Le Chameau has been producing exceptional quality handmade wellington boots since the company was founded in 1927. Originally called Monsieur Chamot, after the creator, it was renamed to Le Chameau (French for ‘The Camel’) when the production was moved to Morocco in 1949.
Over the years, Le Chameau boots have been recognised for their quality and exclusivity, even recently by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They have been a staple for hunters, country folk and farmers alike due to their comfort, grip, longevity and build quality.
We thought we would take a closer look at their two most popular Wellington boots; The Chasseur and The Vierznord.
One of Le Chameau’s more pricy wellingtons, the Chasseur is first and foremost a comfortable, warm, waterproof wellington boot. This model is one of their premium range and as such is priced to match at £254.99 from The Sportsman Gun Centre.
£254.99 may seem like a crazy amount for a wellington boot, but if you spend long days in the field, in the wind, rain and even snow, then you want your feet to be warm, dry and blister free. Enter the Chasseur.
I must admit, I was sceptical, but after wearing a pair of Chasseur boots daily for a week this summer on a VERY wet, cold and muddy camping trip, my feet were the happiest they have ever been. The highlight of the Chasseur for me, though, was the side zip. While my friends were scrambling around trying to pull off slip on wellingtons, I would simply unzip and walk into my tent.
The Chasseur Neo is a variation of the model that comes with a neoprene lining on the inside. These are great for the colder months. Neoprene, the material diver’s wetsuits are made from, is exceptional at retaining heat so for winter use, these boots are more than up to the challenge.
The Vierznord is kind of the Chasseur’s little brother, although, only in terms of price and lacking a side zip! Much like the Chasseur, the Vierznord is comfortable, durable, warm and waterproof. In place of a side zip, they feature an adjustable waterproof gusset which can be adjusted using a quick release strap.
At £148.99 the Vierznord are actually quite affordable, particularly in comparison to the Chasseur. This is perfect for people who are looking for a premium product but don’t want to break the bank!
The lack of side zip may be a bit of a drawback, but the generous wide calf offered by the boot aids in removal, even when wet or muddy.
The Vierznord is lined with neoprene which means it can get quite warm. The temperature rating for this boot is from 0c to -20c which makes it perfect for UK winters.
What about accessories?
You may have the best wellington boots in the world, but your experience can be made or broken by the accessories you use.
Socks are almost as important as the boots themselves. They help distribute moisture, prevent rubbing, add an extra layer of insulation and even help reduce that ‘old boot smell’. A bad pair of socks can make even the best boots uncomfortable so it’s important to get it right. As a rule, we at Sportsman recommend wool or wool blend socks. The natural material is great for insulation but is also very breathable and distributes moisture very well.
We love Pennine socks for wearing with wellington boots; they are also available in a variety of colours and styles. Check them out on our online shop or in store.
So you’ve got a pair of slip on wellington boots and you love them but they are a pain to get off at the end of the day? Check out boot jacks. Boot jacks dramatically improve the ease of removing slip-on boots, even when wet and covered in mud.
We recommend the Le Chameau boot jacks which are also available on our online shop as well as in store.