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  • Best Waterproof Barn Boots - Recommendations

    Is there a good economical boot out there that will last more than just a few months? I have bought $80 Wellingtons only to have them last 6 mos. Have been buying cheapy rubber rain boots but they're only lasting a couple of months before they start cracking and leaking where they crease at the toes. I'm down at my barn every day at least twice a day and often more; traipsing around in the fields in whatever kind of weather we're having tired of wet feet and dirty socks from all the mud and rain. Hopefully there's something out there worth buying that might last say a year? Would that be too much to ask? And not have them cost a bloody fortune since they are going to be routinely covered in filth. What works for you?
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    Yes, they're kinda pricey, but worth the investment: The Original Muck Boot

    They're comfy, warm and thick. Mine are 3 years old and still going strong.
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    • #3
      NEOS you can wear them over anything and they are dry and warm.

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        Mine (Original Muck Boot) only lasted 1 year. I admit, I'm very hard on shoes/boots. I now use Goop to reseal thin or worn out spots. So far, so good.

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          I have the Dubarrys- they are really great. I see that Dover carries a Mountain Horse version of them now- you could read reviews on the website.

          Also- I bought Totes waterproof boots from Kohls to wear to work all winter. Ended up wearing them in the barn bc they are waterproof and sooooo warm! Almost too warm to wear to work- my feet would be 110 degrees all day at the office! They were $60. Now I buy them at the end of the season for $20 for the next year. They last the entire winter/spring but I buy a new pair bc they are cheap and the old ones get really smelly!!!

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            I have had these L.L. Bean boots for three winters (this coming will be my fourth) and love them. Not a sign of wear, I'm sure they'll last a few more years. I will say mine are slip on rather than zip -- looks like they don't sell the pull-on's this year.

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              I used to be able to get rubber almost-knee-high "barn boots" from any of the area hardware stores that catered to the rural/farm clientel. They'd last a year or so and cost under $20.

              But the last several years, Big Bird or somebody must have taken over the design department because all of the boots now are for stick-legs. I can't get into them without slitting the boot calves almost to the ankles --whitch totally defeats the point of higher boots.
              Last edited by greysandbays; Oct. 15, 2009, 04:02 PM. Reason: trying to type around a cat sprawled all over my keyboard

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                Originally posted by DiablosHalo View Post
                I have the Dubarrys- they are really great. I see that Dover carries a Mountain Horse version of them now- you could read reviews on the website.

                Also- I bought Totes waterproof boots from Kohls to wear to work all winter. Ended up wearing them in the barn bc they are waterproof and sooooo warm! Almost too warm to wear to work- my feet would be 110 degrees all day at the office! They were $60. Now I buy them at the end of the season for $20 for the next year. They last the entire winter/spring but I buy a new pair bc they are cheap and the old ones get really smelly!!!
                Got a link to the Mtn Horse boots you mention? I just checked the Dover site and see a Tack High mud/muck boot, but didn't see the Mtn Horse brand. I have a pair of Mtn Horse paddock boots that have taken alot of abuse and remained comfortable and in good shape. I prefer a knee boot too. Really appreciate all the suggestions. I see the Wellies are now up to $94+ I'll pay that if I have some faith that they're going to last.
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                  Originally posted by greysandbays View Post
                  I used to be able to get rubber almost-knee-high "barn boots" from any of the area hardware stores that catered to the rural/farm clientel. They'd last a year or so and cost under $20.
                  I've been buying the $24.95 rubber rain boots from Target but I'm going through at least four pairs a year. It's not the sole that'swearing out, it's were the boots/rubber creases over my toes. They crack there and let mud and water in. Same thing happened with the expensive Wellingtons. They lasted longer but I'd still need two pair of them in a year and at $95, no thanks.
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                  • #10
                    I've also had good luck with my LL Bean Storm Chaser boots. They're super comfy too...I think they have Reebok tennis shoe technology, or something like that. It looks like they've changed the style though. I wore them all summer at the zoo I worked at, and they went through dozens of Virkon footbaths every day...no problem!

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                    • #11
                      I love my Muck Boots. They are so comfortable, they are like slippers. I have three pair: high cut, mid calf and the shoes. I love the high cuts the best because they are warm, comfortable and totally waterproof. They have lasted me 5 years and they're still in good shape, with almost everyday wear.
                      I like the look of the Dubarrys, too, but I like the stretch calf of the MuckBoots.

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                        I LIVE in those tall Muck Boot Co. Boots, except in summer Don't ride in them, but for barn work they are great!! Comfy and warmer than you might expect. Mine are probably 4 years old now.

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                          My Muck Boot Company tall Arctic boots are going into their 10th season and are still like new. My feet are never cold and never wet, not even in the sloppiest of footing. Not for riding, but the best for barn/farm work. I hose off the mud at my washstall when I'm ready to head back to the house which I think is key to prolonging their life.
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                            Originally posted by LauraKY View Post
                            Mine (Original Muck Boot) only lasted 1 year. I admit, I'm very hard on shoes/boots. I now use Goop to reseal thin or worn out spots. So far, so good.
                            I had the same experience with them. I love them for comfort & warmth...glad I haven't thrown them away yet...gonna get some Goop! Thanks for the tip
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                              But the last several years, Big Bird or somebody must have taken over the design department because all of the boots now are for stick-legs. I can't get into them without slitting the boot calves almost to the ankles --whitch totally defeats the point of higher boots
                              Ugh, trade you. Here they're all hugely wide on me.
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                                Allrighty then. Think I'll give the Muck Boots a go and pick up a tube of Shoe Goo to go with them. Thanks for all the input.
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                                  I buy Northerners from Tractor Supply.

                                  They're solid rubber, lined with some kind of soft fabric, and almost knee high, yet wide enough so I can just step in and out of them. No sitting down and getting icky hands.

                                  In womens' sizes, they're navy blue. In mens' sizes, they're a green.

                                  They cost a little under $17 and last about 2 years. When they go, it will be because of a small tear on the foot part. I never thought about repairing them but I bet I can if I find the right product.
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                                    Originally posted by Yip View Post
                                    I buy Northerners from Tractor Supply.

                                    They're solid rubber, lined with some kind of soft fabric, and almost knee high, yet wide enough so I can just step in and out of them. No sitting down and getting icky hands.

                                    In womens' sizes, they're navy blue. In mens' sizes, they're a green.

                                    They cost a little under $17 and last about 2 years. When they go, it will be because of a small tear on the foot part. I never thought about repairing them but I bet I can if I find the right product.
                                    Hmmm, plan to go by Tractor Supply on the way home and will check these out, but they sound alot like what I've been getting and I'm running through four pair a year, getting that small tear or cracking you mention. TS has the knee hi Muck Boots cheaper than anywhere else.
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                                    • #19
                                      I second the vote for TSC cheapos!
                                      Mine lasted 3 years and only died when I ripped the seam on one heel from stepping on it to get them off. It's repaired with duct tape (what else?) and isn't totally waterproof but I understand there is a rubber repair glue you can get somewhere...

                                      You can layer polarfleece socks underneath and you feet will stay warm & bone-dry.
                                      They can also be rolled down if you don't want kneehigh boots.
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                                        Originally posted by jazzrider View Post
                                        I have had these L.L. Bean boots for three winters (this coming will be my fourth) and love them. Not a sign of wear, I'm sure they'll last a few more years. I will say mine are slip on rather than zip -- looks like they don't sell the pull-on's this year.

                                        http://www.llbean.com/webapp/wcs/sto...tn&cat4=505549
                                        Jazzrider - can you ride in those boots? I would like a pair of waterproofs that I can go fetch the horse out of the muddy paddock and then ride and groom, muck stalls, etc. in. In other words, a pair of really good "waterproof" riding/work boots. I used to ride in my lace up LL Bean duck boots that were 8" tall, they finally gave up the ghost after six years and I wore them pretty much from November through May here in Georgia due to the rain and mud.

                                        If I can ride in those instead of my nice paddock boots during this monsoon season we are having, I'll certainly give them a try. I want to keep my paddock boots for those occasional non mud, non rain days..lol. Besides I have learned, Justin paddocks are NOT waterproof nor are they warm in the winter time.

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