Now that things are warming up and drying up, it's time to switch my footwear from winter boots to something cooler! I was just wondering if anyone had recommendations for summer shoes- I would need them for everything from barn chores (stalls, paddocks, turnout) and setting fences to coaching and tacking horses up in the barn. Last year I wore sneakers for the majority of this. My only complaints were that they got filled with sand from the ring. I've been looking into blundstones, however I am concerned that they might be too hot in the summer. Ariat makes a boot very similar to the blundstones for a bit cheaper- has anyone had any experience with these?
I'll bump this up with absolutely no advice, but as another who wonders the same. My feet get very hot so I love mesh sneakers, BUT they fill with shavings and sand...I hope someone has a great suggestion!
I personally always wear Sperry Topsiders at the barn. They are waterproof and very comfortable. Whenever a horse has stepped on me no damage has been done. I've set courses, lunged horses, done barn chores, etc in them. Been wearing the same pair as barn shoes for 5, going on 6, years now.
I used to wear sneakers but hated how everything got in them and it made my feet uncomfortable. I've also had horses feet knock into my ankles before when they got too close for comfort so I'd rather have a sturdier shoe. I have a pair of Ariat Terrains that I wear whenever I do barn chores and even use them for yard work sometimes! I really like them.
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I have a pair of these and LOVE them! They aren't hot at all and do great with the various barn chores, mud from spring rain, and just about everything else! Best part is I just hose them down if they are really gross and it doesn't affect the leather on the boot! I will say that I wear thin socks, almost like show socks, with them but definitely recommend!
I like the Justin Gypsy short boots. They're like the Ariat Fatbaby boots. They don't have much heel at all so they are comfortable, yet still provide protection. They are wide enough that you can add an orthotic insert for arch support or for extra cushioning.
I love, love, love my Blundstones, but depending on how graceful (or not) you are moving around the arena, you might still get sand/stones/etc. in them, as the tops are a little bit more loose/open (at least on me). When I lunge or set jumps or handwalk a horse in the arena I tend to have to make a stop to dump them after.
OP, don't know if you're referring to the Ariat Barnyard boots, but I find them super-comfortable and appreciate the toe protection. I've pretty much worn out my first pair (but have worn them a fair bit outside the barn) and am about to start on my second pair. I don't find them terribly hot.
They make a great negative fashion statement (at least on me) when worn with shorts at a horse show, but I wear them anyway.
I wear the thick leather Danskos for chores, and keep a pair of zip paddock boots in the barn for riding. I also have a pair of Ariat Terrains I like if I am going to be doing a lot of walking -- they are more "tennis shoe"-like but still protective. They might be perfect for what you describe.