Inspired by the recently rainy weather in my small town, I decided to investigate the history behind the Hunter. The Wellington Boot and the brand name Hunter are synonymous with the phrase rain boot. However, when Henry Lee Norris arrived in Scotland in 1856 he never expected his galoshes made for practicality to become a major fashion statement. In the early to mid 1900s the Hunter boot was worn by men in the military during both world wars. It wasn’t until the 1980s that the Hunter boot became associated with women and fashion. Mr. Norris should have thanked England’s royalty and socially elite women for their free advertisement because it wasn’t until they started wearing the label did it become an essential for every woman’s wardrobe. Even today, the aristocrats of England, such as the ever stylish Kate Middleton and Prince William, wore matching pairs shoreside. My idol Lauren Conrad wore her chocolate browns to Coachella. And finally, in one of my favorite movies of all time (P.S. I Love You) Hilary Swank, Lisa Kudrow, and Gina Gershon sported Hunters boatside while fishing in Ireland. The Hunter’s eye catching colors are not the only reason these boots are so cutting edge. What sets the Hunter Wellington apart from other rain boots is their effortlessly chic “je ne sais qoui”, in other words their ability to make a statement while still being practical.