The colourful wellies worn by both kids and adults today date back to the 18th Century and the clever Duke of Wellington, who was weary of having his own feet, as well as those of his soldiers, rendered cold and soggy. The Duke, Arthur Wellesley, commissioned his shoemaker to design a new boot from sturdy calfskin, and treated with wax to make it waterproof. This revolutionized the boot industry, and helped keep the soldiers dry to battle another day.
Colourful Wellies are High Fashion
Today, kids’ wellies come in almost every colour in the rainbow as well as a wide range of patterns. Those with a fleece lining are especially warm for walking and playing in the snow. Wellies with a handy drawstring at the top prevent water and mud from getting inside the boots when children stomp around and jump in mud puddles. Many have a strong tread that grips the ground and helps keep people from falling. Not only are wellies practical in wet weather, but they are attractive too, and some even come with matching raincoats and hats. Both children and adults can stay dry and look fashionable at the same time with today’s wellies.
Keeping Tiny Feet Dry and Comfortable
Small children seem to have boundless energy, and want to play outside in any kind of weather. Toddler wellies are ideal for youngsters who are unhappy staying indoors just because the ground is wet. They can run and jump to their hearts’ content, regardless of the wet ground, when wellies are snuggly hugging their tiny feet. Some kids’ wellies come with nifty handles that enable small children to pull the boots on with no assistance from adults. This can give them a sense of self-reliance and independence. Some children can even find wellies that feature their favourite cartoon or literary characters. Wellies are not only practical, but extremely comfortable as well.
Trendy Prints and Designs
There are numerous designs available in kids wellies, from animal prints to neon colours. Many girls are fond of the floral print wellies or others in bright combinations of pinks, reds and purples. Boys often enjoy wellies that look like reptile or dinosaur skins, camouflage designs or wellies with pictures of race cars. Animal prints are popular among both boys and girls. Wellies with leopard or zebra prints and tiger stripes are particular popular with children of all ages. Wellies with lightweight, flexible soles are especially good for toddlers who are just learning to walk, as well as for older children who enjoy hikes over rugged terrain.
Parents do not have to let cold, wet weather keep them trapped in the house with antsy children who are bored and in need of an outlet for their pent up energy. All they have to do is pull on the kids’ wellies, and head outside for an afternoon of running, jumping and skipping over the wet ground. The wellies will keep kids’ feet toasty warm regardless of the snow, ice and water soaking the ground in gardens and parks.