If you are not a British resident, you probably won't understand what I am about to say: I cannot understand how for a moment Hunter wellies went from being an English-staple to a global fashion statement. Mud. Farms. Walking - this is why you wear them. They are an essential here because we have rubbish weather. So you can imagine my surprise when I was stuck behind a sea of New Yorkers a few weeks ago, all buying Hunter Wellington boots, complete with funky coloured socks. Erm, what?! I was then in Miami and a guy had a pair on on South Beach to walk his dog.
Another reason is festivals, Glastonbury, Lovebox, V - and now it seems, Coachella. Kate Moss, queen of making rough look ready, leads the pack - but the usual festivalers follow closely behind. I absolutely understand this, festivals are muddy, wet, dirty - oh no wait - Coachella is in 36 degree sun?! Hunters are up there now with all the other heritage British fashion labels; Burberry, Barbour and Churches...
So, I conclude that despite the snide giggles I make at all the hoards of people buying them to walk around a city - Hunters are a staple. If I see you wearing them on the street I will probably laugh at you, unless your street is 2 foot under in mud. Buy your pair from Hunters from the John Lewis website - £69, but your children and theirs will wear them after you... True investment. And they look even better when covered in mud.
All pictures are from this pinterest list.
South Molton St Style