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I went to buy some Dublin River Boots. A bit like the Dubarry ones, but less expensive. Now, I know you get what you pay for but one might expect that an outdoor boot might come with the expectation of keeping one’s socks dry within?
I was at the checkout, card in hand and casually said “my old boots have started to crack at the sole so, it’ll be nice going into winter dog walking knowing I’ll have toasty warm feet again”. The woman serving me then went into a whole spiel about NOT guaranteeing dry feet. In a boot billed as a “River Boot”. She said they were NOT for puddles, definitely not for rivers and when I asked about wet grass in fields she said “we can’t guarantee it”.
Fuck me! Am I daft? How on earth can they sell these £160 boots with the warning “if you absolutely don’t want damp/wet socks, don’t buy”?
Dublin River boots are rubbish. I'm horsey and everyone I know has at least one pair of "country boots" and no-one has a good word to say about Dublin River. Tbh most of these very expensive "country boots" are not that waterproof. I have a pair of Ariats (bought with about 60% off in a sale) that aren't too bad, can cope with short wettish grass etc and keep my feet warm but they are NOT and never have been 100% waterproof.
Seconding Ariat! I just invested in a £160 pair of Ariat Windermere boots and they're the best thing ever... Gorgeous looking n have done a good job of keeping my feet dry so far, I did waterproof them again with a spray though! If you want truly waterproof ones you can literally hose down to clean you need gore tex I think like in the Dubarry range. I tried a pair of Dubarry's, but they weren't as comfortable soles (no arch support tech) and also I wasn't keen on the look of them. Or price!
I've got two pairs of timberland boots which I've used for walking the dog through all sorts for the last couple of years. They've kept my feet warm and dry throughout. Admittedly they don't have the 'posh country' look you get with Ariat but they're really comfy.
I think the thing with the country boots is that you can ride in them. And they are a lot sturdier than wellies for when horses jump on your feet. For non-equine activities like walking the dogs then I'd rather have a stout pair of wellies at a fraction of the cost and are definitely waterproof.
I used to have Dublin Rivers and I wasn't sold on them. I now have Toggi Canyons and honestly they're brilliant for me. Cannot fault them at all. I have worn them, no exaggeration, every single day for the past 4 years, in heavy mud, wet weather, whatever (I'm a farmer) and they have only justttt started to let in a touch of water if I stand in a stream. I think that's good going myself!