Hunter rain boots for petites review: Womens packable Tour (calf runs narrow) vs Kids Original

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Left: Hunter womens' Tour rain boots (sz 5-12) military red, multiple colors 
Right: Hunter kids' original rain boots (up to sz 6 big kids, which = womens sz 8 / 38)
LOFT modern skinny jeans + scarf, Ann Taylor sweater

Living in the Northeast, my rubber boots are feet-savers in both wet and snowy weather, and get use across all four seasons. I've worn Hunter kids boots for a few years now, and finally ordered the womens' “Tour” which I've been intrigued by. The Tour are the foldable and packable version (seems awesome for travel, esp. for rainy destinations) of their original tall. I've tried the original tall in the past and they were a little too wide and cumbersome for short legs and hit right at my knees. As a result I had low expectations for the Tour, but ended up loving them! Nick couldn't even help complimenting them a few times, which is a rarity. The shaft height is similar to the tall so still hits at my knees, but the boot is so much more lightweight (even lighter than the kids) and pliable than traditional Hunters that it didn’t feel uncomfortable.
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Here are a few more photos of the boots on bare legs, so you can better see the fit...
Outfit: J.Crew skirt (old), Ann Taylor sweater, ASOS scarf
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Fit: the two are super similar in width but the Tour is obviously taller, which I think has a more lengthening effect. For reference, I am ~5 feet tall and my calves measure about 12.5" around at the widest point. Both are decently slim in the calves (I don't expect a glove-like fit for functional rubber shoes), and one difference is the kids' calf circumference at the widest point is the same as the leg opening, whereas the Tour tapers and gets a little slimmer at the opening which I like, since it mirrors how our calves narrow in right below the knees. Please note that as with all boots, shaft height and width likely increases as the foot size goes up.
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Weight: My favorite aspect of the Tour by far though is the lightness - despite being several inches taller than the kids boots, the Tours are noticeably lighter. They are made of thinner rubber, and I do want to point out that they are excluded from Hunter's typical 12 month warranty. That is a little disappointing, but I haven't yet read any reviews of the Tour boots having quality issues (most negative reviews are usually due to the slim calf fit).
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Style: Both have the classic boot shape with rubber ridged soles and decorative (not functional) buckle on the side. Both boots bend, but the Tour is more pliable since they're designed to fold in half or roll up more easily. In my opinion though they are in no way flimsy and the soles are still durable in feel. The heel on the Tour is more defined in shape and marginally (maybe 1/4") higher than the kids which I like. The kids actually looks pretty truncating on me in these photo against pale legs, but I promise they look more flattering with black tights or dark denim, like in this older pic:
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Sizing: Hunters sizing is pretty straightforward, but when converted to kids metrics on American retailers it can get confusing. Both my kids and womens boots are labeled the same thing on the inside: "UK 3, US 4 male / 5 female, and EUR 35/36." This tells me I'm consistently a UK 3 or EUR 35/36 whether I wear kids or adults. When ordering through US websites, though, I took a "5" in womens and a "4" in child or big kids sizing. Why the U.S. changes sizing for kids vs adults and then men vs womens beats me! Kids sizing goes up to a 6 child, which should equate to a sz EUR 37/38.

I usually wear a 5 or 5.5 in shoes, and the sizes I ordered leave me enough room for the fleece liner socks for warmth in the winter. The kids size Medium (4-6) fleece liner socks work for me in both - they just don't fold over the top of the Tour which is fine with me. The fit is snugger with liner socks so I only wear these with tights or bare legs and not jeans.
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Current retail: $80 for kids versus $150 for womens. Women's tour is also sold at Zappos and Bloomingdales. Kids are also sold at Bloomies and Saks where available sizes differ.

How they look folded/rolled up:
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Bottom line: Love the womens' Tour if you're looking for a tall and lightweight rubber boot with a slimmer calf fit (compared to their originals). Since the Tour do hit right at the bottom of my knees, I would recommend the kids' original for ladies who are shorter than myself (~5 feet tall) or have feet sizes smaller than an adult 5. For ladies with shorter legs and wider calves, perhaps try Hunter womens' original short which run a little shorter and wider than the kids original.

35 comments:

  1. Although I wear my black Hunter boots nearly daily I have to admit that I never styled them with a glitter skirt - what looks indeed really special and cool! Thanks for the inspiration :)
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  2. Loved this post! I've never thought about the kid's Hunters hitting lower. I'm about 5'2'' and the adult boots hit my knee at an annoying place. Do you know if the Packable Tour Kids Hunters would be very comfortable? I've been eyeing the women's Packable Tour boots for a while now.

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  3. Thanks for the review! Do you bring shoes to change into at the office? Or just wear them inside throughout the day?

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    1. I'm wondering what people do for commuting. Often it's raining in the morning but not in the evening. So on the way home I'm either stomping around uncomfortably in the boots (not so bad in the winter but awful in sweltering July heat) or I'm carrying gigantic boots around on the Metro.

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    2. I bought the Tour boots last year, and wear them frequently for work. They really do pack down to a small size. Perhaps my method will work for you.

      The boots came with a large drawstring bag to store them in when traveling. I tuck a pair of cute ballet flats into this bag, then put that bag into my large work purse. I wear the boots as needed, and if necessary, swap them out for the shoes in my bag. If it happens to be a particularly muddy, grimy day, I keep a travel sized packet of makeup removing wipes in my bag to remove the worst of the grime before stowing. I should note that the Hunter bag is made of pretty substantial material (nylon, maybe?) and the mud will wipe off easily after it dries. If you are concerned about the boots unrolling in their bag, inexpensive elastic circular headbands from Goody (the thin workout kind) will keep them securely in place. Of course, you could always just carry them by the bag's drawstring if it doesn't fit in your purse.

      Hope this helps!

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    3. Hi Kimberly,

      I was wondering how you're boots are holding up? Now that you've had them for a year do you think they're durable? I'm concerned since they're so much thinner than the originals. Thanks!

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  4. I really like your outfits in the first picture. Could you please tell me what the brand and style is of the green shirt you have layered under your white sweater? Thank you.

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  5. If you like the purple color, the Tour is on sale right now for $98.

    http://us.hunterboots.com/product/original-packable-tour-rain-boots

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  6. Great post! Need to get these.

    Http://www.eyelikefashion.com

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  7. Hi Jeanne,

    Have you heard of a French brand named Aigle? They make some of the best looking and supple rubber boots. They also have various models to suit everyone from petites to athletics. I have a pair of grey Aiglentine and I can vouch for the warmth and comfort of these guys.

    http://www.aigleboots.com/horseback-riding?p=1

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  8. It looks like the ASOS scarf is back in stock. I have the Oversized Plaid Scarf - Multicolored from Target. It's not square but the colors are almost the same.

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  9. I just bought my first pair of Hunter boots off Piperlime when I saw your post about it with the discount codes (thank you!!). I got a size 7 red women's tour. The ankle area is quite spacious, but my pants don't tuck in very well. With leggings it's fine, but I wonder if I'll be able to wear only leggings in the winter! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  10. i have the packable tours and love them. i find the soles inside seem more comfy than the regular ones, too. also, hunter just came out with a slim fit wellie boot which i'd love to check out!

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  11. Adore the cute look of hunter boots and they look especially lovely in red!

    Prudence
    www.prudencepetitestyle.wordpress.com

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  12. Hello, hello, Jean. You look swell even in rain boots :) You could try these, too: in spite of mobile phones, Nokia manufactures rain boots - that is where the success began :) http://rubberboots.altervista.org/stivali_di_gomma/index.php/the-boots/5-boots/9-nokian-kontio.html

    Warm wishes from Finland -- Anu

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  13. Dear Jean,

    I love these looks and your sparkely skirt! I always love all your picks. I was wondering if you would be doing a Black Friday Pick's Post? Would love to have some inspiration in midst of getting so overwhlemed with all the sales. Thanks!

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  14. I really like this new one on you. It seems to fit you and elongate your legs a lot better than the kids' version!

    Characters & Carry-ons

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  15. doesnt seem to match the glitter dress

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  16. WOW!! Loving those boots...Great post!!
    -Merrie K.
    PetiteCareerGirl.com

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  17. I like it the combination of booties and skirt. Cute and trendy!

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  18. Love the black ones. Great combination!
    x Fiona THEDASHINGRIDER.com

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  19. Quite impressive color and design of hunter rain boots. Hunter rain boots can be a good choice for women because hunter rain boots are very well-known for its comfort, style and perfect fit.

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  20. I like the Hunter Boots!

    www.nissimendes.ch

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  21. Hi Jean! I'm petite as well and I've always had good luck with Kamik boots (available on Amazon), both with and without an attached sock lining for winter. They tend to be narrow in the calf with relatively shorter shafts.

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  22. I have been wanting to try a pair of hunter boots for a while now, good to know they now offer something that if foldable! I always find long boots take up way too much space. But given Australia is summer right now, maybe I would go for the hunter flats at the moment...Thanks so much for the review though. :)

    xx
    Yvonne
    http://tellmeyblog.com

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  23. That is so cool that they fold!! If Hunters weren't so pricey, I'd be really tempted haha

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  24. Hi! You should try Dav boots, they make rubber boots that looks like leather and they are made for petite calves. The fit is awesome, and I think that they look better with a dress or skirt than Hunters. I'm just in love with their Berlin model!
    www.davrain.com
    Enjoy! :-)

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  25. I just bought the hunter tour boots in green. I love the style and the lightness but I'm hesitant to keep them. I can't help but feel that they were excluded from the warranty because they won't last two years. Now that you've had them for a couple months, do you still feel like they are durable and will last three years?

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    1. I have just bought the Original Tour and am wondering the same thing. The Original Tall cost the same, but benefit from 12-month warranty. Are we being cheated?

      Love this blog, btw.

      Julie

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  26. I second the vote for DAV boots! If you have thin calves, frequently find yourself in the rain, and want to look fashionable, they are literally perfect. I get compliments almost every day!

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  27. This was sooo sooo helpful! Thank you so much! The review and details were great and it definitely helped me with my purchase decision. It's so nice to get reviews specifically from other petite ladies, keep up the great work! I will be a retuning visitor to your website

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  28. hi jean, what color are your tour rainboots? i'm looking online and there is military red and lava red.

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  29. FYI everyone with thin and petite calves -- I wear the French brand Le Chameau - Lady Vierzon and they fit like a glove. So much better than the Hunter options I've tried. And they're not made in China, and have a lifetime guarantee.

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  30. Just ran across your blog, thanks for the information.

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