There's nothing quite so vital to life in the countryside as a decent pair of wellies. Country Life's luxury editor Hetty Chidwick makes her pick of the best you can buy.

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With autumnal weather well and truly here, it’s time to invest in a quality pair of wellington boots to see you through to winter and beyond.


Country Life Top 10: Wellies

Hunter wellies

Hunter

Not just for the fashion and music set at festivals throughout the summer – although the light and flexible rubber does lend them to packing into a rucksack, or wearing them solidly for a whole weekend. Hunter produce some extremely fine field wear wellingtons too, such as the Balmoral at £150.

www.hunterboots.com

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Le Chameau wellies

Le Chameau

The Rolls Royce of the wellington world, Le Chameau’s Vierzon boots (from £125) are the Royal choice, favoured by The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry alike.

But it’s the Chasseur style that gets my vote. Somewhat pricier at £340, the leather lined are top of the range and the style is over 40 years old – the first boot to offer multiple calf sizes. Their all-terrain grip resists wear and is ever popular with the shooting crowd.

www.lechameau.com

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Seals wellies

Seals

‘Always warm & dry’ is their slogan, and this is due to their neoprene lining, providing excellent insulation from +15 to -15 degrees. They also have arched supports, which are said to reduce back stress.

These Thermax Gusset Boots are an all-round style which function in winter under harsh conditions but are just as useful in spring and autumn. You can find stockists here, or they are £94.80 through Abbeydale Direct.

www.sealsdistributor.com

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Dubarry wellies

Dubarry

I’m slightly biased, as I own a pair of these myself – gents can wear them too, but I just think they are better suited to a lady’s leg.

This Galway style, £329, is available in extra fit and slim fit and they are perfect for a long walk but stylish enough to keep on for the pub lunch afterwards. They must be cared for properly, so aim to get some leather protector and suede spray.

www.dubarryboots.com

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RHS Muckster wellies

The Original Muck Boot Company

Perfect for slipping on before you attack the weeds in the garden, These Muckster II ankle boots (£70) are part of the limited edition collection endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society.

www.muckbootcompany.co.uk

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Joules wellies

Joules

Here you’ll find very jolly designs for adults too, but I love the children’s designs. This shark attack pair (£24.95) will make puddle splashing even more fun.

www.joules.com

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Aigle wellies

Aigle

The Brea Botte (£100) is a classic nautical boot, the non-slip sole is suited to boating conditions and they are extremely strong and durable. One for the sailing fanatic.

www.aigle.com

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Musto wellies

Musto

The Brampton side-zip boot (£175) will keep your feet dry in all conditions. They are hand-made and have the unique Musto sole, which prevents mud clogging.

www.musto.com

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Barbour wellies

Barbour

A simple classic for a gent who prefers navy, these Bede wellies (£64.95) have a Barbour tartan lining and are made from vulcanised rubber and have a ‘kick spur’ at the back to help you get them off easily.

www.barbour.com

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Hunter wellies

 Hunter

No apologies for including two pairs from Hunter – these Wellesley rubber riding boots at £175 are stylish and elegant.

www.hunterboots.com

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Givenchy: Our bonus 11th welly

More for the city-dweller than the countrside, these Givenchy chain rubber boots (£295) are not ones you’d want to get covered in mud, but ones that you could get covered in mud. High fashion can be practical too, it turns out.

www.givenchy.com

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Barbour boot bag

Now you’ve picked out your perfect wellies, you’ll want something to keep them in – and this Barbour boot bag (£27.95)  is spot on.

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