Although Hunter is, in many ways, a traditional and old-fashioned company, they have also embraced the 21st Century and have welcomed the fact that their products are now worn by a much wider range of people and used for a much wider range of activities than during the 19th and 20th Centuries. At Shoetique we are proud to offer you not only a great range of Hunter wellies, but also a great range of Hunter welly socks, so you can mix and match to create the colours and style that you want! Take a look at the stylish range of Hunter footwear from Shoetique today.
Hunter has also moved from being a Scottish company with a predominantly British clientele to being a truly global brand with a range of products which reveals the proud heritage of the company while also reflecting modern trends in style and fashion. Over the years, Hunter has received much recognition, but particular pride is taken in The Royal Warrants of Appointment as suppliers of waterproof footwear to HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
In 1856 Mr Henry Lee Norris, an American entrepreneur, landed on Scottish soil in search of a home for his boot making company. Having acquired a block of buildings in Edinburgh, known as the Castle Silk Mills, the North British Rubber Company, which much later became known as Hunter Boot Ltd, was registered as a limited liability company in September 1856.
The production of wellington boots was dramatically boosted with the advent of World War I when the company was asked by the War Office to construct a sturdy boot suitable for the conditions in flooded trenches. The mills ran day and night to produce immense quantities of these trench boots. In total, 1,185,036 pairs were made to cope with the Army's demands. The fashionable boot was now a functional necessity. For WWII they were once again called upon to supply vast quantities of wellingtons and thigh boots. 80% of production was for war materials.
Hunter's most famous welly, the Original Green wellington, and was made over 50 years ago in the winter of 1955. It was the first orthopaedic boot that was made and was launched alongside the Royal Hunter. To this day Hunter has kept its pristine reputation, and you can own a pair yourself today by browsing the range of Hunter Wellies and Hunter Boots we offer here at Shoetique.