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Should Men Wear Hunter Boots or UGGs (or Both)?

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Spoiler Alert: Skip the UGG boots.

Spoiler Alert: Skip the UGG boots.

Why Are Men Wearing UGG Boots?

In London, Hunter wellies are essential in weather conditions like heavy rain, sleet and snow because who doesn't want to look great when you step on a patch of ice or mud and fall on your bum?

Wellies were always just those extra pair of boots in your cupboard that never saw daylight, but they have transformed into beautiful looking Hunter wellies or rain boots (as the Americans call them). They are no longer those ill-fitting, hideous green things that your teacher at school would force you to wear and as a result. We are now seeing girls and guys wearing them as some kind of fashion statement. Yes! Guys too!

Hunter caters to men as well, but for some reason, there are strange beings out there (men) who think they can get away with walking the streets in women’s UGG boots. UGG boots look terrible on women! Never mind men.

Hunter Boots Fit Every Need

Anyone living in rural areas will normally have a decent pair of wellies that they keep in their cars for those muddy days. However, apart from living out in the sticks or on a farm, there are other uses for those gorgeous Hunter wellies. Many people living in urban areas will normally have some sort of garden, even people living in flats will have a communal garden that will require looking after and so wellies can be useful for those green-fingered types who are always pottering about and not forgetting all that horrid rain and snow—London is not exempt. No one likes to get to work only to realize the bottoms of their trousers are completely soaked . . . socks too.

Wellies have become the latest in festival trends for any type of sub-cultural group remotely inclined to festival going such as emo, goth, new-age hippies, witches, wiccans, wizards or just plain old rocker chicks. All and anyone going to a festival at some time during the year will want a pair of Hunter wellies. Even if you’re not going to any festivals, then you will want a pair anyway, just to keep up with the fashion phenomenon that is the festival welly movement.

Even pigs look great in wellies! Soooooo cute!

Even pigs look great in wellies! Soooooo cute!

Hunter Wellies Are Just Beautiful

Hunter wellies look simply beautiful on women as well as men, and I haven’t felt so drawn to a pair of shoes or boots in years. They are unique, different, inventive, and, best of all, they are a fashionable commodity. Anything, which is both useful and fashionable, is a must-have item.

The Carnaby Boa Snake Short are, according to Hunter, perfect for urban life. Looking great as an ordinary boot while also useful for those typical British summer days . . . you know, the rainy ones.

The thing I love about Hunter wellies are all those lovely colours and laces and buckles in places never before seen on wellies. No more unsightly green, you can have shiny blues and pinks or some nice flowery design or texture, obviously, minus the pink and flowers for all the real men out there, Hunter have some delicious styles that are manly and irresistible.

A Pair of Men's Hunter Wellies

A Pair of Men's Hunter Wellies

Keep Your Feet Warm With Hunter Boots

Hunter wellies are a little expensive, but what can you expect from such a unique brand that teams up with names like Jimmy Choo? Plus, there are plenty to choose from for younger boys and for men.

For men, there is a huge range of what Hunter call unisex and they have been designed to perfection. My favourite unisex designs are the lace-ups because since when did you ever have a pair of lace-up wellies? They’re just so perfect for those that need to be different.

The great dream of Hunter wellies doesn’t end with their huge amount of uniqueness—they also do accessories! Yes, accessories! For those festival goers or snow fighters, you can buy a cute little welly pouch to keep all your money in or you can buy welly socks to keep your feet cozy. Hunter even sells boot bags for you to keep your pair in without folding them over and ruining them. Really, what could be more perfect?

There you have it. Hunter boots are perfect for all your booting needs, and UGG boots are ugly, so ditch ‘em!

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Joey on September 05, 2013:

What a horrible article. Your standards of "masculine" and "feminine" are highly sexist. This piece transcends merely being about fashion and inadvertently becomes an examination of your own skewed views on gender. Because a man wears a brand of boot made popular by its women's line, he's suddenly immasculine?

Corey on December 18, 2011:

If you stick to black,Green,Navy or Chocolate then can get them in a size 12! Go for the Balmoral Sporting range if you want to look "Manly" and the original range if you want to look more fasionable.

Jacqueline (author) from Windsor, England on June 19, 2011:

Hey Nate, you're in rainy England aren't you? No real fear there. You'll get to wear them soon.

Not that you need rain to wear them. Just wear them :)

Nate on June 18, 2011:

Just bought some original tall Hunter wellies. Just hope it rains enough for me to wear them now!

Christian Thomasson on March 30, 2011:

As much as I love Hunter I blame them for the division. Sadly. Thanks for the suggestion. I will write to them! I have bought the red adjustable and the lace in Aubergine. That's a good first step.

Jacqueline (author) from Windsor, England on March 17, 2011:


The thing is, wellies have always been unisex anyway. Perhaps Hunter has created some kind of division but traditionally, wellies are unisex.

I say men should wear Hunter, definitely.

Did you have any luck writing to them? I really think you should tell them your suggestions.

Christian Thomasson on March 17, 2011:

Hunter is always better than UGG's. And I think it's time to start a trend where men can wear Hunter in order to make it "unisex" and not unusual to see men wear Hunter. Me and Nate can start it :-)

Jacqueline (author) from Windsor, England on March 12, 2011:

Hi Nate

Thanks for reading and commenting :)

I must admit, I had never seen UGG Rockvilles before but they are definitely MUCH nicer or more 'manly' than the womans traditional pair.

Many Hunter Boots are feminine, but not all, and manly doesn't necessarily mean boring.

I don't really see why you couldn't get away with wearing Hunter Boots.

Personally, I think they look good.

Nate on March 12, 2011:

Interesting article. I have to admit, as a man, I own a pair of Ugg boots, although mine doe not look anything like those above. I have Ugg Rockvilles, which have a leather outer, and look altogether more 'manly' (God, how I hate that meaningless term) in that they are more like motorcycle boots. What is your take on those?

Similarly, I'm all in favour of rocking Hunter boots, although not many men seem to wear them as they are also regarded as 'feminine'. Can I get away with wearing hunter boots in the rain? I love the look, what do you reckon? Could I start the trend?

Jacqueline (author) from Windsor, England on February 11, 2011:

Christian, thanks for reading and commenting.

Yes, perhaps Hunter could do more for men but still, it's no excuse to resort to UGG boots eh?

Even if a man like you, who has larger calves, can only choose to wear the red adjustable Hunter boots then that is far better than your girlfriends UGG's right?

New pairs are always great, maybe you should write to them with your suggestions you never know, they might listen.

Christian Thomasson on February 11, 2011:

I agree that men should wear Hunter wellies. They ar so beautiful.

But one problem is that Hunter doesn´t make wellies in sizes lager than 8 mostly, except unisex. But unisex is rather boring in colourwise except red.

Another problem is that I have large calves and due to that I can only use Hunter Original adjustable and the most colourfull is red. I own a pair of red adjustable.

But I want Iris, lilac, midnight blue, powder blue, yellow, gloss and metallic etc in adjustable. Men with larger calves should also wear colourfull wellies! The best would be if a new pair of wellies came in both original set and adjustable set.

Jacqueline (author) from Windsor, England on December 02, 2010:

That's terrible news :( Men look so ridiculous in them. And you know the ones who wear UGG boots are the ones who carry man bags and wear foundation as well lol. Seriously, what is the world coming to?? Real men are a dying breed.

rotl from Florida on December 02, 2010:

Tom Brady just started endorsing ugg's... so soon many men will be seen wearing them. :)

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