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London - Despite being ridiculed when they first appeared, wedged wellingtons have quickly become must-have footwear.
Prima ballerina-turned-Strictly judge Darcey Bussell is the latest famous name to be seen sporting the waterproof boots with raised heel, while walking her dogs earlier this week.
Other celebrities snapped wearing the funky footwear, known for their leg-lengthening properties, include Kerry Katona, Tulisa, Sadie Frost and Katie Price.
The style first came to the fore in 2010 when a group of entrepreneurs pitched the idea to BBC2’s Dragon’s Den, receiving an impressive £65,000 investment from retail guru Theo Paphitis, who hailed their designs “practical and stylish”.
Their WedgeWelly brand now boasts a massive range of colours, sizes and patterns, including a wide-calf version and a shorter Chelsea-boot style. The shiny black Legend Unique boot, selling for £40 (about R520) a pair, was the one favoured by Strictly’s Darcey.
The wedge boot has the Queen’s seal of approval, too, with Royal warrant holder Hunter selling its own version.
Hunter’s all-black Melrose Tall Wellington costs £115, while the high-heeled Fulbrooke Tall Wellington is yours for £125.
In fact, they’re so stylish, it seems a shame to let them get covered in mud. - Daily Mail