Wellington Boots are one of life's essentials! In a barefoot wellington we are looking for a flat sole with no heels or arch support, a wide foot shaped toe box, minimal cushioning and the most flexible sole possible. Oh and they have to be made of natural rubber or other soft natural materials. This is a big ask and the search for the perfect barefoot wellington is one of our ongoing missions at Happy Little Soles.
One of the biggest issues we face is that of longevity, the soft natural rubber that wellingtons tend to be made from are great for lightness and flexibility but not so good for durability. In a non-barefoot wellington you can improve durability by increasing the thickness of the sole and the height of the heel to give more rubber to wear through. This just isn’t an option for a barefoot wellington where you want the thinnest possible sole and no heel at all. This is what makes a barefoot wellington a real challenge!
We would never recommend wearing wellingtons on tarmac or other hard surfaces as this will wear them out a lot quicker. Save your wellingtons for off-road and when really needed to keep feet dry. We would also recommend alternating your footwear and never wearing wellingtons all day every day. It is always better for feet to have more securely attached footwear where possible. This will reduce wear to your wellies and be healthier for feet.
However where puddle jumping and paddling is concerned you can’t beat a wellington. At Happy Little Soles we feel that we now have a great collection to fit every foot type and give a good balance between softness, flexibility and durability.