WELLINGTON BOOTS – FACTS & FUN

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The Wellington boot. According to history the Duke of Wellington instructed his shoemaker, Hoby of St James’s Street, London, to modify the 18th Century Hessian Boot.  The result was a fabricated new boot in soft calfskin leather.  The boot was dubbed the Wellington and the name stuck in the English language for ever.

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  • To fill a size 10 wellington boot you would need a whole gallon of custard
  • Some crazy people fall so in love with their wellington boots, that they name each pair they have with a ‘welly naming ceremony’. We would call ours Corkys.
  • Ever heard of ‘welly wanging’? It’s a bit of a mad sport invented by the British, and started in 1917 when soldiers who often fought on the front line got bored.
  • In 2003, a wellington boot race was held in New Zealand, and became the largest wellington boot race of all time with 981 people taking part.
  • In 1900, a millionaire named Nathan Schwab ordered a pair of wellington boots. They weren’t for him though – he wanted them for his dog! Another great British love affair…
  • 7. The biggest welly ever built was a total of 8 meters high, made by the people of North Queensland, Australia.
  • 8. Famous author Oscar Wilde commented on wellies in 1888 when asked about women’s fashion. He praised them for giving women more freedom!
  • In the 20th century, you would have been able to sell your wellies for a pretty penny – rubber was more valuable than silver.
  • Miners in Africa do a ‘welly boot dance’ to cheer them up when they’re feeling low at work.

Our personalised welly boot print

Quite interesting.  Our Wellington boot personalised print is a rather special creation that represents your loved ones as Wellington boots. We have created 38 different styles and colours to choose from. We used watercolour and ink to create the lovely little rubber delights and the finished product we think is one of sophisticated fun, that looks right at home in the hallway /entrance lobby, perhaps above the children’s coat rack for a trendy look.

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