As it’s my birthday next week, one of my friends (the same friend who bought me the Hunter Coral Wellies last time) wanted to buy me a present and one of the items I had been eyeing up for a while was a pair of the Joules Wellibobs. I’ve been a fan of the Chelsea ankle boot wellington since last year as they’re so easy to wear for running errands. They’re not bulky or cumbersome in any way, and they’re cute! Since I was allowed to have these Wellibobs in Dog Print early (just as well, it’s been raining every day!), I wanted to share a review with you and help any of you out that are looking to buy a pair of ankle wellingtons.
Joules Wellibob Ankle Rainboots Rating:
Comfort – 8/10
Style/Print – 9/10
Size – 9/10
Ease of wearing – 10/10
Waterproof Protection – 9/10
Price – 10/10
Comfort – I gave these an 8/10 purely because they’re incredibly soft, roomy, and spongy on your feet, so they’re very comfortable to walk in, and I would have given them a 10, however when you don’t wear socks that are long enough to cover your ankles, the rubber on the elastic inserts rubs against your ankles and creates blisters. I found that out on Saturday when I wore them around town, but luckily I took longer socks with me. They will be fine for quick use with low cut socks, but if you’re planning on wearing them for a longer period of time, longer socks are needed to prevent friction and rubbing. Other than that, they’re incredibly comfortable and don’t hurt your feet one bit! They aren’t heavy either, or bulky, like taller wellies can be.
Style/Print – This is what attracted me to the Wellibobs from Joules in the first place. I loved the navy and yellow colour combination, the fact that they’re matte and not gloss, and the little doggy print all over them. It’s a unique wellington and a pair that I look at with a big smile on my face. Even though Adam doesn’t like them as he’s not a huge fan of wellies, he actually changed his mind and said they didn’t look too bad worn, after he hated on them pretty badly. The dog print is the same on each shoe, and is printed on to the rubber before the wellies are made, so they are slightly off from each other, but nothing major. The Joules logo itself is really subtle, and the rounded toe of the wellies, with the wider ankle opening, makes them look really flattering around the ankle actually.
Size – I wasn’t sure whether to go with a size UK 6 or 7 as I vary between the two, but I opted to choose the 6 since they would be for summer, and I would only need thin socks. I can feel my toes just at the end, just vaguely touching the rubber, but it’s by no means uncomfortable. I would say they are very true to size, and the front half of the boot is quite wide actually so even if you have a wider foot, I think you should fit these just fine. Due to the rounded toe curve, my big toe touches the end much more than my other toes, but if you size up, they’re way too loose and sloppy. I have a 7 in the spotty pair with the fleece lining as I want them for winter with thick socks, so if you plan on a summer pair, go with the smaller size that you might take, if you’re between sizes. They’re much more true to size than the Refined Hunter Chelsea Boots, I had to take a UK 7 in those and they’re still tight even with thin socks.
Ease Of Wearing – This is what I love the most about my Joules Wellibobs. Living in England means it rains pretty much all the time. We’re famous for our grey, overcast skies and needing an umbrella at all times, just in case, so these ankle wellies are ideal. You can literally just slip your foot into them and off you go. There’s no struggle to put on a tall wellington boot and there’s no bulkiness when you’re getting in and out of the car or needed to squat down. They’re just like wearing a normal pair of ankle boots, except they’re waterproof. That’s why they get 10 out of 10 for this one. There’s no complaints at all with how easy they are to wear. I’ve worn them 4 times already and I even find myself embracing having an easy shoe to put on and feel like I should wear them even when it’s not raining, just because I can’t be bothered with laces and any other hassle that other shoes give me, ha ha.
Waterproof Protection – Now the most important part is the waterproof protection! I gave these a 9 because they are completely waterproof everywhere, there’s no doubts about that as you can see from me splashing in the puddle, but because they are a short ankle boot with a wider leg opening, sometimes a few rain drops can slip down the top. It only happened a few times if I was splashing hard or when the rain was absolutely hammering down, but it was enough for me not to give the full marks of 10. I think these are mostly designed for summertime with light showers or just wet walks, and you should obviously keep your tall wellies for heavy rain, so none can creep in the top. With that being said though, they do their job perfectly and for their price, you honestly can’t go wrong!
Price – Finally, we have the price! The Joules Wellibob retail value is only £36.95, which is a super good deal in itself, however mine were on Amazon for only £28, which is even better again! When you’re used to paying the prices for Hunter wellies or even Rockfish wellies, this is like an absolute bargain you can’t pass up on! They really do get a 10/10 for the quality of the boots for the lower price point they have. I can’t fault that in any way. How much did you think they were going to cost? I’ve even seen some pairs on Amazon that are older stock selling for less than £15!
Overall Opinion – If you have managed to get this far in the review, I’m sure you can already guess that I love these Joules Wellibobs with a passion! The navy and yellow dog print ones are my favourites, much more than the spotty ones but that’s purely because I have the bigger size in those and they don’t look as cute. The navy and yellow combination is extremely versatile, especially for my jeans, and it will match my yellow raincoat too, so that’s a win! They’re comfortable (with socks), spongy, soft, and completely waterproof, so I think my overall rating is a 9.5 in the end! Bar a couple of the notes that I mentioned, I couldn’t love them anymore than I do! I definitely recommend you get a pair of Joules Wellibobs if you enjoyed my review! Check out the links below to buy them!