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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 | $59.99 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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  • Weather Protection - 30% 5
  • Comfort - 20% 6
  • Style - 20% 7
  • Traction - 20% 5
  • Warmth - 10% 5

Our Verdict

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.

July 2019


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Pros Synthetic fur lining, stylish, easy to slip onTall flexible shaft, comfortable, adjustable boot circumferenceMid-height shaft, fashionable, substantial tractionElegant, sufficient weather protection, wide circumferenceStylish, easy to carry, insulated
Cons Basic foot support, traction could be betterHigh cost, no insulationBasic foot support, minimal insulationNo insulation, run a bit largePlush lining comes off, not as tactile
Bottom Line Cute and quick to put on, these low-top boots are great for the casual, urban outing.The best of the best, this model is a high-quality, stylish boot.A very straightforward, elegant boot that is highly affordable.A stylish rain boot that still covers all the basics.For those who wish to add extra warmth and style to the wardrobe.
Rating Categories Joules Wellibob Original Back Adjustable Kamik Heidi UGG Shaye Bogs Amanda Plush
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Specs Joules Wellibob Original Back... Kamik Heidi UGG Shaye Bogs Amanda Plush
Shaft Height (from ground to top of shaft) 6.5 in 16 in 12 in 13.75 in 10.5 in
Weight (for pair tested) 2.4 lbs 3.6 lbs 2.7 lbs 3.1 lbs 3.3 lbs
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Mouth Circumference 11 in 14-19 in 13.75 in 15.5 in 13-14 in
Upper Synthetic Rubber Vulcanized Natural Rubber Phthalate-free Synthetic Rubber Rubber Rubber
Lining/Insulation Synthetic Fleece Knitted Nylon Nylon Nylon Wool
Outsole Synthetic Rubber Natural Rubber Synthetic Rubber Blend Rubber Rubber
Insole Removeable insole Multilayered Sponge Insole Removeable Kamik(R) Comfort Footbed Removeable Lamb wool, sheepskin insole Removeable EVA Insole
Sizing info Runs large Runs large True to Size True to Size Runs large
Size we tested 7 7 8 8 8

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 is one of the most significant features, so if you're looking for something that prioritizes function, consider the higher scoring options.

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 practical weather protection. Unfortunately, since this competitor only rises 6.5 inches from the ground, they don't hold up very well when it comes to stomping through puddles, snow, or when wading across a stream. Perhaps you'd want a taller model for more considerable weatherproofing.

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

Comfort


With above-average scoring for comfort, the biggest concern came with all-day wear for us. Their distinct heel had our own heels feeling fatigued throughout the day, as you would expect from wearing any shoe with a significant 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 did experience heel slippage, but it wasn't enough to create 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 are one of the heaviest of the ankle-height class and almost as heavy as some of the mid-heights. Despite this fact, they are 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, which might be preferable since the synthetic fur can stick to socks.

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 very 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 are reliable 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 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.

Value


Based in Great Britain and manufactured in China, these boots list for a moderate price. For a low-top boot of trendy caliber, we feel it is of fair value for the practical use they provide.

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 are outperformed by others.


Sara Aranda