According to Wikipedia; The Wellington boot, also known as a wellie, a topboot, a gumboot, or a rubber boot, is a type of boot based upon Hessian boots. It was worn and popularised by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington and fashionable among the British aristocracy in the early 19th century. They are usually worn when walking on wet or muddy ground, or to protect the wearer from heavy showers. Jolly good those Wellingtons.

Once confined to farmers, jockeys and aristocrats (obviously) wellies have been making a comeback for a couple of years now. Having been given the seal of approval by fashion-forward chicks like Alexa Chung and Kate Moss floral, striped, polka dot and the original, Hunter wellies can be seen on the feet of every fashionista at a festival near you.

Festivals have become a mainstay across Europe and here on home soil Oxygen, Lovebox and Electric Picnic draw hundreds of thousands of music lovers to frolic in the mud for days on end. Considering the Summer (I use this term loosely) we’ve been having, at no other time have wellies been more relevant to your festival attire. They are no longer a statement but rather a necessity.

Some people hate them because "The Moss" has made them Oh-So-predictable. But seriously, with Electric Picnic less than a week away and the rain refusing to budge-get yourself to Millets, Office, Dunnes or just hit Capel Street for a pair. If the skies open you’ll be thankful you swapped your Gladiators for a steady auld pair of rubber boots!