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The Wellington “Wellie” Boot Sock

by Edward Pickering on February 17, 2022

 

It’s on cold rainy or snowy days, when slogging through fields of puddles and wet snow reminds us why we LOVE our alpaca boot socks – or as we call them The “Wellie” boot sock.  To fully understand why our boot sock is perfectly suited to the “Wellie” boot – or any other high rubber boot, you need to know the history of the Wellington Boot.

 

Originally worn by officers in the British Army, the Wellington boot has been in use since the 1790’s.  It was the Duke of Wellington, or Arthur Wellesley who made the boot popular in 1817, when the boot transformed from military uniform to the fashion of the aristocrat!

 

The “Wellie” replaced the “Hessian” boots, which were popular with troops, but were made of leather – great for difficult terrain, but not so much for water!  The re-worked boot known as the Wellington originated in 1917 after the Duke of Wellington popularized the boot.  Post World War ll the rubber “Wellies” were still popular after being recognized as extremely waterproof and comfortable.  The boot started to become popular even among the working class due to the unique health and safety benefits of the boot.

 

As time passed – so too did the material of the boot including more durable forms of leather, neoprene and rubber.  Today the “Wellie” is worn by agriculture professionals, countrymen, dog walkers and gardeners.  At Chetwyn Farms we wear basic hard-working, steel toed rubber boots around the farm, and keep our more fashionable “Wellies” made by brands such as Hunter boots, Muck-boot & Barbour for more public outings.

 

So….What makes the perfect boot sock?  Warmth, comfort and long-lasting!  Our alpaca boot socks are made from 45% baby alpaca, 40% acrylic and 15% nylon – the perfect blend for warmth, comfort and durability.  With a cushion-loop knit, the sock is warm without being bulky.  With a fitted sole, the sock hugs your feet and reduces slippage inside the boot.  An added woven elastic band at the top of the sock prevents further slipping.  It’s the perfect boot sock!  Available in three fashion-forward colours – charcoal, biscuit and dove grey – the Wellington Boot Sock is perfect!

 

 

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