How Wellington Boots are Made
Hand-made Wellies from Factory to Shop
Hi and welcome to Bootkidz. This page discusses the process of converting raw rubber (latex) into hand-made rubber boots (wellies).
Rubber is placed into roller
Blocks of rubber are placed in a roller. Pieces of rubber are extruded from the roller. These are re-fed into the roller until large pieces of flat rubber are extruded.
Red dye is added
Red and blue dye is added to make green. The rubber is then put through the roller to mix it up. Combinations of colours are measured on a scale to produce a green colour. Eventually a fairly thick green lasagne-like product is produced from the roller.
The rubber pieces are cut
This is fed into a final set of rollers which flatten and
produce a consistent material for cutting.
A man with a ruler measure 50x50cm blocks as they feed from the roller. The soft lining inside of the Wellington Boot is added.
Rubber soles are made
In separate processes the rubber soles of the boots are cast and the pieces made in the first process above are sewn together.
Wellington Boot is finally made on "Boot Last"
A "Wellington Boot shaper" or "Wellington boot former" is used by a craftsman to fit pieces of rubber together.
This former also called a boot last is a wooden or metal form in the shape of the foot and calf that shoemakers use to make the boot.
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The boots are vulcanised in a large oven.
A fisherman uses the boots! So easy.