Wellies most appropriately known as Wellington boots came into fashion after the Duke of Wellington ordered his shoe maker to make him a modified version of the hessian boots. It was popularised in the nineteenth century as outdoor boots for the high and mighty of that period. Although they used to be made of leather, they are also now more common in plastic form. Other names by which the boots are known are ‘Billy Boots’, ‘Rain Boots’ and ‘Gummies’. These knee-high boots are either made from rubber or made to be water proof since they are most suited for use in muddy areas and wet ground.
Today the young and old alike, adorn themselves in all manner of designs of neoprene wellies as they attend events. Even the heaviest of rain can not deter them as they match confidently to event grounds. Festival wellies are even more beautifully designed with different colour shades to add colour to all the different festivals that will be held this season. It’s become popular footwear in sports and even songs. It is very common to see South African dancers dress in festival wellies as an accessory to the ‘gumboot’ dance that started during the time of Apartheid.
The number of people who can wear neoprene boots has increased from men, women and even children. Men can wear it to work and some people use it as safety boots. Women too are using it as a fashion statement and it helps that it comes in all kinds of designs. Children too are not left out and wellies for all ages can be found in the market. There’s no need for parents to worry anymore when their kids are playing on wet ground. With wellies, there is no risk of hurt or dirt.