Spending time in the yard is a wonderful escape from the stresses of the world, but it can be hard on your feet. A sturdy pair of boots is essential. The wet and cold of wintertime make it especially important. Let’s take a look at some of the best waterproof yard boots.
1. Dublin Husk Boots II
Dublin Husk Boots are stylish enough to wear outside of the yard. They are a great winter boot for walks and about town. Very similar to Dubarry boots, but more affordable, Dublin Husk Boots focus on comfort for long hours of wear.
The foot contains an RCS footbed system, designed for breathability and keeping your feet comfortable. They also contain arch support and extra cushioning. The outer part of the foot has a thick, durable sole with good grip. The boots have a waterproof lining in the foot and up to the ankle, which ensures dry, warm feet. The upper part of the boot is made from full-grain leather and has a breathable nylon lining.
Dublin Husk Boots come in brown, chocolate and black. If you are in-between sizes, getting a size bigger is recommended. They are ideally suited to light work around the yard. For really mucky situations, you may want to consider a different style boot.
2. Women’s Hale Tall Waterproof Muck Boots
Women’s Hale Tall Boots, made by the Muck Boot Company are excellent winter yard boots. They are quite stylish for a wellie type boot and come in a fun black and pink colour. The thick soles have plenty of grip and provide good insulation to keep your feet warm. They are also durable enough to stand up to the battering they’ll get on the yard.
The boots are 100% waterproof and lined with neoprene, which provides warmth. The flexibility of their construction means they are comfortable for all-day wear. Inside, the boots have a PK mesh lining which helps draw moisture away from your feet to aid in keeping them dry.
Women’s Hale Tale Boots are 38 cm / 15.5” tall with a maximum calf size of 38 cm / 15.5 “. If you fall into a half size, get the next size up. They are an excellent boot for the worst of weather to keep your feet dry and warm.
3. Dublin River Boots III
Dublin River Boots III are another excellent option from Dublin Clothing. Like the Dublin Husk Boots, they have a country rambler vibe and suit not only time on the yard but out and about. The boots have a waterproof lining in the foot and ankle area, so your feet will stay dry and cosy. The rest of the boot is high quality, durable, and soft leather.
Inside, the boot has a nylon lining, support for the heel and foot arch, as well as two layers of cushioning for comfort. The tops of the boots have an elastic gusset and tie to adjust the fit. The sole is thick, durable and has excellent grip.
Dublin River Boots come three calf widths, regular, wide and extra-wide so they will fit a variety of leg shapes. You can buy them in black, dark brown or chocolate. Go up a size if you wear a half size.
4. Women’s Arctic Ice Vibram Tall Yard Boots
We’ve all experienced numb toes from mucking out in the winter. Not only are the Arctic Ice boots able to withstand the wet, muck and wear work on the yard entails, they also have extra thick neoprene and fleece lining. The top of the boots has a stretchy rim that keeps the cold and yard debris out.
The soles are well thought out with the latest grip technology, allowing for safe walking in icy conditions. In addition to all the great features mentioned, the Arctic Ice boots are completely waterproof. If you want a tough, warm yard boot, these are worth the cost. Your feet will thank you for them.
The boots are 43 cm / 17.6” high and come with a calf size of 38cm / 15.5”.
5. Ariat Windermere II Waterproof Boot
The Windermere II Waterproof boot comes from one of the most recognised names in equestrian clothing, Ariat. Ariat designed the Windermere boot to be multi-functional. Not only are they great for wearing around the yard or out walking, but you can also ride in them.
The insoles contain Ariat’s much-admired 4LR technology which gives the foot with plenty of support and comfort. They have a stretch gusset to provide a comfortable fit. The entire boot is waterproof with a mixture of suede and full-grain leather. The soles are made from Duratread, which is designed to withstand the damage caused by muck around the yard. The outer foot area is stirrup friendly.
The boots are 16” tall and come in a regular and full width. They come in a lovely chocolate brown colour.
6. Dubarry Galway Country Boot
Durbarry pioneered the stylish country boot that equestrians love. The Galway Country boot is no exception to the comfort and style of Dubarry. They are loved for their extreme comfort, shock-absorbing soles, and waterproof construction. The Galway Boot is great for the yard, walking, or with jeans out around town.
The boots are 100% waterproof but also breathable. They are made with Dubarry’s DryFast-DrySoft™ leather and lined with GORE-Tex. They come in regular, ExtraFit™ and Slim Fit™ calf sizes. Be warned – they’re expensive and might set you back more than £300, but if you’re looking for the bets water resistant yard boots money can buy, then look no further.