Le Chameau Boots

Last year I wrote a post, Balmy About Boots. I thought for sure this little obsession of mine would pass, but alas, it has not. The topic of thought at the moment is 'wellies, gumboots, mud boots, rain boots', call them what you like, but not all boots are made equal. If you have slopped around in the mud for any length of time you will appreciate this.

Time is passing and the weather is cooling in England. My favourite wellies burst a seam last Spring and I have been in the market ever since. I am looking for the boots that will fit like a glove, have a super strong tread, will stay warm and yes, dare I say it, look good. It has been a toss up for months. The English Hunter brand or the French Le Chameau brand. Such decisions!

I have been thinking....since I am in France at the moment, I might as well try them on...don't you think?
They are a bit expensive, but I know they are designed to last. I expect to be swishing and squashing around in my wellies 20 years from now. They have to be the right ones. So....if I divide, the cost of the boots by 20.... voila!  Bargain city :)




Oh dear, green or black... ugh! Another decision!  I know there are some serious boot enthusiasts amongst you...what say you? Practicality is key. :)

images~Le Chameau

13 comments:

  1. I definitely recommend Le Chameau. I have the Le Chameau "Chasseur" boot and I love it - very comfortable, sturdy tread, and the leather lining keeps you nice and warm. They are expensive but are high quality and wear well (mine are five years old and barely show any wear). I believe they are still made in France, unlike Hunter, which has moved all of its production to China.

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  2. Hunter has moved its production to China??? Perish the thought!!! Aigle make great boots of which I have a pair and don't actually NNEEEEEEEEEEEED a new pair. But hey - when you live in the mud, you have to be prepared for all occasions. If my chocolate brown Aigle boots get too muddy or worn climbing up to the stables, I'll need a spare. I guess Le Chameau is all that's left. I wonder if they'll ever make them in orange…

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  3. I knew there was a reason to learn division!

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  4. Le chameau all the way! I too have the chasseur and I love them. I have logged many miles in the Highlands of Scotland, the countryside of the Cottswalds and many other adventures there and in the states over the last 6 years. They fit perfectly, are very comfortable, and will let forever and still look great. I do not have any experience with Hunter but I have heard that over time the develop a strange white film on them.

    Hope you are having a wonderful time, I am sure everything is beautiful. Enjoy!

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  5. The faux fur ones for sure - timeless yet classy.

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  6. Have never commented on your blog before, but your gumboot question has shocked me out of my silence. I think the Chameau superior on all levels to the Hunter, but most especially when it comes to comfort, on account of the special neoprene (or whatever that bouncy diving suit stuff is called) lining. When you first put them on, you feel you are walking on glorious bubbles of air. I have had mine through eight hard Scottish winters and they are good as new. Also, up here, all the keepers wear them, and that is a serious recommendation.

    Wishing you much boot joy. :)

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  7. Love Le Chameau, but don't have sufficiently skinny calves to wear. I picked up a pair of Dubarry @ the Chelsea Flower Show and don't think I'd ever wear anything else -- total & complete boot love. And I live in North Carolina!

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  8. I have a pair of Le Cameau green wellies that I wear daily....the Chasseur model with the side zipper and gusset. I almost never zip them up and my rolled up jeans fit inside so easily without even bending over to smash them in. The chamois lining is very luxurious and practical. Your feet never sweat or feel clammy with or without socks. They are waterproof and will last a lifetime. Now for the best part...I got mine at a thrift shop...brand new...still in the box for $5.00 and the retail at that time was $400. I still cannot believe my good fortune.

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  9. Love them! Wish I had excuses to wear here in sunny Arizona. I would go with Le Chameau, the classic green, no fur. Love that Content in a Cottage picked up her pair at a thrift shop--lucky girl!

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  10. Thank you, thank you, thank you for you very wise advice! I am most envious of CC's bargain of a brand new pair for $5.00!

    I am still on the search...narrowing down my favourite. :)

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  11. I'm from the Cotswolds, and I'd recommend the Hunter boots -- only in green, always green.

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  12. I dont know the French brand ... but I do love my black shiny Hunters. Hunter are now doing a slimmer calf version also. When I bought them 3 years ago, the young sales assistant told me she was currently wearing her mothers Hunters, from 30 years back!
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  13. My Hunters are still going strong after many years' wear. But they were hand made in Scotland unlike the current generation that are churned out in myriad colours on Chinese production lines. When they finally wear out I'll be buying Le Chameau - at least the French still make theirs!

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