As with so many things, you get what you pay for. This is certainly true of wellington boots, says consumer editor Julia Heaton. Pricewise, the difference is huge, from the cheapest PVC pair you’d wear for pottering about, to those with reinforcements for shovelling muck. The more you pay, the better the features of the boot designed to give comfort and protection.  All of those tested are waterproof and have removable inner soles.

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Best Buy- 19/20

DERWENT MUCKBOOT- £57

Telephone- 0844 335 0361

www.wellingtonandbarrow.com

BUILD *****

Gives a good level of protection around the toe, instep and ankle area and has an oil resistant sole. Available in black or moss (shown) and sizes 4-12, or navy size 4-8.

FEATURES *****

Boasting a neoprene lining for warmth, anti-shock heel, and a soft top that can be folded down and gives when you crouch down. Includes a kick rim.

PERFORMANCE ****

Chunky looking and just a little clumpy but not heavy to wear. The elasticated top fitted snugly around the leg so there’s no danger of boots filling with grime or socks slipping. The kick rim and fact that the leg could be folded down made taking them off really easy. However, the soles filled with sticky mud which had to be bashed out later.

VALUE *****

Suitable year round. No doubt these would be long lasting.

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Other Border Forks on test were:

12/20 REGATTA LADIES CLASSIC COUNTRY- £40

Telephone- (0161) 749 1313

www.regatta.com

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17/20 BALMORAL LADY NEOPRENE

Hunter

www.hunter-boots.com

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10/20 STRIPE WELLIES- £29.99

Easy Wellies

Telephone- 0800 121 6076

www.easy-wellies.co.uk

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GREAT VALUE

15/20 SPOTTY WELLY- £13

Briers

Wilkinson stores/garden centres

www.briersltd.co.uk

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16/20 PREMIUM WELLINGTON- £34.99

Town and Country

www.townandco.com