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’m all about comfort and utility, especially around the barn. Since I manage my own small barn, I spend a lot of time riding… and even more time not riding. There seems to be a never ending list of chores that require my attention.
Day to day life around the barn includes a lot of routine tasks. There are stalls to muck, grain and hay to feed, and water buckets to fill. And when I’m all done my chores, I’m generally off to ride, or at least lunge my ponies.
Moral of the story: There is always something to do around the barn. I’m on the move a lot, so my feet take a pretty heavy burden. Which means that I need to wear footwear that is comfortable enough to hold up to everyday barn life.
This time of the year, whenever I’m not in breeches or tights, I’m in shorts. Because it’s just too darn hot out. So when I’ve been busy with my chores, or just lunging my pony I’ve been donning a pair of Bogs Urban Farmer boots.
The Urban Farmer is a lightweight waterproof boot, which has proven itself to me around the barn. So what do I like about this particular boots? Firstly, I like they the top rim of the boots comes to just above ankle height on me.
This time of the year, wearing a tall pair of muck boots can make my legs sweaty. Not only are the Urban Farmer boots a nice height, they are also lined with EverDry and Bogs Max Wick … which means that they help to absorb and evaporate sweat!
I also like that the Urban Farmer boots are made of a durable hand lasted rubber, with a seamless construction. Because of this, the boots are 100% waterproof, which means no worries when I step in puddles around the paddock or bathing my ponies.
And because I certainly don’t like smelly or stinky boots, I’m also glad for bio technology that the Urban Farmer boots feature. They boast Dura Fresh bio technology, which activates to help eliminate unwanted odors of hard working feet.
Looking to the interior, the Urban Farmer is also designed with comfort in mind. A dual density contoured EVA insole helps to enhance comfort, while an internal wide steel shank helps promote durability.
I also find that I simply adore the appearance of the Urban Farmer boot. The low height, combined with the lace up fronts are simply adorable. The laces also allow me to tighten or loosen the ankle, so I can adjust to find the perfect fit!
So what has life around the barn been like for me while wearing the Urban Farmer boots? I really enjoy how easy the boots are to pull on and take off, thanks to their low height. And again, I’m a definitely a fan of the laces to help me adjust the fit of the ankles.
I’ve worn the Urban Farmer boots in my fair share of wet conditions, and they always keep my feet 100% dry. Not only that, but on really hot days, I appreciate the moisture wicking properties of the boot help keep my feet dry and comfortable.
The outsoles of the Urban Farmer boot also help to give me a nice amount of traction. So when I’m working around the barn, or out lunging my pony out in the paddock, I’ve always felt like I had good foot traction.
And as much as I’m on my feet around the barn, I’m very happy with how comfortable the Urban Farmer boots have been. They help support my feet while keeping them dry, and it’s terrific that the boots don’t even smell after all of the hard work they’ve seen.
The Urban Farmer boots are available from Bogs, and they retail for $95. They are available in either Red (pictured) or Black, and you can learn more about them here.
Go Comfortable Barn Boots (That Work Hard Too). Go Bogs. Go Eventing.