Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping, especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope you have fun reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences helps you on your own quest for new gear. Go Shopping.
I tend to have a lot of favorites. I think it’s because I like what I know, and when something is good, I tend to stick with it. I’m a gal who tends to like simplicity. I’m not super fussy, and I tend to be low maintenance…so my preferences in most areas trend towards function and practicality.
Clothing should look great…but be comfortable to wear and easy to care for (dry clean only = eternally dirty). Restaurants should have simple but yummy food, and I should not have to wait a day and a half to eat. And my hair should not get in the way when I’m trying to go about my day (so that time that I decided to try to be trendy and get side swept bangs…a really bad idea).
So I’ll trade in the heels for a pair of skinnys and boots. And after a long day of work and then spending some time around the barn, going out to Pizza Hut will be just peachy in my opinion. Of course, I’ll have bounced through my entire day with my hair pulled back in a neat pony, since it’s fast and practical. What can I say, old habits die hard.
The same is true with my tack. I’ve got my favorite saddle pad. And breeches. And boots. You get the idea. Basically if something works, I like to keep it around. As far as my wardrobe is concerned though, some of the best additions though, are ones that you can wear with anything and everything. Observe.
This season, I stumbled onto a pretty neat brand of boots. A brand that is new to me, but has been around for many, many decades…since 1870, in fact. I’m talking about Blundstone boots – whose stylish elastic sided boots have a classic, iconic look to them. Blundstone is a privately owned company, that is based in Tasmania, Australia – and I like the idea that their boots are made for all day work and comfort.
Though Blundstone offers a number of varieties of their classic boots, I’ve been wearing a pair of their Thermal Series boots this season. The Thermal Series boots do come in several color options, including a smooth and shiny Chestnut Brown or Black. Or, there is also a Rustic Brown finish available, which gives the appearance of a well-worn pair of boots.
I’ve personally been enjoying wearing the Chestnut Brown boots, which are made with waterproof leather…which is terrific for the wet conditions I face this time of the year. I also find that the Blundstone logo tabs on the front and back of the boots, as well as the logos on the outsole, add a lovely touch to their appearance.
The Thermal Series boots are definitely designed to keep feet both well….warm & dry! This particular model of Blundstone boots are not only waterproof, they are also lined with Thinsulate to help keep feet insulated. And the finishing touch, in my mind, is the foot bed. I really find that I like that the boots feature a removable sheepskin footbed, because it helps to make my feet extra toasty.
Even though I like the styling, and most certainly the warmth, that the Thermal Series boots offer, their functionality doesn’t end there. The boots are also oil, acid and fat resistant – so no worries about them eating away at your boots! Also, the composition of the outsole makes it highly resistant to hydrolysis and microbial attacks.
But I can keep going – the outsole of the Thermal Series boots is also heat resistant to 284 degrees Fahrenheit. Talk about being able to take the heat. They also contain PORON® XRDTM in the heel strike zone for increased shock protection and have an ergonomically engineered toe spring in order to reduce fatigue for your feet. Plus, they have a built-in steel shank, which helps to ensure a correct step flex point.
Ok, so something that I really like about the Blundstone Thermal Series boots are that they literally seem to go with anything. And everything. I really find that they are perfectly adorable to pair with skinny jeans to go to work, or out on errands. But they are built tough enough to be equally well suited to handle conditions around the barn also.
I really have found that the Thermal Series boots do keep my feet toasty and protected from the elements. But even better then that, I can also wear them all day long, and my feet stay completely comfortable. Without any socks. And with zero blisters. I was hesitant to believe that it was possible, but the Thermal Series boots have treated my feet extremely well.
Boots that are fashionable enough for going out in and tough enough to stand up to the rigors of the barnyard? Yes, please! When I find something good, I like to stick with it. While I’m a little sad that it has taken me until now to discover Blundstone boots for myself, I’m glad that I have. Because they are comfortable, dependable, functional, and extremely cute to boot (pun totally intended).
Blundstone boots also boast a 2 year extended manufacturers warranty – so if you experience a problem that you feel is due to a manufacturing error within 2 years from the date of purchase, simply return them to the place of purchase to be assessed.
Go Warm & Dry (& Totally Stylish) Boots. Go Blundstone. Go Eventing.