“ Brand: Asda / Type: Boots „
Wellington boots are an idea I toyed with for a few years. They seem so very practical in the winter (and lets not forget the summer too in the UK!) but they seem to uncomfortable and a little unflattering. My mind was made up and I no longer needed to deliberate when I saw these for sale, reduced to £5 in my local Asda, Canterbury. I always have a browse round the clothes section as I really like it and there are often bargains like these to be had.
I quite like biker boots and riding boots, they are on my fashion radar at the moment so if I was going to like any 'welly's' it would be these ones. The style is quite modern and funky. They are black slightly shorter boots and come 1/3 of the way up my leg towards my knee, so not as long as some of the others, but I didn't feel this extra length was necessary. The boots are predominantly black with pink detailing. The sole is pink, and a buckle strap round the front of the ankle (not functional, just detailing) is also pink. The pink is not shocking bright or neon, it's more of a muted almost red colour, the two colours go nicely together.
Of course the boot is a rubbery material, so incredibly rigid and fixed structure. The inside is slightly soft, but to make the boots wearable soft socks are a must! No socks and your feet will end up stuck to the inside.
I think the wellington boots would be uncomfortable on long journeys or periods of time but lets face it that's not what they are for. They are for waterproofing, and that works 100% with these. Not only that but you can get them soaking wet and covered in mud and you know that you can just wipe it all off when you get home and they look as good as new, not damaged one tiny bit.
These boots were worth every penny...and then some!
I don't know when I became the girl that will wear wellies. Even last year I was pottering around in snow and ice digging my high heel of my boot in to avoid slipping! At some point though I thought that I would need to buy some wellies and so on a trip to Asda with my friend and her daughter I was buying some wellies for my son and spotted some which I thought would be suitable for me!
My dad has always told me that I have footballers legs...I don't think we are talking David Beckham sexy legs but more a wide calf! As such I struggle to get long boots which will be comfortable for me. When in Asda I spotted a shorter pair of wellies which looked like they would be great for me. I tried them on and they came approximately half way up my calf. They were snug at the top but they were ok and so I decided to purchase them.
These particular wellie's were black with a pink strap and buckle on the outside for decorative effect. They have a thick pink sole and so they are quite girly and nice for a pair of wellies! They cost me £9.00 from what I can remember which I didn't think was too bad a price at all to be honest.
The great thing about these wellies in my opinion is the grip on the soles. The ridges are thick and chunky and I can tell already they will offer a good grip when the snow and ice arrives. Last year, as I am sure people can remember, the councils ran out of grit in many areas and taking my son to school was literally a death trap as I live on a hill and it was just pure ice. It was very difficult managing to get both of us there and back safely and so I hope this year these wellies will help.
The wellies are comfortable as far as a pair of rubber shoes can be in my opinion! The fit my foot well but are slightly tight at the top of them where they meet my fat calf! I think the wellies look pretty cool with my leggings and I am sure they will get lots of wear come the winter!
I have so far only worn the boots with leggings to try them on. I have worn them recently though on a couple of really wet days with my work pants tucked into them on the trip to work. I admit I possibly look like a bit of a fool trekking to work like that but at the end of the day I think I would rather have dry feet and pants than have to sit at work wet for twelve hours!
The welly range at Asda is quite good in my opinion and you can pick up all kinds of types. They have long wellies which are plain; they have wellies which have patterns such as spots, stripes and even skulls! I would say there is probably something for everyone! I would advise that if you are looking for some wellies for the winter months to definitely check out the Asda George range as I am sure you will find something!
Thank you for reading my review!
There was a boyfriend once who ran his hand up my legs and said, 'Ooh, muscley calves'. He did not last long after that, and was sent back to the USA with a flea in his ear. Thing is, I can get touchy about my legs and the cankles do little to help this. I blame all the years of ballet and gymnastics training, because even on my skinny days, my calves are disproportionately large. Day to day, this isn't a big problem. On wellie shopping days, however, it can be. Common sense dictates than you can be a size 3 with fat legs, or a size 8 with skinny ones, but boots never quite seem to reflect this.
It rains in this part of Africa. A lot. At the moment it rains approximately 3 times a day (with glorious sunshine in between) and when it rains, it absolutely pours. The ex-pats here already had warned us of this, and included a good pair of wellingtons on the list of things to bring, but I still had my doubts. It wasn't that I didn't believe them, just that I knew I would struggle to find some that fitted. We tried every shoe shop in Blackpool (and all 3 of them in St Annes), and having almost got stuck in a few full length pairs, I quickly decided I needed something else. I quite fancied some ankle wellies, i.e. waterproof gardening-style shoes, but nowhere had any in stock (and it was D-day minus 1) so since I didn't have chance to buy some of the tinternet, I had to think again. We happened to be in Asda (buying me Christmas chocolate in September as I wouldn't be there in December) and spotted these in the children's section (they run up to adult size 5, but I'm only a 4 normally). They weren't perfect but they fitted well enough to be going on with and only cost £9 so in the trolley they went.
I have had Asda wellies before, as I'm a supermarket clothes shopper and they tend to have better footwear than Tesco. Previously I had some longer, flowered ones, and they lasted a while but bunched a little round the ankles so eventually got thrown away before they wore out. These ones were different immediately, as they are not designed to come so high up, and also have wider openings to stuff your (my) tubby legs into.
I didn't realise is until I looked for them online (so Dooyoo could add them) but these are supposed to be a biker design. Now I know that, I can sort of see it too. As the photo above shows, these are a two-tone design, mainly black but with pink accents. They have a fuchsia lining (clearly an Asda colour of choice: see my review of their sequin flip flops), and a slightly less bright pink sole. The biker bit comes in the form of a decorative pink buckle on the outside of each boot (it's decorative because it's stuck down, so you can't loosen or tighten them).
I bought these simply because they fitted near enough, but now I've been wearing them for some time, I'm quite impressed with them. It is quite hot here, even when it rains (which means my walking to buy bread get-up tends to be a sun dress and these - stylish!) so the last thing I want is something that makes my feet hot or sweaty. These are a tiny bit too big (size 5 to my usual size 4) but I got them because I thought I wanted room to be able to wear thick socks underneath. The oversize means they're not tight on my feet, though, leaving room for air to circulate while the tops are wide enough for me to get my cankles in, but not so wide they allow in even a drop of rain.
When I think of wearing wellies I tend to think of snow or ice, or proper wet weather. These have a really thick sole, with a chunky heel too, and it's remarkably sturdy meaning it should give a good grip on slippery surfaces. My main outings in these have been during or immediately after rain, and they're great for walking safely though puddles. The ground here is quite dusty, so these puddles are often a dark red colour, but the boots clean off well as they have a rubber finish, and still look pretty much the same as the day I bought them in Blackpool. The sole manages to absorb quite a bit of the shock as you walk, meaning I feel steadier walking in these than in my flip flops given the very uneven ground round here.
Above all, I like these because they're pretty nondescript. I didn't want green wellies, but I also didn't really want flowered or patterned ones, so these are a great alternative. They look more like rubber boots than wellingtons, if you see what I mean, and go reasonably well with the clothes I brought here, though obviously if you're wearing them with trousers or jeans this is even less of an issue. The pink might mean they're not quite unisex, but they're not über girlie either.
These boots only rubbed me a tiny bit the first time I wore them, and have been fine since even though I wear them with trainer socks while normal people would put thicker, longer ones on. Normal people, of course, are probably not wearing them in 32 degree heat.
Asda do cross over sizing which means I can buy from their adults' or children's ranges in most designs. While these are the latter, I was really impressed by the way they fitted my very un-child-like legs. Often I'll find kiddie clothes or shoes fit in some areas but not others, but these are surprisingly roomy and a definite one for those who might otherwise find themselves boot shopping in Evans...
These are in the children's 2010 winter range, available now from Asda in store or online, for £9. I'm glad I made room for them in my suitcase and expect them to last the whole year based on prior experience of Asda footwear and complete lack of deterioration so far. Due to luggage allowance restrictions I will probably leave these here with an eager recipient, but will definitely be looking out for another pair to replace them with when I come back next year.