I’ve been on the hunt for a pair of ethical wellies lately. After daily wear all through the winter, walking over 3 miles each day, my old trusty pair of wellies has come a cropper. They’ve sadly developed an un-mendable hole in the heel that’s letting in water, and even the wonder that is Sugru isn’t even saving them.
My old pair weren’t especially ethical, but I did get A LOT of wear out of them. Whilst a part of me is tempted to buy a pair from the same shop, a bigger part of me wants a new pair of wellies with ethical credentials. The trouble is ethical wellies are a bit thin on the ground.
My first thought was Hunters as I know that they’re as Scottish as they come. Or rather, they were as Scottish as they come. After a bit of research I found that the company was sold to an American buyer in 2006, who then in 2008 relocated their production of welly boots from Scotland to China. Since the new owners/new factory more than a fair few people have said the quality of the boots has also declined dramatically, to the point that the boots are developing holes within a year, and Ethical Consumer ranks them rather low in terms of ethics.
I have, however, managed to find a handful of ethical companies (or at the very least EU made), and as I’ve done quite a bit of research for myself, I thought I’d share my finds in case anyone else is in the market for ethical wellies. I know we’re coming into summer, so hopefully wellies season is behind us for at least a little while. In Scotland you just never can tell though, and you know what Billy says about wellies!
6 Ethical Wellies
Clockwise from top left:
Striped Tall Wellies (£40) from FatFace. Regularly topping the most ethical on the high street surveys, these wellies look quite stylish and are a good price.
Victorine Wellies (£50) from Aigle. Some Aigle wellies are handmade in France, and I have to say I am rather in love with this stylish print. Please note that not all Aigle wellies are made in France – this page highlights their current range that is made in France.
Iceni Wellies (£49) from Gumleaf. Gumleaf wellies are handmade in Europe (no mention of the exact location) and these look pretty practical and sturdy.
Malouine Wellies (£45) from Aigle. Again from Aigle, this is their most classic design, available in several colours.
Aiglentine Wellies (£95). Aigle again (turns out I have a lot of love for Aigle). These beauties are quite pricey, but come in quite a few colour ways, including classic black.
If you’ve found any other ethical wellies out there then do let me know in the comments below!
Top image is from Aigle again, which might just be the ones for me!