Information about the Wellington Boot, history and style

The Effects of Wellington Rubber Boots On The World

In Britain, the sport of Wellie wanging is a popular past time, involving the tossing of Wellington Rubber Boots as far as they can be thrown. The sport is rarely taken seriously, and is generally seen as a way to demonstrate the durability of the amazing Wellington rubber boots. While it is difficult to pin down an official record, estimates of the longest Wellie wang range from ''pretty far'' to ''really far'' and is largely considered unbeatable. The boots, especially the black rubber variety, are also popular as sexual fetish gear among many people, young and old. While the question of how the particular style became known as fetish gear may go unanswered, their popularity can be seen throughout the world as a sexual aid or enhancement.

The wellie boot has also given its famous moniker to the Welly boot dance, supposedly performed by miners wearing the Wellington Rubber Boots in Africa to keep their spirits up and happy while they worked in the extraordinarily harsh conditions of the mines.

Wellington rubber boots are very popular in Canada despite the fact that they were invented in Britain. In fact, the Wellington style of rubber boots are popular in many parts of the world that are considered harsh due to cold and dampness, or are just particularly rainy, even though they may be less than friendly or even outright hostile to British authority. Canadians are known for their fondness for Wellington Rubber boots particularly in springtime, when the ground is soggy and wet from melting snows for months at a time. The boots are also popular with young people in Canada, who generally wear them to school or university on a regular basis and take them to extracurricular activities as well on the off chance of poor weather.

Black Wellingtons are favored by Canadians, it would seem especially true with red or green soles, as they remain the strongest seller in Canada. Black rubber Wellies with yellow soles are often seen in the US in addition to some Canadian styles, while green Wellingtons are seemingly most popular in Britain and the surrounding areas. Rubber Wellies made for cold weather that include lining as well as additional warm insulating material are generally considered necessary during the harsh Canadian winters.

The effect of the Wellington rubber boot was felt long before the existence of any Wellington Rubber Boot Company. The original style of leather boot was popular across the world long before the rubber treatment process known as vulcanization was invented, despite their less than perfectly waterproof nature.

When the impractical style of dress that included the wearing of breeches became outmoded and men began wearing longer pants and trousers that fell to the ankle, the Wellington style was an inevitable adaptation to the original style of boots that had been made famous by the Hessians and their military footwear. The Hessian boot came to the top of the thigh and was somewhat impractical as a matter of course to wear beneath a pair of trousers or long pants, as opposed to the traditional garb of breeches. Of course, the story of the first duke of Wellington asking his cobbler to alter the cut of the boot is now legend among Wellington rubber boot enthusiasts.