Gear Guide Tried & Tested

Country boots

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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.

The products

Dublin Fleet country Boots 
RRP
£199.99

Dublin Fleet Boots 

Features a full-length fastening. Double-cushioned sole and arch support.

  • Adjustable

We say…

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
RRP
£114

Steeds Countryside Yard

Featuring a slip-resistant heel, drawstring closure and durable, lightweight outer.

  • Adjustable

We say…

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.

Brogini Warwick
RRP
£110

Brogini Warwick

Made from stain-resistant, oiled buffalo leather with a shock-absorbing sole.

  • Stirrup friendly
  • Adjustable
  • Wide fit available

We say…

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
RRP
£110

Premier Equine Muckle Roe

Flexible and lightweight with a technical lining and cushioned sole.

  • Adjustable

We say…

Smart with no gaping for bedding to fall in. Totally waterproof with a warm yet breathable lining. We recommend measuring first if you have shorter calves. Comfortable from the first wear. Good value.

Toggi Canyon country boots
RRP
£160

Toggi Canyon

Breathable, with a cushioned insock and has a flexible yet sturdy sole.

  • Adjustable
  • Stirrup friendly
  • Wide fit available

We say…

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 country boots
RRP
£299

Mountain Horse Spring River

Elastic inserts around zip and slip-resistant, shock-absorbing soles.

  • Stirrup friendly
  • Wide fit available

We say…

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 country boot
RRP
£325

Aigle Parfield Warm

Features an insulated lining, ankle support and a cushioned sole.

  • Stirrup friendly

We say…

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 country boot
RRP
£300

Ariat Belford GTX

Gore-tex membrane with shock-absorbing sole. Half sizes available.

  • Adjustable

We say…

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.

Grubs Duxbury country boots
RRP
£219.95

Grubs Duxbury

Suede and full grain leather exterior with an athletic shoe-feel sole.

  • Adjustable

We say…

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
RRP
£141.99

Mark Todd MkII

Made from full grain and nubuck leather, and featuring a breathable lining.

  • Adjustable
  • Wide fit available

We say…

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 country boots
RRP
£299.95

Fonte Verde Vilamoura

Featuring a smart traction sole for extra grip with a technical inner.

  • Adjustable
  • Stirrup friendly
  • Wide fit available

We say…

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.

Hyland Waterford
RRP
£99.99

Hyland Waterford

Lightweight, oiled leather outer and lined with a technical fabric.

  • Stirrup friendly

We say…

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.

Moretta Nella country boots
RRP
£169.99

Moretta Nella

Fast-drying leather, breathable lining and a steel shank built into the sole.

  • Wide fit available

We say…

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
RRP
£98.50

Rhinegold Elite Harlem

Made from waxy, grained leather, with reflective piping and a drawstring.

  • Adjustable

We say…

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.

Horseware Long
RRP
£149.95

Horseware Long

Lightweight and tough, with a sturdy, flexible sole and added grip.

  • Stirrup friendly
  • Adjustable
  • Wide fit available

We say…

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.

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