“ Brand: Next / Type: Boots „
I didn't want wellies. I hate them with a passion, even the bright and funky designs you can buy now still look like farmer-wear. Still, a trip to the Lake District on a very wet weekend made me glad that Mark had told me to buy something more substantial than a pair of fake Uggs.
Next aren't known for their wellies, but this is where these came from. I think they were around £15, but I honestly can't remember and not having much experience in buying adults wellies I gave no idea if this is a good price or not.
I didn't buy these for the lemon design, I bought these because they were the only ones on the shelf in my size. They do look nice though; a wee bit too country kitchen for me perhaps, but much better than a vile pair of commando-blue ones which Mark showed me in a camping shop! These are actually a bit brighter than they look in the picture above, the yellow and orange of the fruit stands out great on the shiny fabric of the wellies and the beige/lemon rubber sole helps to keep all the other shades together.
The wellies are completely waterproof, as I found during our wet (and not particularly pleasant) trip to the Lakes. The one part of me that remained dry was my feet, and believe me when I say the ground was so saturated that water splashed up with every single step. Horrendous! The boots didn't leak at all and because they are tall boots they reached high enough up my calf to keep my jeans dry too - I think I turned into a bit of a farmer too as I didn't untuck my jeans out of my boots until we were halfway home to Birmingham!
The wellies are quite wide so excellent for braving the 'great' outdoors in the thickest socks you can find AND for tucking whatever you're wearing into the tops of them. Also good, I'd imagine' for people with thicker than average calves.
The sole isn't as thick as on other wellies I've seen, and for that I was grateful. It's nicely cushioned inside the wellie so my feet are kept comfortable while I'm wearing them, and a small piece of shaping inside the wellies mean these grip the foot much better than less fashion-influenced Wellington boots. The deep grips and rubbery surface means slipping won't be a problem, obviously the deepest grips won't prevent you going on your backside in Lake District mud (as I learned) but I did feel more steady on my feet than I would have done if I'd worn the boots I was going to originally pack.
The only bad thing I can say about these (apart from the fact that they're wellies) is that they don't keep my feet very warm. Or warm at all, actually. Most of the time we were there I was wearing thick socks, but on the first day I didn't know about this so wore my normal trainer socks. God, my feet were frozen! I quickly learned that it was the socks rather than the wellies that were keeping my feet warm so adjusted those accordingly! Are all wellies so cold? If so I definitely prefer my furry boots in that respect!
So, they kept my feet dry and comfortable during lots of wet walks. They don't look too bad either, so a higher score than I though I'd ever give a pair of wellies!