As an eventer, you just can't escape the fad of the Dubarry boots. As a young woman working my way through my life to support my love eventing, you just can't escape the price tag of those Dubarrys either. I know they are probably worth it, but I just could never convince myself to shell out my hard earned coin on a pair of muck boots. So, when the good people at Equestrian Clearance offered me a trial pair of Kity lake Yard Boots, I jumped at the chance.
I patiently waited for them to arrive from the UK. Once here I took them out of the box and examined them Just like the web site said "The Lake boots are made from nubuck leather and feature a lace up detail at the top of the boots. The leather has been treated to be water resistant and there is also a waterproof yet breathable inner membrane. They have a durable yet lightweight rubber sole with a comfy padded insole. The boots also feature a small elasticated gusset at the top for extra flexibility."
I was a bit worried whether the boots would fit, as I have really big calves and usually need a wide or extra wide. They pulled on nicely, and were snug, but fit with jeans and riding pants underneath. You can tell they are high quality as they were a bit stiff to being with and took a few weeks to break in, like any good leather boot. They have the most comfortable sole, and I was in immediate boot heaven with these boots.
I have worn them to muck stalls, bring horses in, hiking in the woods, to the store, and even riding. They have held up perfectly from everyday use. I find them very warm, even with the temperature dipping to -5 C the last few nights. I have not had cold toes yet, and I haven't had the need to whip out the wool socks either!
I have tested out the waterproofness of these boots many times. Including walking into the lake at beach when I was leading Archie in to get his feet wet. They have kept my feet exceptionally dry. No water has gotten in and the boots have not been effected at all from being submerged. Major plus! I also have been riding in my Kity Lake Yard Boots almost every day and they are actually a joy to ride in. I don't notice much difference from them and my field boots.
Overall I give these boots an A++ and I would recommend them to any equestrian, but not only riders - any one who spends time in the outdoors! I can not tell you how many compliments I have received on how good these boots look. They are the ultimate in function and fashion, without losing an arm in the cost.
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