Best wellies for men 2021: great boots for gardening, walking and more

Find the best wellies for men and keep your feet dry when things get wet and muddy

best men's wellies: man walking in field with wellies on
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Having a pair of the best wellies for men isn't just about keeping your feet dry when you're out in wet and muddy conditions. Modern wellies make the most of technology and design to give you fantastic grip, insulation and support. You might call them wellies, gumboots, Wellingtons or something else entirely; however you know them, we've found the best options for all eventualities and at all price points.

You might not think of wellies as the sort of footwear you'd opt for if you're going out walking, however improved sole technology means that some pairs are suitable for more than a stroll around a mucky field, and almost as good as the best hiking boots for extended treks in questionable weather. We've looked at wellies from all the classic brands like Hunter and Barbour, as well as plucky newcomers such as The Original Muck Boot Company; all you need is a pair of the best hiking socks to add padding and warmth.

While you're upgrading your outdoor kit, you might also want to check out our guides to the best walking trousers and the best waterproof jackets too. But now let's dive into our ranking of the best wellies for men right now.

The best wellies for men 2021

best wellies for men: Barbour Bede

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1. Barbour Bede Wellington boots

The best wellies for men right now

Specifications
Best for: All-round use
Colours: Navy, olive green
Height: Knee high
Reasons to buy
+Solid build quality+Practical and durable+'Kick spur' to help you get them off
Reasons to avoid
-Insole can't be removed for airing/drying

We think the best wellies for men right now are the Barbour Bede Wellington boots. The base model in the Barbour range, these boots are perfectly functional but come with a few hidden benefits. The vulcanised rubber upper is solid enough to be easy to get on and off, but still flexible enough to be comfortable in wear, and includes an adjuster strap. A thick insole keeps your toes warm even in extended periods standing around. This is attached to the rest of the boot, which means it stays securely in place when pulling the boots on and off, but you can't dry or air it separately. An important design tweak is the addition is a ‘kick spur feature’; a small right-angled projection on the heel that provides a lever to help you get your boots on and off. They're not the cheapest... but they're not the most expensive, either. If you're wanting a pair of boots that'll keep you comfy and dry for years to come, these Barbours are our top pick. Head to our Barbour Bede Wellington boot review for more info. 

best wellies for walking: Decathlon r900

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2. Decathlon r900 waterproof tall wellies

The best wellies for walking

Specifications
Best for: Walking
Colours: Brown
Height: Knee high
Reasons to buy
+Low-key design+Shock-absorbing insole+Good grip
Reasons to avoid
-Lacks the ankle support of hiking boots

The best wellies for walking are the Decathlon r900s. These boots boast a reinforced instep shock-absorbing insole unit that's specifically designed for walking, as well a 5mm tread for grip. While Decathlon says that they'll keep you comfy for strolls of up to 20km, be aware that no welly will offer the same level of ankle support you would in proper hiking boots. The r900s are made from a new rubber formula that's designed to be more durable, and boast a high cut that makes them ideal for dense undergrowth and very boggy ground. Although these aren't the cheapest wellies around, they're nice and robust, and don't involve any compromises in the comfort stakes.

Best wellies for men: Le Chameau Men’s Vierzonord Wellington Boot

3. Le Chameau Vierzonord Wellington Boot

The best premium wellies for men

Specifications
Best for: Investment piece
Colours: Vert Vierzon, Marron Fonce, Vert Chameau
Height: Knee high
Reasons to buy
+Very high quality boot+Adjustable buckle fit+Warm neoprene lining
Reasons to avoid
-Neoprene's tricky to get used to

If you're looking for a wellington boot that is heaped with function and style, these Le Chameau beauties could be the best wellies for you. Although seemingly expensive, the Vierzonord, available for men and women, are built to last, so expect a robust and durable build straight out of the box. 

If you work outdoors, they will see you through many years of slogging away in mud and heavy rain, thanks to their durable natural rubber upper and hard-wearing rubber sole. But you don't have to work outdoors to enjoy them – they're also perfect for dog walking and muddy country strolls

The Vierzonord wellies have an adjustable snap-fastening buckle on the side so that you can wear them comfortably over jeans, trousers and leggings; those with wider calves may appreciate the adjustable fit. The Marron Fonce is our favourite colour, but any traditionalists among you will probably prefer the green hues.

The fast-drying 3mm neoprene keeps your feet dry and makes these wellies comfort rated to temperatures as low as -15°C. The neoprene does take a little getting used to at first, especially when it comes to tugging off the wellies, but we found that rolling the boots down a little helped us to get them off easier. They also wipe clean in a jiffy, with mud and dirt washing straight off.

If you have the budget and want a stunning pair of wellies that will last, definitely check out these out. The Vierzonord men's wellies and Vierzonord women's wellies can be purchased directly from the Le Chameau outdoor clothing and footwear website.

Best wellies for men: Dunlop Short Leg Half-Height Wellies

4. Dunlop Short Leg Half-Height Wellies

The best budget wellies for men

Specifications
Best for: Big calves
Colours: Green, Black
Height: Ankle height
Reasons to buy
+Bargain buy+Wide fit is great for larger legs
Reasons to avoid
-Basic design and quality

If you're looking for a pair of wellies you can keep in your car, for wearing on dog walks and for getting out and about in the mud, these Dunlops are the best wellies for you. While they don't match the more expensive wellies in terms of material (the outer material is synthetic, not rubber), they're still fully waterproof and come with a 3cm heel for cushioning on unstable ground. Plus, with wellies for wider calves being quite tricky to come by without a hike in price, these boots really are budget-friendly. If you require a cheap and cheerful pair of wellington boots because you don't want fancy forking out on a pair of Hunters, we heartily recommend these Dunlops.

best wellies for men: MuckBoot Outscape Short boot

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5. MuckBoot Outscape Short boot

This trainer-welly hybrid is the best boot for gardening

Specifications
Best for: Gardening
Colours: Black, brown, pale grey
Height: Ankle high
Reasons to buy
+Super comfy insole+More lightweight and breathable than regular boots+Trainer-style sole
Reasons to avoid
-Not as much protection as a regular welly-Size up – close fit on top of foot

The MuckBoot Outscape Short boot sits somewhere between a traditional rain boot and a trainer, and is an excellent choice for occasions where you need a bit of extra protection, but a full Wellington is overkill. We think it's especially good for gardeners or warm weather rambles where you need something cooler. There's a neoprene lining with a robust pull tab to help you get these on and off, a comfy trainer-style sole unit with a memory foam footbed. The section that sits over your foot arch sits low, so we recommend sizing up. Head to our MuckBoot Outscape Short boot review to find out more.

Best wellies for men: Hunter Wellington Boots Original Tall

6. Hunter Wellington Boots Original Tall Men's

The original Wellington boot that will stand the test of time

Specifications
Best for: When you risk getting really muddy
Colours: Black
Height: Knee
Reasons to buy
+Long length offers maximum protection+Durable enough for everyday wear
Reasons to avoid
-Premium price point

For a classic welly that will serve you well when mucking about in deep mud most days, we recommend our number one choice's taller counterpart: the Original Tall Wellington Boot from Hunter. They're a great all-round welly, but most importantly the full calf coverage will you keep your feet, ankle and calves dry no matter how much it rains, or how deep a puddle of mud you stand in. You'll have the rugged durability that comes with the Hunter name and promises to keep your feet warm and dry in deep mud or rainfall.

best wellies: Muck Boot Apex zip short

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7. Muck Boot Apex zip short boots

The best wellies for very active outdoor folk

Specifications
Best for: Endurance and speed
Colours: Black
Height: Ankle high
Reasons to buy
+Highly unique+Incredible grip+Warm neoprene
Reasons to avoid
-Zipper isn't great

The Muck Boot Apex is a welly boot for people who don't like wellies. More akin to a traditional hiking boot, the Apex melds high-performance welly-esque rubber and 5mm neoprene with a mid-ankle boot design, resulting in a close-fitting, highly flexible waterproof boot. There's plenty of breathability built in to combat the inevitable internal clagginess, as well as a antimicrobial footbed insert to beat the pong. 

The outsole is designed for use on loose and soft ground, making these perfect for high-performance activities in soggy conditions, as well as ingenious 'stealth' wellies for those times when the dress code isn't obvious. That front lock-down waterproof zipper and screen collar help to keep the boot securely on the foot, as well as prevent debris from sneaking in and ruining your day. Overall, these are the perfect welly for active folk that want to go anywhere, do anything – without worrying about their feet getting damp.

best wellies for men: The Original Muck Boot company

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8. Muck Boot Chore Gamekeeper boots

Wage war on mud with these extra-tall boots

Specifications
Best for: Muddy, cold days
Colours: Mossy Oak Bottomlands print
Height: Knee high
Reasons to buy
+Height offers extra protection+Steel shank gives structural support
Reasons to avoid
-Can be hard to take off

Call us fickle, but we're especially keen on these boots' bright orange (Blaze Orange, to give it its official name) liner, which is revealed when the tops of the boots are rolled down. It's designed to ensure high visibility for those working in areas such as forests, but in a world dominated by olive-green wellies, we're all for a splash of colour. However, don't make the mistake of thinking these boots prioritise style over substance – they're packed with features which make life that little bit easier, but which so many other boots lack. Examples include the generously-sized, reflective pull tab for easy removal, quadruple rubber heel reinforcement and a steel shank for structural support. 

Best wellies for men: Stormwells Fur-Lined Welly Boots

9. Stormwells Fur-Lined Welly Boots

The best men's wellies for cold weather and snow

Specifications
Best for: Very cold, wet weather
Colours: Black
Height: Mid calf
Reasons to buy
+Fastens tight shut+Warm, faux fur lining+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Not the highest quality option

Stormwells Fur-Lined Welly Boots are the best Wellingtons for men looking to stay warm and dry in snowy, icy conditions. While they do look a bit like waders, which isn't our favourite look, the tie top fastening will keep out snow and rain, while the faux fur lining keeps your toes warm and toasty in colder conditions. The Hi-Grip sole helps keep you upright and moving in icy conditions, making these the perfect choice for extreme weather wellies. These are a bargain option, which means they probably won't last as well as other pricier boots on our list, but if warmth is your priority, they're a great pick.

Best wellies for men: Buckler Waterproof Rubber Safety Wellington Boots

10. Buckler Waterproof Rubber Safety Wellington Boots

A safety welly for those who work outdoors

Specifications
Best for: Workers
Colours: Orange & Blue
Height: Knee high
Reasons to buy
+Steel toe capped+Detachable insoles
Reasons to avoid
-Striking colour scheme

If you are a construction worker, or do other manual labour on a regular basis, finding wellies that are ideal for work can be pretty tricky. These boots from Buckler are the best wellies for men – or women – who work outside or in garages, where something tougher than standard wellies is required. These boots come with steel toe caps and are heat, oil and slip resistant, which means they can be worn in a variety of working environments. The colour may not be your top choice for weekend wear, but they certainly stand out. What's more, they come with detachable insoles for easy cleaning. If your biggest concern when choosing wellies is protecting your feet from harm, these are the ideal choice for you.