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Joules Molly Mid Printed Review

A fun, casual pair of mid-height wellies with decent comfort and protection
Joules Molly Mid Printed
Photo: Joule USA
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Price:  $80 List | $68.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Fun patterns, fully waterproof, true to size
Cons:  Lower quality construction, lining stains socks
Manufacturer:   Joules USA
By Sara Aranda ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 5, 2020
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  • Weather Protection - 30% 6
  • Comfort - 25% 7
  • Traction - 20% 6
  • Warmth - 15% 5
  • Style - 10% 7

Our Verdict

The Joules Molly Mid is pretty straightforward for a pair of rain boots. We adore the various prints, which offer fun styling for that stroll through town. With sufficient comfort, traction, and warmth, they are both standard and novel. Weather protection is adequate, but not the main focus. We also encountered some construction issues, such as air pockets in the soles and dye bleeding from the inner lining onto our socks. While we aren't sure this is the case for every pair, we do express caution. But, they are nonetheless a fun and efficient pair for casual rainy day ventures.

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Pros Fun patterns, fully waterproof, true to sizeTall flexible shaft, comfortable, adjustable boot circumferenceWell made, excellent traction, high comfortMid-height shaft, fashionable, substantial tractionCozy neoprene, decent traction, versatile
Cons Lower quality construction, lining stains socksHigh cost, no insulationSomewhat bulky, expensive, can easily become too warmBasic foot support, no insulationHeavy, some shin rubbing, mild heel lift
Bottom Line A fairly standard rubber boot with hand-drawn printsWell-made, stylish, and incredible, this pair is the best in our fleetHigh comfort, traction, and warmth for winter without the fuss of lacesVery trendy and remarkably practical, this boot is the ultimate deal for most budgetsFairly straightforward comfort with added style and warmth
Rating Categories Joules Molly Mid Printed Original Back Adjustable Muck Boot Arctic Sport II Mid Kamik Heidi Muck Boot Originals Pull On...
Weather Protection (30%)
6
9
7
6
6
Comfort (25%)
7
7
7
7
6
Traction (20%)
6
8
8
8
7
Warmth (15%)
5
5
10
5
9
Style (10%)
7
8
6
9
6
Specs Joules Molly Mid... Original Back... Muck Boot Arctic... Kamik Heidi Muck Boot...
Weight per Pair (lbs) 3.12 lbs (size 7) 3.6 lbs (size 7) 3.0 lbs (size 8) 2.7 lbs (size 8) 3.8 lbs (size 8)
Flood Height (inches from bottom of sole to lowest point at top of shaft) 10.25 in 16 in 11.0 in 12 in 9.50 in
Mouth Circumference (inches) 13.5 in 14-19 in 13 in 13.75 in 13 in
Lining/Insulation Textile Knitted Nylon Fleece Lined Neoprene Nylon Neoprene
Upper Material Rubber Vulcanized Natural Rubber Rubber, Neoprene Phthalate-free Synthetic Rubber Rubber
Outsole Material Rubber Natural Rubber Rubber Synthetic Rubber Blend Rubber
Insole Removable insole Multilayered Sponge Insole Removeable EVA Insole Removeable Kamik(R) Comfort Footbed Removeable Insole
Unique Features Natural rubber, hand-drawn prints Adjustable circumference bioDEWIX dry footbed (plant based anti-odor & antimicrobial), insulated for "-40F to 40F", fleece lined Recyclable bioDEWIX dry footbed (plant based anti-odor & antimicrobial), insulated for "subfreezing to 65F"
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Sizing info Runs large Runs large True to size True to size True to size

Our Analysis and Test Results

Constructed entirely out of natural rubber with a thin textile lining, these boots have removable insoles and the classic buckle on the side. Being of mid-height, they offer a more low-key option for those who don't want rubber up to the knees.

Performance Comparison


Overall a decent set of rainwear, they are more on the end of...
Overall a decent set of rainwear, they are more on the end of affordability than most.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Weather Protection


We measured the Molly to have a shaft height of 10.25 inches, which offers moderate protection against the elements as compared to taller, more traditional wellies. During our creek test, wading through the water was great until we moved too fast, and the weight of the water pushed on the flexible shaft, tilting the brim of the boot down enough for water to spill in. Thus, as long as you are careful, the height is certainly adequate for deep puddles. Still, the circumference of the boot opening measures 13.5 inches, which, depending on your calf size, might be wide enough to allow for rain to make its way in during a downpour.

With a shaft height on the slightly shorter end, they are...
With a shaft height on the slightly shorter end, they are nonetheless fully waterproof.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Comfort


This pair weighed in at 3.12 lbs for the size 7 we tested. For their height, this is somewhat middle of the road: not necessarily heavy but also not technically lightweight. The rubber is thin and flexible, which means the shaft moves easily with the leg as you walk. There isn't noticeable arch support, which might tire the feet after a long day. Too, we noticed a popping sensation in the soles of boots, likely from a manufacturing defect. This certainly detracted from the overall comfort.

The sizing seems to be true to size, but there is a catch. When ordering from the Joules website, they display standard UK sizing, which is different from the US. So make sure you're paying attention to this and double-check their conversion chart; otherwise, you'll likely be ordering something much too big. With the right fit, these boots are easy to step into and slide out of, and for us, they offered above-average comfort for all casual needs.

Flexible, easy to move in, and with a decent fit, they provide...
Flexible, easy to move in, and with a decent fit, they provide sufficient comfort.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Traction


Made on the more minimal side of the spectrum, the tread on the Molly is adequate but not rugged. Best for flat surfaces and mild inclines, they perform rather average across the board, lessening in stability when it comes to an icy deck or slimy river rock. We feel they are more than sufficient for urban and suburban environments to get you from point A to B. However, because the soles allow for some sensitivity, navigating rockier terrain isn't a guessing game, therefore allowing for more efficient use of the tread that they do have.

The tread is enough for casual activities and designed for...
The tread is enough for casual activities and designed for non-technical terrain.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Warmth


Due to the fairly thin nature of the rubber and barely-there inner lining, there is no extra insulation to protect you from near-freezing temperatures in this boot. This is standard for a rain boot, as they are traditionally best for mild weather events, not icy blizzards. Having low relative warmth also means this pair is better used for those hotter summer thunderstorms or for doing light work in the garden. If you live in an area that rarely drops below 50 degrees, a boot like this is more versatile. Plus, you can always wear thicker socks if needed.

Not the warmest pair due to the thin rubber, but they fare well...
Not the warmest pair due to the thin rubber, but they fare well nonetheless, especially if you wear thicker socks.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Style


At the time of this review, the Molly is available in more than a handful of fun, hand-drawn prints and color schemes. We find this to be really great and more customizable with personal preferences and a given wardrobe. While still on the more classic side of rain boots, with a molded design and accessory buckle, the rubber isn't overwhelming because of the prints. We also appreciate the feminine look of the heel and the low-profile footbox. Depending on the pattern you choose, these boots can be incredibly versatile. But be aware, the dyes in the lining bled onto our socks during our testing, so we resorted to only wearing dark-colored socks with them.

The fun prints inside and out are unique, but the lining stains our...
The fun prints inside and out are unique, but the lining stains our socks.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Fit


As mentioned previously, double-check that the sizes you're looking at on a website are US and not UK sizing. Overall, we feel they fit well and are easy to walk in. Not much heel lift and enough room for a modest variance in sock thickness. The Molly comes in US whole sizes 5-11.

Value


Their retail price is decent, not too expensive but also not necessarily cheap. For the style appeal and for how simple they are, they can be a great buy. But since we did encounter some defects in construction, we question their long-term quality.

Conclusion


The Joules Molly Mid is the classic mid-height wellie with a fun, modern twist. The hand-drawn designs are not only cute but unique. With simple, sufficient comfort, traction, and warmth, this pair checks all the boxes for rainwear.

A closer look at the hand-drawn doodles for this pair.
A closer look at the hand-drawn doodles for this pair.
Photo: Sara Aranda

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