I have actually been planning to do another monthly favourites video, as I have so many lovely bits and bobs to tell you about, and my last one seemed to go down pretty well. However, it’s one of those things that keeps getting put off and I just haven’t got around to yet.
If you watch my vlogs you will have seen that I have recently been trying out a pair of Rudds wellies. And just this weekend, I let the newest Callahan recruit loose on them so that I could get them some pictures for this blog.
As you can see, he was rather taken with them.
And so am I. Because on a more serious note, these wellies are fab!
I wanted to start by giving you a little insight into how Rudds came about…
The founder of Rudds wellies, Rachel Rudd, was a business management graduate and has an extensive background in retail management and health business management.
Living in South Devon, Rachel and her family spend plenty of time walking down muddy lanes, or on the beach. And her and her husband had both decided to invest a pair of good wellies.
Rachel went out and brought a pair from the leading name in the equestrian industry and her husband did the same with wellies in the sailing industry.
After spending a considerable amount of money on both pairs, Rachel was sorely disappointed. She says that she was shocked about how cold they were, how they were made from just a thin piece of rubber, had no lining, were tight around her calves and their the straw that broke the camels back was when her husband’s wellies split, not once, but twice, after around eight weeks.
It was then that a little lightbulb went on in Rachel’s head and she felt that maybe she could provide the market with a pair of wellies that actually did what they were supposed to do.
Rachel did plenty of research and each time she searched something, she’d be directed to horse forums, farming forums and sailing forums, all with evidence of people who were fed up with wellies that were made for fashion and not for purpose.
And the idea for Rudds was born… Lifestyle led Wellington boot, for people who wear them all the time and not just for festivals or on the one day a year it snows. For horse-riders, for dog-walkers, for farmers, for sailors and for anyone who enjoys an outdoor lifestyle on a day-to-day basis.
Rudds took nearly a year to design. Each feature was tested and had to be passed before the boots went any further. And once they’d been designed, they were sent out to a number of consumers, across the country, to test them and send feedback.
Only once Rachel had recieved enough positive feedback and knew she had a great product, did Rudds launch at Horse of the Year Show, last year!
“I’ll be first to admit, it wasn’t a dream I had as a child, but I’m loving it.”
So, let me tell you a little about the boots…
- They have a twelve month, non-split guarantee. Rachel has worked with a rubber chemist to design a more durable rubber that resists urine and manure.
- The are designed to fit a horse-rider’s calves. If you have slim calves, it simply means that you won’t have to make any adjustments, but the boots are made on a slightly wider width and are extendable at the sides.
- They are safe to ride in. They have a heel, they move in and out of a stirrup easily and have a reflector strip on the back.
- They are warm, with a 3mm neoprene lining.
- They are super comfy! The rubber is really soft and moulds nicely to your leg and the your feet feel cushioned and protected.
I wore these boots for various photoshoos, where I was trekking up and down the countryside and can honestly say they kept my feet super warm and comfy.
Just a little side note: I usually wear a four shoe and my Rudds are a five and fit comfortably, just so that I can fit a nice thick sock in if I wanted to. (Although I’m not sure I’m going to need to, with the warmth they provide.)
Sadly, with it being the beginning of Spring, I haven’t been able to stomp through any deep mud and puddles, since having them. But I can’t wait to use them over winter, when I know they’ll really come into their own.
Because, they really do do exactly what they say on the tin, or the boot… They are ‘crafted to work’.
And, if you still aren’t convinced, Rudds offer free delivery and free returns, so you can try them out for yourself.
Rachel currently sells Riding Rudds and plans to bring out Farming Rudds and Sailing Rudds, with their own unique features, later on in the year.
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