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.
It’s that time of year again. While everyone knows the four seasons by their well known given names, I’ve come up with my own (slightly) more colorful set of nombres. Starting with Fall, which I feel that I’ve appropriately dubbed as ‘Mud Season’. Why use a season name that pays homage to the lovely foilage of the season as it drops to the ground…I say, let’s recognize the squishy and sloppy mess on the ground!
I’m definitely not a “shrinking flower” when it comes to the outdoors. Dirt and grime tend to not bother me – it’s not unusual to find me rolling up my sleeves and digging into chores around the farm. But one thing that I’m just really not a fan of is mud.
Mud is sloppy. And messy. And it slippery. And it gets caked over EVERYTHING. So during “Mud Season”, I like to pull on tall boots to get chores done around the farm. In order to stand up to all of the lovely sloppy mess, I have some key attributes that I look for in a pair of boots.
First, I like barn boots to be WATERPROOF – because it is never a good feeling to have water soak through and get my socks wet when I’m walking through deep mud or puddles. I also favor boots that are BREATHABLE, so that my feet don’t overheat and get too sweaty.
It is also important for me to wear boots that FIT WELL and have good TRACTION – since it’s already slippery enough walking around in mud, I need every bit of help that I can get grip-wise. COMFORT is high up on the list as well, because I typically wear my boots for over an hour Every. Single. Day.
Lastly (but certainly not least), I want a pair of boots that are DURABLE. I’ve been through many barn boots over the years, and I’ve noticed a trend with them. There is an area on either side of where my toes meet the main part of my foot where the boots tend to develop cracks after a while of being in use. All barn boots have a lifespan – I just prefer mine to last as long as they can!
For the past 2+ years, my faithful barn boots have been a pair of women’s insulated Bogs Classic High Boots – and during that time, they carried me through the rainy days of spring, hot days of summer, muddy days of fall (including a couple of storms with hurricane conditions), and even the frigid cold of winter.
And that includes the Polar Vortex and Ice-a-geddon that I’m still trying to foget about. And my first pair of Bogs is still kickin’ it! They look a little “well-loved” now, but they still have life left in them, for sure.
Suffice to say that when I had the chance to review a brand new pair of womens Bogs Classic High boots, I was quite excited. I wanted to try the exact same style that has served me so well these past couple of years. When the new pair arrived, I pulled them out of the box like I was opening a Christmas gift of something – and couldn’t wait to try them on.
When I pulled on the pair of the Classic High Boots, I got that “new boot” feeling, and my feet felt right at home in them. My feet felt as though they were held in place well, and I didn’t have a problem with heel slippage when I started walking around.
So what are some of the features of Bogs Classic High Boots that I really like? (I’m so glad you asked!) Well, first and foremost, the boots are 100% waterproof, through their 7mm of Nano-Tech insulation. So they keep the elements out (and my feet dry). The boots are also made with 4 way stretch technology in an ‘inner bootie’, which makes them more comfortable, in my humble opinion.
The outer sole of the Classic High Boots also provides a slip resistant tread, which is useful for me personally in slippery conditions. And, the boots also feature Durafresh technology, which is a fancy way of saying that they utilize Earth-friendly bio-technology in order to fight odors. Which considering how long I wear my boots, and what I’m walking through…let’s just say that odor protection is a much welcomed feature in my book.
Something else that I personally find very helpful is the Bogs Max-Wick technology, which helps to wick moisture away from the foot. For me–I find that my feet stay more comfortable this way. I also like the built-in handles, which makes the boots easy and convenient to pull on.
The Classic High Boots are also rated for use in temperatures as low as -40 degrees fahrenheit. While I have not tried my Bogs in -40 degree fahrenheit temperatures (nor do I have any desire to), I have worn them in temperatures of 0 degrees, or dipping right under. My feet do stay comfortable enough – you know, as comfortable as a person can be working outside in the kind of temperatures when you feel like your eyeballs are going to freeze.
Another feature that stands out to me is that Bogs boots are made out of a NATURAL vulcanized rubber, that makes them durable. And considering that my 2+ year old pair of Classic High Boots have not had a crack on the foot yet, I have definitely found them to be durable. But, they are also pretty – I personally like the number of fun and colorful patterns that Bogs offers their boots in as well.
Even when I walk through deep mud and then track through bedding while I am cleaning stalls – which is quite often – I am able to easily rinse off all of the mud, grime and bedding afterwards. Because the boots just clean up really nicely. And even when I’m hosing the boots down while still wearing them, my feet remain dry.
The womens Classic High Boots from Bogs come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, and they retail for $124 a pair. A solid black color in the Classic High Boots is also available, retailing at $120 a pair. Bog’s Classic Boots are also available in a Mid height, as well as a Short height (seasonally).
Go Warm & Dry Feet (that are stylin’!). Go Bogs. Go Eventing.