Sharing 10 things you need to know before buying your first pair of Hunter boots. If you’re curious about how to style Hunter rain boots, I have a few feminine looks styling them on Strawberry Chic:
Typically, I wear them on an as-needed basis on a very rainy day. If it’s raining and I’m headed to work, I usually throw a pair of flats into my bag and change when I get inside. They’re also great to wear if you know you’ll be in a muddy area to avoid ruining your shoes.
Hunter Boot Sizing:
As far as sizing, Hunter boots are only offered in whole sizes. If you’re between sizes, I would recommend going down a half-size. Hunter boots are a little clunky and I think you’re better off a little snug versus too big! I’m typically a 7.5 or 8 and I sized down to a 7. They offer an adjustable buckle, but I really don’t see it as a useful feature other than for appearance.
Hunter boots are not meant for snow/wintry weather
Despite all the cute photos on Pinterest in the snow (I’m guilty of wearing them in the snow here!), Hunter boots aren’t meant for in snowy weather. I don’t live in a snowy climate, so the very few snow showers we get in GA I wear mine with thick socks to play in the snow for a short period of time. If you live in a wintry climate, you definitely want to look for something a little more weather appropriate if you’re wanting a boot for the snow.
They aren’t the most comfortable shoe.
I wouldn’t want to wear these Hunter boots for long periods of time but I can if I needed to. They have a nice cushion on the bottom and are comfortable to wear, but the boots themselves are very stiff and limit a normal heel to toe gait pattern. I will always bring an extra pair of shoes to change into when I get to work on a rainy day. But, it’s worth it to protect my shoes, pants, and keep my feet from getting wet. If you have foot problems like plantar fasciitis you may want to avoid walking long distances in them because of this.
Don’t wear them without socks.
Take my word for it, you don’t want to slip these on without socks. The rubber will basically suction to your skin and you will burn at least 500 calories trying to get them off.
They have an antibacterial fabric lining.
I’ve had mine for years and haven’t had any issues with them smelling. This is definitely a perk to investing in a pair of Hunter boots over other brands. Rubber can make your feet sweat and stink so it’s a good added measure.
Don’t be alarmed when they bloom.
Hunter boots go through what’s called “blooming” when they get a powdery white film on them when you first get them. I noticed my black pair definitely went through a rougher phase when they bloomed and it was a lot harder to shine them up. After the first blooming, I haven’t noticed either pair doing it again. Some people prefer the “character” the blooming brings to the Hunter boots, to each their own.
Cleaning tips and tricks
I bought a cleaner on Amazon that worked just fine, but I would definitely recommend the Hunter boot shine sponge as well to shine up your Hunter boots as needed. I haven’t had to clean mine in years since they bloomed. I’ve also heard you can shine them up with olive oil and a nonabrasive cotton towel or old shirt.
Matte or glossy finish?
I have always been drawn to the shiny version, but lately, I wish I had one of each. The matte pair look more natural/outdoorsy to me, but the shiny pair works better dressed up. I think it depends on your personal style as to which you’ll be drawn to!
Consider a kid’s size if you’re on a budget.
If you’re between a size 5-7, you can buy a kid’s Hunter boot if you’re on a budget. The kid boots are $75 verse $148 for an adult pair. Here is how to convert between woman and kids sizes: size 5 to 5.5 = size 3 kids, size 6 to 6.5 = size 4 kids, size 7 to 7.5 = size 5 kids
Opt for the shorter version or the packable tour boots if you need to walk long distances:
I don’t own the short version personally but I have tried them on and they are lighter than the tall pair. If you’re looking for a boot for your long walk to work then you may want to opt for the shorter pair for an extra comfort level. If you have your heart set on the tall version but want them to feel lighter, they also make a Packable Tour boot which has a thinner design and is lighter! Both are also easier to travel with.
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I have two pairs of Hunter boots in lipstick (pink) and black. The pink boots were my first purchase and I wear them a lot more than I thought I would, given they’re so bright and pink. A few years later I picked up a shiny black pair. Between the two colors, I like and wear my pink pair a lot more than black. They’re definitely a fun statement on a rainy day!