Well I guess my love for Chuck Bass has gone the way of the Welly for me. Sadly, my love affair with both the boot and the Bass is over.
Seeing the picture of Ed Westwick (he’s British) wearing bright red Hunter boots turned me off for a few reasons – 1) He’s a man wearing bright red trendy boots 2) His legs are skinnier than mine, and 3) He looks better in them than I ever did.
Wellies are fairly narrow and we all know I have mammoth calves. So mammoth in fact that when I bought a pair three years ago I cut the back of the rubber boot with a pair of scissors to give them some breathing room.
Rubber boots have been a rainy day mainstay for the Brits since the beginning of time – or at least since the Duke of Wellington stepped in a puddle in the 1800’s. Wellies continued to be worn for the next 2 centuries without much fanfare until 2005 when Kate Moss went to a muddy concert. This one photograph of Moss bombing around the rainy Glastonbury Music Festival in a pair of black Hunter brand wellies, and barely there denim cut-off shorts hit the internets and created a fashion firestorm.
Six or seven years later the after effects of the Moss pic have completely infiltrated America. And like often happens here in the land of the free and the home of the brave, I regret to inform you that the trend is being ruined. Everywhere you look - Hunter Boots. The sun is shining and girls are wearing their wellies, the sky is cloudy the Hunters are out, snow is on the ground and girls are saying why wait? Wear your wellies.
The week after Christmas this year my co-worker and I noticed more wellies on the streets of Boston than Red Sox hats. Sadly, these Hunter boots were paired with The North Face parkas and not Burberry trench coats.
On a positive note wellies are way cuter than Uggs - maybe Uggs have gone the way of Von Dutch and Ed Hardy?