Joules Wellyprint Review

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“Dress for the weather.” This phrase has been drilled into our heads since we were kids, but when you look around during a day of heavy rain, you’re guaranteed to see lots of people wearing canvas sneakers, fabric flats, and all kinds of shoes that are completely useless at water-resistance. Men who are like this might have forgotten to check the weather. But when it comes to us women, a lot of the times it has to do with appearance. We don’t want to reach for the rain boots because they’re too manly, or too chunky, or too ugly…

These boots know your struggle, and that’s why they try their best to incorporate practicality and style. With their huge variety of elegant prints and brightly-colored patterns, they add a feminine twist to the traditional Wellington style, making them more fashionable. On top of that, they have great water-resistance and traction and are affordable. To learn more about their key features, read on as we get into them in more detail.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Feminine style
  • Adjustable gusset
  • Lots of print varieties
  • Slip-resistant outsole
  • Reasonably-priced
Cons
  • Durability is questionable
  • No half sizes
Brand

Brand

Before getting into it, let’s first discuss the brand behind this model. Joules was founded by a man named Tom Joules back in 1989 in Great Britain. The brand has since evolved and developed continuously, refining their styles and designs. Today, Joules specializes in outdoor clothing and footwear that is brightly-colored and whimsical. It wants to make sure that when you’re exploring the outdoors, you can sport an outfit that lets the world know your bold and fun-loving personality, not to mention staying trendy and cute even when splashing in puddles.
Colorways

Colorways

This model is the perfect example of the brand’s signature bright style because of the sheer amount of variety in colors and prints that are offered. In fact, there are over twenty different prints to choose from! The options include more eye-catching ones such as pink polka-dots and multi-colored stripes; as well as more toned-down versions like a pattern of flowers or insects on a black background. Even the pickiest of people are sure to find more than one favorite, and no matter what your style is, you’re sure to find a suitable print. Just because the weather’s gloomy, doesn’t mean your outfit has to be!
Adjustability

Adjustability

Though most Wellingtons are not adjustable, Joules makes it work. Looking closely, you’ll see that there’s a buckle on the side of the boot, near the opening of it. This model actually comes with an adjustable back gusset with a popper fastening. It is there to adjust the calf circumference and to make the boot fit more snuggly or be roomier depending on your calf size. With that said, they are still slip-on, because once you’ve adjusted the buckle you can simply let it be. It’s not like laces, where you have to redo them every single time.
Durability

Durability

In theory, these boots should be super long-wearing due to the material they’re made of (more on that in the ‘Materials’ section) - and most reviewers say they are. They say that these boots are sturdy and are reliable for the long-term. However, there are also reviewers who reported that the boots started leaking after a few weeks. Others have claimed the rubber began to crack and that the heel separated. Each negative review is counterbalanced by many more that say these boots are very durable and sturdy. Because of this, there is some ambiguity when it comes to how durable they really are.
Material

Material

Like all Wellington boots, these Wellies have an upper and outsole handcrafted 100% out of natural rubber. Although we tend to know lots about the advantages of leather and suede, rubber doesn’t get the amount of appreciation it deserves for its practicality. For one, rubber has protective and insulating properties. It’s great for wearing on the job because it can protect you from burns and harmful chemicals. It’s even electrically insulating to an extent. On top of that, its large stretch ratio makes it flexible, and its high resilience makes it (usually) very durable. Finally - and most importantly - it provides excellent resistance against water, which leads us to our next point...
Water Resistance

Water Resistance

As rain boots, it’s obvious that the most important job of these Wellies is to be waterproof. From what reviewers say, it appears that they do the job pretty well. As we said, the rubber makes them repel water, and the seams are sealed to ensure that none penetrate through. On top of that, the seamless and 15-inch tall shaft ensures that even if you step into mud or into puddles, you won’t get your feet soaked. Their water resistance also makes them easy to clean - just use them with some water and wipe them to get rid of dirt and dust.
Style

Style

The classic Wellington boot style has a bit of a manly and rugged appearance. It makes the ankles and calves look shapeless, and seems like what you’d expect a farmer to wear. If you’re a woman who usually wears pointed-toe heels and ballet flats, you might not be eager to pick up a pair of Wellington boots. However, this model adds a touch of elegance and femininity to this traditionally rough-looking shoe. With their exquisite floral prints, simple insect detailing, and occasional bold colors, they let the onlooker know that yeah, you’re a lady - and you’re sensible enough to dress for the weather, too.
Traction

Traction

Water resistance isn’t just about not having rainwater seep into your shoe - it’s also about slip resistance. Water makes the ground more slippery, so it’s important to have grippy outsoles that will keep you steady on your feet, preventing slips and falls. The deep grooves in the outsole of these Wellies provide just that. If you look closely, you’ll see that the grooves are not closed off at the edges of the outsole. This is what allows water to escape when you step on it, rather than staying trapped under your shoe and making you slip. The traction also works on snow or ice - but for heavy-duty winter protection, opt instead for winter snow boots rather than these rain boots.
Size

Size

Most reviewers say that this pair runs true to size, though a few people say they run large. Remember that the gusset on the shaft allows you to make some adjustments for a better fit. The calf circumference is around 16 inches and will likely accommodate those with wide calves. However, keep in mind that only whole sizes are offered; those who come between sizes should round down to the nearest whole size.
Value

Value

When thinking about the value of a product, it’s important to consider not only price but also durability. It’s no good buying something that only lasts for a few weeks, even if you got it for super cheap. Similarly, you might feel like you splurged and spent too much on something, but if it lasts you for a long time, it’ll ultimately save you money. It’s hard to judge the value of this pair because of the ambiguity of their durability, which we mentioned earlier. However, when compared to other popular women’s Wellingtons like those by Hunter , these seem to be a better deal - not only because they are more affordable, but because they are also fashionable at the same time.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

These rain boots add a feminine twist to the classic Wellington and can be worn fashionably as well as practical protection against wet weather. The huge variety of print and color options ensures that you can pick and choose the look you really want. Though they inevitably still have a bit of the clunky and shapeless look of rubber boots, they do everything to make themselves more fashionable. On top of that, they have reliable water resistance as well as a grippy, slip-resistant outsole. They are also adjustable in size and affordable. Their downside is that some reviewers say they are durable while others disagree, as well as the fact that they only run in full sizes. But on the whole, we believe they are a cute and handy pair to have when exploring the outdoors or going on into a downpour.