I really love my Wellingtons; they’re the perfect rain boot except for one thing: they barely fit over my calves! I didn’t realize they made wide calf wellies until months after I had already bought this pair, and I didn’t want to return them. So instead, I found another solution: DIY lace up rain boots! Now my wellies fit perfectly no matter what pants or socks I wear, plus they’re super cute!
It was so easy to convert these into faux wide calf wellies; I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner! It took me less than an hour, and I’m really excited to be able to wear these boots even when I’m wearing a bunch of layers. Also, I can change out the ribbon to match different outfits or seasons!
DIY Lace Up Rain Boots
Here’s what you need to convert your own rain boots:
- a pair of rain boots
- grommets and a grommet tool (the grommets I used are about 1″ in diameter, I think they are size #3)
JM found this super beefy grommet setting machine through a guy in his office, and it is awesome. But you don’t need a “machine” like this to set grommets. You can find grommets at any fabric store, and they come with their own handheld setting tool that will work just fine, even through the rubber of a rain boot!
Start by cutting a 2″ to 3″ slit down the back of the rain boots with your scissors.
Then position your grommets and set them into the boot using your grommet tool. If you have a machine like mine, there’s no need to pre-cut a hole in the rubber. Just set the two halves of the grommet into the tool and position the boot in the machine. Press down with the handle to cut through the rubber and set the grommet.
If you have a handheld grommet tool, follow the directions that came with it. You may need to pre-cut a small hole to help the grommet cut through the rubber, but otherwise the idea is the same: place the rain boot between the two halves of the grommet, then use the setting tool and a hammer to set the grommet.
I set six grommets into my wellies (three on each side of the slit), but you can use as many grommets as you want!
Once all your grommets are set, lace a ribbon through them. If your ribbon frays, you can slightly singe the ends of the ribbon with a lit match to keep it from fraying.
Now do the same for the other boot, and you have your own DIY pair of lace up rain boots!
These boots fit so well now! Before I had to wear my skinniest pair of jeans and really work at pulling them up over my calves. But now I can just put them on like regular boots, then lace up the ribbon at the back; they fit no matter how many layers I’m wearing!
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