Our family spend a lot of time in wellies, so much time in fact that a couple of years ago I spent quite a lengthy period of time researching and writing this post about the best pair of adult wellies to buy… and then had them stolen after I bought them, but that’s another story.
One brand I hadn’t heard of when I wrote that post were BOGS. BOGS Footwear is a boot company based in Oregon, US who sell a range of 100% waterproof boots for babies, children and adults. Most have pull on handles and many incorporate original prints into their design.
After experiencing so many substandard pairs of wellies that expire after one winter, I was also heartened to see that on their website they also offer a 100% guarantee that every pair of BOGS “meets the high standards that you would expect” and promise you can return them if they don’t. Compare this to one well-known heritage brand who now warn (if you check the small print) that many of their wellies are “fashion items” and not designed to last.
We were offered two pairs of BOGS boots to try, one for Theo and one for Alice. For Theo we chose the Durham solid which are insulated boots designed for winter temperatures which promise a non-marking and self-cleaning outsole (How does that work!?) Despite the warm summer temperatures we’ve had in the last couple of weeks, their thermal properties have not deterred Theo from wearing them almost every day since they arrived.
I love the pull on handles which not only make them easy to take on and off, but also make them easy to scoop up and restore to their correct position by the front door when they are abandoned somewhere!
Alice isn’t quite ready to toddle around in her Baby BOGS yet, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time. They are also 100% waterproof and brilliantly, machine washable too.
In the past I have hesitated with buying wellies which are part rubber and part neoprene, fearing they would not be entirely waterproof and might get stained by mud, but having seen Theo’s mini versions I’m seriously tempted to try a pair for myself this winter, particularly as the soles are supposed to have excellent non-slip properties, which is an illusive quality in rubber boots!
It is of course very early days for our BOGS trial and I will update this review if we encounter problems down the line. Well made footwear (and clothing in general) seems to be hard to find these days, and if BOGS turn out to live up to their bold promises, I’ll be delighted to give them my full support.