These gorgeous country boots have been put to the test through the worst of the winter weather.
Our testers: Throughout the three-month testing period these boots have been in and out of stables, up and down muck heaps, splashing through puddles galore and on miles and miles of country walks. Our testers certainly haven’t been afraid to get their boots wet and muddy, but they’ve also paid attention to how well they scrub up for daytime trips into town or to the pub.
Dublin Fleet Boots
Features a full-length fastening. Double-cushioned sole and arch support.
Lace-up style allows for a variety of calf widths. Fleece lining was extremely cosy and length is perfect for shorter legs. A comfy walking boot that kept water and mud out, as well as performing well on the yard.
Steeds Countryside Yard
Featuring a slip-resistant heel, drawstring closure and durable, lightweight outer.
Very attractive boots that performed well despite a modest price tag. Feet stayed warm and dry in all conditions and the sole was sturdy enough for long walks. Generous around calf and overall great value.
Made from stain-resistant, oiled buffalo leather with a shock-absorbing sole.
Striking design and, once broken in, were super-comfy and moulded to the wearer. Totally waterproof and even stood up to jet washing. Ideal for yard chores and long walks. Not the warmest boot, so suited to an active wearer.
Premier Equine Muckle Roe
Flexible and lightweight with a technical lining and cushioned sole.
Durable with a great, grippy sole. Give plenty of room around the leg with a looser fit at the ankle. Thick-soled and super-insulating, though they took some breaking in. Great for cold days on the yard and winter walking.
Mountain Horse Spring River
Elastic inserts around zip and slip-resistant, shock-absorbing soles.
Took no wearing in and have an exceptionally comfortable sole. A joy to wear, with generous width due to elasticated full-length rear panels. Offered fantastic grip and tackled mud, puddles and yard chores perfectly.
Aigle Parfield Warm
Features an insulated lining, ankle support and a cushioned sole.
Well-made boots with a moisture-wicking lining. Totally waterproof with great grip and a zip with a sizeable tab. Slim-fit calf, looser round the ankle with good foot support. Overall, they were comfortable and functional.
Ariat Belford GTX
Gore-tex membrane with shock-absorbing sole. Half sizes available.
Beautiful boots that could be dressed up, but were also waterproof, comfy and sturdy for long, muddy walks. The breathable, cushioned sole had plenty of grip. Stood up to daily wear and all yard chores. Pricey, but worth it.
Suede and full grain leather exterior with an athletic shoe-feel sole.
A unique style, but smart and well-made with a buckle fastening. With a looser fit, they’re warm, comfortable and waterproof for shorter walks and trips to the pub. Look good as new after a quick wipe over.
Mark Todd MkII
Made from full grain and nubuck leather, and featuring a breathable lining.
Didn’t need wearing in and were effective in the wettest conditions. Outer is durable and the lining kept feet toasty. Stood up to prolonged yard use and were comfy on country walks. A well-made, high-performing boot.
Fonte Verde Vilamoura
Featuring a smart traction sole for extra grip with a technical inner.
Extremely comfortable with a sturdy, cushioned sole. Offers a non-restrictive fit that didn’t rub. High-quality leather perfect for long periods of wear on the yard. Fully waterproof and warm – we couldn’t fault them.
Lightweight, oiled leather outer and lined with a technical fabric.
Great value, tough and breathable. Stylish, grippy in the stirrup and comfy in the saddle, the fit was brilliant around the calf. Rubbed a little when worn for longer walks, but were perfect for around the yard.
Fast-drying leather, breathable lining and a steel shank built into the sole.
After a breaking-in period, through which they’re best worn with thick socks, they performed well. Extremely comfortable and held their shape despite lots of wear. Waterproof, sturdy and suitable for longer walks.
Rhinegold Elite Harlem
Made from waxy, grained leather, with reflective piping and a drawstring.
Lightweight, comfortable and great for all-day wear. The leather is hard-wearing yet soft and the boots didn’t rub or leak. Generous fit, so we’d recommend trying a size down. Overall, great quality for the price.
Lightweight and tough, with a sturdy, flexible sole and added grip.
Attractive design with a sturdy sole that’s warm and waterproof, ideal for yard use. Boots dropped around the ankle but didn’t lose much height. The solid rim at the back of the knee makes them ideal for longer legs.