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Hi all, can anyone recommend a pair of wellies for women with slim feet and calves? I struggle to find anything that isn't huge on me and that doesn't flop around and cause blisters. Last year I bought some Kangols with an adjustable strap which weren't too gaping (although still quite roomy) around my legs and fitted my feet nicely if I wore thick socks, but they have pretty much fallen apart after a year's heavy use in the garden and are full of big tears.

Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of money, so ideally they need to not be too expensive either.

If all else fails I will buy another pair of Kangols for £20, as they were comfy and decent while they lasted, but thought it was worth asking to see if there's anything better out there that isn't prohibitively pricey.




  • B3B3 Posts: 25,224
    Those are certainly well-used wellies!
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,833
    I gave up on wellies years ago. If they fit my small (2.5 to 3) feet, they're a bit tight round my calves + trousers (I don't have particularly chunky legs, but apparently not skinny enough to match my feet). I wear either crocs or old walking boots for gardening, depending on the weather and what I'm doing.
    If you have small feet and slim legs, maybe childrens' wellies would fit?
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • BigladBiglad Posts: 2,893
    I think you've definitely extracted every last second of wear from those @WillowBark ;) 

    I can offer no advice other than, maybe, stick to what you know works for you. You may be able to get something cheaper that either doesn't fit as well or last as long. Buy cheap, buy twice, as they say. You could have a pair of my boots - you'd probably get both feet into one of my size 11s :D 
    East Lancs
  • WillowBarkWillowBark Posts: 236
    edited December 2020
    @JennyJ Unfortunately I have relatively long feet considering how skinny they are (5.5 to 6), so childrens' wellies won't quite do the job! Wellies are such a pain to get to fit.

    I might see if any of my relatives have some old walking boots they don't want anymore. Thank you for the suggestion - in my head they are for different activities, so it hadn't occurred to me as a possibility before. Thanks!
  • As an alternative thought, some horse riding boots are quite narrow and shaped at the ankle. 
  • @Biglad Yep, I definitely have! There's definitely no waterproof potential left now that we've got to the soggy time of the year.

    You could be right, sticking to what I know might be the best way to go, even if I do have to buy a new pair every year. I suppose at £20 a pop that's not actually too bad.

     :D Thanks for the offer, but I think I'll skip - although it might give the neighbours a giggle!
  • @Chivetalking Thank you for the suggestion. I do have some old riding boots from years ago, but unfortunately, whilst they fit perfectly, they are quite stiff rubber and, as they are designed to keep your heels down, I find that my ankles and feet get tired very quickly if I am walking around in them for any length of time. They also don't have much grip, which in my waterlogged garden means mudskating at this time of year!

    Maybe leather ones would work better and be a bit more flexible, but I fear they might be a wee bit out of my price range at this particular moment in time.

    Thank you for the suggestion, though; I do appreciate it.
  • You make a good point riding boots are not ideal for walking I was thinking of the shape, good luck with finding something suitable  :)
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 7,889
    edited December 2020
    I've always found traditional Hunter wellies to be designed for much skinnier calves than mine. I really like the foot fit on them but can only wear them with skinny leggings and thin socks. They might suit your needs. Definitely need to try them on first though!

    Hunters are more expensive than you've been paying but I usually get 3 or 4 seasons out of them so probably works out much the same annual price.
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,901
    I just wear hiking boots and if it’s really muddy I add on a pair of gaiters or even long socks.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
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