Wednesday, January 22, 2014

In the Market Report: Hunter Boots

All’s ‘Wellie’ that ends ‘Wellie’


I just found my new obsession. An email I received from Hunter Boots (the wellies that EVERYONE slushes around in) could not have been more perfectly timed, considering yesterday’s snowstorm. In it, they were introducing their newest edition: the Original Nightfall boots (www.hunter-boot.com ). Hunter boots are a timeless classic which cannot be improved upon. But of course, adding different finishes, different colors, and different color combinations never hurts. Neither does forging into inspired design collaborations (who could forget the chic ‘crocodile’ embossed Jimmy Choo versions?). And at those relatively low prices (under $200 except for the high end collaborations), one can easily make a case for having a wardrobe, or at the very least, owning several pairs.


The Original Nightfalls are available in white with black or black with white (a chic no fail combo if ever there was one). The added bonus is that each pair is unique and completely individual thanks to a brand new innovation which allows for blending of the black and white natural rubber. The result is a painterly graphic swirling effect. From my point of view (since I’m a frustrated artist, that whole art thing is happening at the moment, and I have an ongoing love affair with black and white), this latest effort might just be their coolest, most inspired yet (of course, I thought the same thing when they initially partnered with Jimmy Choo). And of course they are unisex. So, I could equally imagine them on Hamish Bowles (with a proper English salt and pepper tweed overcoat), or say, on Kate Moss, with black leggings and black moto jacket.

 Oh, and I forgot to mention that that those darn things ‘bloom’ anyway (you know, those stubborn white marks that seem to appear on Hunters), so in this edition, they will be attractively camouflaged. Perhaps that was someone’s brilliant idea.




- Marilyn Kirschner



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