Buying Rain Boots – Are Wellies the Same As Rain Boots?

December 31, 2023 By Isabelle Sophie Martinet

There’s a lot of names out there for different kinds of boots. You have galoshes, gumboots, snow boots, waders, Wellies, Wellingtons, rubber boots and probably other names I can’t even remember. So you might be wondering, “are wellies the same as rain boots?” Let’s find out by learning a bit more about wellies!

For the most part, yes, wellies are the same as rain boots. But to get more picky, while all Wellies can basically be considered rain boots, not all rain boots are wellies. Wellies are always made of rubber, but rain boots aren’t necessarily so. While one could argue that rubber boots are the only ones that are truly waterproof, there are still many boots marketed as rain boots that aren’t made of the material.

Many rain boots can be made of synthetic materials that are treated to be water-resistant. Even canvas boots that are treated with a protective coating can do a pretty good job of protecting your feet from the wet and cold weather. But they certainly aren’t wellies.

So what are Wellies?

Wellies is basically a nickname for a particular type of rubber boot that originated in Great Britain. Originally, they were referred to as Wellingtons, which is a name brand for boots made by a British company called Hunter Wellington. They were probably the first manufacturer of what we call wellies today, so both Wellingtons and Wellies refers to these types of boots, and generally it is the name used regardless of what company actually makes them. While Hunter Wellington is still around and making great boots, lots of companies, such as J Crew or even Jimmy Choo, make the same style today.

While this style of boot has long been fashionable in rainy England, Wellies are a big hit everywhere today thanks to some fashion trends that made the boots more stylish and cute. You don’t have to get by with a pair of army green or black boots. Nowadays, you can buy wellies in all kinds of fashion colors and even prints.

I think some of the print designs for these boots make them particularly cute. My favorites are the plaids and floral prints, especially when bright colors are used. They are ideal for rainy spring days if you want to spend them splashing around in puddles. What could be more fun? Especially when you don’t have to worry about your feet getting wet.