The Hunt for Hunters: Part One

We get more phone calls about Hunter boots than any other brand we carry. Our Hunter boot board on Pinterest always gets the most repins. What started in Edinburgh in 1856 with only four employees has grown into an internationally recognized brand. From functional farm and field use to outfitting soldiers in multiple wars the Hunter boot is now a fashion icon. They are clearly very popular, super functional and everyone has a certain finish or color they hope to find. There seems, however, to be some confusion when it comes to the types of widths, heights and styles that Hunter makes. So here’s a little bit about the brand and a quick breakdown in case you are on the hunt for Hunter boots.


The Original Tall is Hunter’s classic boot and the design is instantly recognizable. It is a pull-on style with no zipper that hits right below the knee. This durable rain boot comes in a matte or glossy finish.


While the Original Tall is the most popular, it can be hard to wear for those of us with athletic calves. Enter the Huntress. The shaft on the Huntress is about an inch shorter and an inch wider than the Original. The Huntress is made of a new soft rubber compound so it is also a little more forgiving.

At The Shoe Hive, we are slowly phasing out the Huntress though because the brand has two other solutions that we think are better options:


If you are short with athletic calves, consider the Hunter Original Short boot. With the same design as the Original Tall, the shaft of the Short does not restrict your calves. The shorter height also makes getting them on and off easier for those of you with high in-steps.


If you are tall with athletic calves, the Adjustable Tall has a small adjustable panel and buckle at the back of the boot, making the size customizable. You get the look of the Original, but plenty of room.


The Original Chelsea Boot is made for women and features a clean and modern design. It is a pull on style like the taller boots but is easier to get on and off with the side elastic panels and pull-tabs. This is a good choice for those wanting a lighter everyday option or something that is very on-trend.

Hopefully the Hunter selection makes more sense to you now. If you have any further questions, never hesitate to give us a call or stop by the store!


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