Whilst wellies are great at keeping your feet dry, they don’t do your feet many favours in other respects.
Firstly, most wellies offer virtually no support. If you are walking for a couple of miles in wellies, walking your dog for example, your feet are probably complaining by the end. Walking boots and trainers are much better at providing support, so if this is what your feet are used to walking in, the change to wellies can be hard-going.
It is worth looking inside your wellies to see if there is a removable lining. If you can remove this, it will give you a bit of space to fit something more supportive in the boot. We stock a range of full length insoles that will provide your hard-working feet with some much-needed support. Feel free to bring your wellies in with you to see if a pair of insoles can be accommodated.
The other issue with wellies is sweat! Being waterproof stops the wet getting in, but also prevents moisture inside the welly (sweat) from escaping. A thicker pair of socks that wick moisture away from the skin will help, but make sure you allow your wellies to dry out from the inside between outings. A warm, damp environment is just what fungus likes to grow in, so if you suffer from athlete’s foot, an antifungal spray squirted into your boots will kill any microbes living there which could re-infect you every time you put them on.
And of course, if you haven’t worn your wellies for a while, it is always good idea to give them a shake before you plunge your foot in, or you could find your toes wiggling in a mouse nest as Kate did recently!