“ Brand: Office / Type: Boots „
I've had my 'Bonny' wellies from Office for around 18 months now, and they are still going strong. I bought them during the winter of 2010 when we had all the snow. I was initially just wearing leather boots or trainers, both of which were getting ruined in the wet snow, and so I decided to get a pair of wellies. I left it later than most people that year to get myself a pair of wellies and as a result I struggled to even get a pair full stop, and even more so to get a pair at a reasonable price. I'd initially though that I'd get a pair for a fiver, how wrong that turned out to be! I also struggled as I have fat calves and I wanted a pair of wellies that I could wear over my jeans and not feel like they were cutting off the circulation to my feet! I think that I literally went to every single shoe shop and tried on any pairs that they had left in stock, which wasn't many, wellies were harder to find than hens teeth that winter! I eventually found these in Office, and I actually had a bit of an argument with a woman in the shop as she was trying to rip them out of my hands as they were the last pair in my (our) size, size 5. I had seen them and tried them on first though, and the young sales assistant had to actually intervene and say they were mine, sheesh all that trouble for a pair of wellies! So were they actually worth all the time and trouble, and expense (as they ended up costing me £30.00) in the end? Yes! My 'Bonny' wellies are in black, Office do still sell them although they are called the 'Bonny 2' now, and they are available in half a dozen colours. They are still £30.00, however there are a couple of colours in the sale at the moment, not the black though, as I think that the black is probably their most popular colour. I have them in a size 5, I do normally buy size 5 shoes, and these are a perfect fit, I can even wear these with two pairs of socks on and they are still a comfortable fit. They are wide enough to fit my chunky calves, and I can even wear them with my jeans tucked in. They don't pinch or cut into my calves at all and they are very comfortable on my legs. They are really easy to just slip my feet into and pull up, and they also pull off very easily. They are quite tall wellies on me, but then again I'm only short with little legs, they come probably 3/4 of the way up my lower legs. They are actually quite a funky design, the legs of the wellies have a quilted design on the rubber which is quite unusual, the feet of the wellies are just the plain black rubber. They actually look quite a classy wellie, if that's possible! The inside of the wellies is actually lined with a soft quilted lining with helps to keep your feet and legs warm. I really like the quilted lining as it means that my feet don't slip around inside the wellies as the quilted lining seems to hug my feet. It also means that you only really need to put 2 pairs of socks on when it's especially cold. I've had loads of use out of these, I've worn them in snow, rain, mud etc and there's nothing wrong with them at all. They've never leaked, I've never had wet feet. They've always kept my feet lovely and warm, probably due to that quilted lining. I've found that the soles give really good grip in the snow and on slippy wet ground, not so much on black ice, but then I'm not sure what would in that situation. Overall I've been more than happy with these, yes they were more expensive than I initially wanted to pay, but I do think that they've been worth the money, and had I bought a cheaper pair they would probably have been in the bin by now. If I needed another pair of wellies I wouldn't hesitate to buy these again.
In November, the weather in London took a turn and became really miserable and rainy. My Marks and Spencer suede boots were letting in water and even my faithful Barratt's boots weren't doing a job for me. As a northern girl from a small village in Yorkshire among the Pennines you would be forgiven for thinking that I might own a pair of wellies, however you would be mistaken! When it started snowing in December I decided I had to invest in some, and quick! ~ From the office... to Office ~ Two weeks of online shopping and popping into various stores ensued and I honestly found nothing! Well, nothing decent which was under my limit of £25. Until one day on my work lunch break I walked into Office (a semi-expensive shoe shop chain) and was pleasantly surprised to see they had some nice wellies at affordable prices. The ones I particularly liked were in three different colours; blue, purple and black and priced at £15 - reduced from £30! Apparently they were limited stock and last year's design so the store was selling them off cheap! I liked purple best so tried on my usual size 5 which unfortunately were far too big. I asked to try on the size 4 and after waiting for 5 minutes for the man to come out of the back, he informed me that there was no pair of size 4 wellies available...in any of the colours! I was absolutely gutted, however the manager then went to have a look for me and managed to find a pair in the blue. They fit perfectly so I bought them and went back to the office rather pleased with myself! However, they didn't come in a nice box like most Office shoes. Nope - last year's stock came complete with a rubber band tied round them and in a huge bag because they had run out of the medium sized one! ~ The boots ~ The first thing to say about these boots is that they are blue and shiny! However, they are quite subtle and one-tone or I just wouldn't have bought them. They have a diamond raised pattern on the boot and are well cushioned right the way up the leg which keep your legs nice and toasty but also very comfortable. The foot is quite snug, however I can happily fit a pair of thick welly socks on. They are entirely waterproof and again, the foot is very comfortable. The heel is very thick with excellent grips and it is obvious that the heel will not wear down, especially seeing as they don't even look like they've been worn yet even after days of walking on holiday in the snow and up mountains. I wore them in -6 degrees in Bavarian Germany climbing up a hill to the Neuschwanstein Castle over Christmas and my feet still weren't cold or damp at all after 6 hours out in the freezing cold. The same could not be said for my partner who was wearing a pair of casual trainers - his feet were wet through and freezing but bless him, he didn't complain! I noticed that I was able to walk down the hill faster than most other people too as I felt safe and like I wouldn't slip over. At one point I broke out into a bit of a jog to get back to the bus stop ahead of the rest of the pack who had just finished on our tour! ~ Overall ~ I think these are an excellent pair of wellies taking all things into consideration. They are excellent quality, warm and I paid a great price for them. They are durable and hardwearing but also attractive and they stand out from a lot of other wellington boots. I think they are cool and fun enough to appeal to the younger generation but are suitable for women of any age because they are one colour and go with most clothing which was a worry of mine in looking for wellies! Weirdly, I've since noticed they have the same wellies in stock this year, priced in-store and on the website at £30 - the full price! I feel I got an absolute bargain but would encourage anyone to buy these anyway as they are super! I don't like to give 5 stars without good reason but these don't have a downside for me!