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

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  • #81
    I'd love to hook you up, but I keep them in the guest room for when my mom comes to visit. She's put a quite few mucking-miles on'em. That old bat really loves mucking. They're too beat up to sell, anyway. Sorry!
    Dreadful Acres: the chronicle of my extraordinary unsuitability to country life


    • #82
      Love my Dublins. Wore them through the Netherlands in wind and rain, kept me warm and dry. Great for barn chores in the winter on hunting mornings.


      • Original Poster

        1. You underestimate my frugality.
        2. Your mom mucks? Damn, you won the mom-lottery! Keep that woman in whatever boots she likes. I'll just go sulk in my sock feet...
        Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.

        You call it boxed wine. I call it carboardeaux.


        • #84
          I have the Dublin Mid-River boots and I absolutely love them. I am a teacher and wear them all the time with my pants/jeans pulled over them. The only thing in regards to their appearance is that dye from my jeans have rubbed off on the uppers and know they don't look as good with jeans tucked in. Gotta figure out a way to get the ink off. Or...maybe just buy a new pair

          I have 17.5" calves and they fit just fine. I would even say that they could accomodate up to an 18.5" easily. I would love to have the tall ones but I am scared of them not even remotely fitting. I hate the way the fuller fillies' look. Like somebody else said...they are way too plain!


          • #85
            I really like my Dubarry's. I didn't spend $500 on them though, I bought them a couple years ago (you know so it was probably $450 ). I thought about buying them for a full year before I got a pair at KHP. I interviewed random strangers lining the cross country course about how they liked theirs.

            My only disappointment is that my calf is too wide to wear the liner. Bummer. And of course I have two of them that were non-returnable presents.

            They are much more comfortable than my $150 waterproof Sorels--I can't even wear those. The top of the shell digs into the back of my achilies. I have to give Dubarry credit for having a good transition from the shoe part to the calf part.

            It's funny to look at cringing at $450 or $500 boots that you have for years vs. a month or two of board on one horse. I'm including myself in the irony. Or how I can easily buy my horse a heavy blanket for $300 something, but die if I need a new coat. Don't get me started on the cost of glue on aluminums vs. buying myself one pair of dress pumps for work.
            DIY Journey of Remodeling the Farmette: http://weownblackacre.blogspot.com/


            • #86
              Congratulations, COTHers, on getting me to positively drool over Dubarry boots! Perhaps I'll ask SO/Santa Claus for some
              "A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart, and wins with his character." - Tesio


              • #87
                Love my Dubarrys! Warm and comfy and easy! I have a pair of middleburgs for riding and those are just as comfy (not as warm) but my zipper broke and I'm having trouble justifying getting them fixed when I have the Dubarrys.

                I was clearing small trees and shrubs in my yard last weekend and I had these on for two 10 hour days. I had 0 foot pain afterwards, and I have a pretty decent case of plantar fasciatis, so that speaks volume to me!


                • #88
                  I've had my Dubarry's for ~5 months now, and oh do I love them! By far the most comfortable, both in terms of fit and moisture wicking (and waterproof-ness) boots I have ever worn.

                  I never tried any of the knock offs so can't compare, but seeing how much I love the real ones, well, I'm not looking any further

                  I wear them pretty much all day, every day for work (barn/farm job) and you couldn't pry them from my cold dead hands Despite all the mud and other abuse I put them through, they still clean up beautifully to wear for going out, too.

                  I sort of wish I'd gone up a whole size instead of a half size, because I'd like to add a warm liner/insole/something for winter. Had I ordered my regular size, they've been way too small to even get on.


                  • #89
                    Originally posted by Lori T View Post
                    I love my Dublins! And I got them on TOTD for half off, so I love them even more!
                    It was interesting though..my daughter also got a pair. Mine however, were different in that the inside leg is designed like a half chap, whereas hers weren't.
                    I am happy mine came that way, as I do ride in them! All the time. I had a blood clot in my left leg 2 years ago and as a result, that leg gets swollen by the afternoon, which is when I usually ride. I cannot get my Vogel's on that leg, so I am very happy that I can ride in the Dublins.
                    And yes, they are very waterproof!
                    I like that I can wear them for riding and around the barn, and wear them with jeans around town!
                    Yep, I have a pair of the Dublin River Boots, and love mine, too! They do run a bit large--I'm usually between a 7.5 and an 8 in shoes, and always get an 8 in riding shoes. I got a 7.5 in these, and still prefer padded hiking style socks when wearing them.

                    That is my sole complaint about them, though. They've been comfortable to walk around in, jump judge in, get ready the morning of a show, hike around Yellowstone (including through/into the Madison, Yellowstone, and Lamar rivers), trek down the block during Hurricane Sandy, hop on the horse for a brief hack.... I don't love riding in them because I prefer a bit more ankle support, but they're fine for just hacking around or a trail ride, which is just fine with me, because I didn't buy them intending to ride in them.
                    A Year In the Saddle


                    • #90
                      It nearly killed me last winter when I went past the Dubarry factory store on a bus. I thought about it all week but could not figure out a way to get there without spending a fortune. Next time I go to Ireland it is on my list of things I have figure out how to do!


                      • #91
                        I have a change fund for a pair of Dubarry boots, however I can only fit into the Galway ExtraFit style--I want the other colors very badly, the Connemara Smoke specifically.

                        While I wait for my calves to miraculously shrink, and for my change fund to grow, I bought a pair of the Dublin Mid Rivers (knock-offs of the short Dubarry boots). I REALLY like them, they have a very comfy footbed, and have been VERY warm, which I didn't realize they would be. So, a surprise that is much appreciated.

                        I wore them for 7 straight hours walking around at Equine Affaire and my feet never hurt in them. I would highly recommend looking into the Dublins if you want the Dubarry look without the price tag.
                        RIP my beautiful Lola, ????–August 29, 2014


                        • #92
                          Am I the only one who was completely underwhelmed by the Dubarry boots? Mine didn't even last a year without starting to crack and separate at the sole -- and yes, I did care for them as recommended. After less than a year, they weren't even remotely waterproof anymore.

                          They certainly didn't hold up to doing basic farm chores for a full winter, and I'm really not all that hard on boots.

                          Maybe they would last years if I just wore them around casually. I just wouldn't buy them if you are planning to actually do any real daily work in them.

                          They are incredibly comfortable, and if I had a lot of disposable income, I'd have a pair for casual wear around the farm or at shows. Heck, they are comfortable enough that if I had the disposable income, I'd just replace them every year if necessary.


                          • #93
                            um so I have 3 different kinds (clothes JUNKY alert!)... the FF, the Dublin and the Dubarrys... the FF are v big and not warm like the other two but are v generous in calf if thats something you need - I have big calves (17") but they are too generous for me really they will actually fall off my foot it I hold my leg at the right angle, they are also kind of flatter and don't have the same arch support as the others. In addition they are not waterproof unless you spray them with something and do not have insulating properties. I have the "plus size" calf Dubarrys they are super nice and warm but I ridiculously am scared to get them dirty as they are so expensive.... also horse muck voids the warranty on waterproofing it specifically says so in the cleaning instructions.... the Dublins are not quite as comfy and warm as the Dubarry and are tighter in the calf but I have to say for the price these are the ones of the 3 I wear most so I guess they are the ones I would recommend!


                            • #94
                              Gah! The Clare boot is so sexy! Want. Want. Want!

                              Damn, where is that trust fund when I need it?
                              Barn rat for life


                              • #95
                                And BTW - I own these.
                                $25 from TSC, and NOT sexy at all.

                                But they get the job done and are pretty comfy too! Maybe I should spray paint them brown?
                                Barn rat for life


                                • #96
                                  Thinking of putting the Dublin Pinnacles on my Christmas list but want to double check that they are comfy for riding. I don't want to have to change into something else to ride. I currently ride in paddock boots and half chaps. Any thoughts?
                                  McDowell Racing Stables

                                  Home Away From Home


                                  • #97
                                    I had a pair of Dublins and work them for less than 1 month and the rubber was pulling away from leather so I returned them and scrapped that type of boot idea.


                                    • #98
                                      Originally posted by Laurierace View Post
                                      Thinking of putting the Dublin Pinnacles on my Christmas list but want to double check that they are comfy for riding. I don't want to have to change into something else to ride. I currently ride in paddock boots and half chaps. Any thoughts?
                                      I have them and I love them, but I can't comfortably ride in them - they are much, much too short and even without any drop, hit about 2 inches below my knee. Let alone when I get on and put my heels down! I know plenty of people who ride in them and seem to love them, but I reserve them for barn work on muddy days and maybe hopping on bareback or something.


                                      • #99
                                        I was afraid of that. I am getting them from Smartpak who is great about returning stuff you don't like so I think I may still give them a try.
                                        McDowell Racing Stables

                                        Home Away From Home


                                        • Originally posted by GreyCalisten View Post
                                          In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit to being an utter 'boot whore' and wont' go into how many pairs I own.... But, after lounging in the booth and getting tipsy on free champagne, I was charmed into Dubarrys.

                                          Bought my pair at Rolex in 2008, so they are now 4 years old with lots of miles on them. I don't treat them like $400+ boots; they get plenty of abuse - they now look lived-in and just as stylish as the day I got them.


                                          While they are FANTASTIC for mucking stalls and are 'easy-on, easy-off' (great for doing night check in your PJ's :-) ), they are most definitley not comfortable enought for all-day wear as there is no support in the footbed. They do keep your feet nice and dry, and are protective enough to wear around horses.

                                          The sizing may have changed, but when I bought mine they were only available in whole sizes... This means that if you add a gel insert and wear anything beyond a silk boot sock, they are too small... This sizing also works against you if you buy the fuzzy insert to wear them during the winter; again - it's too much bulk and makes them too small. (These boots are not, IMHO, 'winter' boots - no insulation...give me my leather Ugg 'Brooks' over them any day!)

                                          They are fabulous quality boots, and very stylish (love the new colors that are available), and DO hold up to the company's claims of durability.. but they are just not super comfortable.
                                          This, same here, not comfortable for all day wear, and no room for wool socks. Would not buy again.