Earlier this week, Meghan Markle elevated muck boots to an art form, wearing a rubber pair to muck around New Zealand stylishly. (Read on to see the pair she picked.)
Of course gardeners have long loved Wellies. Whether you’re tromping through rain, snow, mud, or crowds of well wishers throwing bouquets at you while you’re on a royal tour, you’ll be happiest in waterproof footwear. Here are 10 of our favorite pairs of Wellington boots for the well-dressed winter gardener:
Above: For the budget-conscious gardener, Tingley’s waterproof Economy PVC Boots are made from 30 percent recycled material and are available in men’s sizes for $16.20 a pair from Galeton.
Above: We included Aigle footwear in our Gardenista 100 list of indispensable classic products for the well-appointed gardener (for the other 99, see our book, Gardenista: The Definitive Guide for Stylish Outdoor Spaces). Says Kendra: “Aigle footwear, instantly recognizable as French because of its great style, was originally made by an American who set up a factory in France. Vulcanization, a technique for curing rubber, is key to the comfort; it was developed by Charles Goodyear, who sold the patent to the founder of Aigle.” A pair of Paracours 2 boots is $120.
Above: From New Zealand-based Skellerup, Quatro Farm Boots are 16 inches high and available in men’s sizes for $122.40 from Galeton.
Above: With a buckle on the back, Original Adjustable Rain Boots from Hunter are available in three colors including black as shown and are $160.
Above: From Barbour, Tempest Wellingtons have a neoprene lining for warmth and are available in olive; £83.29 from Mole Valley Farmers.
Above: Lined with fleece for warmth, a pair of tall Insulated Wellie Rain Boots has pull-on loop handles and is $89.99 from L.L. Bean.
Above: Designed to keep dairy farmers’ feet warm, a pair of Classic Ultra High insulated boots will keep you warm at temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit and is $135 from Bogs.
Above: A pair of rubber split-toed Jika-Tabi Gardening Boots from Japan have a reinforced band over the ankle for grip; £65 from Objects of Use.
See more of our favorite footwear for gardeners: