Unlike traditional rubber wellies, neoprene boots offer unparalleled warmth, comfort, and flexibility. However, there’s great variation between styles, with some boots sporting only a neoprene lining, whilst others feature a full neoprene upper. Here’s our pick of the five best neoprene wellington boots for winter.
The best neoprene wellies
When it comes to picking neoprene wellies, it’s important you have a rough idea what you’ll be wearing them for. For example, someone working outside in the Outer Hebrides through winter has different requirements to someone tending to their horse. We’ve broken down the pros and cons for each of the boots in our review.
LE CHAMEAU VIERZONORD NEOPRENE LINED BOOTS
The best all-round wellies
Pros and Cons
- Perfect for everyday wear
- Shock absorbing sole results in greater comfort
- Thinner neoprene means the boots are not well suited to colder climates
The le Chameau Vierzonord boot comes in both women’s and men’s fit, as well as a variety of colours (olive, traditional, and burgundy). The boot is designed for ‘everyday country life’, and comes with a waterproof gusset and a neoprene lining. The rubber is also natural, making it a great environmentally-friendly choice.
The neoprene is 3 mm thick, meaning the Vierzonord is a great boot for general wear. It’s important to emphasise that the boot is only neoprene-lined, and does not have a full or partial neoprene upper. This has resulted in a slightly less flexible boot.
Unlike other le Chameau boots, the Vierzonord does not have a Vibram sole. Instead, it bears le Chemeau’s own ‘dual-density Cross sole’, which was created with shock absorbance, longevity, and comfort in mind.
The boot is a great choice for casual wearers who want an all-year-round boot.
2.5 – 15 (UK)
Men’s and women’s styles available
ARCTIC SPORT NEOPRENE MUCK BOOTS
The best wellies for cold weather
Pros and Cons
- Said to be usable down to -30 celsius
- Tread is perfect for slippery surfaces
- Thicker neoprene means the boots are not suited to spring and summer
- No colour options
The Arctic Sport boot from Muckboots is iconic and universally acknowledged as one of the best neoprene boots on the market. They are known to be constructed to a high standard, and have a solid feel which doesn’t feel heavy underfoot – it is not a stretch to describe their comfort as slipper-like. Their insulating properties are also lauded, with several third-party reviews focusing on their real-world usability down to -30 celsius.
The Arctic boot is suitable for a wide range of tasks – from construction work to caring for horses. The solid tread is capable of gripping on normally slippery surfaces, such as wet concrete paths, and the neoprene upper means that sweating and general discomfort is kept to a minimum.
The boot is split approximately 50/50 between rubber and neoprene, with the lower portion being constructed of synthetic rubber and the upper half of 5mm ‘CR Flex-Foam’ neoprene.
- Moss Green
4 – 14 (UK)
AIGLE PARCOURS 2 ISO
The best neoprene wellies for walking
Pros and Cons
- Stylish, traditional design
- Comfortable, even when worn for long periods
- Anti-fatigue properties increase the boots’ lifespan
- Thin neoprene makes them unsuitable for colder climates
Aigle Parcours look like a stereotypical wellington boot – unsurprising given how long Aigle have been making boots. The Parcours 2 ISO is particularly popular amongst walkers, as it maintains comfort even on long walks – without the need to double up on socks. They are also renowned for their longevity, which is at least in part attributed to the use of high-quality materials, and the boots being handmade in France.
The Aigle Parcours 2 has ‘anti-fatigue properties’, which make them a great pick for horse owners. The boots have a full rubber outer with a neoprene lining. They are available in bronze, brown, green, and black.
4 – 15 (UK)
WETLAND’S NEOPRENE RAIN BOOT – MUCK BOOTS
Best value for money
Pros and Cons
- Represent great value for money
- Mesh lining allows feet to breathe
- Uncomfortable when worn for longer periods of time
- Limited colour options
The Wetland’s rain boot by Muck Boots is a unisex model, not too dissimilar to the Arctic Sport by Muck Boots (also reviewed here). The Wetland’s boot is one of the more affordable neoprene Muck Boots, but with many of the benefits of more expensive boots in their range. Whilst other reviewers have reported that the boots are unsuitable for wearing all day, this typically doesn’t affect gardeners, dog walkers, or even individuals looking after their horses. For many, the Wetland’s rain boot is more than adequate.
The boots come with a rubber sole and lower half, and a neoprene upper. The neoprene is 5 mm thick – great for colder weather – and has a mesh lining that allows your feet to breathe. They are available in brown and have a flat heel.
4 – 14 (UK)
HUNTER BALMORAL NEOPRENE WELLIES
Modern, fashionable wellies
Pros and Cons
- Vibram sole, which reduces shock and increases traction
- Range of colours to choose from
- Thinner neoprene makes them unsuitable for colder environments
The Hunter Balmoral welly features a full rubber exterior and neoprene lining. The lining is 3 mm thick – making it a great boot for all year round wear. It also features interchangeable insoles, and an adjustable upper which can be tightened or loosened using a buckle.
The boot has a Vibram sole, which targets shock absorbance, traction, and general comfort. It is worth noting that this sole was specifically designed for Hunter by a third party, meaning that this is a quality that Hunter believe to be particularly important. As a result, these boots are great for slippery surfaces – whether that be an icy, wet, or muddy surface.
3 – 9 (UK)
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
How warm are neoprene wellies?
The neoprene used for wellington boots is very similar to the material used for wetsuits, and like wetsuits, neoprene wellies provide great insulation. Neoprene boots trap heat by creating an air pocket that acts as an insulator. The amount of heat retention that boots provide is dependent on the neoprene’s thickness – 3 mm is considered to be suitable for spring and autumn, whereas thicker material is advised for winter.
Are neoprene wellies comfortable?
Wellies with a neoprene upper allow for greater movement than traditional rubber boots, they’re also better at keeping your feet warm. Similarly, neoprene-lined rubber boots (with a rubber upper and lower) offer greater heat retention but lack the flexibility afforded by an entirely neoprene upper.
Should I buy steel toe cap wellington boots?
Steel toe cap wellington boots are great for dangerous environments, such as building sites, where your feet require protection. There are also benefits to wearing steel toe boots around animals, such as horses, to protect against them standing on your feet! However, steel caps add extra weight and can make boots uncomfortable in cold weather. Unless required, it is best to avoid steel toe wellington boots.
Are neoprene wellies better than rubber boots?
Many users of neoprene wellies believe that they are better than rubber boots. Not only are they better at retaining heat, but depending on design, they also offer more flexibility. Neoprene is also less likely to crack than rubber, making them a great choice for individuals working in semi-hazardous environments – such as horse yards, where urine can accelerate the breakdown of rubber boots.
Are you and your horse ready for winter? Check out our article on Hacking out Safely in Winter to stay safe as the nights get shorter.