Join us on a journey to reboot the welly. We have created a rubber boot that will change the way you think about wellies – when you wear them, how you wear them and how you feel in them.
We grew up with wellies - our hometown in Scotland once made the best wellies in the world. Backed by Scotland’s heritage and our own progressive design thinking, we’ve created a unisex boot that is ethically made, practical and stylish. We want to use the success of our business to create jobs in Scotland.
Bòtann boots keep your feet dry even when submerged all the way to the top of the boot.
No more awkward footwear changes after your dog walk in the countryside, simply clean off your boots with the Bòtann Transition Kit and head off into the city for a different type of adventure.
Our aim is to create stylish, protective and ethical rubber boots that people want to wear often, which - through high-quality materials and craftsmanship - last for many years.
Our boots are for style-conscious adventure seekers, who enjoy escaping into nature and/or into the city. They are made from a sustainable source of high-grade rubber, which is naturally waterproof and hard wearing.
THE BÒTANN TEAM
Bòtann was founded by David Smith, Michael Nicholson and Robert McCaffrey. As we grow, we will expand and diversify our core team
David Smith is deeply involved in Scotland's creative industries, helping to provide business support for those combining their creativity and enterprise. It was David's initial idea and enthusiasm that gave rise to Bòtann.
Michael Nicholson is a creative writer and marketer, who works across a range of industries. Michael's dad worked in Dumfries's rubber factory, relocating to the town to take the job a year before he was born.
Robert McCaffrey is a very talented footwear designer. He spent time honing his craft in Italy, before returning to Scotland and launching the McCaffrey Collection. Robert is the progressive designer behind Bòtann.
A NEW CHAPTER
We’re passionate about continuing Scotland’s legacy and rebooting the welly at the same time - re-defining it for modern living - where adventure comes in many guises. To turn our idea into a reality, we've grown our team by collaborating with talented partners, including working with footwear manufacturer Novesta.
Novesta's story goes back to 1939, when famous shoemaker Jan Antonin Bata opened his new factory in a small town in Slovakia. For Novesta, quality design refers to more than fashion. The company is dedicated to manufacturing footwear according to the highest environmental standards. That’s why it uses materials such as natural rubber - these materials allow it to produce ecological footwear of the highest quality.
Leeming + Paterson Limited Edition Print. Ted Leeming and Morag Paterson are fine art photographers who have worked both collaboratively and as individuals for over 12 years, exhibiting their work around the world, with their fine art prints featuring in many private collections. Leeming and Paterson live between Liguria in Italy and Dumfries & Galloway on their zero footprint small holding. They built their own eco house powered and heated by its own wind turbine.
We are currently limited to how big we can make our welly - we promise we're not size-ist (our designer Robert is a size 12). We're working on having larger options, but for now the sizes we offer are above. Please note: sizing is unisex, generous length and regular/narrow width.
We are indebted to all of our lovely backers and to the people and organisations that have supported us, including:
This campaign has been supported by Crowdfunding Creativity a mentorship programme from Creative Scotland and Paved With Gold. If you help us reach our goal, we'll be awarded 20% of the goal amount from Creative Scotland to make this project a reality.
We’ve been asked some important questions about our Kickstarter and exactly how it works, so here are a few wee details that might help: