High Quality Hunters Worn By High Profile Celebs!

If you are searching for high quality footwear that is suitable in any environment, Hunter boots are for you! For more than 150 years, Hunter has merged functionality, fashion and true British style to create the perfect product for you!

The boots are perfect in any field, whether you are walking along the city streets, dancing the night away at music festivals, or simply enjoying the outdoors, Hunter boots will give you the benefit of comfort, performance and durability.

Hunter boots are established as a style classic, even making its debut at the London fashion Week. The brand is recognised as savvy by men and women worldwide!

The Hunter Original autumn and winter 2014 collection takes inspiration from the brand’s heritage as well as by the voyages of men and women into the extreme environments, this including the ocean and outer space.

There have been many questions about the brand, and what is the correct boot to suit you?

Many people had their first experience of wellies, gumboots or rain boots as a child and remember them as cold items that you need to wear two pairs of socks with in order to make them bearable, however as time progressed, designers have changed this and the boots have improved. They are now available for any occasion.

You may ask why people choose certain colours for their rubber boots.

Well this may come as a personal preference, or simply as a trend. On the runway this season, reds, blacks and blues were popular, but there are a variety to choose from, so whatever your desire may be, Hunter boots fulfils.

Which is the favourite colour of Hunter Wellington Boots? The trend of the season would be the patent leather boot, as well as the signature black with a solid colour strip at the back. If you are into patterns, the British flagged boot is quite a trend setter!

If you enjoy working hard, and playing even harder, Hunter boots remain the preferred brand. With the large range of boots, welly wearers throughout the world are catered for, this including the Royal Family, festival-goers, working farmers and any fashionista!

Hunter boots splashes out onto the runway

The 2014 London Fashion week was flooded with the colourful waterproof Hunter boots collection.

Hunter is best known for those sturdy no-nonsense wellies seen on trendy youngsters, but they debuted their clothing range on the London catwalk which was set up to look like a dark forest, complete with a watery runway and realistic looking trees.

Hunter is combining their traditional heritage with trendy designs for both their clothing and boots. The brand as well as Burberry is the latest to combine trends and heritage to the British labels. Both brands have an esteemed history: The boots were first made in 1856, and were worn in flooded trenches during WWI. Hunter boots were also supplied to Britain’s royalty.

Hunter collection at the London Fashion week received a lot of publicity and its front row VIPs included Anna Wintour Vogue editor, “Do it like a dude” singer Jessie J, as well as designer Stella McCartney. Stella had previously shown her own collection of sportswear at London Fashion Week. The designer’s husband was the creative director of the Hunter show.

Models splashed onto the runway wearing bright coloured boots and coats, capes, shorts and winter jackets. E very model wore the various latest colours and styles, this including a heeled ankle-length version.

Even though Hunter boots are wellies, not all the looks are outdoorsy. Some of the models on the catwalk wore the boots with bare legs, miniskirts and a dainty clutch bag. It all fit very well into the current trend for sporty chic.

The show closed with a little magic performance and a shower of cards, leaving a lasting impression on all the guests. This was a superb touch to the entire show as it was a card rainfall this time, and it was very different to previous shows.

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About Hunter SA

Hunter Wellington Boots

Welcome to Hunter Boot South Africa, the official online retailer for the Hunter brand in South Africa.

Hunter is a global brand with a range of shoes and boots which has stretched far beyond the original classic and unwavering bestseller, the timeless Hunter Original Wellington boots.  Originating in Scotland in 1855, the iconic brand has grown exponentially, and is globally acknowledged worldwide as the most comfortable top-quality Wellington boots available.

As a result of dealing with the official South African online store of the global Hunter brand, you can find comfort in the knowledge that you are getting genuine Hunter products and can also feel secure in the knowledge that as the official online retailer for the Hunter brand, you will be dealing with Hunter representatives, hence receiving only the best customer service.

Along with excellent prices on all products, Hunter Boot SA guarantees that our store provides the safest, easiest and most enjoyable online shopping experience. We have used the latest in IT development for our website, thus making the Hunter South Africa site safe, as well as simple to navigate. All online credit card transactions make use of a secure online payment gateway with a Thwate certificate.

When you buy Hunters you will be expressing a timeless style that is incomparable. The Hunter brand caters to the customer who is stylish, fashionable and interested in making a statement, who at the same time appreciates exceptional comfort and quality.

Welcome to the Hunter Boot lifestyle.

Hunter Boots are in South Africa!


Finally there is a reason to look forward to Winter!

No longer are we expected to get drenched in the pouring Winter rain in our fashionable little pumps because, well, what else are we supposed to wear  to feel and look gorgeous, dah-ling?!

The answer has finally arrived on our shores…. Hunter Wellingtons! Hunter Boot SA is the official Site for the answer to our Winter woes. The Site stocks the largest range of Hunter Wellies in the country so you can pick whatever Hunter suits your personality! From the Hunter Original to the Hunter Regent to the Hunter Curzon, whatever your style you’ll find it at www.hunterbootsa.co.za

Check out the press release:

Hunter –Boots launches in South Africa

Wellington boot > Chiefly British. A waterproof boot of rubber or sometimes leather reaching to below the knee and worn in wet or muddy conditions

The Hunter brand has become a symbol of British country life and celebrity fashion. Designed over 150 years ago, Hunter wellington boots were created to conquer Britain’s rugged and unpredictable weather.

Now firmly established as a fashion brand beloved by Hollywood celebrities, the classic Hunter boot range offers an ever-increasing collection of rubber and leather footwear to suit urban fashion and country living.

Known today as the ‘original’ Wellington, Hunter has stood for quality and comfort since Henry Lee Norris began his boot making company in 1856. Committed to fit, comfort, durability and performance Hunter wellington boots bear 2 rare and coveted stamps of approval of the royal family.

One Hunter wellington tall boot is made from 28 individual parts.  Each part is individually tailored and assembled by hand to support specific parts of the foot, calf and ankle. Hunters continue to be made and finished by hand from natural rubber. It is this attention to detail and the dedicated craftsmanship that makes each and every Hunter boot so special.

As the brand has expanded, Hunter has added an extensive range of accessories to create a distinctive Hunter look.  Customers can personalize their wellingtons with a warm and cozy Hunter fleece welly sock. Socks are sold separately and are available in an array of colors, fabrics and faux furs.

The Hunter range has expanded into collaborations with top brands such as Jimmy Choo, Carnaby and Argyll. Throughout the years Hunter continues to maintain its concrete position as a purveyor of key fashion footwear and accessories through all seasons.

 

 

The Hunter Time Line

1800s

1817
The Duke of Wellington requested a new style of boot from his shoemaker to be worn in battle and for evening wear beneath the new fashion long trousers. A leather boot was designed and became known as The Wellington Boot. He started a fashion…

1855
Mr Henry Lee Norris arrives in Scotland from America in search of a home for his new rubber footwear factory.

1856
The North British Rubber Company was registered a limited company in September. It acquired premises in Edinburgh’s Castle Silk Mills buildings and had four people working for it. The company not only made rubber boots – production included tyres, conveyors, combs, golf balls, hot water bottles and rubber flooring.

1858
The company branched out into manufacturing rubber hose and belting alongside footwear.

1870
Traction engines were introduced to the capital by R W Thomson.

1875  
The North British Rubber Company manufactured solid rubber tyres for the traction engines. With the first set fitted and tested on roads between the factory and Balerno. The Company has now grown to 600 members of staff.


1900s

1914 
Rubber boot production was boosted by World War I when the War Office commissioned The North British Rubber Company to construct a sturdy boot suitable for the flooded trenches. During the war 1,185,036 pairs of trench boots were made, with mills running 24 hours a day to keep up with the Army’s demand. The fashionable boot was now a functional necessity.

1939  
At the outbreak of World War II in September, 80% of the North British Rubber Company’s production was for war materials – from ground sheets to life belts and gas masks. In Holland, forces were working in flooded conditions which demanded Wellingtons and tight boots in vast supplies.
By the end of the war the Wellington had become popular among men and women for wet weather, the boot had become roomier with a thick sole. Also, due to rationing in the war labourers began to wear the rubber boot for everyday work.

1946     
The North British Rubber Company moved to a larger factory in Dumfriesshire to deal with the rise in demand. This factory, known as Heathall, had been built in 1912 to manufacturer car and aeronautical engines.

1955      
The winter saw the introduction of two new boots, and the first orthopaedic boots to be produced by the company – the Green Hunter (now known as the Original Hunter) and the Royal Hunter. Reaction from trade was slow with an order of 36 pairs considered an achievement.

1966  
North British Rubber was bought by Uniroyal Limited.

1977
Hunter is awarded a Royal Warrant from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

1980s
A pair of Hunters has become an essential item for those guided in upmarket country fashion. By the end of the 1980′s they were synonymous with the much caricatured figures of The Sloane Ranger Handbook.

1981
A pair of Hunter Originals is worn by Lady Diana Spencer in her engagement photographs, sparking a fashion spurge.

1986
Hunter is awarded a Royal Warrant from HM The Queen.
Uniroyal Limited is bought by Gates Rubber Company Limited of Denver, Colorado. From 1987 the company is known under its new name.

1990s  
Hunter enters the dry diving suit market, becoming at its peak the number two producers in the market with a 35% market share.

1996
The Gates Rubber Company is taken over by Tomkins PLC of London.

1999
Tomkins PLC sell the Consumer and Industrial Division of The Gates Rubber Company to Interfloor, the country’s largest carpet underlay manufacturer.


2000s

2004  
The management of Hunter buy the footwear part of the company from Interfloor for £1.98m establishing the company independently as Hunter, for the first time ever.
Hunter celebrates 50 years of the Original Hunter Green Welly with an exciting charitable initiative – Giving Welly.

2005
Hunter launches into the USA.
Hunter launched several extensions to the Wellington range. Along with developing boots under licence for the Royal Horticultural Society. The new Lady N boot is also launched.

2006
Hunter Rubber Company is placed into administration due to cash flow problems
A Private consortium (led by Lord Marland of Odstock and comprising Peter Mullen (ex CEO of Thomas Pink) and Julian Taylor all of whom were previous shareholders in Hunter Rubber Company) supported by the Pentland Group PLC buy Hunter out of administration and Hunter Boot Ltd and the Dumfries Rubber Company are born.

After rapid re-structuring of the company, new supply routes and distribution partners found in the UK and USA and the Hunter portfolio was rationalised to core products exhibiting the key skills and tradition of this well established Scottish company.

Hunter re-establishes itself as a major player in the traditional country and leisure footwear market in the UK and positions itself as a strong contender in the USA opening showrooms on 7th Avenue in New York and Carnaby Street in London.

A new management team is put in place retaining much of the existing skill and experience base from Hunter Rubber.

2007
A new international sales director is recruited to develop new Hunter ranges and to increase existing sales in new markets.

The relationship with the Royal Horticultural Society is strengthened further with a launch of new RHS wellies at the Chelsea Flower Show in London.

The ‘Century’ Division is set up to handle the safety range globally and to develop new products in this sector.

During the summer a new website is developed improving Hunters web-presence and further strengthening the brand’s global perception.

Hunter Boot Ltd enjoys a record season announcing, in August, an 85% sales increase, against the same period in 2006.

2008
Hunter’s official website is launched.

The summer will see the launch of the Hunter Festival range and the new Balmoral range. Along with a new charity partnership with WaterAid, launching at the Glastonbury Festival.

Hunter Boot Ltd make a historic move from their base in Dumfries to new offices in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh.

Where Wellies Originated

The Welly made it’s first appearance in 1817. At this time men’s fashion was going through significant changes as gentlemen swapped their knee breeches in favour of trousers. This, however, led to a problem finding comfortable footwear. The previously popular Hessian boot, worn with breeches was styled with a curvy turned-down top and heavy metallic braid – totally unsuitable for wearing under trousers.

To this end, Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington instructed his shoemaker, Hoby of St. James Street London, to modify this 18th century boot.  They designed a new boot in soft calfskin leather, removed the trim and made the cut closer around the leg. It was hard wearing for battle, yet comfortable for wearing in the evening. The Iron Duke didn’t know what he’d started – the boot was dubbed the ‘wellington‘ and the name has stuck ever since.

Wellington boots quickly caught on with patriotic British gentlemen eager to emulate their war hero. Considered fashionable and foppish in the best circles, they remained the main fashion for men through the 1840′s. In the 1850′s they were more commonly made in the calf high version and in the 1860′s they were both superseded by the ankle boot, except for when riding.

So far these boots were made of leather, however in America, where there was more experimentation in shoemaking, producers were beginning to manufacture with rubber. One such entrepreneur, Mr. Henry Lee Norris, moved to Scotland in search of a suitable site to produce rubber footwear  – here sees the beginning of Hunter’s story.

Production of the Wellington boot was dramatically boosted with the advent of World War I due to the demand for a sturdy boot suitable for the conditions in flooded trenches. Making the wellington boot a functional necessity.

Again the Wellington boot played an important contribution during World War II. At the outbreak of war in September 1939, although trench warfare was not a feature of the war, the wellington still played an important role. Those forces assigned the task of clearing Holland of the enemy had to work in terrible flooded conditions.

By the end of the war the wellington had become popular among men, women and children for wear in wet weather. The boot had developed to become far roomier with a thick sole and rounded toe. Also, with the rationing of that time, labourers began to use them for daily work.

Wellington boots are waterproof and are most often made from rubber or a synthetic equivalent. They are usually worn when walking on very wet or muddy ground, or to protect the wearer from industrial chemicals and they are traditionally knee-height.

In Britain, there is a light-hearted sport, known as ‘wellie wanging’, which involves the throwing of Wellington boots as far as possible.
Wellington boots, though invented in Britain, are very popular all over the world.  In cold climates they were especially useful in springtime, when melting snows leave wet and muddy ground for a couple of months. Children can often be seen wearing them to school and office staff wear them to work to save their shoes.

The Hunter Story

A symbol of British country life

In 1856 Mr Henry Lee Norris, an American entrepreneur, landed on Scottish soil in search of a home for his boot making company. Having acquired a block of buildings in Edinburgh, known as the Castle Silk Mills, the North British Rubber Company (which much later became known as Hunter Boot Ltd) was registered as a limited liability company in September 1856. In the beginning there were only four people working for the company, by 1875 the team had grown to 600 members of staff.

Production of wellington boots were dramatically boosted with the advent of World War I when the company was asked by the War Office to construct a sturdy boot suitable for the conditions in flooded trenches. The mills ran day and night to produce immense quantities of these trench boots. In total, 1,185,036 pairs were made to cope with the Army’s demands. The fashionable boot was now a functional necessity.

For WWII they were once again called upon to supply vast quantities of wellingtons and thigh boots. 80% of production was for war materials – from ground sheets to life belts and gas masks.
After WWII boot making had to move to a larger factory in Heathhall Dumfries, where the company has been based since, to deal with the rise in demand.

Hunter’s most famous welly, the original Green wellington, was made over 50 years ago in the winter of 1955. It was the first orthopedic boot that we made and was launched alongside the Royal Hunter – another boot that remains in Hunter’s range today.

In 1977, having continued to supply wellies to the Royal Households, Hunter was awarded a Royal Warrant from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. This was shortly followed, in 1986, by a Royal Warrant from HM The Queen.  Providing great recognition for their work in keeping some very important feet dry!

Hunter enjoyed a record season in summer 2007 but, despite this, remained faced with major financial challenges regarding production. High manufacturing and fuel costs that contributed to the company’s move into administration in 2006 remained prominent and, like many UK manufacturing businesses, Hunter was forced to consider whether it was commercially viable to keep making boots in the UK. The company also had to negotiate a volatile relationship with its landlord and an expensive and inefficient 96-year-old factory. Eventually, alternative supply sources were sought and developed in Europe and the Far East and plans were made to exit the Dumfries plant and relocate the company HQ to Edinburgh. This move was finally made in September 2008.

Today, Hunter remains the preferred welly brand for those who like to work hard and play hard – there’s a great range of boots to suit welly wearers all over the world – from the Royal Family to festival-goers, working farmers and landed gentry alike.