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Joules Wellibob Review

Cute and quick to put on, these low-top boots are great for the casual, urban outing.
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Price:  $65 List | $64.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Synthetic fur lining, stylish, easy to slip on
Cons:  Basic foot support, traction could be better
Manufacturer:   Joules
By Sara Aranda ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 4, 2018
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65
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#10 of 11
  • Weather Protection - 30% 6
  • Comfort - 20% 7
  • Style - 20% 7
  • Traction - 20% 6
  • Warmth - 10% 7

The Skinny

The Joules Wellibob is one of the shorter boots we tested, with a cute ankle-boot look. They have a small heel and synthetic lining. They are easily paired with jeans and other wardrobes, A perk over the taller boots is that they do not get in the way of pants. The synthetic fur lining provides ample warmth for the cooler days and the traction is ideal for a casual trek across town. While they performed reasonably average as compared to the others, they are still a great boot for this low-top class.

Color Updates

The navy blue Wellibob that we tested isn't offered any longer. See a current offering above.

October 2018


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Joules Wellibob is an ankle-high rubber boot, fully lined with synthetic fur. It comes in basic color schemes, but always check the manufacturer's website for current trends. The molded design is very classy and the tread is defined by narrow ruts, which are best suited for flat, urban surfaces. Something we found concerning was a strange popping noise in the toe of the right boot. We're not quite sure why it makes this sound, but it is something that developed by the end of the review period. Style was one of the most significant features, so if you're looking for something that prioritizes function, consider the Sloggers Rain and Garden boot.

Performance Comparison


The Wellibob low-tops in an icy river at the bottom of Dream Canyon  CO.
The Wellibob low-tops in an icy river at the bottom of Dream Canyon, CO.

Weather Protection


The taller the boot, the more weather protection. Unfortunately, since these boots only rise only 6.5 inches from the ground, they didn't perform very well when it came to stomping through the snow, wading into a stream, or splashing through puddles. Strap on some gaiters and waterproof pants, and you've got a fine combination. Though, perhaps you want a taller model for considerable weatherproofing. If this is the case, we recommend the Hunter Original or the mid-height Kamik Heidi for their overall high performance.

The Wellibob right out of the box.
The Wellibob right out of the box.

Comfort


With above average scoring for comfort, the biggest shortcoming came with all-day wear. Their distinct heel had our own heels feeling fatigued throughout the day, as you would encounter wearing any shoe with a heel. The footbed itself also felt hard. On the plus side, they do have removable (furry) insoles, so there is the option to add after-market insoles, should one choose to do so.

We experienced heel slippage, but it wasn't enough to establish hot spots. The lining does, thankfully, make for a comfortable footbox. Weighing in at 2.35 lbs for the size 7 pair we tested, they were the heaviest of the ankle-height class and almost as heavy as the mid-height Kamik Heidi. Despite this fact, they were still easy to carry around, pack, put on, and take off.

A closer look at the synthetic "fur" lining and pull tabs of the Wellibob.
A closer look at the synthetic "fur" lining and pull tabs of the Wellibob.

Style


This model comes off as very urban but with hiker-like lugs. Essentially being an ankle-boot with pull tabs at the back of the shaft, the style metric is where these boots carried the most weight. Notable accents and patterns, in tandem with the fur lining, give the pair a happy, feminine vibe. There are similar versions of the Wellibob that come in graphic patterns and other color schemes, but they have a textile lining instead.

A cute and simple boot  the Wellibob.
A cute and simple boot, the Wellibob.

Traction


Traction was an odd and tricky thing to score for these boots. Snow would pack itself into the narrow ruts, creating the ultimate flat surface and thus a traction-less experience for us. However, in the river environment where water was allowed to flow freely through the tread (and across all other wet or dry, flat surfaces), they performed quite well. Because of this, it's best to contemplate what environments you'll be using them in. We would not recommend these for use in snow, but they will are decent in most, casual settings.

The tread of the Wellibob seems best for the urban environment.
The tread of the Wellibob seems best for the urban environment.

Warmth


The synthetic fur lining is very cozy and offers a bit of added warmth for temperatures below 50F. However, they are fairly basic and non-technical, and the lining failed to keep heat when temperatures dropped much farther. The footbox itself is fairly low-volume, allowing heat to escape through conduction.

Fit


This model only comes in whole sizes from 5-10. According to user comments, they run large, so we sized down and were very happy we did so. Even with a size 7, our lead tester (who is a 7.5) still experienced heel slippage, and if given the opportunity for a half-size, she would consider re-sizing even smaller. With the size we tested, there is room for thick socks and an aftermarket insole, but they still felt a bit baggy.

The Wellibob low-tops in an icy river at the bottom of Dream Canyon  CO.
The Wellibob low-tops in an icy river at the bottom of Dream Canyon, CO.

Best Application


For running errands around town, going to work, or enjoying a casual dinner with friends, these boots are basic but stylish. We would not recommend these boots for any rugged wear, and they are suited best for temperatures above 50F. If you live in an area that doesn't see much rain and you don't have to worry about wet jeans, the Wellibob is a fun choice, as they're easy to slip on.

Value


Based in Great Britain and manufactured in China, these boots list for $65. For a low-top boot of trendy caliber, we feel it is of fair value. If you're looking for something taller and even more affordable, the Kamik Heidi is our Best Buy award winner. Otherwise, check out other low-top options, like the Crocs Jaunt Shorty, the cheapest and lightest boot of the bunch.

Conclusion


The Joules Wellibob is a very fashionable choice. They are easy to slip on, you can wear them with a range of outfits, and they are relatively warm for those mild-weather days. With the fundamentals covered, weather protection, comfort, and traction are where they were outperformed by others.


Sara Aranda