Talk About the Weather Ltd

Choosing your wellies - Size

Spats – original rubber boots™ are available in women's (Eu) sizes 36 (UK 3), 37 (UK 4), 38 (UK 5), 39 (UK 6), 40 (UK 7) , 41 (UK 8) and 42 (UK 9).

Please note that Spats boots come up a little larger than the UK standard size (up to a half size larger) and are designed to be worn with socks.

We recommend you visit one of our stockists to try on Spats for size if you're not sure.

Please refer to our Terms of Sale for our exchange policy.

How to choose your welly boots:

1.    What size? It's often advised that you buy wellies a size up so you can wear them with thick socks. This might be true of say Dunlop but its not true of every brand. Rubber boots are made on special metal lasts and every brand is slightly different and unique when it comes to length, width, ball and heel girth etc. We always advise that you try the boots on in store before buying but sometimes this is not possible. With Spats Boots we recommend you go for your usual shoe size. If you’re a half size, however, we recommend buying the size up and getting a pair of insoles. Sheepskin insoles are half price when bought with a pair of ankle Spats on this website. Tall Spats come with EVA insoles already fitted.

2.    Get the right wellies for the job. For heavy duty mud and wading, full length wellingtons are best but many people find them uncomfortable for longer walks as they can put strain on the knees, especially when clogged. Ankle or short wellies are lighter and more comfortable for walking and you can accessorize with waterproof gaiters to keep those splashes off your clothes. That said, most rubber boots are not designed for hiking or hilly terrain. Ankle wellies, short wellies and galoshes come into their own when gardening, camping, dog walking or mucking out as they can be easily slipped on and off.

3.   Choosing for comfort. Everyone's feet and ankles are different, therefore one brand will suit you better than another. Try before you buy is the golden rule. To avoid rubbing or chafing make sure you wear your rubber boots with suitable socks (elasticated and covering the leg) or welly warmers. Also bear in mind that most rain boots have hard rubber outsoles and are not cushioned (unless specified). If you're planning to wear them for protracted periods of time, sheepskin insoles will improve comfort and warmth.

4.   Heel and Sole. For safety its better to buy wellies which have an articulated sole for grip and a good heel. There's no point in buying rain boots which you will slip around in on an icy day. Spats heels are 1.8-2cm high and the tread is 0.5-0.7cm.

5.    Rubber or PVC? There's a reason why PVC or plastics-based wellington boots are cheap: they can be mass produced by injection moulding. The fact is plastic isn't as comfortable, breathable or durable as vulcanised natural rubber. They won't last as long as you'll be throwing them out in a year when they split or spring a leak, adding to the plastic mountain. If you love wellies and want footwear that's sustainable, buy rubber.

6.    Finally, make sure your welly boots make you smile on even the most miserable of days.