7 Best Ankle Wellies In 2022

For this post, I have put together a collection of the best ankle wellies currently available. Get our guides to the best Kids Waterproofs & Outdoor Clothing.

Our Top Picks

Best Ankle Wellies – Short Wellington Boots

Everyone needs a good pair of wellies for keeping their feet dry in wet weather!

Whether you’re out in the rain or squelching through mud, there’s plenty to choose from.

How We Selected

I’ve picked the best waterproof ankle wellies for all occasions.  

I scoured the internet looking for the best ankle wellies available. All of my recommendations have 4* or more ratings and excellent buyers feedback.

From fur lined wellies to keep your feet warm and dry to wellies with a bow for an elegant touch. 

I’ve also recommended some of the best places to buy ankle wellies.

Also see our picks for the best kids wellies, puddle suits and umbrellas.

Check out some of the health benefits of walking in the rain over at Lifealth.com.

So here’s my list of the best ankle wellies.

Best Ladies Ankle Wellies

HUNTER Women’s Original Play Rain Boot

  • These wellies come in a great range of styles and colours.
  • Most popular and iconic wellies brand.
  • Durable Rubber Materials Throughout.
  • Height: 1 inches
  • Pros: The smooth sole is a great addition for muddy/grassy walks as there’s no big ‘clump’ that needs to be cleaned when you get home.
  • Cons: Pricey.
  • 83% of buyers give this 5 out of 5 stars from 1,080 reviews.
  • Consumer Score: Buyers really love these wellies with 79% of buyers giving them 5 stars out of 5.

Joules Women’s Wellibob Wellington Boots

  • The hand-painted prints on Joules wellies give them a lovely premium look.
  • Lined with thin cotton, they are lightweight and comfy.
  • The sole is made from gum rubber and has great grip.
  • Pros: They are non-slip, so great for the mud.
  • Cons: Pricey.
  • The Best For: at the stables, dog walking, festivals.
  • Consumer Score: Buyers really love these wellies with 80% of buyers giving them 5 stars out of 5.

Regatta Women’s Harper’ Ankle Boots

  • Cute polka dot ankle wellies with a low cut ankle.
  • Made from rubber and with a textile lining, they will keep feet warm.
  • The sole is made from gum rubber for great grip and fantastic tread, keeping you steady during even the wettest and muddiest conditions.
  • Elasticated at the sides and pull tab on the back for a wide calf fit.
  • Pros: Affordable, available in vibrant prints.
  • Cons: Not as premium looking as other brands.
  • The Best For: general use, festivals.
  • Consumer Score: These wellies are well received with 77% of buyers giving them 4-5 stars out of 5.

Crocs Women Rain Boots

  • On-trend ankle height wellies made of lightweight Croslite™ waterproof material.
  • Supportive and soft lining.
  • Pros: Made of unique material, lightweight.
  • Cons: Expensive.
  • Best for: Dog walking, general use.
  • Consumer Score: These wellies are well received with 80% of buyers giving them 4-5 stars out of 5.

Best Womens Ankle Wellies With A Bow

Womens Bow Rain Shoes

  • Gloss wellies with bow made from 100% PVC.
  • They are more of a fashion accessory than for walking the dog, but will keep your feet dry in the rain.
  • Easy pull on design and strong grip sole.
  • Pros: They look pretty with the bow on the front.
  • Cons: They are more of a fashion accessory than practical.
  • The Best For: Walking to the office or school, dressing up on a rainy day, shopping, travel.
  • Consumer Score: Buyers like these wellies with 81% of buyers giving them 4-5 stars out of 5.

Ladies Nude Wellington Boots With Bow & Dimante

  • They are more of a fashion accessory than for walking the dog, but will keep your feet dry in the rain.
  • Easy pull on design and strong grip sole.
  • Pros: Affordable, stylish.
  • Cons: More of a fashion accessory than practical.
  • The Best For: Walking to the office or school, dressing up on a rainy day, shopping, travel.
  • Consumer Score: Buyers really like these wellies with 76% of buyers giving them 4 stars or more out of 5.

Best Mens Ankle Wellies

DUNLOP Short Leg Half-Height Wellies

  • Comfortable, practical, and highly affordable.
  • They have excellent grip and tread due to the thick rubber soles.
  • Perfect for those with wide calves.
  • Pros: Cheap, sturdy, practical.
  • Cons: Not as stylish as some.
  • The Best For: dog walking, general use, festivals.
  • Consumer Score: Buyers rate these wellies with 70% of buyers giving them 5 stars out of 5.

Things To Consider When Buying Wellies

The Fit

Wellies come in all shapes and sizes including short and long lengths. Some are more calf fitted whereas some are looser around the leg.

Activities You Are Using Them For

If you are looking for a pair of wellies to wear for gardening, dog walking or working you will want them to be tough, durable, breathable and suitable for all kinds of temperatures and environments.

Shock-absorbing heels and anatomically shaped footbed means you won’t ache so much at the end of the day.

If you’re looking for more of a fashion accessory for a festival or rainy day you can opt for non-slip, colourful and stylish options (sometimes) with side buckles.

How Easy Are They To Put On & Take Off

Think about how easy the wellies you buy will be to pull on and take off. If you are going to be walking in plenty of mud you may want to invest in wellies which can be easily kicked off without getting your hands filthy.

If you want wellies which will keep the rain out as you walk along you may opt for a more fitted style which is harder to pull off but is worth it just to stay dry.

Type Of Lining

From fleece lined for comfort and warmth to cotton lined for breathability, check what the lining of the wellies you are buying is made of.

Type Of Sole

From smooth soles to prevent clumps of mud getting trapped to chunky soles with good grip and tread, think about the type of soles you want on your wellies.

FAQ’s Wellies

How do you maintain wellies?

A good way to keep them in good condition is to ‘hose them down’ or wash them regularly, clean any mud and dirt away from the sole, dry them in a well ventilated area, but away from radiators or fireplaces and hang them by the heel, so that they dry out properly.

What are ankle wellies for?

They are ideal for slipping on and off and they offer protection from the rain whenever you pop out. They are great for gardening as they don’t get in the way when bending and kneeling like longer length wellies can.

Should I buy wellies a size bigger?

Wellies are sized the same as regular footwear. If you’re planning to wear thick socks underneath you may want to buy one size up so they don’t feel tight, but they are meant to be tight enough to stop your feet slipping out of them.

Where To Buy Online (Best Retailers)

In our product reviews above I’ve linked to Amazon because they tend to have good stock levels at competitive process. I do strongly checking these recommended retailers below.

Cheap Ankle Wellies & Today’s Bestsellers

Final Thoughts

My top pick is the HUNTER Women's Original Play Rain Boot.

Not only are they stylish and come in a wide array of colours, but they are durable and long-lasting.

Buyers love these wellies with 79% giving them 5/5 stars.

I hope this guide on ankle wellies was helpful.

If you think I left any out that should be included or have a suggestion for a future article, let me know in the comments below.


Last Updated: January 2022

  • Updated image.
  • Added ‘How We Selected.’
  • Added internal links.
  • Added Pros/Cons on all products.
  • Added ‘Things To Consider’.
  • Added FAQ’s.
  • Added Alternative Retailers.
  • Moved OOS to bottom of page.
  • Added Final Thought.

Kids Waterproofs & Outdoor Clothing

Muck Boot Womens Muckster II Ankle Rosa Gallica (Currently out of stock)

  • Neoprene welliess which are waterproof and lightweight but also great for keeping feet warm.
  • They are a comfortable fit and have excellent grip.
  • The Best For: doing the garden, dog walking.

Cotswold Bushy Ladies Welling Womens (Currently out of stock)

These wellies are elasticated at the side for those with wide calves and are easy to pull on thanks to a tab at the back of the boot.

  • They are comfortable and lightweight.
  • The soles are made from gum rubber which gives them superb grip.
  • The Best For: Dog walking, festivals, general use.

Womens Barbour Wilton Wellingtons (Currently out of stock)

  • Both practical and fashion forward, these wellies have tartan lining with all styles promising complete comfort and long lasting quality.
  • Short yet sturdy wellingtons combine comfort with style.
  • The Best For: Festivals, dog walking, general use.

(Best Kids Ankle Wellies)

Joules Girls’ Wellibob Wellington Boots (Currently out of stock)

These short wellies have a super cute print and elasticated sides for an easy to pull on/off experience.

  • Made using hard wearing natural rubber.
  • Kids will love the bright design.
  • The Best For: general use, outdoor activities.

See all Ankle Wellies at Joules

Photo of author

Nicola Horgan

Nicola is a mum of two who loves to travel. After plenty of trips abroad and here in the UK, she enjoys writing about all of the best places to stay and visit, especially with the kids in tow. When it comes to our product guides, Nicola has a wealth of experience in reviewing baby products, kids clothing and homewares. Her background in beauty marketing and fashion, always keeps her looking for the next best product.