Hunter, which is based in Scotland, is an internationally recognized brand, known for its high-quality, stylish boots. The brand is so distinguished as to have won the Royal Warrants of Appointment for supplying waterproof footwear to the Queen of England and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. Originally a work boot named after its only color, hunter green, they are now a fashion statement. As with many high-quality designer items, forgeries exist; however, careful observation can identify knockoffs.
Look at the label. The Hunter logo has bold, black block letters written inside a white rectangle that is outlined in red.
Count the seams on the boots. Authentic Hunter Boots have no more than eight pieces.
Look at the color and compare it with the Hunter website. The Original Gloss Tall Boot, for example, comes in only 13 colors: duck egg blue, fuchsia, graphite, kelly green, navy, beige, butter chocolate, black, butter cream, candy pink, pillar box red, teal and violet. If you are viewing original gloss tall boots of a different color, or the hue does not match pictures on the official website, your boots are probably fake.
Try on the boots. Hunter Boots are constructed with high-quality, vulcanized natural rubber. Walk in the boots. Hunter Boots are built for comfort even when wearing them for a long time due to a distinctive orthopedic design. The insoles are multilayered and cushioned. If your boots are not comfortable, they may be knockoffs.
Examine the quality. The outsoles of traditional Hunter Boots are made of calendered natural rubber sole. The process of calendering involves passing the material between rollers under heat and pressure, which makes them shiny. The lining is high quality, made of knitted nylon. Weight the boots. Original Hunter Boots weigh about 4 pounds – if your boots weigh a lot more or a lot less, they are fakes.
References and ResourcesHunter: Welcome to the Home of Hunter Wellies
Tweed and Velvet A Place for Men: Your Rain Boots are Fake
London Fashion Blog: Hunter Boots – British Designer Wellington Boots
ResourcesHunter-Boot: Hunter Boot USA LLC
Amazon.com: Hunter Original Tall Welly Boot
Zappos.com: Hunter Hunter Original