Best wellies for men 2020: keep your feet dry with Barbour, Joules and Hunter wellies

Ideal for walking across muddy fields and also the boot of choice for festivals, these stylish men’s wellies will keep your feet protected from mud and water

Best wellies for men 2020: keep your feet dry with Barbour, Joules and Hunter wellies
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Wellies, more formally known as wellington boots, have long been a staple of the outdoors wardrobe, alongside proper walking trousers and a great waterproof jacket. The best wellies are an easy way to keep your legs mud-free year round.

They're ideal for festival use, as well as for wearing on campsites and, obviously, when traipsing around farms (as you do). In fact, wellies are a handy slip on shoe for many occasions, from dog walking to countryside strolls across acres of muddy fields, protecting your trousers from mud and rain.

Of course, if you're more inclined to regularly trek up a mountain than stroll through the countryside or traipse around a campsite, we'd recommend a durable and supportive pair of hiking boots instead. If you want something lighter on your feet, try some walking shoes for men or women's walking shoes.

Choosing the best men's wellies for you

We know that choice can often be limited for men, which makes it tricky choosing practical footwear that's not entirely un-stylish. There are tons of options around for women’s wellies, but for men it can be hard to find something you actually like. Especially if you're on a budget. 

To help, we’ve done our best to bring to you a range of wellie styles and prices from the likes of high-end riding outfitter Caldene, to more affordable brands such as Dunlop and Stormhouse. The latter will more than suffice if you're an occasional wellie-boot-wearer, and not out in the rain and mud every day. 

Our current pick for the best wellies are the Le Chameau Vierzonord. These stunning wellies are available for men and women, and feature a neoprene 'wetsuit' lining to keep your feet warm in the cold and damp. Let's take a look at these beauties and more now...

What are the best wellies for men right now?

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

1. Le Chameau Vierzonord Wellington Boot

The best wellies to keep your feet warm and dry in cold weather

Best for: Investment piece
Colours: Vert Vierzon, Marron Fonce, Vert Chameau
Height: Knee high
Reasons to buy
+Very high quality boot+For men and women+Adjustable buckle fit+Warm neoprene lining

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 men's wellies: Hunter Wellington Boots Original Short

2. Hunter Wellington Boots Original Short Men's

An everyday update to the classic Hunter Wellington Boot

Best for: Everyday mucking about
Colours: Black, Dark Olive, Hunter Green, Dark Grey, Navy
Height: Mid calf
Reasons to buy
+Stylish +Durable +Recognisable brand 

When it comes to the best men's wellington boots, you can't beat Hunters for quality, durability and style. We recommend the shorter version of the classic Hunter Wellington Boot as our number one pick.

Why? For most men, the Original Short Boot will give sufficient protection from rain and mud, with the added flexibility of a shorter boot. The shorter leg height is ideal if you need something a little less restrictive, and a little more stylish. 

Simplicity is the key to wearing the Hunter. These wellie boots are free from fussy embellishments and devoid of necessary detail, which means they can be worn with any outfit with ease. The colour choices are limited, but classic. Opt for black or navy for subtlety, or classic Hunter Green as a nod to the brand's heritage. 

Best wellies for men: Joules Bosworth Wellington Boots for Men

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3. Joules Bosworth Wellington Boots

These best Joules wellies for men in a mid-height style

Best for: Fuss-free wear
Colours: Black, Olive
Height: Mid-height
Reasons to buy
+Non-slip gum rubber sole+Side pull tabs+

If you find that most wellies are too tight for your legs and therefore dig into your flesh, try these mid-height wellington boots from Joules instead. Mercifully, they even have pull tabs on the sides to make them easier to wrestle on. 

On the sole you'll find a non-slip gum rubber, which has been inspired by car tyres. Ultimately this means you should have a better time of staying upright and on your feet during muddier parts of the path or trail. 

Needless to say, these Joules wellies for men are weatherproof and fine for year-round use. Their plain design may disappoint more stylish customers, but on the other hand that means they'll blend in with anything you wear.

Best wellies for men: Barbour Bede Wellington Boots

4. Barbour Bede Wellington Boots

The best wellies for country gentlemen

Best for: Country walking
Colours: Black, Navy, Olive
Height: Knee height
Reasons to buy
+Smart looking+Warm

When choosing items of clothing with a practical purpose, such as Wellington Boots, there's always a risk that function can overthrow style. However, these smart-looking wellies from Barbour demonstrate exactly how to combine the two.

This is thanks to their waterproof, vulcanised rubber outer and the signature Barbour additions of the tartan lining and the J Barbour and Sons script binding.  

Whilst still being sturdy and offering good enough support for long country walks all year round, these wellies from Barbour are  – dare we say it  – a little less boring than Hunters. 

Best wellies for men: Hunter Wellington Boots Original Tall

5. Hunter Wellington Boots Original Tall Men's

The original Wellington boot that will stand the test of time

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

For a classic wellie 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 wellie, 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.

As with the Original Short, 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 for men: Dunlop Short Leg Half-Height Wellies

6. Dunlop Short Leg Half-Height Wellies

The best affordable wellie boots for larger legs

Best for: Big calves
Colours: Green, Black
Height: Ankle height
Reasons to buy
+Bargain buy+Wide fit

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: Stormwells Fur-Lined Wellie Boots

7. Stormwells Fur-Lined Wellie Boots

The best men's wellies for total protection from the elements

Best for: Very cold, wet weather
Colours: Black
Height: Mid calf
Reasons to buy
+Fastens tight shut+Warm, faux fur lining+Affordable

A new entry to our list, these fur-lined boots from Stormwells are the best wellies 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. 

Best wellies for men: Buckler Waterproof Rubber Safety Wellington Boots

8. Buckler Waterproof Rubber Safety Wellington Boots

A safety welly for those who work outdoors

Best for: Workers
Colours: Orange & Blue
Height: Knee high
Reasons to buy
+Steel toe capped+Detachable insoles

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.

Best wellies for men: Caldene Bramham Country Wellington

9. Caldene Bramham Country Wellington

A truly luxurious wellie that's almost too nice to muck up

Best for: Luxury boot
Colours: Brown
Height: Knee high
Reasons to buy
+Luxury feel+Unisex

With the luxury riding boot styling, these boots from Caldene almost don’t look like wellies at all. They are a unisex boot that come up to the knee, so for men with wider feet or calves they may feel a little snug. 

That said, if you have been trawling the web for the best stylish wellies for men and have been disappointed with the 'same old' green rubber boots, these Bramham Country Wellingtons have a designer look that’s certainly worth the money.