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Until I got my Lakeland wellies I was using some from Matalan but they weren't as good. When I walk the dog I need to use wellies, especially as we walk him near to water and across the fields which are always wet - much more so since we have been having all of this bad wet weather.
We have a very large Lakeland store which hasn't been open for that long near to where we live. There was an offer on for 20% off 'selected items' to encourage new customers into their store and this is when I spied these great green wellies and made use of the money off. The wellies were originally retailing at twenty quid, which I personally thought was too much, but my dear other half kept on going on abut the great quality of Lakeland stuff and so I bought them - without even trying them on, I have to say. Once I got home though and tried them, they were the perfect fit. I bought them one size larger than my shoe size as I always like to wear thick socks underneath wellies for maximum comfort. They only seemed to have them in the really larger sizes though so if I had had a smaller foot I don't think I'd have managed to get any to fit me. The woman in the shop said they were 'old stock' they'd brought across from another larger store and they were trying to get shot of them! Charming!
They are a deep green in colour and suitable for both men and women, I would think. They are nice and wide at the top which is what I need as I have extra large calf muscles and I like to wear socks that go all the way up to the knee when I wear wellies. They have a small buckle on the side. One of the buckles (the right one) has now come loose but I'm not too bothered about that.
What I like abut these particular wellies is that they have a really good deep sole and a smashing thick grooved tread on them which means that if I am out tredding in mud I am not going to fall over. I have also worn them when we had all that snow and again I think they were brilliant as the deep tread prevented me from falling on my backside.
They are simple and easy to keep clean and I just rinse them down in the back garden underneath the tap.
Great wellies and highly recommended.
I've had several pairs of wellies in the past, as I like to be outside a lot and on rainy and muddy walks, I find wellington boots are ideal, waterproof footwear. I currently have a pair of Hunter wellies, not because they are trendier, but because I've found them to be longer lasting than all other kinds I've tried, but prior to that pair, I bought Lakeland wellies often. Lakeland wellies are a lot cheaper than Hunters, currently costing around £20 per pair, so for that price I would say they are definitely worth the money.
I have a traditional green pair of these wellies, and as far as I know Lakeland only really make 'sensible' colours, like this, black and dark blue, so there are not a huge range of funky designed boots to choose from. There's no mistaking these for fashion items, they are just a very functional, solid pair of wellies.
The boots are made out of rubber and have a very thin fabric lining on the inside of the boots, but this is more to stop the rubber sticking to legs etc than to provide comfort. The boots are mid calf-height and are shaped a little so that they follow the contours of the lower leg, making them a more comfortable fit and avoiding having them flapping around at the top. There's an adjustable strap on the outside of each boot which is designed to tighten the boots if needed, but I don't need to use these. I'm not sure how effective they would be anyway given tightening the boots would probably just make ugly wrinkles in the rubber.
The bottom of the boots have a reasonably study looking sole, and whilst the grip on them looks good to start with, I've noticed that this does wear down quite quickly bottom, particularly if I use them very regularly. They are reasonably grippy on most surfaces but in slippery weather care still has to be taken wearing these. I've had pairs of Hunter wellies that have lasted several years worth of use, but the longest I've ever had a pair of Lakeland wellies without wearing a hole in them, or having the boot split by the sole is about 10 -12 months. This isn't too bad given that they're only around £20 compared to the more expensive Hunters, but I would like them to be a bit more durable. Once the sole splits from the rest of the boot it's game over, as they are no longer waterproof and become horrible to wear.
Although these are good boots, and I do like them, another down side is that they can be very cold to wear in Winter. They have no insulation in them, no padding to make them warmer or more comfortable, so you have to wear thick, insulating socks with these otherwise your feet will freeze. I've found horseriding to be particularly cold in these boots.
Overall, aside from a few faults, these are decent wellies, particularly when you consider the price. Though they aren't the most durable of brands, they are much better than all but a few, so I can still recommend them, just don't expect them to last years of daily use!
I first got a pair of Lakeland wellington boots about ten years ago, around the time of the Foot and Mouth Disease epidemic. At the time I had a job that involved visiting different farms and because of the risk of disease transfer, I had to wear waterproof footwear that could be disinfected between properties. My then employer was paying for the boots so I had the option of buying the - let's face it, stereotypical Sloane-ranger favourite - Hunter green 'expensive' wellies but I found I much preferred the Lakeland brand when I tried them all on in the shop. Though the 'Hunter' style was very similar (it's basically a wellie with a small heel on it), I found them more comfortable and a better fit. They currently cost about £20 per pair.
There's a tendency for ladies' wellingtons to come in all sorts of weird and wonderful colours and patterns these days (Dalmatian spotted; zebra striped, leopard skin etc.) but I have to say this trend has pretty much passed me by and so I'm not sure if Lakeland wellies come in anything other than the basic wellie shades of dark blue, green and black. They're calf-length boots, with a shape slightly moulded to the shape of someone's lower leg. They're made out of rubber and have a thin fabric inner lining attached. This seems to be a fairly loosely-woven cotton type mesh. There's a slight, low heel to them, and on the outside edge of each boot, one of those pull-tighter strips with a metal toothed clip set into the side which notionally is intended to be used to make the boots fit better. The cleats on the sole aren't up to very much, being barely deeper than what you'd find on the bottom of a trainer. While I find them fine for walking about in general, during the recent icy weather I did find them a tad slippery to wear - but that could also be that because I've been wearing the particular pair I've got at the moment for so long, some of the texturizing on the sole has worn off. (Certainly I've worn a hole through the heel already, and they're no longer waterproof).
Although I'm a great fan of Lakeland wellingtons, I have to say I haven't found them particularly durable. Putting this in context, I expect a new pair of wellingtons to last at least three years, which may be unrealistic.
The first pair I had sprung a leak somewhere on the sole after only about a year of on and off wearing, and the replacement pair I've got now developed an inch-long split along the seam at the back of the ankle some time ago, which was high up enough that it only stopped me from wading in particularly deep water (also, as noted above I've recently worn through the heel of that too). Admittedly I wear these wellies pretty much every day in winter, and walk on hard surfaces (the road and pavements), taking the sprogs to and from nursery / school; they might last longer if you were walking over earth, grass or mud more habitually. That said, I find them particularly indispensible at the moment because I carry the baby about in one of those 'Baby Bjorn' front-worn slings, and when you have a baby in one of those, you can't bend down to fasten or unfasten the laces or buckles on your shoes. Being able to step into and with a small amount of effort, out of my Lakeland wellies without having to bend down makes life much easier for me.
Another downside of wellingtons in general I find is that they're not very well-insulated boots. This was particularly noticeable during the two weeks or so of snowy weather we had over Christmas. I get round the lack of insulation by buying one size larger to accommodate a fleecy insole, as well as a pair of thick hiking 'over' socks. Worn like this with trousers tucked into the 'inner' pair of socks you never get 'sock wellie' problems (where your socks fall down and work loose inside the boot) and the wellies - any pair of wellies, in fact - will become an excellent fit.