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I've been harping on about getting a pair of Ugg boots for a while to keep me nice and toasty in this awful weather we've been having. When I went into a shop to have a look at a pair, I nearly keeled over at the price - I had no idea they were so expensive! So I kicked the idea to the curb, as lets face it, they wouldn't last two minutes in ankle high black sludge and there's no way I'd pay that sort of money for a pair of shoes to get totally ruined. I forgot about it and then on Christmas day, I opened a pair of 'Gumbies Gumboots'.
They have the appearance of a pair of Ugg boots to the ankle - and are fur lined. But the bottom part is actually like a pair of Crocs - lightweight and waterproof - in other words, perfectly practical for the weather this winter. I tried them on and they fit well, but they are slightly tight on my calves as I have large calves much to my dismay! However, lovely and comfortable and I was surprised at how light they are - they feel like walking on air! They are an olive green colour on the foot / sole and a beige / tan upper.
I was talking to my partner who bought me them later in the day and I said how much I loved them and I thought they were such a great idea. I then found out the price... a BARGAIN at £9.95! I was shocked, Ugg boots had seemed so expensive and when I opened these I thought they must have been quite expensive, but no - less than a tenner. I couldn't believe the value and the quality is absolutely superb - they are very well made and lined.
Because the base / foot isn't the same Ugg boot fabric, it also means I'm not going to get that unsightly slant over the sole that many people seem to have when wearing Ugg boots which are slightly older. It also means my feet are going to be kept dry and warm without danger of expensive gorgeous boots becoming covered in wet, dirty slush! Plus they have an excellent grip on them and so are perfect for walking on icy patches. And they are a much cooler, more compact and lighter alternative to Wellington Boots. Where I live I've not seen anyone wearing these boots, which has meant I've had lots of compliments, people saying what a brilliant idea they are. I think Ugg boots are that common now that you wouldn't get any attention wearing them - plus I like to be a little different.
They are available with different colour 'croc' sections, but the top part is always the same colour - I think they would be cool if you could get them all one colour. They are available online, just search for Gumbies Gumboots and they are available for men, women and children - so you can buy them for the whole family. And, if they only last you for one of our snowy, icy winters, it doesn't matter for a tenner!
Overall verdict? You might have guessed, absolutely smashing!
I bought my 11 year old daughter a pair of Gumbies a few months ago, let's face it we've had (another) poxy summer and here in Brum it seems to have spent more time raining than providing us with a bit of much needed sunlight. The sandals I bought the kids in May have been sat on the shoe rack hardly worn and they've been wearing their trainers and boots through more or less the whole summer.
I can't remember now why I bought these, I'm a bit of an Imelda Marcos when it comes to shoes and I probably just saw then and thought what a cute idea they were! To start with my daughter loved them, but then she got the proverbial ripped out of her by her little friends and didn't want to wear them again. And I can't say I blame her!
The Gumbies are basically a Croc style shoe with an Ugg style upper, I say style because these are a brand of their own and are actually neither Croc nor Ugg. If they were I could forgive them for their too-weird look! The shoe itself is made of a thick rubbery plastic and is designed in the style of a clog, the sole isn't as thick as I would like and my daughter informs me they are nowhere near as comfortable as the original pair of Crocs she owns which she loves.
The boot section of the Gumbies is a manmade fabric which is smooth and velvety on the outside and fluffy inside, the same as my Ugg boots really. The lining feels very synthetic to the touch and one day when Alice was wearing them without socks (she's a dozy blonde!) they made her feet itch so bad that she ended up with a weird blotchy rash where the boot had touched her ankles.
They don't look comfy at all, but then I say that about Crocs for the simple reason that I wouldn't be seen dead in a pair of plastic shoes and they are supposedly the most comfortable shoes on the planet. Except for slippers. And authentic Ugg boots. And perhaps my Vans.
For the fashion conscious child though these might tick all the boxes. Alice isn't particularly into fashion but does know when she's having the mick took so even though I think deep down she quite likes her Gumbies she'll only wear them when she knows it's only going to be us lot with her, and even then her dad teases her about wearing them to the point of me not blaming her if she smacked him round the head with them!
There's a fatal flaw though and that is that these are no good for wet weather because the fabric upper comes too far down the clog. This results in wet feet if the puddles are very deep and at the very least in wet weather the backs of Alices ankles get damp. This doesn't sound like anything to get worked up about, but the synthetic lining starts feeling slimy if it gets wet and she mentioned how nasty it felt the last time she wore them. After sticking my hand into the wet boot I can understand what she means, I wouldn't like my feet sitting inside them while they're wet either!
You can buy Gumbies from infant sizes all the way up to adult, not that I think many adults are going to be wearing them but there you go. There are plenty of different colours to choose from, although I think the upper are always the same ugg-y tan colour which is a shame because it would be nice to have the choice of black or white too.
Priced between £21 and £30 on Amazon, I think I paid somewhere in the middle for Alices but they are not worth anywhere near that. Luckily they are machine washable, I can feel an Ebay listing coming on!
I am going to review the childrens ones that I had for my son. He of course had a blue pair.
When I first saw them I wasnt too sure. They seemed to be a cross between an ugg and a croc. Also do boys wear them...??
Anyway when I saw the price I realised they were on sale for such a small amount...hey bargain.. they will be great I am sure he would look fine in them....well that is what I kept telling myself.
When he tried them on he thought they were great... at least he is will wear them.
He was able to put them on himself which was a great advantage. There are no buckles or zips. He wore them with jeans so you never saw the upper part only the blue croc style part.
He loved wearing to the point where he wouldnt take them off, I think they were just too comfortable and slipper like.
The sole part is a foamy plastic texture which is slightly ribbed on the sole to help against slipping. The upper part is faux sheepskin effect which was all the way through the inside of the boots.
They were great in the rain as the bottom part is waterproof. Also they are very easy to wash. You can just pop them in the washing machine and the dry beside the radiator...
The only down side was that because my son wore them all the time the sole did wear away but because his feet are continually growing you wouldn't even considering any sort of re-soling.
Great for kids to wear... not sure about us grown ups to be honost. But the choice is an individual one. They are worth getting if you love comfortable footwear like crocs but need a winter version.
Last winter I wanted to buy a pair of warm boots. I liked the style of Ugg boots but was in no shape or form willing to pay the best part of £100 or so to get them.
I had a hunt around and bought some cheap £10 boots from my local high street in this style but soon found that because they were made of fabric and the back of the boot was not reinforced they kind of collapsed under my heel and soon became very uncomfortable. As luck would have it a local farm type shop stocked the kid's versions of Gumbies Gum boots which I liked and found I was able to purchase my own size online.
Gumbies gum boots are listed on their website www.gumbies.co.uk as being "fun functional super lightweight and warm".
They are available from children's size 6 to adult size 11 and they are on the small side, so I found it necessary to order a size larger than I normally take.
The sole is basically a clog made of EVA (think Crocs without the holes) which has the benefit of being very light, insulating against the cold and water repellent.
The soles are available in seven different colours from bright primary's to more natural browns and olive greens.
The upper is man made with a sheepskin style brown outer and a brown furry inner. There is also a removable furry insole which fits inside the sole to keep your feet even warmer. The boots are mid calf length and can be worn either this way or folded down to expose the fur lining.
Gum boots also have the benefit of being machine washable on a low temperature - which is especially useful for the kid's sizes.
The website also sells other shoes and boots made by Gumbies to the Gumboot I purchased.
On www.gumbies.co.uk they retail for £25.00 and postage is
I have also seen them for sale in many other online shoe stores.
Would I purchase them again?
In a word, yes. Because they have a EVA clog sole which I would say is a couple of inches worth up your foot before the fabric starts you are able to walk normally in damp weather without dodging every small puddle which I have actually seen people do with the fabric style boots for fear of ruining them. Let's face it; a winter boot needs to be able to cope with the wet!
Mine appear to be well stitched and quite strongly made and I reckon they will probably last me through next winter, though I would like a different colour pair to wear as well.
The only downside I find with them is that because they are man made they are not breathable which means they can get a bit hot and sweaty for all day/heavy exercise use (or is that just me?).
The kids ones look really cute and being washable are very practical so I will probably be purchasing some for my little girl as she gets a little older.
A fun and functional boot for all outdoor leisure pursuits