Who said rubber boots had to be ugly? No more are rubber boots the sole preserve of farmers and people stranded in floods and other such unglamorous pursuits.
Once only available in dull shades now, with the arrival of glamping, we can all thankfully enjoy something a bit better.
Because now boots have gone glam, even the once workaday rubber rain boot has bucked its ideas up, and reinvented itself as this cute little thing, the Nomad Women’s Puddles Rubber Boot.
Yes, just because you are roughing it in the wilds of a waterlogged field somewhere, wondering how to bash a tent pole in, you no longer have to look like a frustrated old boot. Now, you can look like an altogether more sleek, elegant one!
With thirty four different styles to choose from, the manufacturers make it very clear that this is firstly, and most importantly a fashion statement more than a practical bit of kit.
But my, what a fashion statement!
Our personal favorite “Iris” looks like something that Van Gogh painted, and if that doesn’t suit, surely you must be able to find something that does.
If you’re a flower child still searching for the summer of love, you will just adore one of the paisley styles, or the blend of colors in ‘Indian Autumn.’ Art lovers are bound to go for the ‘Turquoise Monet’, which is not particularly turquoise or Monet either, in our humble opinion, but still very pretty to look at. Or perhaps if you go for something a little less colorful, one of the herringbone styles will appeal. If zigzags are your thing, they’ve got them in spades, and also there’s flowers, checked patterns, and finally some splashes of solid color – blue, ‘orchid’ and ‘solid orchid’ two shades of pink-purple. There are others as well, a bit too weird to classify.
As with all footwear, the proof is in the wearing, particularly the sizing. Getting the right size via internet or mail order is never easy, but 63% of customers on Amazon reckoned that they got the right size fine the first time.
A minority believe that you should size up though. In the product’s own listing page, the manufacturer does state that customer’s should be prepared to go up by one whole size. If this sounds like a lot, then this is only because this boot is not available in any half sizes.
Unfortunately, there are always going to be some sizing issues with online orders, and we notice at best walking shoe reviews, that most of the gripes connected with this rubber boot are mostly down to sizing.
Now, bear with us, whilst we explain that this is actually not a bad thing. It means that nine times out of ten, this problem is rectifiable by a simple exchange, and that there are few other issues with this boot.
These are rubber boots. Generally speaking, they are not going to be something that you choose to run a marathon in, or undertake some sort of major trek.
By all accounts, customers think these are very comfortable indeed to do ordinary walking. The interior has a cozy knitted lining, that helps keep your feet warm as well as dry.
The grips on the boot’s exterior seem to be more than adequate to keep your feet firmly on the ground. We think these are a good walking boot for mild to moderate use.
Generally speaking, rubber boots of this type make a good fit for all types of leg, even wide, athletic calves. However, it might be worth sizing up if you are at all worried that this may not fit your leg width.
The real test that you will want to know about is” How well do these perform in the rain?” Well, this is where we hit a very slight snag.
Firstly, as the manufacturer’s clearly state, these boots are water resistant to a high degree. You will not get these wet wearing them in rain. They would be a bit pointless if they did! Splashes and drips are not a problem. However, heavy snowfall and leaping into waterlogged ditches are.
Unfortunately, these are not fully waterproofed, and to be fair to the manufacturer, it is clearly stated that they are not suitable for snow and deep water. In other words, they are not for wading in, or traversing flooded areas. Nor are they for snowy climes, beyond a light dusting.
Once you know this, there should be no problems. These are primarily we feel, a fashion boot first, and a practical emerge-from-a-swamp style item second.
To be fair, within the confines of fashion boots, these perform more than decently. They are comfortable, which has to be about a zillion brownie points in one go, because frankly, anything that can look this cute and doesn’t cripple us, is sadly far rarer than it should be. You can easily walk a couple of miles in these, and stay warm, dry and bunion free.
They are also reasonably well made, barring the odd issue with rogue pairs which are probably damaged to begin with.
Ultimately, how do we rate the chances of staying warm and dry in these Nomad’s Puddles this season?
The forecast is mainly dry and fairly warm, with only a small chance of getting wet, mainly if you go off the beaten track, and a good outlook for staying comfortable over the coming months.
Worth the asking price we feel.