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I love the Joules range of clothing and accessories, although only shop in the sale as their prices are far too steep for my purse! I really enjoy browsing the Joules concession located in my local department store and recently treated myself to a pair of very funky Joules wellies.
I have long converted the range of wellies available in Joules but had decided to wait for the sale before buying a pair. There is a good selection of designs and colours on offer from the posh shiny black version to attractive floral prints. I was torn between a pink pair with white spots and a really funky nautical look blue and white striped pair. In the end I opted for the nautical look pair as they were just so different to anything I had seen before.
I usually take a size 5 and found these boots true to size if a little on the wide side; not a bad thing considering I like to wear thick socks with my boots during the winter months. The boots have a thick sole with good grip; important for me living up in the frozen far north! I love the sky blue sole that matches the blue and white stripes of the boots. The top half of the boots are bright yellow and this compliments the stripes perfectly. There is a Joules logo badge at the front of each boot. There is a small looped tab at the back of each boot to help you pull them on and off. The tops of the boots are adjustable via a stylish gold buckle.
Inside the boots are nicely lined with a red and white striped material. The overall feel and look of these boots is one of high quality as you would expect from a pair of wellies costing £30.36 and that's in the sale!
I wear wellies to walk my dog in our local woods. It is often muddy even in the summer so wellies are essential. I like my footwear to be comfortable and these are brilliant! I like wellies to come below my knee so they don't restrict my walking. These are exactly the right length for my 5 5 inch frame. I find the boots are quite wide and there is plenty of room to tuck my jeans into the tops when it is really muddy. The adjustable tops mean that these boots should fit most women.
The boots are made of thick rubber and they are easy to wipe clean after use. I should also mention that they have a slight heel and I find this makes them more comfortable that flatter wellies.
Overall I love these boots and am really pleased I bought them. They are well made, look very attractive and are really comfortable.
After my Hunters finally gave up the ghost, falling victim to a particularly spiky rock on a woodland walk, I was given a nice pair of Joules wellies. The ones I own are purple and printed with little pheasants. I've also seen them with Scottie dogs or polka dots, but my loyalties lie with the pheasant incarnation. I've tramped around in these wellies for some months now, and, despite some remarkably quick wear to the soles, they're still serving me well.
The boots came in a large shoe box, not unlike those that Hunters come in. The wellies lay side by side inside, nestled in tissue-like packing. There were little rubber buckle straps on the exterior to tighten the boot around the leg, and an elasticated gusset to cater to the opposite. The boots were a deep royal purple, with pink, orange, and blue pheasants printed all over them. Inside, they had pink and purple striped lining, which extends down to the insole itself. It's a sort of soft fabric, with padding in the insole.
One thing I noticed was that the rubber exterior was thinner than that of my old Hunters. Paradoxically, the soles seemed somewhat thicker. I put it down to manufacturers' idiosyncratic styles.
I was hospitalised shortly after receiving these boots, but the mental hospital where I'm currently staying likes to arrange walks for its patients, so I asked my mother to lug these over. I slipped them on, pulling them up by the little loops on the back of the boots, and headed out.
The lining of the boots feels quite thin when wearing them, but I could easily have got my old Hunter wellie warmers from home - or Joules themselves sell very similar wellie socks. Once outside, I went out of my way to tramp through the muddiest, rockiest, most inhospitable terrain I could lay my hands on. Despite the thin lining, the insoles were thick enough not to cause discomfort walking over rocks; however, being separate to the lining, they rucked up around my heel as I yomped along, and I had to sit down on a tree stump to straighten them out. It didn't happen twice, though, and the walk was very comfortable.
When I got back, the wellies were caked with mud. I stood them on an old carrier bag and gave them a wipe with warm water, and the mud came off very easily. However, the purple had lost a little of its richness in the process. Turning the boots over, I also became aware that the rubber heels had worn; from a short, if strenuous, meander, the heel had lost some colour and material and been eroded about half a centimetre away.
These wouldn't make suitable music festival wellies, I soon discovered. I tested the cleaned boots by stampeding up and down my room, and found that the straps at the side slipped very easily, so that the boots gaped and would fill with rain if you ran around in them in the British outdoors.
These aren't heavy-duty wellingtons. These aren't Hunters. These aren't hiking wellies or Glasto wellies. However, what they are is pretty, pleasant walking wellies. They're beautiful among wellies. I was given mine, but they retail for under £40, a fantastic price for a wellie from a premium brand. All possible uses considered, I give these wellies four stars.
Just over 6 months after buying my wellies, I have returned them to Joules. The rubber wore away at the joint of my foot and toe, resulting in several holes and a leak.
Joules assistants did not seem surprised at this and told me that they were 'fashion wellies' and not intended for dog walking in the park. At £40 this sounds ridiculous to me. After a long conversation I managed to get a replacement - but I am not happy and would now NOT recommend Joules willies under any circumstances. After minimal wear my willies were worn (with holes) and had lost their attractive finish (spots worn off and the finish completely spoiled)
After a year of being a dog owner I quickly realised that a good pair of comfortable wellies was an absolute essential in England. Wearing my wellies in summer and in winter, I need wellies that are comfortable and that I can step in and out of quickly. I chose Joules wellies on recommendation from a friend, as a product that had a little bit more comfort and were well designed.
I bought my Joules wellies on line for £32.95, reduced from £37.95 in the sale. I thought this was a good price for a pair of premium wellies: the options for me were a pair of Millets or Homebase basic boots for around £11, or a pair of Hunter wellies for around £70. This seemed like a good compromise.
Ordering from Joules was a complete and utter nightmare, even though the customer service was excellent. I tried for several days to order from the website, but found that it continually crashed just as I was about to pay.
Eventually I called Joules using the 0845 provided. When I got through I explained that this number was very expensive for Virgin landline users, and the friendly staff immediately offered to call me back immediately. I was really impressed by this.
Once I had spoken to a human being, I managed to order very quickly and was promised that the delivery would arrive within 4-7 working days. A week later nothing had come, so I called the expensive helpline again. I was told by a hesitant young lady that there had been trouble with the post and that my wellies would arrive soon. Four days later, still no wellies so I emailed to complain, but only received one email in reply saying that I had cancelled my order and was getting a refund. It turns out that this email had been sent in error and they really should have sent an apology, but I only found this out by calling the expensive 0845 number yet again.
The saga continued for the next 2 weeks. I did eventually get my wellies, after over 5 phone calls, 3 failed deliveries and 3 angry emails. The staff were really helpful and friendly throughout and compensated me with online gift vouchers. There was not really any explanation for the failed deliveries - so at the end of the day I am too cross with Joules, but would definitely go to my local outlet rather than ordering online again.
When the wellies eventually arrived I was delighted. They were beautifully packaged and felt as if they had been made from good quality materials. The rubber was soft and flexible and the tread fairly deep.
I am a size 7 and found that the sizing was excellent; the size 7 wellie was spacious - and nice and wide in the foot. The back of the wellie has a narrow heel which really grips my foot well and prevents slipping as I walk. The leg comes about three quarters up my calf - not as high as Hunters can be but still high enough to look attractive. The calf size is good - I have fairly wide calves but find that I can slip this wellie on easily when wearing tights or leggings. Pulling the wellie off is a little more difficult and I tend to use my boot pull when the boots are too muddy to hold. I am happy with the slight tightness as this makes the wellie a better fit and they don't slop and slip around when I am walking.
My wellie is the blue spot design, although Joules has many different colours and patterns to chose from. Medium size white oval spots cover the navy blue background to this wellie. There is a yellow stripe running down the back of the leg topped by a tab to help pull the wellie on - although I have never needed to use this. There is a false buckle for decorative purposes at each side - this does not adjust the size of the fit around the calf but does look attractive.
The soles are very thick and seem to be well crafted. There is a heavy duty reinforcement where the sole meets the leg of the boot, giving the wellie a sturdy look.
The sole is ridged and has a good grip - the heel is about half an inch. Inside the wellie there is a red and white striped lining with an insulating red and white striped insole that is not attached to the boot.
The boots have the red Joules label in rubber on the front and a slightly raised reinforcing band in blue around the top of the boot - to match the raised blue reinforcement of the sole.
The boot really is very attractive and the little details make it feel special.
I am a bit disappointed by the durability of these boots. I have worn them twice a day for about 3 weeks, but I can see that the rubber heel has already worn down at the outside edge and feel that it will not last for long.
The lovely soft insoles have turned out to be a curse. After about a minute of walking, the left insoles rides up and wraps itself around my heel. Although this is not too uncomfortable, it has an effect on the warmth of the wellie and means that my left foot is significantly colder than my right. I am going to try to return the wellies but may end up gluing the insole down instead.
There are many things I like about Joules wellies; they are comfortable and warm; they are attractive and unusual; they are light and easy to walk in. However, on the whole I would not recommend them. I feel that they are a fashion accessory rather than a sensible walking wellie. Although they are the softest, warmest , most well cushioned wellies that I have ever worn, I have no confidence that they will last and already little faults like the slippery insoles are driving me mad.
In the recent weather there has been something I have been very glad of and that is my lovely pair of Joules wellies. If there is one thing I hate it is cold wet feet and since I have a dog and love walking out in the countryside where I live with him they are to me a must. These wellies aren't like the ones you pick up from the pound shops they are well made and look fantastic.
Joules sell a good selection of wellies for women and children. My particular wellies are printed navy spots. The base colour of mine is a navy blue which I find quite subtle for me a bright colour just isn't what I like. The blue is covered in small white spots with a red Joules badge at the front top of each wellie. At the side of each wellie is a tighten strap which I prefer to have pulled to the tightest at all times, I do have quite thin legs though. Everything about these wellies is thought through, the inside of the wellies are patterned too with a yellow and dark navy striped pattern. The yellow is carried out onto the outside of the wellie at the back with a single seem stripe down the back of them. From the moment I opened then as a gift from my sister I loved the look of them. They are stylish, better than the basic green wellie and not only am I happy to use them to walk my dog I do wear them quite often on the school run and have been know when the weather is bad to go out shopping and to pubs for lunch in them . I would be quite happy to wear them all the time but I am not sure I could get away with it when the sun is out and the ground is completely dry! I love the fact the wellies are a dull colour and not gloss. I hate shiny wellies they remind me of the cheap ones I have bought in the past.
On immediately opening these wellies I could see there were very good quality. The feel of the wellie was soft and not stiff like many cheap ones you can buy. They came in a nice plastic wellie bag with a drawstring fastener. You can keep your boots in the bag but I tend not to a less I am going away and want to pack them in the boot with other items. They claim to come with exceptional cold weather resistance and the last month I have been able to test them well with that. Through the snow and frosty mornings I have worn these on the school runs and they have kept my feet dry and relatively warm. I personally don't feel any wellies keep your feet as warm as a nice pair of snug boots. The boots come with a synthetic upper, synthetic lining and synthetic sole. The sole of the boots have a good thick grip on them and have been fantastic in this extreme winter weather.
From day one of wearing these boots I have found them comfortable they fit my legs lovely. The length of the boots is 37cms from the heel of the sole to the top. As I am quite small they do come a fair way up my leg. Even through the thickest of snows the other week I still managed to walk comfortably in them. I can even drive in these too with ease. Some wellies can be stiff and don't bend very well when you walk but these are great and as I mentioned before they are soft. Over winter I have worn my wellies are lot and often boots do crease where you foot bends and this is often a place were cheap wellies spilt so far so good with these boots not a single crease to show!
I know Wellies are to get dirty and be sure mine do in the fields where I live. I do like to clean them up from time to time especially if I am going out to the shops in them. They wipe clean nicely or I use the outside tap and hold my wellie underneath it and the mud drops off.
As with everything you do pay for what you get and these wellies aren't cheap like the ones from the pound store but they are affordable. This particular pair cost £37.95 from Joules. I would highly recommend them and Joules do, do a number of wonderful designs that will hopefully suit you.