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One of Britain’s most iconic footwear designs, Hunter’s Original boot has come to define the company to a degree, offering a tried and tested jumping off point for all of their new designs and remaining a perennial best seller. But just how did it get to where it is today?
After two World Wars, which took the welly from relative rural obscurity into mainstream adoption on the feet of returning soldiers, demand for the style was higher than ever. Hunter had already refined the design throughout the ‘40s, moving away from the traditional boot silhouette and toward a roomier, more rounded toe box.
With the inevitable increase in competition scrambling to take advantage of the expanding market for the warm, reliable and waterproof boots, Hunter had to act in order to retain their position as the country’s foremost welly maker.
Toward the end of 1955, with the country having experienced some bitter winters in recent memory, Hunter put an emphasis on comfort, originally launching the boot now known as the Original - at the time called the “Green Wellington” - with much fanfare about its orthopaedic properties.
In the intervening half a century, the Original boot has become a British institution. Still showcasing the vulcanised rubber process which was the original inspiration for the company, and using the finalised 1956 last, the boot hasn’t changed much simply because it hasn’t had to.
The Original Tall - which is the original Original, if you follow us - is made up from 28 different parts which are then put together by hand to create the finished product. The slight heel and deep lug pattern provide good grip in wet weather, while the buckle toward the top of the upper offers wearers the perfect fit.
Over the years, the Original Tall has won countless admirers. The Rooneys, Beyonce Knowles and Andy Murray and Kim Sears are all famous fans of the boots, and they’re the boots of choice for any discerning festival goer. Most impressively, Hunter have two Royal Warrants by Appointment, to HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
For a run down on styles other than Original Tall from Hunter, check out our guide by clicking on this link.
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