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Any suggestions?

I have, well not exactly me, but . . . well my Hunter Wellies have a very strange affliction. No really they have Shocked my lovely new bright red wellies have developed . . . Wheezy HeelBlink

I have had two other pairs of Hunters over the years . . .one pair green and one pair purple and they have been fine apart from splitting after years of wear. . . But a few weeks after buying my red ones they developed a ghastly intermittent wheeze in the heel. It sounds like someone with really bad bronchitis. . . not a good sound . . . I met a friend the other day in the village and she was wearing pink Hunters and she said they too had wheezy heel and yet a another friend who has green Hunters does not have the same problem.

Um does anyone else in the skool have brightly coloured Hunter whellies and are they having the same problem and any suggestions as to how to cure wheezy heel Blink other than wearing earplugs.

Posted at 26th Oct 2010 - 10:19AM   Posted by Westerwitch   Any suggestions? Comments: 21

Westerwitch's Avatar That's me wearing the earplugs not the boots. . . .I don't think wellies have ears do they?

Posted by: Westerwitch on 26th Oct 2010 at 10:21AM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar Perhaps they caught the bronchitis off you when you had it recentlyVery Happy.
Give them a dose of Benylin or Owbridge's Lung Tonic.

Seriously, I have never had a pair of Hunter's - too expensive - my boots are from the local farm store in Cowbridge . 12.00

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 26th Oct 2010 at 10:26AM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar P.S I did lust after a pair of purple Hunter's.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 26th Oct 2010 at 10:27AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Indeed they are not cheap, but as I wear mine more than I wear any other footwear, except my slippers, I needed something that would not only last, but that was comfortable and they have been more than worth it. Except now they have wheezy heels Crying or Very sad

Posted by: Westerwitch on 26th Oct 2010 at 10:57AM

Ivy's Avatar Maybe you should ask for them to be exchanged and listen carefully to the replacement pair before you take them home.

Posted by: Ivy on 26th Oct 2010 at 11:01AM

Fennie's Avatar I'm with Rosie. My green boots are from the same farm store and cost, I think, even less than 12. I wear them a lot. They are very comfortable, totally waterproof and don't wheeze. It's a very inexpensive farm store. I bought lovely red suede gauntlets there for 4 plus VAT and a pair of Romanian hiking boots for about 15 or less. Had them years now. As to the wheezy heel. It sounds as though air is being expelled from some crack. If you insert the boot upside down in a barrel of water the compressed air will try to escape through the heel. (If you wet the heel you should see the water bubbling as the air comes through) then perhaps you can fix the crack with puncture repair glue. But you should really call Hunter's and see what they advise. They may give you a new pair.

Posted by: Fennie on 26th Oct 2010 at 11:24AM

Blossomcottage's Avatar Take them back they should not be doing it and there will be fault the longer you leave it the less likely they are to replace them xx

Posted by: Blossomcottage on 26th Oct 2010 at 12:00PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Some shoes squeek - it means you haven't paid for them. Perhaps a wheezy heel is a Welly's version ArrowArrowArrowArrow

Posted by: Withy Brook on 26th Oct 2010 at 12:08PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Evil or Very Mad you know where the naughty corner is Withy.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 26th Oct 2010 at 01:24PM

Faith's Avatar Expensive boots shouldnt make a noise, so take them back!

Posted by: Faith on 26th Oct 2010 at 03:14PM

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Posted by: Dancing Dog on 26th Oct 2010 at 04:11PM

KittyB's Avatar For goodness' sake if anyone else buys Hunters other than from me, what do you expect?! but seriously - never ever heard of that problem, and we sell hundreds of pairs a year. The quality is nowhere near what Hunters used to be, but now they're made in China and not Scotland, what do you expect?
And here's a tip - the Town and Country wellies you can buy quite cheaply in most garden centres and agric. stores come out of the same factory as Hunters, allegedly.

Posted by: KittyB on 26th Oct 2010 at 07:53PM

Pimsonthelawn's Avatar My daughter has the red festival hunter wellies and one heel squeaks but she is more upset that they are now more orange than red after about two years wear.

Posted by: Pimsonthelawn on 26th Oct 2010 at 08:28PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Apparently they should not be left in the sun, or near a heat source.

The squeak is . . so Hunter's tell me . . due to a channel in the heel which has a hole in it during manufacture to let heat out - it should then be sealed, but sometimes one of the holes doesn't get sealed and water seeps in - so I have to make sure they are dry and then seal with a blob of glue . . . sigh . . .

Posted by: Westerwitch on 26th Oct 2010 at 08:43PM

Salle de Bain's Avatar Well I do not think this problem is unique to Hunter. Hubby has a pair of Argyll wellies and they drive me mad! I keep thinking someone has stepped on a mouse, or that there's a hawk about somewhere! The foals find it fascinating and follow him around and prod his feet with their noses!

Also, I have a pair of Muckboots, and they have recently (after 3 years) started wheezing.,,,nightmare!

Worse than that... I bought a pair of Town & Country clogs in B&Q the other day, and now they have started it.

Personally I think it is an alien invasion...they are colonising in the heels of wellington boots and creating torturous sounds which will eventually bring the human race to it's knees.

In the mean is playing havoc with the element of surprise here....can't sneak up on anyoneRolling Eyes

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 26th Oct 2010 at 08:46PM

Preseli Mags's Avatar Ah ha! So it's not just me. My brown Hunters have a wheezy heel too. But only the right boot, the left boot is fine. Now I know how to fix it, thanks WW. What sort of glue?

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 26th Oct 2010 at 10:00PM

Pimsonthelawn's Avatar Thanks WW, will get the glue out and try to find the hole.
S keeps her wellies outside in the shed no heat or sun on them but they are going orange.
PM, you can get special wellie glue for repairs to wellies, John Norris in Penrith do it by mail order.

Posted by: Pimsonthelawn on 26th Oct 2010 at 10:08PM

Blossomcottage's Avatar Don't fix it they have admitted its a fault, take them back!!!Rolling EyesRolling Eyes

Posted by: Blossomcottage on 26th Oct 2010 at 10:09PM

Westerwitch's Avatar I was told any sort of glue would do it.

I know I should Blossom, but they were bought by mail order and by the time I go through the process of posting them off, plus the expense it is easier to just pop in a spot of glue. Plus I am outside the the six weeks to take them back and I am sure they could claim the hole was sealed and that I have punctured them out walking.

It is a worry that they loose colour. Someone I know had colourful Hunters left them in the sun and they bleached and cracked. Pimsonthelawn maybe S should phone up and complain.

I guess Hunters now they are made in China are not as good as they used to be.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 26th Oct 2010 at 10:16PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Oh and thanks for the tip Kitty and sorry I didn't buy them from you Embarassed

Posted by: Westerwitch on 26th Oct 2010 at 10:19PM

Wizzard's Avatar WW - I would agree with Blossom - at least try and get some compensation for having to repair them yourself. You spend a lot of money on a pair of boots so you dont expect to have to fix them.

I had a pair of walking boots that wheezed (after many years wear) and was told to find the wee hole and fill it in, but the sole split before I had chance LOL

At least you wont be able to sneak up on people - maybe get an inhaler for them!


Posted by: Wizzard on 27th Oct 2010 at 07:01AM

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