the day, I'm still that little kid that's going to slosh through puddles & something is going to get soaked. So, I invested in a pair of Hunters & couldn't be happier. Pricey? Yes. Wait 'til you can get them on Gilt or Ruelala. But absolutely invest.

xxM

Amanda said...

I have a pair of hunters and I've gotten a ton of use out of mine. But I think any of your choices would be just fine!

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

I say go for it! You will wear them forever so think of it as an investment!

Megs said...

While the Hunter's are the pricier option, it gets the job done, keeps your feet dry, and unlike some I've had in the past, these boots match with a few outfits, probably due to their fit and overall look. So you don't appear completely miserable out there in the rain. I say go for the Hunter's, hun! xo, Megs

http://princesshippielove.blogspot.com

Cal said...

I absolutely love my hunters - got them last year when Boston had an unseasonably snowy winter with TONS of puddles in the streets, and they were a huge lifesaver. But honestly, the Chinese Laundry version looks SO similar and does the same thing, so why not save a few bucks? Tack on a cute umbrella, perhaps?

ashlyn williams said...

shell out the dough! nothing will compare, promise!

ankle wellies said...

Of course worth it! I wear mine year round and my feet stay so dry.

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