- MANUFACTURER: JOULES
- MODEL NO: WELLYPRINT
- SIZES: 4 (F)(B) M- 10 (B) M
- SHIPPING WEIGHT: 5 POUNDS
- DIMENSIONS: 4 X 3 X 2 INCHES
- COLORS: 46 AVAILABLE
- OUTER MATERIAL: 55% RAYON/ 45% POLYESTER
- SOLE: RUBBER
- FIT AS EXPECTED: 65%
- SHAFT HEIGHT FROM ARCH: 13” APPROX
- HEEL HEIGHT: 1”
- BOOT OPENING: 15.25”
- WATER RESISTANT: YES
- PRICE GUIDE: $34.17-156.28+
- OUR RATING: 4.4STARS OUT OF FIVE
THE DESIGN VIEW
With forty-six styles to choose from, your biggest problem with these rain boots will be that you can’t pick your favorite pair from the line-up.
Dog lovers are well catered for, with styles such as black dog (not a terminal depression!) and olive dog to choose from, you should be able to find not only a color, but a dog breed to suit.
These are a tall, slim looking pair of boots which should be long enough to withstand any splashes or moisture which comes your way.
It has a platform of half an inch and is made from rayon and polyester with a rubber sole.
From a purely personal point of view, we rather like the neon spot white ones. Either way, if you decide to buy a pair of these, the odds are on that you will end up getting two sets, in order to mix and match with your wardrobe.
These have a small heel on them and a neat buckle on the top.
All round, we think that these look pretty damned smart to have on.
THE BRITISH LOOK
Manufacturer Joules are based in Leicestershire, England and they like their products to project a strong image which is uniquely British. Perhaps this explains the dog obsession!
As well as being mad keen on dog prints, there is also one print with reference to a London bus. So if you like British style, this could be one for your wardrobe.
If it is one thing England has in spades, it is rain! And the ‘welly’ is a national institution for a reason.
We like the fact that one of the designs appears to have some corgis on it, too. Maybe the Queen may consider swapping her usual green wellies for a pair of these?
Either way, there are some super cute designs available in the ‘Welly print’.
Like most rain boots, these are only available in a full size and not halves, so if you are a half size, you should probably size up… except for the fact that in a small number of instances, people think that these run slightly large.
This is unusual for rain boots, because in our experience, the opposite is usually the case. Although the vast majority of wearers are happy campers, with 65% thinking they are true to size, a significant minority say you may have to scale down. Or perhaps wear some thicker socks.
On balance, we think that having a bit more room, especially in a rain boot, which you may want to add lining to isn’t such a bad thing. It’s more than likely that you could find yourself needing to tuck jeans into these or wear two pairs of socks to make them warmer, so at least there should be room.
And the calves. Well, here’s the thing. Just about everyone who ever buys knee length boots complains that they are only for slim legs. These Joules Welly prints are no different. In fact, we would say that in general, knee length boots of any type are unsuitable for those with muscular or wider than average calves. Maybe that’s just the way that it is, unfortunately.
THE COMFORT FACTOR
The good news here, is that most people who have worn these for any length of time think that they are a comfortable boot. There are very few complaints overall about how these feel to have on.
You would be surprised to learn that some rain boots are actually not… waterproofed! Yes, we can’t believe it either. But some rain boots come with the proviso you can only get them slightly damp and not go running into swamps with gay abandon.
Now, we are not the types to go seeking out swamps to leap in, but it’d be nice to feel we could if we wanted to.
These Joules Welly prints are properly waterproofed. Unless they develop some huge split in them, they shouldn’t start to leak and in most cases, they stay good and dry.
Can you wear them in snow successfully? We think so, although you’ll definitely want to line them and have thick socks on for that.
The traction on them is good and they shouldn’t slip up easily, so whether you want to power through floods, mud or snow in them, they should be a practical and reliable choice.
ARE THERE ANY PROBLEMS WITH THIS BOOT?
The feedback is overwhelmingly positive about the ‘Welly print’. This is a classy design and is well waterproofed, which is comfy to have on.
So far, so good!
But what about the down sides. Well, the good news is that there don’t seem to be that many of them. There is certainly nothing that has jumped out at as, as being of potential alarm.
The usual problems apply, as with any rain boot. Yes, they may not fit the wider calf. They are not indestructible. They are probably rather more fashion boot than walking boot.
But walk you can and with relative ease in these.
So overall, we think that any issues with cracking or splitting, really are a minority issue that you would be unlucky to suffer from.
ARE THE JOULES WELLY PRINT A GOOD BUY?
These are clearly not the cheapest of rain boots. Or, at least some of them are not. The price of these boots does vary quite significantly depending on which size and color you opt for.
Costing between $34 and over $150 (prices correct at the time of writing) this is quite a broad spectrum of prices. Certainly, if you have bought the ones costing over $100, it’s fair to expect value fr your money.
These are certainly well made and comfortable to walk in, they are waterproof, have a good tread and look really stylish.
And unless you really have very large calves, you should get them to fit okay.
No, you’re certainly not going to walk a thousand miles in them, but when were you ever going to manage that in a pair of rain boots anyway?
On balance, we think these are well made, look good and will hold up okay in the rain, for at least one season. And with care, they may last even longer.
We don’t need any more convincing in order to buy a pair of these and think that you shouldn’t either!