Categories Town and Country
Theme(s) Countryside,
Weather and environment
Collection Clothing and dress
Date 2000-2014
Object number 2014/18/1-2
  • Description

Wellies are an essential part of English outdoor clothing. Come rain, flood, hail or snow, wellies will keep your feet warm and dry. These ones were owned and used by Michael Eavis, dairy farmer and founder of Glastonbury Festival.

Wellies were designed for people who worked in the countryside, but you’re now just as likely to see Kate Moss sporting a pair as a Somerset farmer. Glastonbury Festival turned the humble welly into a fashion item, as newspapers featured celebrities struggling through the infamous mud in their boots.

Michael Eavis, has introduced generations of mostly urban festival-goers to a unique version of the countryside. Glastonbury Festival is both town and country, with roads, paths, shops and communities temporarily planted on a patchwork of fields.
Michael’s own wellies were made in France by Le Chameau. He described them as ‘bloody good wellies.’