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March 10, 2017 by Polarn O. Pyret

The Wellington boot is a type of boot that was worn and popularized by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. This novel “Wellington” boot became a staple of hunting and outdoor wear for the British aristocracy in the early 19th century. Wellington boots were at first made of leather. However in 1852, Charles Goodyear, introduced the wholly waterproof, Wellington-type rubber boot which became an instant success. The lower cost and ease of rubber “Wellington” boot being entirely waterproof, lent itself immediately to being the preferred protective material to leather in all forms of industry. Farmers would be able to come back home with clean, dry feet.

Now Wellington boots, almost always simply called rain boots, rubber boots, billy boots, galoshes or gum-boots, are popular in Canada and the United States, particularly in springtime when melting snows leave wet and muddy ground. Kids can be seen wearing them to school and taking them to summer camps.

PO.P wellies are a favorite of all customers mostly because they have reinforced seams and can stand the test of time! They are made 100% of rubber with defined tread on the bottom for better grip on slippery floors. With specially designed pull tabs, that allow kids to put on/take off easily and still enjoy the rainy day, they also have a safety strip of reflector tap down the back so your child will be seen even on the cloudiest of days.


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