One of my favourite footwear choices is a pair of wellies as I just love how they look and I love the fact that I can act like a big kid and walk through puddles without worrying that I am going to get wet feet.
I own several pairs of wellies from plain black ones to bright pink ones and wear them all on different occasions.
The latest pair of wellies that I bought came from Matalan and I have bought a pair from there before and really liked them so when I saw a pair of tartan ones I had to have them.
I love anything tartan and these are a lovely tartan with a traditional red and black colour to them. I love them and think that they look great with a pair of jeans on a really wet day or else just for walking the dog through muddy and wet fields.
These are quite inexpensive wellies at only £12 but they have a great fit to them and are super comfy. They are roomy without being loose so you have plenty of room to wear nice big fluffy socks if it is a cold day. Most importantly I have tested these out in streams and muddy fields near my house on walks with the dog and they don’t let any water in them so they not only look good but they are practical too so you can buy them and be sure that as well as your feet looking good they are going to stay completely dry too.
This is my second pair of wellies that I have bought from matalan and they are just as good as my first. I have had the other pair about 3 years now and they still keep all the water out of my feet and I see no reason why these ones shouldn’t last just as long too.
I have two pairs of wellies that I love. I have a more expensive sensible pair which are for walking the dog and for walks in the country when it is wet and muddy and a much more fun cheap and cheerful pair which I picked up from Matalan that I just wear for fun around town when it is raining.
My wellies are leopard print with pink soles and they just look really fun and funky. They certainly don't look like serious willies and I am sure I would be laughed out of a camp site in the Lakes by proper walkers and outdoor enthusiasts but they are fine for the town and light rain and puddles.
They were pretty cheap and cost me something like £10 or £12 and for that I think they were worth the money. I can tell as soon as they are on that they aren't as well made as my other more expensive wellies but these cost a lot less than those too.
They are quite roomy inside which is good as you need to wear a thick pair of socks with these both for comfort and also for warmth as these get really cols especially if you are wearing them in the winter and sloshing through snow. The rubber gets freezing and it comes through and makes my feet feel like blocks of ice without some welly socks on.
They do keep my feet dry though and I can walk through puddles and the snow without getting wet. I wouldn't like to do anything too intense with these on but I find that they are absolutely fine for things like puddles and wet weather. The grips on the bottom of them aren't the best but they should stop you from slipping as much on snow but to be honest don't buy them for the grips as there are other better wellies that will stop you falling if you plan on wearing them on slippy and muddy terrain.
I like to wear these with my jeans tucked in to them or even with shorts in the summer when we are having a wet day and think that they look really good. Loads of people wear wellies now when it is wet but I still think my ones stand out more than most and that is even with most shops selling brightly coloured and patterned wellies.
Last summer I went to my first ever festival. I was really excited and was planning what i was going to to take with me and what I'd be wearing for about a month before the festival!
I was told by one of my friends who has been to several festivals that wellies are an essential, so I decided to go welly shopping! I had a look in some of the shoe shops in my local town, but most of the wellies were either too plain, odd fitting or too expensive! When I saw these in Matalan though they immediately caught my eye and I tried a pair on. I was really impressed with how comfortable they were and loved the design, so I bought a pair.
My friend, who already had a pair of wellies packed & ready for the festival bought a pair too because like me she loved the design of them. There were plenty of designs to choose from including leapord print, polka dot etc and I chose the red stripy tie dye design ones which have a kind of aztec/cosmic design (as you can probably tell by my username I am a big fan of cosmic prints!) I paid £12 for them which is a lot cheaper than the ones that I saw in the shoe shops.
These wellies aren't really what I was initially looking for as they are full length rather than boot length, they come below my knees - they are average welly length. I was going to get the shorter ones as I thought they'd look cuter, but because these are so nicely designed the length didn't bother me, and they don't look stupid with shorts or dresses. The wellies have a really thick rubber sole which has deep ridges in it so it helped me stay on my feet in a damp and rather muddy field.
The wellies kept my feet bone dry and I didn't have any problems with them leaking or anything. They are lightweight too so when I was walking about in them I didn't feel weighed down or like my feet were bulked out. They fit well around my legs, I'm not the skinniest of girls (I'm a size 12 in clothes) and am unfortunate enough to have quite chubby calves and ankles, but the wellies have plenty of room and don't look or feel too tight. There is a gap between my leg and the back of the wellies which I think makes my legs look a tiny bit skinnier than they are! :)
The wellies come in sizes 3 to 8 but they don't come in half sizes. I got them in a size 5 which is my usual size. They are snug but not too tight and they are very comfortable. I have has these wellies for nearly a year now and have worn them so many times (festival, walking the dog, walks to the woods etc) and they are still in good condition, they're easy to wash too because of the material. Obviously I don't put them in the washing machine though, I just wipe them down with a damp sponge. I have noticed that the sole is coming loose at the front but after so much wear I can't complain.
All in all, these are great. They are comfortable, I love the design and they were cheap & good value!
A couple of years ago when we had the really bad unexpected snow, I didn't have any suitable shoes to wear and I think there were a lot of people in the same predicament as I wasn't able to buy wellies anywhere.
After the bad weather had passed, I spotted these in Matalan, I decided to buy them but these last few days is the first time I have been able to wear them. They cost me £12 which I thought was a reasonable price too.
The wellies are predominantly black, with nice brightly coloured stripes swirling around them. The sole is bright pink and has a really thick tread, I have been wearing these over the last couple of days and found they do fair quite well in the snow, unfortunately, they are not so good on the ice as I have had a couple of near misses!
The only downside for me is that the leg fitting isn't very wide, I have quite wide calves and although they aren't tight, they are quite snug, so much so that I do struggle to tuck my jeans into the top of them.
I purchased the boots in a size 7 which was a size bigger than what I normally would wear but the reason I did this is because they haven't got any lining or fleece inside so I knew that when I wore them, I would need to wear a couple of pairs of socks to keep my feet warm.
The wellies are quite comfy to wear which I was quite surprised at, I wore mine today all day at work and didn't experience any rubs and blisters.
Overall, I would recommend these wellies, they are quite comfy and excellent value therefore 4 out of 5 stars from me.
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I bought these wellies a while ago when there was a lot of snow, I was living in Yorkshire at the time and I was fed up of having to trudge about in the snow and rain getting wet. I bought them for £12. They are made from a man-made material with a soft interior, they do not have steel toes and have a plastic tread sole. They look quite good but that is really the only good thing I have to say about them. They perform well in mild rain and a bit of splashing in puddles, but I found that my feet would get wet if I stayed out in them too long and that as they are not lined my feet were freezing cold within minutes of being out in the snow. I found that I needed to go down a foot size but in hind sight I wish I had got the correct size so I could have used a thick pair of socks to keep my feet warm.
They also smell very chemically and this smell has not faded, I've had them about 18 months now and the smell is still as strong as ever. The grip on the welly is good in snow, but I find that in rain they tend to be quite slippy and as I live on a hill this proved annoying.
They are easy to get on and off, though I did a bit of gardening recently in the summer sun and had to get my husband to pull them off, as my feet had got very hot. I tend to use the wellies for potting around in the garden now, when its usually a bit wet so that I protect my shoes from getting mudding, they are also easy to clean which is good.
They are no good for digging or heavy duty gardening as you really should had steel toe caps to protect your toes.
Overall these wellies have perfomed very poorly and I should have just bought a proper pair that were more suited to my needs, I would not recommend them to others, but if you are just doing the school run, or pottering around in the garden, live in an area where it is dry all the time and has no snow then they may be good for you as a fashion item.
These wellies have a wonderful grip on them so unlike other wellies (even some very expensive ones) they really do stop you slipping in the wet. They have only been tried by me in the wet rather than ice, or snow so that may become an issue.
I can't remember exactly how much I paid for these - it was either £10 or £12. for the price I paid I have been pleasantly surprised. They have worn well. Living where I do we have had a lot of bad snow, and rain in the last few years and as such I have bought many pairs of wellies that have looked funky (or not), and all of them after a few days or weeks have started to leak. However not these.
I was first drawn to the funky stripy pattern on the boots, as they really do stand out. Having worn several pairs of wellies over the last few years including a pair that cost nearly £100 I can honestly say that these are not the worst comfort wise. (I can happily walk to work in them but do take another pair of shoes to change into).
I do like to wear them with either tights or long socks as the boot on my leg is not a great feeling, and I find that my feet get very cold in them - and they're not big enough for thicker socks... The legs in these boots are a little on the skinny side, and it can be a task to 'tuck in' my jeans.
We have a park very close to our house and we like to go for long leisurely walks to see the in-laws on our days off through the park. This works out great for us as it means we get a nice roast dinner or other delicious meal when we arrive, we exercise and we save money in taxi fares or petrol. Wellies are shoes that I wear mainly just for these walks, however, when a pipe burst its banks recently on a street where I walk to work I was very pleased to be able to wear these and get to work in my smart clothes looking clean and fresh still and not covered in mud.
I love nothing more than getting my wellies on for a nice walk with my husband and knowing that my nice trousers are protected from the elements and I can arrive at my in-laws looking clean and smart. These wellies were a bargain purchase for me over a year ago now and I believe I paid something like £8.00 for them. They are something that I wear once or twice per week, except for when its been hot for more than a day as I know that the park ground will be nice and dry for walking on.
These wellies are thick, strong, pretty in design (mine are the ones pictured) and they are simple to put on too. It takes me just a few seconds to get each foot in to one of these and then give them a tug to ensure that they are nice and straight. I love that these have a bright pink sole and such a pretty pattern on them as I think that this gives them something special and makes them stand out a little bit more. I have these wellies in size 8, just to give me a little more room from my normal size 7, and have found that these are the perfect fit when I am wearing warm, thick socks. They don't hug my calves too tightly despite me recently getting a nice amount of muscle there.
These wellies are easy to clean, I just leave mine to dry and then use a hard bristled brush to get the dirt off. They have lasted well and have only faded a little bit in places through regular use. The soles are looking a little worn now but they are far from being unusable so I'm sure I'll get a good year or two more of use out of them. They have stayed rigid yet flexible and they are very comfortable too. I can walk up hills and slopes in these without worrying about losing my grip which is a huge plus point of course.
I am going to give these 5/5. The price I paid was very reasonable, the design is stylish, they are strong and robust and they are comfortable to boot!
It's safe to say we have not had the best summer, it has rained in my corner of Scotland constantly for weeks leading to the ground being waterlogged. I needed some wellies for when I visit my friend and we take her dogs out walking, most of that walking being done in the woods but the problem is that my calves are too fat for most wellies out there. On a trip to Matalan I found a pair of ankle length wellies which solves the fat leg problem perfectly, even better they were only £6 in the sale, bargain!
My wellies are a nautical and floral design, I can't say I normally associate the sea with flowers but the blue stripes look funky with the pink flowers. It's a design which is nice and modern without being so bright it will give me a migrane or so fashionable they will look silly next season.
For £6 you are not getting the best quality wellies out there but these are more than adequate for splashing around in a few puddles or squelching about in the mud. The wellies are comfortable when on, the tops are wide enough to tuck my trouser legs into without chafing at the skin. They have a tiny heel which makes them more comfortable than really flat shoes, there is a nice bounce in the sole so they are pretty comfortable to wear for longer walks but I still prefer to wear thick socks with them.
They rubber is coated with a fabric lining inside, this is not really enough to stop my feet from sweating, really good wellies are well lined. After a few wears the lining started to peel off a bit at the edges but the wellies are still wearable.
Matalan wellies are great for the price and ideal for occasional or festival wear being cheap and cheerful and funky but a serious walker or farmer would want to spend more for something better.
I went shopping for new wellington boots last september and found these multi-coloured striped numbers in Matalan for a measley £10. I was looking for something bright and fun and found these to be bright and fun despite the thick black lines between the colours.
Unfortunately I've only used them a whole three times since I bought them a few months ago. I regularly do work on a conservation site situated on a steep hill in Scotland with regular rainfall so with the first use of these wellies I was impressed by the amount of grip that they had since the sole is thick and ridged so allows me to wedge the sole into the soil to avoid slipping over. However, this was the only good part of the experience. They have an overwhelmingly strong smell of chemicals and rubber which I thought would fade with time but still abuses my nostrils when I open my wardrobe. Not only that but the rubber does not give way much and even (or especially) with thick welly socks the skin off my heels and toes was rubbed off during my work. I tried to use them a second and third time, thinking perhaps I'd 'worn them in' so to speak but experienced the same blister and skin rubbing problem. I even have scars on my toes now from it.
All in all, they may look pretty and have decent grip but it's not worth it for the blisters and sore toes!
When my friends brought me a ticket to Reading Festival earlier in the year for my birthday, I couldn't wait to get shopping for my new festical wardrobe (which is a must have!). Due to the fact Reading fest is always set to be rain filled, muddy, messy and incredibly fun - I had to invest in some wellies as I didn't have any.
I've brought Primark wellies before and they weren't up to much, I know that Matalan is a lot better quality for only a fraction of the price so I thought it was worth a shot. On my trip, I saw these lovely striped wellies that cost me only £12 which I loved!
The wellies have the groves on the bottom which make for better grip to the floor so you do not slip about in mud or snow. The boots are striped with various colours and are thick rubber (but not thick enough to last for a long time). I love that there is so many colours as it means the wellies go with almost every outfit.
I brought my wellies in a size 6 which is a size bigger, this was purely so I could wear thick socks underneath so my feet stayed warm. They are quite hard to get on but so are all wellies so I didn't see this as an issue.
Are the wellies comfortable? yes a million times! I usually hate wellies as they feel really weird to walk in, although I loved these because they were really comfortable - it was like walking round in a pair of slippers (ish). I wouldn't recommend wearing them with thin or no socks though as your feet will get cold and it may feel funny. Thick fluffy ones will do the job nicely.
Now to the Reading test. If you followed the festival, you will be aware of the rain that happened during. It was a lot and quickly. The festival was really muddy but the wellies kept my feet dry and I didn't slip over (except in drunken antics), in my opinion that makes them perfect for what they were made for. They obviously got really dirty, but thats nothing a good wipe won't get rid of. They now look good as new and will be in my wardrobe for the winter time through all snow and other weather that may need these.
I actually plan on wearing my wellies to college in the winter when its freezing and snowy, other shoes would be a safety hazard due to my poor balance and lack of grip on my shoes. I love that they go with anything and could be worn fashionably or just for keeping you dry!
For £12, these wellies are really good quality. They have lasted me well so far and I am sure they will last a lot longer. They grip well, look nice, comfortable and waterproof - basically everything a pair of wellies need to be so why splash out for a pair!
I got my Matalan wellies at the start of last year as an extra pair. I choose them because I was attracted to their pretty pattern. They have pink roses on a black background, sort of like a Cath Kidston pattern but in different colours. I am often wary of 'pretty' wellies as in my experience the prettier the welly the more likely it is to leak. However, I thought these were a safe buy as they had that kind of transparent rubbery coating that some wellies have. I was wrong. The first few times that I wore them they were fine, but these weren't particularly messy occasions. As soon as I wore them through a puddle that came up an inch or so over the heel the water started coming in. Don't get me wrong it wasn't like a flood, but nevertheless my foot was damp! Unfortunately it was too late by this time to take them back.
Comfort wise, these wellies are good, they have a small heel, meaning they are more comfortable than some wellies. Looks wise they are lovely which is compensation for the fact that they leak. Luckily I have another couple pairs that don't leak but I would be extremely annoyed if I didn't.
Being a busy mother of four it's fair to say that I have lots of different shoes and clothes for different occasions. These wellies are mainly for use when my children and I take the dog for a walk in the woods near our home. Obviously when it's been raining these woods can be muddy and disgusting and we love nothing more than kitting ourselves out in waterproofs and wellies so we can run and have a good time in the woods without worrying about ruining our good clothes and shoes. These wellies were purchased from Matalan for just £12.00 which is very reasonable as I love the style and they match a similar pair that my daughter has and I love us all to look cute and matching when we go out.
These wellies are very well designed, they are thick, robust and they look pretty. The colours are nice and bold without being too over the top and they look very cute. The sole is a lovely pink colour which is nice and bright and it's easy enough to see when I've got mud stuck on the sole that I need to brush off. I purchased my wellies in size 7, my normal size, and they're a perfect fit. These wellies go on well without rubbing and they are the perfect size for my calves too (which aren't the thinnest!). I found that these wellies were very easy to wear, they work well at protecting my feet and they are waterproof. They feel robust and sturdy and I am able to run and play with my children without feeling like I'm going to fall over.
The only downside I can find with these boots is that when I have caught quite a lot of mud on them they do become quite heavy. I feel like I am having to drag my feet along a little when wearing them and this can be a problem when I'm trying to keep up with four children including an active toddler. It's rare that they get totally weighed down though so I'm still going to use them until we get more pleasant weather. I love the look and feel of these wellies and I am able to wear them for hours while out with the kids come rain or shine. They don't let me down and they provide, for the most part, the support that I need. I must say that these wellies are very easy to keep clean, I just allow them to dry out and then I smash them on the doorstep to shake off most of the dried on mud and then give them a brush with a stiff brush and this removes most of the excess. I'm not too bothered about keeping them pristine as long as most of the mud is removed it's good enough for me!
Your average wellie really! Mine come just below my knee and hug my legs well but aren't too tight. There's a strap to allow the user to make the wellie loose or tight around the leg, which is handy if you've got smaller legs.
There's a variety of colours available; most are pretty girly, with coloured stripes and dots etc. The material has a smooth finish to it and has a slight shine.
Durability and Comfort:
I have dogs and walk 6 miles daily over muddy, wet fields so was after something that could withstand that, keep my feet dry and be easily wipeable. These honestly are great and do all of the above, aswell as been incredibly lightweight and the lining inside of the boots keep my feet cosey and warm. The inside's nice and soft and as the sole's slightly raised it's not awkward walking in them. They feel more like boots than wellies!
As mentioned before, the fact they're so lightweight is great and i've struggled with on-off joint pain (ankles and knees) after an accident a while back. I find these boots really support my calves and ankles well due to the firmness and i don't struggle walking long distances in them whatsoever. They're really cute aswell and not in the slightest manly/famerish and look great with tight jeans! Ofcourse they're not hugely fashionable but they don't look freakishly ugly nor do they make my legs/feet look ginormous!
During the winter the path which i go down to get into my local field flooded and was knee deep. I tried out my wellies and waded through the water, and found that the wellies were indeed waterproof and my feet were kept bone dry!
On the way home from a walk in the field my wellies are usually thick mud. As the wellies are lightweight, the mud weighs them down considerably, so walking in them is like dragging an extra half a stone around! I usually resort to using a twig to get most of it off, and once home take off the wellies and stick them onto some old newspaper, allow the mud to dry and then scrape out the dry mud from the sole, which does take time as the creases in the sole are pretty deep and there's alot of them! I then use a damp pan scrubber or a baby wipe to get any remaning dirt from the sole, and then use another, clean baby wipe/pan scrubber to ensure that the leg part of the welly is nice and clean. It's a very simple process.
Price and Value:
£12 for adults and £7 for children. I got mine for £8 in the sale which i'm chuffed with. They're amazing value, look good, are versatile, lightweight and last for ages!
I just seen that shoes are level 1, I own many shoes and as I looked through the pages I was sure I would find a pair which I have and hurray I did!
I bought the exact same wellies as above about 2 months ago I did this because they were really cheap and they looked really nice too, I know its summer but coldness and wetness will be here before we know it and prices of wellies will be right up, so I got a bargain :)
The wellies are quite cheap, you can get them for around £12.00 which is great value for money, I remember last year seeing the price of wellies and it was quite hard to get a decent looking pair for cheap.
I didn't even go into Matalan to look for boots! I went for some nice flats for summer but as I was looking around the shelves I seen these along with a lot of other girly looking wellies and I was intrigued!
These wellies instantly stood out to me because of their bold colours, they looked gorgeous with their lovely multi coloured stripes in pink, blue, orange, yellow and purple with black in-between each stripe, the sole of the shoe is a nice dark pink which just brings the shoe together!
I opted for a size 6 which is my usual size, measured it against my shoe and it seemed perfect, a tiny bit bigger but I didn't mind!
When I got home I tried them on and they were comfy enough it was quite cold and rainy out so I decided to walk to my mums and then take her dogs for a walk on the field next to her! Walking down to my mums on the pavement was fine, they felt very sturdy and fitted perfectly and I couldn't feel all the rocky path like I can when wearing normal shoes.
I then got my dogs and me and the OH took them onto the field, it was quite muddy so my wellies did get quite dirty. I found them to still be comfortable to walk and run around in, they did feel quite 'thin' inside if I could say that? they didn't feel like they had much..just the rubber on the actual wellie and that was it, but it still didn't make it uncomfortable, it just made my feet quite cold but nothing a thick pair of socks wouldn't sort out.
Cleaning them is simple and easy, a rub with a baby wipe across them or a damp cloth does the trick perfectly!
I have only wore these about 5 times so far so I can't tell you whether or not they are long lasting, but I will update after I have well worn them and tell you how I'm getting on!
I love my wellies and they go perfectly with lots of stuff, they look great with leggings and a hoody, jeans and a jacket, there just so cute, comfortable and perfect and I love them :) I think they are a essential!
Matalan is sort of renowned for having cheap and cheerful clothing ranges. So very often, it is an ideal place to buy clothes from for your children when they seem to be growing by inches almost over night, and you need to buy them another new outfit at the weekend because they've outgrown the one you bought a few weekends ago.
So when my daughter was in the middle of one of her 'growing spurts' and needed a new set of wellies, Matalan was one of the first places we looked. Surprisingly they do have quite a range of fashionable wellies in a variety of funky patterns, colours and styles, primarily aimed at the female end of the market, with sizing ranging from size 3 to size 8 UK. After trying on few pairs, my daughter really fell in love with these funky colourful stripy pair, where the bold colouring is obviously meant to get the wearer noticed. Paying out the grand total of £12 (nothing to break the bank about and was the standard price for all the wellies) and my daughter was the proud owner of these multi-coloured wellies.
OK, so what did she get for the money? Well, the wellies themselves are fairly standard and basic. They are made from a rubber material which is reasonably thick, and the sole is very durable and chunky, which is ideal for gripping on to those slippery muddy or snowy surfaces. The rubber also ensures that they can be easily cleaned with a stiff brush and water. Comfort wise they are a fairly standard fit, which you would expect from a cheap pair of wellies - nothing nice and snug as you would find with expensive branded wellies, but not so loose and sloppy that they wouldn't provide enough support for your ankle area. Of note, the sole is fairly stiff and supportive which helps with that support in the ankle area of the wellie. The inside of the wellie is also unlined, meaning that in the colder weather, you will need to wear a thick pair of socks with them - something to note and consider when you are trying to size them up for your kids.
But where these wellies really shine is with that colourful horizontal stripy pattern which is really eye catching, and my daughter has received many laudatory comments when she has worn them out, so much so that she often finds any excuse just to wear them. The pattern is also equally complimented by the pink sole making them really 'girlie'.
With these wellies in terms of quality, it really is a balance of cost against quality. In my opinion, they are perfectly adequate for the purpose, considering the price we paid for them My daughter says that they are comfortable and they keep her feet dry. You could spend vastly more to get a pair of branded wellies (like Hunters) which will be very snug, comfortable and stylish. But when your kids are growing so rapidly, do you really want to spend a small fortune, to only have to do it again in a few weeks or months time when your child has put on yet another growth spurt. For the price, these Matalan wellies are quite good, and it's not really going to break the bank if you have to buy another pair in a few months time as your child grows.
In summary, whilst many may baulk at the idea of shopping at Matalan, I personally find their products to be quite good, and these wellies fully support that ideology. So for the price, coupled with that snazzy styling, these wellies come highly recommended.