It was being with GrandSons in their brand-new wellies at the weekend that spurred me on. I was so frustrated at not being able to splash through puddles with them that I came home and ordered myself some.
But not until after some serious browsing and investigating. All the wellies I've had over recent years have been comparatively cheap and bought, as Husband put it, more for style (if you can have stylish wellies) than sturdiness. So we googled dog-walking wellies and I finally decided on these.
I'm really hoping these will be comfortable for walking - most wellies give me flat feet ache if I walk in them too much - and long-lasting. They cost enough!
Smart eh? I was very happy until Younger Son peered at them and said, 'They're not waterproof.'
'What do you mean? Of course they're waterproof. It said so on the website.' (I believe everything I read.)
'But the leg bit is made of wetsuit material and they don't keep the water out.'
So I set out to test them
They passed the squelching through mud test.
And they passed the wading through the stream test - even though the water came above the rubber bit. And I had to stay there long enough for Husband to take a photo with his phone and then realise it wasn't working so take one instead with the camera I was carrying. In other words I was standing there for a good few minutes.
Smart, warm and comfortable. All that needs to be tested now is longevity.