Wondering what you might recommend to wear for footwear to do barn chores & lessons? Need something that is comfortable (as I am on my feet ALL day). Prefer it to be something suitable to wear in occassional mud and mucky stuff, or walking across dewey wet grass.
I love my Blundstone #500 boots. I'm on my fourth or fifth pair right now. . .buy new ones every few years, and I adore them!! Super comfortable, easy to clean, and they clean up well. . .look nice with a pair of jeans!
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For the winter I like Columbia Bugabootoo boots. The places I've used them (coold Michigan winters and muddy Virginia springs!) clogs definitely don't cut the mustard. I can't abide wet cold feet or getting sand in my shoes from the ring! And its a shame let such nice leather like on the Pro clogs, get ruined by mud and salt.
The Bugabootoo is very warm (rated -25F), moisture-wicking, rubberized on the foot so mud is no problemo, roomy toebox for thick socks, good grip in ice/snow, and compatible with orthotics. Good ankle support and stability, if that's important. They are wide across the ball of the foot so you need large stirrups to ride in them comfortably but they do have a short heel so perfectly safe if you have to jump on for a quick demo to the class.
But get the laces, the zippered ones never stay up. (lesson learned).
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I don't get the Dansko thing, but maybe that's just me...Is it cold where you are? I'm all about UGGs. Can't beat the comfort or the warmth.
Until this year, I'd gone through a pair every winter, but just discovered some different styles that have vibram soles and are a little more structured. They're just as comfortable, more waterproof that the older styles and I think they'll hold up a bit longer. They're on sale right now at Overland Sheepskin Co. Note that they run a little smaller than the old Uggs, I went up a size.
I have plantar fasciitis in my left foot, and by wearing Ariat ANYTHING, I am able to be comfortable and mobile all day long. I prefer the waterproof version of theTerrain, or the barnyard boot. Both are also suitable for riding. I couldn't live without them.
The UGGs I linked to are $135. That sweating issue doesn't happen with UGGs, which is one of the reasons I love them. If I wear them every day for the 4 winter months, that's less than $1/day for my feet to be dry, warm, and comfortable. This is how I rationalize I tried rationalizing a pair of Dubarrys for this year, but I can't imagine they offer $300 more comfort than the UGGs, though they are awfully cute...