8 Things to Know Before Buying Hunter Boots

shoes_iaec1211333After obsessively  Googling a lot of research, I finally got some Hunter Wellington Boots (for Christmas)! I love them. They’re amazing. Not particularly warm for winter (even with the special socks), but they’re still perfect for running errands, letting the dogs out, etc in the snow…and they’re more durable than my Uggs! And in the rain, they’re unbeatable. That said, there are just a few things to know before buying:

  1. Try them on first in-person! But if you’re not able to, in my personal experience they run large. I’m usually a 10/10.5 and I got a 9…they fit perfectly.
  2. “Original” is a matte finish, “Original Gloss” is glossy.
  3. There is a difference between “Hunters Original” and “Huntress” boots. Huntress is a wide-calf boot for ladies with a calf larger than 15″, or who like to wear layered socks. I went with the Huntress (pictured below).
  4. The Original Hunter are 2 inch taller than the Huntress…so if you’re really short, I’d go with the Huntress, the Original Short, or even try the kids sizes (for half the price!), otherwise I’ve heard it can chafe the back of your knees.
  5. There are not special socks for Huntress…if you order Hunter Welly Socks, they are a little bit taller than the Huntress boot because they’re meant for the Hunter Originals. I just tucked mine in, it worked fine. On that note, the Welly Socks have awkward seams on the feet. It feels a little weird when you’re first wearing them, but you get used to it.
  6. The tread is not ideal for ice (personal experience—ouch!).
  7. They are heavy on your feet. Very heavy. When I wear my brown riding boots (they’re the Franco Sarto “Poet”) after wearing the Hunters for awhile, I feel like I’m walking on air!
  8. Green is the “classic” color, but there are tons of fun color options available now. I got the brighIMAG0530t red (pictured). I originally got the “Merlot” color, but it was a hideous purpleish-brown…not cranberry like I thought they’d be. I don’t recommend that color, but hey, to each her own.

I’ve personally used Zappos with great success buying online. From personal experience, the free 2-way shipping and easy exchanges are definitely worth it (had to mess with sizing). They are also available at Nordstrom, Macy’s, etc. This is a pic of me in my red Huntress boots. You can tell they’re a little shorter than the Originals (for your reference, I’m 5’8″).

This photo is embarrassing for 3 reasons: 1) I don’t have a full-length mirror so I am standing on the toilet in my daughter’s bathroom (ha!), 2) My bathroom is dirty, and 3) Yes, that is my 4 year-old folding washcloths in the bottom-left corner…I make her do chores whilst I take pictures of myself. #Momshaming anyone? ;)

UPDATE: Check out my new post, Tips for Buying Hunter Boots! I’ve compiled a list of helpful tips from all your wonderful comments &  reviews…thanks for all the input.

***And I’m super slow and I just got Instagram. Follow me at “nik.vee” =)

Shareen - January 9, 2013 - 11:13 am

Super helpful!

pintofgoals - January 9, 2013 - 2:23 pm

I love those! My friend has the green pair but she is tall an skinny (with skinny calves). I have always wanted a pair but didn’t know if they’d fit or look good on me (I am short with BIG calves). Thanks for the suggestions!

Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog - January 10, 2013 - 3:37 pm

Haha – Love this! I actually bought Hunters after a particularly frustrating, rainy walk to class in Madison. :) Loved them ever since – mine are purple.

Zoë - March 6, 2013 - 11:14 pm

Great advice! I am looking into a pair of Hunters because I live on the rainy coast but they are so expensive here. I have warm winter boots that are totally waterproof but dreading what happens when it’s too warm for those. Not sure what colour I’ll go with but I’ll be checking them out in person this spring :)

Sarah - September 21, 2013 - 5:22 pm

The look awesome on you! How tall are you? I’m just under 5′ 2″ and I’m looking to buy a pair! Would you recommend getting the Huntress?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - September 21, 2013 - 5:34 pm

Thanks Sarah! I’m 5’8″, so I’m pretty tall…but I wanted to be able to layer them. My calves are about 15″ exactly, so the Hunter originals were snug. I guess I recommend measuring your calves and if they’re 14″ or less go with the original? The easiest thing might be to try them on in-store if you can, then shop around online if you want a larger selection! My sister is 5’2″ and she chose the Huntress—I asked her and she said that anything taller than the Huntress might be too tall. Hope that helps!

Kat - September 22, 2013 - 2:42 am

hi just a tip for the smaller ladies like myself I actually purchased the hunter originals in a children’s size 6 which is the same as a woman’s 7 at Nordstrom’s. They are a little bit shorter in height but the women’s cost $140 while girls only cost $75. I am very happy and love my boots. plus Nordstrom’s will let you return shoes you have worn if your not happy.

Sarah - September 24, 2013 - 10:09 pm

Thanks, Nicole and Kat for the tips!

Mitchy - October 7, 2013 - 8:36 pm

I am getting the Huntress and I bought them in an 8 (mainly because i have a wide calf and dont fit into the the other narrow ones)
I noticed that people say they run large. The heel of my foot does seem to slip a bit (slightly) when I walk but im hesitant to go a size smaller because Im afraid the calf may get too small (they just fit me with the size 8)
Should I try the 7? or no? In regular shoes it is somewhat rare that I ever go below an 8
What should I do ?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 7, 2013 - 8:46 pm

Hi Mitchy! Does the 8 slip with thick socks? If so, I might try the 7. I believe the circumference should be the same…worst case scenario you can return them if they don’t fit! That’s why I love Zappos with free shipping both ways (and no, I’m not paid to promote them. Lol.). I ordered a few pairs before I fell in love with the red ones!

Deanna - October 19, 2013 - 10:08 pm

Hello ,
I was wondering what kind of riding boots do you have? I s hard to find I forgave ones!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 19, 2013 - 10:30 pm

Hi! I have the Franco Sarto “Poet” riding boot. Hope that helps! Here’s a link to them on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Franco-Sarto-Womens-Poet-Boot/dp/B007KHC7MA

Danielle - October 19, 2013 - 11:39 pm

Thanks so much for making this post. It’s so helpful!

Rachel Olawumi - October 26, 2013 - 10:35 am

Hi Nicole,

I’m 6’1 with 15.6″ calves. I’m stuck on which to go for. Huntress for calf space? or Original tall ones for length?

If it’s of any use I’ll be using the wellies primarily for rowing (3x weekly), to wade the boat out and in of the water. I need to be able to get them off very quickly once I’m in the boat.

I would just try them in person but can’t find many stockists in my area that have a size 9.

Thanks for this informative post nonetheless! :)

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 28, 2013 - 10:08 am

I would go with the huntress for width…if you’re wearing pants or socks they might not fit! Personally, I would have preferred the Originals for height, but my calves were just too muscular at the time. I might get some originals this Christmas and see how I like them!

Rachel Olawumi - October 28, 2013 - 6:32 pm

Thanks for your advice Nicole! I tried on mens’ 9s in store, the foot is fine but the calf is tight so I ordered a pair of the huntress wellies as you recommended, they’re arriving tomorrow morning. I can’t wait! :)

Rebecca - November 1, 2013 - 1:37 pm

Thanks for all the helpful info! Also, to Diana, I live my Lucky Brand riding boots. I have a 14 1/2″ calf and they fit nice. I get tons of compliments on them! I bought mine a few years ago, but I think these are it: http://lucky-brand-boots.devhub.com/lucky-brand-angel-boot :)

Rebecca - November 1, 2013 - 1:53 pm

Hey, what about ordering men’s original? The height is the same (16″), but you get another inch in the calf? :)

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 1, 2013 - 2:13 pm

Hm, I was under the impression that the Originals were unisex…good idea!

DONNA - November 3, 2013 - 7:31 pm

Another suggestion for ladies who are on the shorter side — try out the hunter original packable tour rain boots! The height is an inch shorter than the original version, and it has flexible soles, so it’s SUPER light compared to the original! I tried both in the store, and I picked out the tour boots because they were so light and comfy. But as for width, they are slightly tighter than the original. Just wanted to share!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 3, 2013 - 7:41 pm

Awesome, thanks for the tips! =)

geri - November 13, 2013 - 9:08 pm

You are so cute and fun…..I finally found some boots that fit….I think I ordered 5-6 pairs last year online….I got really good at returns(yuck)……….I was looking at the Hunter Original British ..they are snazzy!

Rebecca - November 15, 2013 - 2:49 am

SALE ALERT!! Costco has Original Hinter boots in black, green and gray all matte for $74.99! If you purchase at Costco.com they are $79.99. Also, they are 20% off at Nordstrom right now making them $112.00! Unfortunately I have to return my Costco ones, they’re just too tall on me, but I love them otherwise and am going to go try the Huntress and see if they’re better :)

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 16, 2013 - 8:48 am

AWESOME tip! Thanks! I think I’m in the market for a pair of Originals!

Claudia - November 17, 2013 - 5:28 pm

Thanks! I finally decided to buy my first pair of Hunter boots and your tips are really useful.

Chrissy - November 21, 2013 - 11:05 pm

Does anyone have any experience with the Huntress boots (height 14″, calf width 16.5″) vs. the adjustable calf (height 16″–same as the originals; calf width: 15-17″)? After reading reviews/looking at photos, the ankle on the Huntress just looks so wide. I might like them on, but have had trouble finding a pair in stores, but kind of don’t like that the general shape is different than the original, vs. them just making the calves wider. If the adjustable calf ones really go to 17″ then it seems like the best of both worlds…


Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 22, 2013 - 12:21 pm

I agree with the ankle assessment…I haven’t looked at the adjustable calf. I actually lost 20lbs after having my son, so I might get the originals this Christmas! I will also check these out. =)

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 22, 2013 - 12:28 pm

Btw, the ones I’m wearing in the picture are Huntress! The ankle doesn’t bother me much. =)

Dana - November 22, 2013 - 8:55 pm

Hi, so in your tips, you said the boots were heavy. I was wondering if you’ve ever owned a pair of Dr. Martens, and if you have, how heavy are they in comparison?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 22, 2013 - 10:49 pm

I haven’t owned Dr. Martins, but I’d imagine they’re pretty similar in weight. The Huntresses are very sturdy and feel it…I wouldn’t say they’re too heavy though!

MJ - November 25, 2013 - 1:37 pm

Bought my first pair of Hunters! Got the kids size 5 in glossy original… they’re perfect and can’t wait for the rain! haha! Thanks again for all your posts, it helped me not only save some serious time but I cannot be any happier right now and can continue my christmas shopping! yay!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 25, 2013 - 3:40 pm

Aw yay! So glad I could help! Today I asked a random stranger in Target if I could try on her Originals, and they fit my calf (much to my surprise!). I think I know what I’m gettin’ for Christmas!

Cassie - December 10, 2013 - 8:06 pm

I just got my first pair and love them! I got lucky and got them half off at Nordstrom! I’m 5’3″ and got the Hunter boots…my calves are 13.75″ – the circumference and height are perfect! I usually wear a 7.5 women’s and went with a 6 because I knew I wouldn’t be wearing the hunter thick socks.

Cassie - December 10, 2013 - 8:10 pm

The hunters are lighter than Doc Martins…I don’t notice hem being heavy at all.

Rose - December 17, 2013 - 6:05 pm

Hi everyone, i need some help lol, ive just got my first pair of hunters and i went for the huntress, my calf is just under 15″ and i quite like having the extra room in the top but i really do not like the big ankle on them. Does anyone know if the calf on the originals would fit my calf ?? Thanks in advance =)

Jessica - January 2, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Thanks for this awesome post!! I have been wanting red Hunter boots for awhile but I have literally been going back and forth between pictures of the Hunter original tour and the hunter original. Apparently there is a difference….and then there’s matte or gloss. I think I’m into the matte. I am on the shorter side but I feel like the Huntress may hit me a little lower than I want…so I’m still stumped! I really want the socks too…so I am not knowing what to do! Can you tell that I cannot make decisions on my own? I do this with every part of my life….

Signe My - January 3, 2014 - 4:13 pm

Hey there :-)
Im writing you from Denmark, sorry my spelling:-)
and have a few questions :-) I’m 168 cm, and regular use a size 6. My legs a pretty normal ;-)
What pair of Hunters/huntress and size should I chose?
Have found a website: totalywellis.uk, is that a website I can trust?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 3, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Hi! I would always go with the Originals first if you fit in them, I don’t think the Huntress boot is as flattering. I’m not sure about the website, I would always buy from a licensed distributor because there are fake Chinese ones & knock off sites!

Fran - January 3, 2014 - 9:44 pm

hi Nicole!I JUST ordered merlot Hunter boots, unfortunately i didn’t see your website before I ordered:( Is the color really that bad?I got them in a matte finish, will that make them look worse?
Amazing blog btw!looks awesome

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 4, 2014 - 9:11 am

Thanks so much! As for the boots, it was just a personal preference, maybe you’ll like them? Initially, I thought they were more burgundy (like merlot…), but they were definitely more of a brown/purple. As long as you like them that’s all that matters! And worst-case scenario, you can alw get different ones. =)

Stephanie - January 5, 2014 - 11:55 pm

Hi Nicole!
Thanks for this post.
I’m about to move to Boston from Texas and I have been having the most difficult time trying to decide on boots! I hear a lot about the Hunter boots though.

I just don’t want my feet freezing off, so do you think pairing these boots with ski socks and leg warmers would help?

Thanks! xo

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 6, 2014 - 8:14 am

Well, I think it depends how long you’re out and what you’re walking through. If you step in the snow you feel it pretty quickly since they’re not insulated at all, and your feet get very cold very fast. I personally didn’t think the welly socks help at all, but maybe ski socks/leg warmers might be different? I do love them for quick errands or a quick dog walk though, but I wouldn’t use them for an extended time stepping in actual snow. It’s so nice because they’re 100% waterproof and don’t stay wet (like Uggs). I’d recommend them either way since they’re great to have for the little jaunts out in the wintertime (esp. slush!). Let me know how you like them for winter use if you get them!

Cortney - January 6, 2014 - 12:11 pm

Thanks for the post Nicole!

I just received the original gloss tall today. I’m 5’4 but have short legs and my knee cap seems to scrape against the top of them. I wonder if they’ll pucker out a bit at the top as I wear them or if I need to swap to the huntress? They’re the perfect width but could stand to be slightly shorter.



Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 6, 2014 - 2:44 pm

Hi Cortney! The Huntress are definitely shorter, but do have a wider calf…that seems to be the trade-off. =/ I’m not sure what size you are, but maybe you could pull off a kid’s size as some others have suggested? The consensus seems to be that they’re a little shorter, but not wider…and on the plus side, they’re a bit less expensive!

FashionistaCents - January 15, 2014 - 5:20 pm

About your article ” 8 Things To Know Before Buying Hunter Boots “. Are they warm like these Ugg Bailey Bow Boots? http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/7344741/http://www.zappos.com/ugg-bailey-bow-chestnut-twinface

If they aren’t cold weather boots, what weather are they best worn in?
Also I agree about Zappos and the free two way shipping. I mention that same point on my blog

Thx in advance!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 15, 2014 - 7:59 pm

Hi, good question! To answer it: No, they are definitely not warm like Uggs. Not even close. Personally, I have the Ugg Bailey Button Triplet boots (http://www.zappos.com/ugg-bailey-button-triplet-chestnut-sheepskin), and I love them because they’re SO warm…even without socks. The Uggs are phenomenally warm for winter, but aren’t the best when they get wet, even after waterproofing. I would hate to get salt on my Uggs! And the tread sucks. It sucks on the Hunters too, honestly.

Back to your question, though. I would say that the Hunters are awesome for shorter walks in the winter (like errands, just to/from the car), or especially slushy weather. They do trap heat because they’re solid rubber (not any breathing), so as long as they’re not in direct contact with snow they’re okay. Anytime 100% waterproof would be ideal. For any other season, though they’re great for rainy or wet weather…anytime waterproof footwear would be appropriate.

Tiffany - January 20, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Hi Nicole,

I’ve also read elsewhere that you need to size down. Do you know anyone that had to actually size up? I usually where an 8 or 8 1/2 but I just tried on some Hunter Originals today and the 8 is definitely too small. The 9 was big – a bit lose in the heal and across the top of my foot, but I imagine with the Hunter boot socks, they’d feel more snug? My calves are less than 14″ so I would want to wear the originals with the socks.


Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 20, 2014 - 2:58 pm

I haven’t heard of sizing up, but go with what works best for you! Keep in mind, though, that the socks have awkward seams and are really not very thick or useful for warmth. Let me kow what you go with!

Madison - January 27, 2014 - 4:20 pm

Super helpful thank you so much!

Andrea - January 27, 2014 - 10:02 pm

Hi!!! Did you have to size down? Also, do the socks fit sound the top of the huntress?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 27, 2014 - 10:42 pm

Yep! I’m usually a 10.5, but I ordered a 9. They fit well, even with socks.

Andrea - January 28, 2014 - 7:08 pm

Thanks, Nicole! Do the socks fit the huntress since they are wider?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 28, 2014 - 7:39 pm

Yep! There’s just a little extra space since they’re shorter, but I made it work. =)

Liane - January 29, 2014 - 3:47 pm

The boots aren’t sized small…there is a difference of about 1-1/2 to 2 sizes between UK and US sizing. I’m a 6 UK and a 7-1/2 or 8 US. Just thought it’s good info to share. (I’m an American living in London)…sadly the clothing is opposite (I’m a US 10 and a UK 14).

Tiffany - January 30, 2014 - 7:13 pm

I think the sizing totally depends on the foot! I wouldn’t recommend ordering them online without having tried a pair in stores. In my case, I’m an 8 to 8 1/2 in most boots. The 8 (US) in Hunter Orignal was too small. Just slightly but my heel was rubbing and my toes a bit squished. The 9 was a bit too big but I got them anyway! Went with yellow and I love them. I’m surprised some people are going down by 1 1/2 sizes but maybe they send different sizes to Canada knowing we’ll have to wear them with thick wool socks 8 months of the year! :)

Misha - February 8, 2014 - 11:02 pm

Ladies! They are rubber rain boots. RUBBER! And they cost $130 minimum! Does the emperor have clothes on or not! Come on!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - February 8, 2014 - 11:18 pm

To each her own. If you don’t want them, don’t buy them. Live & let live.

Tiffany - March 5, 2014 - 8:09 pm

Hi Nicole,

Since you mentioned the Hunter socks had weird seams, I ordered a pair from Etsy. Thought I’d let you know because they’re fantastic! Super warm and comfy and no awkward feeling seams. They are called SLUGS rain boot liners and the shop is ‘With the Rain’. Lots of cute colours/designs and they’re half the price of Hunter socks! :)

Nicole | Life So Lovely - March 7, 2014 - 7:32 am

What a great idea! Thanks for the info. =)

Meagan - March 13, 2014 - 11:27 pm

Hi there good info! I’m about a 10.5 too but I don’t want the huntress, should I still order a size nine in original or are the huntress bigger all over??

Nicole | Life So Lovely - March 14, 2014 - 5:44 am

I have size 9 in both styles…hope that helps! 10 was just massive.

Vaish - April 10, 2014 - 11:32 pm

Hi Nicole, thanks for the info! I was wondering how your boots are now, a year later? I really want to buy some Hunter Boots, but I’ve read that they get cracks.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - April 11, 2014 - 6:28 am

I would say they got moderate use, and still no cracks!

Dyanne - April 17, 2014 - 9:07 am

HELP!!! I just don’t know what to do about he sizing???? I am usually a size 10 but I tried on 10’s at a department store and they felt huge. That is why I ordered the 9’s but they feel a little bit short. Like my toe is at the tip. Can’t tell if its because my foot slides forward. I just didn’t want them huge because I live in Texas and would probably not be wearing thick socks with them. What do you recommend? I really wish they came in half sizes.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - April 17, 2014 - 9:14 am

I’m also usually a 10 and got the 9’s…I think they’re a tad tight in the toe, but it’s not a deal breaker for me. I have very narrow feet. Are you certain they’re the Medium and not Narrow (for width)? On Zappos they’re listed for the 2 different options. If that’s just how they are, is it deal breaker? My feet got used to it, they’re not painfully tight or anything. I definitely wish they came in half sizes too!

Dyanne - April 17, 2014 - 10:16 am

Thanks, no I ordered from Hunter. I just called them and they said to probably go back with the 10’s. After reading many different sites I think I should go with the 10 for nice thick breathable socks and also many stick in an arch support. That would probably be the best in the long run. Thanks again:)

Tyra - April 29, 2014 - 8:03 pm

I wear the same size but do they make your feet look huge if you get a 10.5, 10, or 9.5?

Michelle Demers - July 13, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Hey there Sarah
I know this thread is old but I’m hoping for some help! I bought a pair of matte original tall in a black a 6, as I’m normally 7.I tried the 7 with nylons in store throw away kind * and felt a bit loose so went with the 6.So… I’m home now with a pair of wool socks on strutting in house lol however, now they feel snug..tight in the toe area.Will they stretch a bit over time? I’d rather have them snug over loose.Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

Donnika - July 30, 2014 - 5:51 pm

The largest part of my calf is measuring approx 16.5 inches. Im thinking about ordering the original back adjustable boot. I’m afraid it won’t be large enough in the calf. I’m a size 10.5/11 so i’ll be ordering a 9UK. Any information on the adjustable or suggestions?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - July 30, 2014 - 6:17 pm

It will definitely be too small. =/ I’d order the Huntress for sure. If possible, try on in store!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - August 28, 2014 - 9:24 pm

So sorry, just saw this! The rubber does not stretch at all! It doesn’t have any give.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - August 28, 2014 - 9:26 pm

I don’t think they look disproportionately large! The 9’s fit me well, the 10’s looked enormous.

Jennifer Celotto - August 31, 2014 - 5:40 am

Love all these comments and your experience – so helpful! I was hoping that your commentor RACHEL OLAWUM would give an update on her purchase. I am keen to get a pair of the Huntress. I am a size 8.5 normally so was going to buy a 9 given i’ll want to put thick socks with them. My calves at their widest point are 14.5″. I am from Australia and travelling to New York for the first time at Christmas. I’ve had so many people tell me to get comfortable water proof boots. What do you think? :)

Nicole | Life So Lovely - August 31, 2014 - 7:54 am

Jennifer, you should definitely be fine with the Hunter Originals! As for Sizing, I sized down almost a full size-and-a-half, and I can still wear thick socks. Hope that helps!

shela - September 26, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Hi i really want a pair of hunters ! just wondering are these trending like ugg boots? I have not seen anyone in my area wearing these yet.

Angie - October 1, 2014 - 1:45 pm

I just ordered my first pair of hunter boots. I usually wear size 8.5 or 9, so I ordered a size 8. I hope this was the right size. I didn’t know if I should order the gloss or matte finish? Which do you think looks better? I ordered both and will see in a week.

Patrizia - October 3, 2014 - 7:29 pm

I live in Toronto and our winters are horrendous! Can these boots be worn in snow/ice? If so, which ones do you suggest?

Sabrina - October 5, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Thanks for this! I just ordered the new black/white floral print from bloomies as they have 20% off ending today (glad I checked other sites, as I almost paid full price on the hunter website, woops!) I am normally a size 9.5-10 and got these in the 9 so I’m sure I will be fine. I plan to wear them for mostly rain and also in big winter storms once they arrive.. Ill just layer the socks up lmao.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 6, 2014 - 6:56 am

I like them! They’re like Uggs in that they’re more of a “brand” and they’re more expensive than similar alternatives, lol.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 6, 2014 - 6:56 am

I have gloss and I love them!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 6, 2014 - 6:59 am

Hi! As one other commenter noted, they aren’t intended for snow and ice. BUT if you’re only using them for walking on sidewalks and such, they’d be fine! I love how they’re waterproof and won’t let my feet get wet, but they NEED to be work with socks! They aren’t warm at all. They can be pretty slippery too.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 6, 2014 - 6:59 am

Awesome, I’m sure you’ll love them!

Slim - October 9, 2014 - 11:53 am

So many suckers in this word – how pathetic, $140 for rubber boots.

Vanessa - October 18, 2014 - 10:44 am

Hey Nicole!

This post was very helpful for me! I live in Canada so Zappos doesn’t ship here anymore *sigh*. Do you know of any good online websites that ship to Canada? I was going to try Little burgundy because I believe they are a Canadian store, and offer a 10% discount the first time you sign up for VIP e-mailing (total in CAD dollars for hunter boots would be $153, which is a pretty good deal I think).

The black is nice because it would go with anything, but then again – they are rain boots right? I think they probably look cool with just about any color, right? (Oh boy, trying to reassure myself, eheh).

I’ve been very close to buying a pair, but I’m still so “iffy” about the color and size. I tried on a size 9 for the boots with the adjustable back in bordeaux (I LOVEEEDDDDD the color – but I’m afraid it won’t go well with my clothing, Help!). I felt like they were a bit big on me, but I read on Hunter’s website that you should buy your true size, because Hunter boots are made to have extra space for thick socks- whats your opinion on this? I know I can always return them, but I’m so not in the mood for crowded malls :P

Thank you so much for your help!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 19, 2014 - 6:40 pm

Mr. Tomlin: you sir, are pathetic. Why you trollin’ my page? Take your negativity elsewhere, “slim.”

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 19, 2014 - 6:42 pm

So glad it was helpful! I’m pretty sure Nordstrom or Macy’s ship as well? My next pair will be black (if I can justify that!). As for sizing, I sized down a full size and still have PLENTY of room for socks! But if you tried them on and they fit, go with it. =)

Louby - October 22, 2014 - 3:42 pm

Hi. Thanks so much for this post.

I ordered 2 sizes of the short Hunters, thinking about having a calf of approx 19″. With the smaller (UK7, my usual shoe size) when I tried them on, my foot wouldn’t even go in. I began hoping for a bit of give, from the UK8s, as they are still a little tight around the calf, so I’ve been wearing them around the house. From this post, I gather that this isn’t going to happen – they could just do with being an inch shorter in height!

They look lovely, and very smart (plus, gettjng discount is always a bonus) so I have to weigh up my options, now.

Thanks again.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 22, 2014 - 6:56 pm

That’s too bad. =/ I know others have also suggested that there’s an adjustable strapped boot! Maybe that’s a possibility?

Abigail - October 29, 2014 - 4:58 pm

hey,i am 5’9 with 16 inch width calfs so which ones should i get???

Ray - October 29, 2014 - 5:42 pm

Love this article!
Do you find that the huntress boots are wider in the feet area than the originals? Thanks!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 29, 2014 - 6:55 pm

In my own experience (since I have both!), the FOOT is the same width. Good luck! =)

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 29, 2014 - 6:57 pm

I would highly recommend trying them on in the store! BUT if your calves are 16″, you will probably have to go with the Huntress. =)

Sonja - November 4, 2014 - 9:39 pm

Glad to see this discussion. I just bought a pair of adjustable back glossy Hunter boots. I don’t have a particularly wide calf, but the original style didn’t offer much room for stuffing jeans inside, and I didn’t want to be limited to wearing only leggings or tights with them. My regular shoe size is 6.5-7 (US). I normally get a 7 in boots, but the Hunters slipped in the heel (without the fleece socks) and chafed the backs of my knees when I sat in them. Nordstrom recommends going down if you wear a half size, so that is what I did, but the 6 is a bit shorter than I would like, and pretty snug when worn with the socks. I don’t like feeling the tips of my big toes touch the inside of my shoes, and I don’t know whether it will annoy me so much that I won’t wear them, or if I will learn to get used to it because I otherwise love the boots. Ah! First World problems.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 7, 2014 - 3:35 pm

The height is my only issue with the Huntress, myself! Glad to hear the adjustable ones are working out! =)

Angie - November 10, 2014 - 3:24 pm

I am debating between the huntress and adjustable back. I have about 16 inch calves and am 5’9″. Which would you recommend for me? I’m a first-timer to hunter boots.

Chelsey - November 12, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Hey! I have a question about these boots in snow. Whould you recommend them for winter city walking? I really like the look of these boots and I’d like to wear them walking from the train station to my office in downtown Toronto. Do you think they’d be too slippery and cold? Thanks!

Julia - November 14, 2014 - 2:54 pm

Hi, I’ve recently been interested in purchasing hunter boots but can’t decide which style I should go with. I’m 5’1 and have 14″ calves. The hunter originals are too tall for me and I’m worried that if I go with the huntress there will be too much space around my calves. I’ve looked into getting the hunter original big kid rain boot but the shaft circumference is 14″, which I’m guessing wouldn’t be very comfortable considering it’s the same size as my calves. Anyone have any recommendations?

Leanne - November 18, 2014 - 3:42 pm

So glad to have found this web page! I just moved to Newfoundland and it rains here….. A LOT!!! I’m asking the exact question as Angie above. My calf is approx 16 inches so I’m debating to go with the huntress or the original adjustable back. Either way I would like the sock to fit in the boot. Nicole I read that you made it work in the Huntress but I’m wondering if anyone knows if the socks would fit in the adjustable back boot too.
Also, is there any difference between the following: I found all these boots on http://www.ca.hunterboots.com They all look the same to me except different names.
1) back adjustable rain boots
2) original back adjustable Wellington boots
3) original adjustable gloss Wellington boots (besides the gloss of course)
(Is there a difference between Wellington and rain boots?)
They also have 2 different names for huntress
1) huntress Wellington boots
2) huntress gloss wider calf rain boots

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 27, 2014 - 8:30 am

Any “Huntress” is a wide calf, I know that much. I would guess that they’re all the same? Honestly I have no clue, sorry!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 27, 2014 - 8:33 am

As long as you’re wearing socks and walking on the side walk, they’re plenty warm! They are a bit more slippery, but if the sidewalks are salted you’d be fine!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 27, 2014 - 8:35 am

I would try the huntress. Definitely try to find them in a store, but maybe with the welly socks they’d be a perfect fit?

Kim - November 28, 2014 - 6:40 pm

What north face jacket are you wearing? Apex bionic, but it looks like it has a subtle print on it. Love!

lydia - November 30, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Hi Nicole, I recently bought the hunter adjustable-in-the-back boots in navy. I love the look of them in the box, but not on me! I have 18inch calfs, and the boots aren’t tight on me around my calfs at all, which was surprising. BUT I must say that I am disappointed that these boots just look WEIRD on me! They really slouch throughout the whole boot and I’m not sure why because they’re not tight on me in any way whatsoever. I normally wear a size 9 1/2 so I went with a 9, and for some reason they’re hard to get off. I’m considering getting them in the huntress just to see if that’s a better fit, but I’m not sure if it will be. I just don’t want them to slouch! Any suggestions? Thanks!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 30, 2014 - 4:51 pm

Thank you! Yes it’s the apex, and it has a subtle floral print. =) It was a steal at Costco a couple years ago for $80!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 30, 2014 - 4:53 pm

I’m sorry to hear that! I would definitely give the huntress a try. They are much more stiff and have very little give, although I’ve never seen the adjustable-in-the-back in person. Best wishes, let me know how it goes!

Chris Kurre - December 2, 2014 - 6:50 am

I am curious about when you originally posted about the red boots and then followed up with another comment when you posted them for sale that they no longer fit. Do they stretch out?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - December 2, 2014 - 8:41 am

I lost about 35lbs following my pregnancy! So the wide calf is much too wide for me now. They fit very well when the Originals were too snug of a fit.

Mackenzie - December 2, 2014 - 4:10 pm

I’m a slim/athletic girl 5’7 and my calves are curvy from exercising so they’re not thin enough for the regular, but still a little small for the huntress so I’m getting the boot liners that cuff over to reduce the circumference! i have the huntress in black size 9 and I’m normally a 9.5-10 (if i went to 8, the toe would be too tight). Love them and recommend them!

P.S. if you still have the red sz 9 huntresses and are willing to go lower in price, i’d be interested!



Lisa - December 3, 2014 - 7:18 am

I am interested in purchasing the Size 9s. Do you still have them?

chelsi - December 7, 2014 - 2:06 am

I was wondering the best place to get wide calf boots that arent only red.. i want a fun color like coral or violet. The price probably wont change, however; I just cant find where to get these boots!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - December 11, 2014 - 9:13 am

Last I checked, Zappos has them! Also, Nordstrom, Macy’s, etc. Not sure otherwise, I’m sure a simple “google” will help you out!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - December 11, 2014 - 9:15 am

Good stuff! I found that the cuff definitely helps too. =)

Linda Langston - December 17, 2014 - 11:28 pm

Thanks for this blog I found it helpful as well all the comments by others. I have been shopping online & decided with all the variables to go try on boots at Nordstrom. I’m so glad I did. I originally thought I would buy the blk or graphite original tall hunter gloss. I first tried on the blk original hunter gloss tall with jean jeggins. They just received a shipment of these this morning as they had been sold out. I’m 5’8 and approx 200 lbs. The original tall fit fine but when I would sit down they would rub into the back of my leg which gave me pause but I did like them however, my husband said ‘hmmm that is just a whole lotta gloss’. He wasn’t a huge fan. I did like their sleek fit around the ankle and calf but I did feel a little stiff and straight legged. I couldn’t try on the huntress because the did not have any. Sales clerk said they are selling out as soon as shipments arrive. I did fit into the original tall calf area just fine even with a jeggin on. I was shocked as I heard they run skinny. I then tried on the blk short original gloss and fell in love. The fit was perfect and all I can say is I felt they were more ‘wearable’ versus the original talls if that makes sense. They were much more comfortable. Hubby loved them too! I tried them on not thinking I would like them I never was really considering them in all my online searching. I found the height of the boot perfect..not too short and not too tall. I felt the originals were too tall and I’m 5’8. I looked at the tall huntress display but did not try on(all sold out and no new shipment yet) and the ankle area just seemed bulky I thought they would be ‘kloppy’ but I could be wrong actually having them on.

I am so pleased with the shorts in gloss! My advice would be to go try them on because each style fits different based on your body.

Side note seeing the graphite in person it looks more gray with a lavender touch. It looked different in person than I thought it would.

Natasha - December 22, 2014 - 6:29 pm

Hey, I bought a size 8 in the original short as everyone said size down and I’m usually an 8.5. My toe is right at the end. Should I have sized up to a 9 or is this how they should fit?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - December 23, 2014 - 9:34 am

Thanks for your tips, Linda! Glad you found some you love, they’re so great!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - December 23, 2014 - 9:35 am

Hi Natasha, if they’re uncomfortable I’d try a different size! It seems like different styles may fit people differently, I always recommend trying them on first. =)

Erin - January 3, 2015 - 12:50 pm

Thank you so much!! This was super helpful. I am short with big calves and I thought for sure I would not be able to buy these boots. I searched high and low for different reviews and suggestions, but could not find anything until now. I did not know about Huntress boots. These will be perfect!!

Thank you!

Shannon - January 4, 2015 - 12:23 am

Hi-first off this is an awesome post!! Secondly, I’m planning on buying the black adjustable back tall boots in black. I was wondering what you recommend: original or gloss? Are there pros and cons to each? (I’ve heard the gloss eventually turns kind of matte-ish anyways? Is that true?) thanks so much!!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 4, 2015 - 11:15 am

Hi there! I would say that the finish is a matter of personal preference! I’ve gotten the gloss for both my pairs. I love the shine! That said, the natural rubber does “bloom” and get this white, waxy film on it. It’s a pain! But I usually just wash it with some warm water and it’s fine. I do love the shine, so it’s worth it for me.

Dayna - January 4, 2015 - 1:41 pm

Hi Nicole! Can you tell me a bit more about the socks from your experience? You said they don’t do much for warmth in snowy weather, but is that with the welly sock alone? Or are you wearing regular socks PLUS the welly sock and still find them not to be warm?

Dayna - January 4, 2015 - 1:42 pm

PS, thank you for continuing to answer comments on this 2 year old blog post! You’re awesome!

Dayna - January 4, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Sorry, one more thing! I read on your detailed post that the socks start at $30. Where might this be? I can only find them for $45 online and nothing less. Thanks!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 8, 2015 - 10:43 am

The fleece ones start at $30! I’m sure private sellers on Etsy might have them as well. =)

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 8, 2015 - 10:46 am

I wore it with the welly socks alone, I think they might have been too snug with other socks! In my honest opinion, I’ve never really worn them much!

Lea - January 9, 2015 - 1:32 am

So glad I googled this before finalizing my purchase. This was very helpful, thank-you!

MissLowry - January 14, 2015 - 8:21 pm

I may have commented a few weeks ago not sure. But anyways I went a couple days ago to Nordstrom and tried on the original tall boots and I could barely get them up on my calves, so they had one pair of huntress size 8 and they fit but made it look like I had fat legs that hung over when I sat down lol. So I was about to order the tall original with the adjustable back, do you think those should fit? Just wanted a second opinion because the huntress is a16″ calve and they were almost perfect but they say the adjustable go to a 17″.
Oh and an FYI for others as far as sizing, I always wear a 9 and I had to go down to an 8. Yeah I probably couldn’t wear all the extra stuff with the 8 because they fit perfect but if I got a 9 I definitely couldn’t wear them in the spring without thicker socks they would flip off my feet for sure. But it depends what you want and what your looking to use them for.

Sabrina - January 16, 2015 - 5:30 am

Just wanted to say “thank you”. This blog has really helped me. I live in a small town in Alabama. I’m going to go look tomorrow before ordering online but I’m doubtful that I will have much luck (unless I drive 60 miles to Birmingham). I’m over 5’9 and wear a sz 9 w/ a small calve. I’m going to try the original hunter in a sz 8. Fingers crossed! Mom 1st going to order matte black if the sz is correct I’m going to order glossy red (it’s on back order). My question is…do u know if I can use the hunter spray on both pair? It says not to use on metallic which either are… Just thought it was worth asking. Thanks again!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 17, 2015 - 1:48 pm

Glad I could help! The spray should be safe on the Gloss and matte—neither are metallic, so I can’t imagine it would be an issue! I’ve never used it myself, though, so don’t quote me!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 17, 2015 - 1:51 pm

Thank you for the tips! I also found that sizing down was absolutely necessary, my normal size (10) flopped all over the place. Anyway, aesthetically I agree with your assessment of the Huntress—I think it’s a less flattering silhouette. I don’t have any personal experience with the adjustable ones, but another reviewer mentioned that they slouch a little bit since the material isn’t as stiff. That said, it sounds like those might be the perfect solution for you! If you get them, shoot me a pic and let me know your thoughts so I can share! =)

czarina - January 23, 2015 - 7:43 am

hi nicole! informative post! stumbled upon it after FINALLY buying a pair of hunter originals with the adjustable back. i’ve been eyeing them for a couple of years now and decided to bite the bullet. however, i’m normally a size 7.5 and a bit on the wider side and went with the size 8. i found the 7’s fit PERFECTLY with my thin socks which i usually wear. the size 8’s are bigger for sure but tolerable… fits A LOT BETTER with the hunter socks, though i dont really like the look of them with the socks.

my question is, do you find after wearing your boots for awhile now if they give a little? i know it’s rubber and dont stretch out as much as leather. but i’m torn on going back and getting the size 7’s but then that would mean that eliminates the option of me getting the hunter socks, even though i’m not a huge fan but it’ll make it slighly warmer in canadian weather.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 23, 2015 - 9:26 pm

There is zero give with the Hunters Originals/Huntress! None. But honestly, I don’t think the Hunter socks are any warmer, though, they just have the logo. ;) I’d go with the 7’s if that’s what you like better. I don’t know about you, but I usually am just walking from the car & into a store in them. Haha

Hadia Gandara - January 26, 2015 - 4:04 pm

This was really helpful thanks!! So no ice for these shoes got it!! Lol

Ashley Morrow - February 9, 2015 - 11:43 am

I have a question Nicole, I am looking to buy a pair of boots. I usually wear a 9 and a half. Would your order a size nine or a size ten? I am wanting to wear thicker socks with them.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - February 11, 2015 - 7:28 pm

Hi Ashley! Definitely get a 9, you’ll be fine! They run large, so socks should still fit no problem. I’m usually a 10.5 and I sized down to a 9. The 10’s were massive. Enjoy!

Juliet Grossman - February 14, 2015 - 2:03 pm

I love how a blog post from over a year ago has turned into an active “fashion tips” thread. Thank you! I have a question that maybe you or another reader could answer. I just bought my daughter the packable Tour boots online. She tried on regular boots in the store but they did not have Tour available for her to try on. They did say the sizing is the same BUT the welly socks are not recommended for Tour because they won’t fit. Anyone with Tour have advice on good socks? My daughter is going on a trip to England with grandparents and I’m sure it’s going to be raining a lot which is why I bought her these boots. I want to get her outfitted with the right socks too. Thanks!

Sweet girl - February 16, 2015 - 11:42 am

Love the article!! I have been looking for hunter so badly.
I like the hunter green but love the gloss too. Confuse about what color to buy.
Any good website you suggest to buy them?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - February 19, 2015 - 4:53 pm

I used Zappos and had good luck with them!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - February 19, 2015 - 4:55 pm

Honestly, the Welly socks aren’t all that special! Any thick pair of socks would work equally well. =) Hope she has a blast!

debbie - March 30, 2015 - 12:26 pm

Just returned the hunter adjustable back. Loved the look without jeans tucked in but with pants tucked in I could see where the ankle ended. So I will try the huntress because the ankle is wider. Has anyone noticed this or am I just to picky?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - March 31, 2015 - 12:45 pm

I don’t have those ones, but that would bug me too! The huntress is a great boot!

Victoria - April 19, 2015 - 7:36 pm

I have wide feet and I’m worried if I order them, they won’t fit. Does the huntress boot or short original boot have wiggle room? Which type of boot do you think I should buy?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - April 20, 2015 - 3:07 pm

Hi Victoria! I have found them to be very narrow, both in huntress and original. I’d highly recommend trying them on if you can!

Melissa - May 3, 2015 - 10:14 pm

Been searching for a yellow pair of hunters for the past 8 months and cannot find any at all! I really wanted a pair for my wedding. Any suggestions on where to find some? I’m a size 7.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - May 7, 2015 - 1:26 pm

Always online! I know Nordstrom and Zappos have them!

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Mei - June 8, 2015 - 6:11 pm

Hey love the tips on this site!
I just tried on the hunters original tall in Costco and was torn between the size 8 or the 9. My toes were almost touching the end of the boot in the 8 so I went to with the 9 (which is my usual shoe size)..

Now that I’ve tried actually walking on the street with it, I feel that my heel keeps lifting up in the boot.. Do you think that’s normal due to the weight of the boot or did I buy a size too big??? Help! Love the boots though.. They look so great on!!!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - June 12, 2015 - 6:40 pm

That’s why I sized down! I found that my regular size slid around in the heel too much! I’d go with what’s most comfy for you!

Kelly Piez - June 16, 2015 - 4:27 am

Thank you so much! This was really helpful!!! x

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Michelle - September 1, 2015 - 1:32 pm

Very helpful page here! So my boyfriend got me the Original Tall Hunters in Matte Black (size 8- usually I’m a 8.5-9). I’m 5’4 and 140lbs. I purchased the Welly socks for them but I’m finding I can’t wear the boots with jeans AND the socks. It’s like one or the other because it’s way to tight, which sucks! I’m debating on exchanging them for the Tall Adjustable Back Hunters as the calf is 15-17″, but I’m scared they will be to big if I choose to wear no socks and just jeans/leggings, etc for warmer weather. Oh help! :)

Kayla Money - September 5, 2015 - 9:52 am

I know this is an old post but I was just wondering if you know the max calf width for the huntresses? I believe my calf is 17 1/2 – 18″ and I can’t find any in stores to try on

Nicole | Life So Lovely - September 7, 2015 - 4:14 pm

I believe it’s 16″, but I’m not certain! Sorry Kayla!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - September 7, 2015 - 4:17 pm

Michelle! I’m sorry! Are they any better with leggings? Maybe you can check the socks with the adjustable back and see if it works! Check back and let me know how it goes!

Amanda - September 11, 2015 - 8:45 pm

Thanks so much for your post! I’m an 8.5 and wasn’t sure to size up or size down. Appreciate your input!!

Morgan - September 14, 2015 - 9:10 am

I adore you for writing this- so helpful!

Jennifer - September 17, 2015 - 1:29 pm

Hi there! Do you think, in your opinion, that a size 6 men’s glossy Original would work for a size 8-8.5 woman who’s 5’7″ with a thin build?? The cost difference is HUGE.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - September 17, 2015 - 1:37 pm

Hi Jennifer…honestly, I have no idea! But if it works out please let me know! I’d love to try it myself! Lol

Monica - September 21, 2015 - 9:24 pm

I’m curious does anyone’s foot still slide up in the back? I got a size smaller in the huntress because I have a 14″ calf and the regular was too small with jeans on. I’m normally a 9 so I got an 8. I’ve already exchanged my two pairs twice due to size issues. So before I exchange my third pair I would like to know from others is this a normal fit for rain boots and if anyone else had this problem? I must add I did put on thicker socks too with a back piece you can put in heels to make it fit better but still sliding. I think a size 7 may be to small.

Jen - September 22, 2015 - 11:38 am

This article was very helpful since I am considering buying a second pair of Hunter boots and I wanted to know the difference between the Original Hunters and Huntress. I currently have a pair of Original Gloss Hunters in Merlot which I ABSOLUTELY adore. They are a dark reddish wine colour, with no hint of purple at all (I really dislike purple). I feel like maybe they sent you the wrong colour (Dark Ruby possibly) when you ordered Merlot? Dark Ruby is a colour that is very similar to Merlot but it has a purple tone to it which I really dislike… But as you said, to each their own!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - September 22, 2015 - 6:21 pm

They slide in the heel a little no matter what! I preferred the tighter feel because of this.

Sue - October 10, 2015 - 5:26 pm

So happy to have found your site Nicole! I just bought my first pair of original Wellies and absolutely love them. I’m also 5’8 and wear a size 9 shoe, I bought the boots in a 9 and they fit perfectly. My problem is it took me almost 15 minutes to get them off, I felt like I’d run a marathon, lol. After googling to see if this was a common problem I did find that I am not alone in this, my question is has anyone run into this and if so any suggestions on a remedy. I found some responses about purchasing a ” boot jack”, has anyone out there tried it? Thanks so much for all your help, love your site!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 10, 2015 - 5:33 pm

Sue! Thanks for visiting! =) Are you wearing socks with them? (Sorry silly question!) But that’s the most helpful thing I can think of! I’ve worn them without, and it was far more difficult to get them off! Otherwise, I’m as stuck as you are! Any suggestions?

Sue - October 10, 2015 - 6:39 pm

Thanks so much for your very quick response Nicole! It wasn’t a silly question at all! I was not wearing socks so I’m sure that made it much more difficult, it made them like giant suction cups! Im going to try them with socks and think I’ll invest in a boot jack, Amazon has them if anyone is interested. Thanks again, I’ll let you know how I make out and I’ve signed up to receive your blog. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 10, 2015 - 6:44 pm

Thanks so much, Sue! Let me know if the boot jack is useful! =)

William H, Jones - October 11, 2015 - 12:50 am

Ladies, It is very wise to get a good boot jack! A good boot jack will save you a lot of UN-necassary frustrations as well as nails and cramped calves. I do not have hunter boots, but a very good comparable pair. Which I love…:) The only about any natural rubber boot! They do not breath as leather boots!! I love to wear my wellies natural and the feet do sweat and the boot becomes as a big suction when trying to get the boots, especially if you are not wearing socks, As I prefer not too, till winter!

Ladies to save money on a Boot Jack!!! Just go to your local Western and English Tack Shop. There you can get a variety of styles and shapes!!! Plus save money!!!!

Hunters are great rubber boots, but remember that moist feet are like but suction cups in rubber boots that have any height!!! I prefer to to just get a boot jack and go commando!! Smiles!! bj.

William H, Jones - October 11, 2015 - 1:15 am

For those ladies that are prone to cold feet in rubber boots!! Just a heads up!!! Those fleece socks are not very warm on those cold winter days!!! Go get a pair of Ugg Insoles to add to your hunters or any rubber boot!!! Rubber is a cold natural material that is non-breathing to the natural elements of our bodies heat!! Plus, Remember that our feet are one the first parts of our bodies to loose “HEAT!” The higher you keep your foot off the cold natural ground, the warmer you feet and body shall remain. Hunters, You must remember are “fashion statement!” Not a means of staying warm!!! For Warm long periods of time…Seriously, If you are looking for warm feet and toes!!! Check out Sorels, Steagers, and other well insulated boots. Fashion is one thing! But Cold Feet can make for a long dull walk through those cold city blocks and country walks, that you wish, You’d stayed home with your Hot Chocolate!!!… God Bless, Ladies!!! bj

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 11, 2015 - 10:01 am

Thanks so much for the input William! Feel free to chime in with any other helpful tips! =)

Gemini - October 14, 2015 - 3:23 pm

Just wondering if anyone knows if Canada Costco or US Costco still has Hunter boots? Looking specifically for the Huntress as I have mega huge calves :( thanks in advance :)

karen - October 24, 2015 - 3:48 pm

Contemplating hunters but i’m also considered short – 5’2″. a couple of things about the post. First off it was SUPER helpful. I was blessed with wide calves so I would be considered a “huntress”. My calves have always been a problem when trying to find boots. I would probably try to work myself into a kids size as the price point would be less guilty. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you’re standing on the toilet – hilarious!I think your entire bathroom posing ensemble is really fantastic. And I really love that your baby is folding towels – no shame or judgement from me. Based on your bathroom picture you have now become my new favourite blogger!! thanks so much!
Mom to four boys – Karen

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 24, 2015 - 3:55 pm

Thank you, Karen! I’m glad it was helpful! Four boys must be loco…my one keeps me on my toes! Hope the Huntress work out to your liking. ☺️

Sarah - October 25, 2015 - 6:19 pm

I’m looking to purchase my first pair of Hunter boots! I’ve been trying to figure what size to go with… I wear size 8.5 and would like to purchase the warm boot too so which size would u recommend? Also what’s the difference between the original gloss and the original tour gloss? Last but not least I’m between black or red…..

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 25, 2015 - 6:22 pm

Yay! Well I would go with 8. I sized down, and I’m fine even with thick socks (as long as your calf will allow). I don’t know the difference between the glosses, but the difference between the Tour and the Original, is that the Tour is more portable and folds up easily (from my understanding…I’ve never had them myself). I actually just got a pair of black ones, so I have both…they were a steal on eBay! I love how the red pops, though. =)

christen - October 27, 2015 - 3:03 pm

I know it says here that these boots are sold at Macy’s and I attempted to order a pair from their website, but as far as I can tell they do not in fact sell them. :(

Brie - October 27, 2015 - 9:42 pm

Literally you are the only information I’ve found about these boots!!! Thank goodness for this thread. I was wondering I ordered a size 8 and I am a true 8.5. I got the hunter refunded. My toes and calves have room but did anyone experience a pain on the top of the foot? Kinda like the top of the ankle? As they are worn did you notice that feeling to leave or should I size up?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 27, 2015 - 9:45 pm

I know they used to be! I’ll update that, thanks! ?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - October 27, 2015 - 9:48 pm

Glad it was helpful! I personally have never experienced a problem in the ankle. Do you have Originals or Huntress? Maybe a different material of sock would be helpful? I would suggest trying the size up if you can, and see if you find it more comfy!

Erica - November 4, 2015 - 10:14 pm

How are they in the snow? I really need a boot for rain and snow?? I’m a size 9 and would probably do the wide calf version. Thanks for all the information!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 8, 2015 - 9:08 am

They don’t retain heat very well, but as long as you’re walking on a salted, paved road you should be fine! I do find that the tread is inadequate to walk on an icy surface though…I’ve fallen a couple times trying to manage that!

Ashley - November 12, 2015 - 8:44 pm

The price matching on these only works if they have your size and color choice available at Costco at the time of trying to prove match. :( currently Costco only has sizes 5 and 12 – I have seen comments mentioning they successfully called nordstroms to receive the price matching – they were Costco members though and could see all available sizes and prices.

Maggie - November 16, 2015 - 7:47 am

Hi! So, I just bought the original tall Hunters in green (matte). I noticed that the lining inside is green (as opposed to the white pattern I’ve seen in images online). Do you or anyone know if the Hunters sold at Costco are somehow different than the ones sold directly from Hunter or Nordstrom? Sounds like a silly thing to worry about- but I’m just curious! Thanks :)

AMANDA - November 16, 2015 - 9:24 pm

Hi Nicole,
I usually wear a size 8 and I have small calfs. I got a size 7 and they fit kind of snug, but I’m not sure how they’re suppose to fit. should I have gotten an 8?

Victoria - November 24, 2015 - 11:53 pm

Hi, i was wondering if I wore these in the snow do you think i need the hunter socks, wool socks, and the sheep liners that can be purchased or just wool socks and liners? Thanks, Victoria

Natasha - November 26, 2015 - 9:28 pm

Thank god for this thread and thanks to you for sharing and I am in love with model Women’s Sandhurst savoy equestrian wellington boots. I’ll be visiting London in Dec and I wish to purchase from the shop. Is this boots comfortable for a long daily walk around the city and suitable for current london weather?.

Emily - November 28, 2015 - 9:54 am

I’m looking into getting a pair of hunters but I have big calves and I find the tall hunters with adjustable a backs still don’t fit, I’m a size 10 typically but I seen people were saying they run big. Do you think it’s better to get the short adjustable one or the Huntree. If huntress what size in yor opinion should I go with if I’m a size 10

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 28, 2015 - 1:32 pm

I might try an 8? But the main complaint is that they slide around in the heel if you go true-to-size…that said, it’s worth a try to see how it feels for you!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 28, 2015 - 1:33 pm

I’m sorry, I just have no idea! Anyone?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 28, 2015 - 1:35 pm

Sorry for the delayed response! Really my Uggs are MUCH better in the snow! Or check out some of the cute Sorel’s. The rubber of the Hunter’s transfers the cold really quickly, even with thick socks. They’re fine if you’d be walking on a salted sidewalk though!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 28, 2015 - 1:36 pm

If I were you, I’d go with a 9 in Huntress! I think the silhouette would be more flattering than the short ones. =)

Laloise - December 1, 2015 - 6:24 pm

I’m soooooo happy to find this post!! I ordere a pair of original tall boots and never thought twice about the calf being an issue, until I started reading around. I measured my calves and they are 15″ when I hold the tape measure at the widest part. Now I’m freaking out… Will my beautiful boots fit me?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - December 6, 2015 - 7:25 pm

I hope you’ve found out by now! Let me know! =)

Lady petite - December 9, 2015 - 2:29 pm

I wanted some shorter hunter wellies as my tall gloss hunters hit the back of knees. My partner has bought me short hunters for xmas but they are to short, I’m not sure they look as nice, any views on the short ones? I feel they will look silly. I love the height of the kids ones but don’t like the reflectors on the back. Do I keep the short hunters or will they look silly?? Help!!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - December 9, 2015 - 6:32 pm

I personally agree! I think the higher boot is more flattering on any silhouette. I think you’d be okay with the original talls!

ShakeMyHead - December 12, 2015 - 10:15 pm

SMH. Hunter boots are now made in China and are crap. Please stop buying from a company that would pack up all of its European workforce and ship it to China and still charge you the same price. Look in Le Chameau if you want a proper rain boot. Some of still made in France, others in Morocco (much better than China). There’s a reason why Kate Middleton wears Le Chameau and not Hunter boots….

Nicole | Life So Lovely - December 14, 2015 - 6:56 am

Thanks for the input!

Julie - December 19, 2015 - 9:25 pm

So I live in the desert, with a Costco but not a Nordstroms. Bought them in Green ar Cosrco for the 10 times a year it rains? Lol

MrsLong - December 23, 2015 - 11:41 pm

I finally got a pair!! I have wide calves and have difficulty finding boots in general. I wear an 8.5 usually and sized up to 9 with the adjustable back for these. They are still tight on the top of my calf though… would the huntress be a better option? Thanks for this post!!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - December 24, 2015 - 3:57 pm

Huntress would definitely be a better option if the calf is an issue, yes!

Jamie - December 24, 2015 - 7:40 pm

just purchased the huntress. I had to order as the store we have didn’t have my size or anything close. I have a 17 inch calf but I found the adjustable boot to be too tight, specifically on my ankles and on the rim of the opening. Everything else fit, so I’m hoping the huntress will do0 it for me. I see a few people have mentioned with 17 inch calves they have fit them, so here’s hoping.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 1, 2016 - 8:22 am

Let me know if they worked!

Pauline - January 14, 2016 - 3:36 pm

Hey! I was wondering how the boots were holding up duribility wise? Are they falling apart 2 years later? Do you wear them a lot?


Nicole McDonald - January 14, 2016 - 9:20 pm

Hey! I had a quick question, I have wide calves and I was wondering if the short Hunter boots would fit?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 15, 2016 - 10:18 am

I’ve never tried the short, so I can’t speak from experience…anyone??

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 15, 2016 - 10:19 am

They are not falling apart and have held up great, but I only wear them occasionally! The glossy rubber does “bloom” and get a waxy look, but after scrubbing with hot water and soap, and treating them with ArmorAll (the rubber protectant for cars), they get glossy again.

Christen Ockerman - January 18, 2016 - 8:30 am

@ Nicole McDonald I have wide calves 18″ at the widest spot and I ordered the Huntress original gloss in Black. Unfortunately, I had to send them back because they were too tight at the top and they have no give.They would bunch up when I walked and were then uncomfortable at the back of my ankle. To my knowledge the Huntress is the widest calf Hunter offers.

Brooks - January 22, 2016 - 12:57 pm

Hi! Love this post and it was very helpful when I bought my Hunters last week ( I ended up with the short boot). Any way, now Im looking for help about the socks. I have the fleece ones and and a cable knit pair, but I just don’t understand the fitted socks, especially the short ones. Also, I have heard mixed reviews about the shearling insert – that it moves around. Have you had any experience with either ones of these? I would love your opinion!
Thank you!!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 22, 2016 - 2:33 pm

I found the socks to be awkward on my feet as well! Regular boot socks might work, or I know Etsy has a few stores that sell them! Anyone else?

James - January 26, 2016 - 2:24 pm

Love the photo and the caption for it!

Jessica - January 28, 2016 - 5:54 am

Thank goodness for this page!
I’ve read all the fantastic comments and I’m trying to decide between huntress and adjustable back. I’m worries huntress will look too “chunky” but not sure about the gusett on the adjustable.. Any advice on what either are like comparatively would be appreciated so much!!

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 28, 2016 - 8:22 am

Aesthetically, I would try the adjustable back first! They are slightly higher.

Jessica - January 30, 2016 - 9:45 pm

Thanks Nicole! :)

Jennifer - February 17, 2016 - 10:48 am

Do REAL Hunter boots have the Hunter logo on the side of boot, ever?


Jennifer ?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - February 20, 2016 - 11:11 am

Sorry! No idea…anyone else?!

Taylor - March 21, 2016 - 3:32 pm

Hello :) love your post! I want to get a grey pair of my own, however they are all sold out on the actual hunter website! Where else can I order a pair from? I live in Canada, so Canadian stores/websites preferred :)

Nicole | Life So Lovely - April 3, 2016 - 12:46 pm

Zappos is great! I’m not sure about Canada to be honest!

Leslie - April 18, 2016 - 9:49 am

I’m looking at purchasing a pair of sandhurst equestrian boots online. I’m 5’4″
And have fairly narrow calves. Do you know anything about these boots and if they would be a good fit height wise? Are they the same height as the hunter original boot? Thanks!

Tracy - May 15, 2016 - 6:39 am

Hi great post. I am about to buy the shearing lined Tall Snow. Got to buy online as they dont sell them in my current country. Do you think I should size up due to the lining? I am a uk 5.5 . Anyone have experience with these boots? thanks in advance

Lois - October 23, 2016 - 7:18 pm

Dear Nicole! According to your answers I Understood that Hunters are pretty non suitable boots for a really frosty winter with lots of snow as it happens in Russia:) But why do they make them with a wool inside?) I’m so much confused about buying or not. You know the winter is not only frosty but also with lots of puddles of melted snow;( Would you give an advice? Thank you:)

Lois - October 23, 2016 - 7:29 pm

nah, it’s really interesting how can it be coldly with them in a 0 C*? When there is wool inside and snow is Melting around?

Mariela - October 24, 2016 - 8:07 am

I purchased a pair of Hunter Originals last year, and they ripped about 30 days after my warranty had expired! When I called Hunter, they had absolutely NO customer service. Worst of all they offered me 10% off on my next purchase. I called them several times, 2 out of which they tried to diffuse any responsibility for their product and direct me to the store from which I purchased the boots. The only reason why I bought these is because of (1) their popularity due to GOOD quality, (2) the promise to last because they are GOOD quality, and (3) because i thought that I wouldn’t need to buy another pair because they are GOOD quality. What happened? They ripped. Did not even last for a couple of years. I am so disappointed. I rarely write any reviews but I really think that corporations should invest some of their time to cater to the individual consumer. We are the reason why these corporations have success, because we purchase their products and support their business. This is bigger than the issue of the product itself.

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 25, 2016 - 3:30 pm

There is no wool inside Hunter boots. Are you thinking Uggs?

Nicole | Life So Lovely - November 25, 2016 - 3:31 pm

Uggs have wool inside, but Hunter boots do not! Uggs would definitely be warmer. But they can’t get completely saturated with water either.