These days the UK weather can often resemble monsoon conditions, and even at its best it's 'changeable', so a sturdy pair of wellington boots are an essential addition to the Great British shoe rack. You'll find a welly for every soggy, boggy, mud-splattered occasion, but before you splash the cash on a new pair of posh galoshes, make sure you consult our guide to the best boots on the market.

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Here’s a superior, reinforced workboot from Skellerup, the go-to boot-maker for hardy Kiwi hill farmers. Made from cut-resistant rubber with a super-grippy, clog-resistant sole, these battle-ready foot frigates make your feet feel invincible.

Big and bouncy work boots, perfect for gardening and allotment tasks, Grubs’ reinforced toe sections help repel swipes from wayward spades, and the super-grippy Vibram soles will ensure the safe navigation of a muddy potato bed.

Handmade in France by highly skilled rubber wranglers, these top-spec wellies have damping cushions in the heels that'll put a bog-hopping spring in your step. The super-supple uppers make wearing them a joy. Like pulling on luxurious waterproof slippers.

City-dwelling commuter types should consider a pair of these to stave off soggy office shoes when the weather turns foul. They offer comfortable, watertight protection for when you don't want to go 'full-on welly', and are great for impromptu weeding forays in the garden.

There's no point taking posh wellies to a music festival where you'll spend most of the time knee deep in mud-encrusted chip cartons. Pack a pair of these – the tough rubber uppers will repel oils and toxic chemicals (perfect for festival toilet trips) while the steel toe caps will guard against crushed extremities in an over-enthusiastic dance tent.

Sure to cut a dash among the fashionable flowerbeds of Chelsea, Hampton and Kew, these award winning, split-resistant wellies are equally at home tackling robust agricultural duties. Hand-made from high-performance rubber, they’ve got style and substance.

As every parent knows, kids are magnetically attracted to puddles. Avoid wet socks and wet tears by cladding their feet in a pair of these. Tough enough to withstand the roughest juvenile high-jinx, their glossy good looks will reign supreme in any playground fashion parade.

Fend off frostbite with these hardcore, insulated boots that are favoured by deep sea fishermen. Capable of withstanding temperatures as low as -50° thanks to their extra thick rubberised soles, their aggressive tread provides squid-like traction should you ever need to traverse the fish-slathered deck of an Atlantic trawler.

These are the classic, olive green icons of wet weather Britain. They’re a water-repelling no-nonsense boot from the inventors of the pneumatic tyre, featuring tough PVC uppers and durable Dunlop soles. For under a tenner, you can't really go wrong.

If you’ve got the cash, splash out on a pair of these from Le Chameau, the crown prince of welly-makers. Sleek, stylish and soft on the foot, they bring a touch of class to mucky outdoor activities. You'll be prancing through the farmyard like Lord of the Sties.

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For serious wet-weather work and for those coming into close quarters with heavy hooved farmyard beasts, you won't find a better boot to keep your feet safe and warm than Skellerup’s Quatro. For a super comfortable, all-purpose boot, suitable for dog walking, digging and mucking about in the rain, look no further than the Aigle.

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