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Does anyone regret their Dubarry (or DB knock-off) purchase? (update post 184)

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    I'm an outcast too! But the enabling is getting to me...

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    • #42
      I don't own them either... the look of them doesn't particularly appeal to me. Even if it did I don't think I could justify that price.


      • #43
        I have the mid height Dublins. I really like them! Comfy and water proof, which are most important, warm when they need to be.
        COTH's official mini-donk enabler

        "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl


        • #44
          Do not regret my Dubarry purchase! I have the Dubarry Galway boot, classic color. I would have preferred the Walnut color but I still don't regret the purchase. They're kick ass boots and they -and my favorite Sperries!- never, ever go on the ground when I'm done wearing them. They get cleaned up after a day's use and put on a shelf, ready for the next day. Out of the dogs' reach!

          Dubarry and Burberry are my absolute favorite brands and I will scrimp to afford them! Oh my god, this thread made me re-visit both sites and add to my wish list. Y'all are horrible!

          My dad has a pair of deck shoes that are 30+ years old. The brand is quality, imo.
          True Bearing Equestrian
          St. Helena Island, SC


          • #45
            I have never been able to justify such obsurd amt of money on Dubarrys. No offense to anyone, but Id rather get a nice pair of Frye boots


            • #46
              I have a pair of Dubarry Carlow's in Galway River. They're absolutely gorgeous, waterproof, warm in the winter and tolerable in the summer boots.

              I bought them online from overseas during a sale. With shipping, I paid less than half of what they sell for in the US.

              They're my barn boots, my dog walking boots, my rain boots and my bareback riding boots.

              I love them.


              • #47
                Can anyone comment on the sizing of the Dublins? I've found a pair online for a good price and normally wear a 9 1/2, but they only have 9s and 10s left. Are they true enough to size that I should suck it up and pay a higher price on a different website, or will I be ok going up or down?


                • #48
                  I fell in love with the Dubarry's, but really just couldn't stomach the price tag for what I knew would be fall - spring mud/barn/mucking boots. But I needed a tough waterproof tall boot that I could fit something other than breeches into and I also wanted the liners for winter warmth.

                  What I ended up with were the Dublin Cascasdes http://www.dublinclothing.com/new-du...cade-boot.html and I love them. I get tons of compliments on them, as they don't look like Dubarry knock offs. They're light, waterproof, and the Dubarry liners work perfectly in them in winter and keep my feet cozy warm.
                  Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
                  Witherun Farm


                  • #49
                    I'd never pay $500 for a pair of shoes/boots, period! $150 would be the most I'd be willing to pay and anyway, I'd rather wear paddock boots + 1/2 chaps.

                    For mucking / keeping feet nice and warm in Maine winters, I have a pair of waterproof, leather Ariat winter paddock boots that are great. I just add 1/2 chaps, and I'm good to ride in them too.

                    Plus, I don't like definite "looks" that everyone is wearing, in boots or anything else.
                    Ottbs - The finish line is only the beginning!


                    • #50
                      I have the Dublins and love them, though they are starting to look a little beat after years of abuse. Like everyone else, I've gotten tons of compliments from outside the horse community!

                      I'm tempted to replace them with the Rhona Country boots as they seem to have a footbed that closer resembles the Dubarry's, but really like the little lacing at the top.
                      The only thing the government needs to solve all of its problems is a Council of Common Sense.


                      • #51
                        I do the course design for my club's mini trial and our series of hunter paces... my feet were always getting wet, or too hot, etc. At first I got the Fuller Fillies ones, but they do not hold up well at all and the water proofing isn't 100% reliable. I've also had the "muck boots" - too hot and heavy.

                        So I caved and got the Dubarrys once they came out with the extra-fit wider calf version. Love em' I can walk through a stream 12" deep, whatever... my feet stay dry and they are not too hot and not too cold. Also very comfortable to wear while teaching, lunging, etc... and you can hop on a horse in them if need be - even though Dubarry says you shouldn't.
                        2016 RRP Makeover Competitor www.EnviousBid.com


                        • #52
                          So, why do dubarry's cost $500? Does everyone like them so much just because they are expensive.?

                          I haven't read much (or could have missed) about the reason they cost so much. Anyone?


                          • #53
                            I got my Dubarrys in December and I live in them--but not around the barn! I actually bought them purely as a fashionable, comfortable pair of boots. I would never get them dirty!

                            I travel a lot for work and I never leave home without them (unless it's flip-flop weather). They slide right on and off for TSA screening, they are warm on those freezing cold planes and trains, and they look fabulous with skinny jeans.

                            I also love really nice looking boots for wearing to work on casual days and just around the city. I get tons of compliments on my Dubarrys. You just can't find anything else like them in the stores.
                            \"Non-violence never solved anything.\" C. Montgomery Burns


                            • #54
                              Not in a million years would I spend $500 on a pair of boots, especially when the knock-offs seem to do just as well. Are any of them made for people with tall, thin legs? I hate wearing boots that are too wide for my calves -- uncomfortable and looks a little stupid -- not that I care too much about that.

                              Also, I don't care if they are actually knock-offs (don't really care about "fashion" LOL), but would like something that will keep my feet dry and warm and I can ride in if necessary -- any ideas?

                              If not, I'll keep checking Good Will, which is where I buy most of my shoes (and clothes)!
                              "If you can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em."


                              • #55
                                For me, other boots did not do as well. I went through a pair of Muck Boots yearly and like I said, they were wicked hot and too heavy to be comfortable walking much.

                                I tried the Fuller Fillies knock offs had issues with the soles falling apart and them not being waterproof, replaced them and had the same issues within a couple months.

                                The Dubarrys are over a year old now and still just like new. I added an insole that I like to give more footbed support. If they last 5-6 years then cost-wise I'm the same as buying one pair of crappy boots every year. Except these are way more comfortable and I expect them to last even longer than that.
                                2016 RRP Makeover Competitor www.EnviousBid.com


                                • #56
                                  Humph, I'm not typically one to succumb to fashion trends, and looking at these, I suspect that I'd look more like a garden gnome than a lissome irish lass! But you all have me almost convinced...


                                  • #57
                                    Also on the fence...

                                    I bought a pair of Kanyon's from TOTD and really like them, but the calf is huge and the footbed is not spectacularly supportive. I have recently worn them for 12+ hours a night standing on a ladder braiding hunters and could barely walk afterwards I had added my orthodics originally and when I added a Dr. Scholl's gel cushion last week my feet were MUCH happier. This type of boot is PERFECT for braiding- tall enough to keep the shavings out when you have to braid a tail while standing in the stall's shavings banks, and protects my shins and jeans from water, poop, and falling off the ladder...And everyone compliments them. Even when they smell. The leather quality of the Kanyon is not even close to that of Dubarry, and the leather is scuffing a great deal on the toe area of one foot.

                                    So I've been on a desperate search for info regarding my 3 main choices- Middleburg, Dublin, and Dubarry. A friend of mine with the Dubarry's said that she loves hers, but agreed that if you have feet issues you need to add something to the footbed. I did, however, notice that my assistant trainer decided to do the Rolex course walk in a pair of Wellies instead of her Dubarry's that she's been living in....

                                    2 girls I know have the Middleburgs, and one got massive blisters but otherwise they seem to like them. I don't know about durability or actual waterproof-ness, but they sure are pretty...

                                    I see those of you with the Dublin's really like them, but I noticed on Dover's size chart that they're considerably shorter in height than the Middleburgs and Dubarrys. And judging by how much my Kanyons and the Dubarrys drop, shorter might not be worth the already more supportive footbed if I already have orthodics and gel cushions...

                                    Anyone have input on the Middleburgs or how much the Dublin's drop?

                                    One last issue of mine- I have obscenely large feet (size 10.5 or 11, depending on the shoe), tiny ankles, and- here's the kicker- am 5'4". When I was a kid they told me I should be 6' tall....And boot makers tend to size the calf and ankle proportionally to the size of the foot, so I tend to look like a small child shuffling around in her dad's waders...except the feet actually fit...


                                    • #58
                                      Originally posted by Bacchus View Post
                                      Not in a million years would I spend $500 on a pair of boots, especially when the knock-offs seem to do just as well. Are any of them made for people with tall, thin legs? I hate wearing boots that are too wide for my calves -- uncomfortable and looks a little stupid -- not that I care too much about that.

                                      Also, I don't care if they are actually knock-offs (don't really care about "fashion" LOL), but would like something that will keep my feet dry and warm and I can ride in if necessary -- any ideas?

                                      If not, I'll keep checking Good Will, which is where I buy most of my shoes (and clothes)!
                                      Get the Dublin Pinnacles. The sides are adjustable. I have 12 in calves, so these are the only boots that don't feel like sticking my legs in a bucket. I bought them for $150, so you can definitely find them cheaper than $200


                                      • #59
                                        I bought my Dubarry's when they first began coming to North America (so before all these other companies began making knockoffs). I've had mine for coming on 5 (6?) years. I LOVE them! I have literally worn them all over hell's half acre. I wear them in -40+ degree Canadian winter (with the liners!) and in the 35+ degree summers with no problems. I have ridden in mine a handful of times.

                                        They are my mucking-course build-bathing-muck-snow-school-work boots and do it all with style! I can wear them 12 hours a day on my feet with no problems. My mom used to borrow mine all the time, until she got tired of cleaning horse crap off of them and got her own pair. She is a professor, and gets compliments on them all the time! There are quite a few people with knockoffs at my barn now, as well as the Dubarry's, and everyone seems pretty happy! Most of the mom's have their own now too, for much the same reason as my mom.

                                        I was determined to make my next pair the Carlow's in the Galway River but they stopped making them *sob*. I don't think mine will die in the next 10 years anyways, so hopefully by then they have another similar boot!


                                        • #60
                                          I love my Dublin Pinnacles. They've held up well to abuse and little care. The adjustable sides are nice.

                                          Happy riding,
                                          Jessie and The Stinky Pony aka Bosco