SPATS are British-designed, handcrafted orignal rubber boots which are now made in Europe with the highest percentage of natural, sustainably-sourced rubber. The canvas-textured ankle part mimicks the spatterdash or 'spats' which the Edwardians wore to protect their shoes from muddy splashes. SPATS are ideal for general outdoor living: music festivals, dog walking, riding and equestrian sports, navigating muddy puddles and general wet weather wear but wouldn’t be out of place at the races or in a wedding marquee.
SPATS are vegan and ethically made without using harmful chemicals, dyes or animal glues using natural rubber which is tapped from hevea brasiliensis trees grown on responsibly-managed plantations in Vietnam and India. Their unique design feature is the button-across ankle covering which is practical as well as stylish, making them easy to slip on and off and 100% water-tight (thanks to the rubberised gusset).
SPATS are hand-moulded (from over 21 separate parts) by skilled craftsmen onto podiatrist-approved metal lasts, which means they are more tailored to the foot than traditional wellington boots or injection moulded, plastic wellies. The unique design offers support to the foot and ankle even without fastening the buttons. They have a fully-articulated sole for excellent grip, a slight heel and a silky faux-fur lining for added comfort. Due to the high natural rubber content of the upper parts (80%), they are soft and flexible and will mould to the shape of the foot/ankle. They have a fully-articulated outsole and heel for excellent grip (made with a higher percentage of synthetic rubber than the upper parts in order to withstand abrasion).
We are engaged with every step of the process and oversee the production line and quality control in person at our partner factories in Slovakia and in Sri Lanka. Both factories adhere to the highest ethical and environmental trading standards and are REACH compliant.
The natural rubber used in the 2021 eco SPATS range comes is harvested by smallholder farmers who are part of the VFCS / PEFC sustainable rubber certification system. SPATS (Talk about the Weather Ltd) is a member of the Fair Rubber Association (FRA), which raises guarantees a fair wage and better living conditions for plantation workers. The FRA is committed to ending the abuses of the rubber industry, which has contributed to irresponsible farming, human rights abuses and wide-scale deforeststion in southeast asia over the past 20 years.
By buying SPATS you are supporting positive, lasting change in the rubber industry. For every pair sold when we relaunch SPATS in 2021, we will also be regenerating 5 sqm of rainforest in Brazil through our charity partner, WeForest.org.
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