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Seriously WARM winter boots for barn work?

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  • Seriously WARM winter boots for barn work?

    I need some WARM and WATERPROOF winter boots for working around the barn. They don't need to be saddle-safe....or even of a "horse" brand.

    I had some lace up Baffins that I loved... but the dogs chewed them up... and Baffin doesn't make that style anymore. Now it is just the bulky draw cord version which I really hate.

    I was looking at the Muck Boot (warm) ones, forget the model name. They're taller which is nice. In summer I LOVE my Hunter boots but in winter on ice they're really slippery not to mention VERY cold.

    Suggestions? I hate shopping for footwear. I have a small foot (size 6, wear a size 35 in Danskos) so most of the time I have to order.

  • #2
    Snowmobile boots. Buy big enough to fit two pairs of thick wool socks into them... (You might have to go to a snowmobile dealership to get the really good ones.)

    If you need something "tougher" and more durable (or more protective), then Sorel is the brand of choice for upper Midwest guys who work outside all day all winter long (farmers, loggers, etc) and really abuse their footwear.

    Silly girly stuff designed for horse mommies and fashion hounds just don't cut it.


    • #3
      i second SOREL. they are the warmest, most durable things on the face of this earth. i've had the same pair for probably 10 years and they are just now starting to die. they won't dissapoint you!
      Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique



      • #4
        Ariat Icebergs. I just started wearing mine about two weeks ago and love them. I also have muck boots but found I have to wear a couple of pairs of socks for my feet to stay warm.

        I didn't think I would like the Ariats, but they keep my feet totally warm.
        Proud owner of a Slaughter-Bound TB from a feedlot, and her surprise baby...!


        • #5
          Muck Boot Brand. I swear by those suckers.

          I used to spend pretty much all day outside in coveralls and my muck boot brand boots--the taller ones that go up to about 3-4 inches below the knee w/ neoprene.

          Very helpful in mud season too...

          Or if you have to wade out into a crick.

          That said, not so grippy so be careful on ice! I've bit it a few times...
          A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

          Might be a reason, never an excuse...


          • #6

            Originally posted by caradino View Post
            i second SOREL. they are the warmest, most durable things on the face of this earth. i've had the same pair for probably 10 years and they are just now starting to die. they won't dissapoint you!
            I second this. I bought a pair 10 years ago to take to college in the snow belt. I have been wearing them to the barn for the past few winters, and they are awesome. Mine are finally starting to show a bit of wear - but a pair that have the felt pack inside - so nice and toasty.

            You can find these at Dicks sporting goods, and many, many other retailers!


            • #7
              I have some super-duper Sorel's I bought from www.cabelas.com

              They are heavy duty and lined. I clump around a bit like Elmer Fudd but they are WARM.


              • #8
                I love my Mudruckers mid boots! My feet are never cold (but it rarely gets into the single digits here).
                "We need a pinned ears icon." -MysticOakRanch


                • #9
                  Insulated duck boots with expensive trail/hiking socks like smartwool with a thin cotton sock as a liner. I put in nice insoles too to stay comfortable. Unless Sorrel's have improved over the last decade, I remember them very heavy and clunky. Also expensive.



                  • #10
                    Another vote for the tall Muck Boots. (Used to live and muck stalls in New Hampshire, so don't let the NorCal location fool you, I know my cold weather gear).
                    Coruscant Stables


                    • #11
                      I love the Muck Boot brand as well. I have the tall ones that are going on their 4th or 5th year. They are fantastic. Usually pair them with thick socks and toe warmers, and my feet stay warm and toasty, and DRY. Love them.
                      <3 Vinnie <3
                      Jackie's Punt ("Bailey") My Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbred


                      • #12
                        Another vote for Muck Boots. I love mine. It's 16 degrees here, by the way. Snow falling even as I type. I LOVE them.


                        • #13
                          The Muck Boots work great...

                          except, for me...

                          there's something in the fit, I think, that exacerbates my Raynaud's Syndrome in a few toes on my left foot. At least, those toes end up red/swollen after very little walking, and in colder temps, blue/white. Yeah, not good.

                          So, I'm ready to look for something that's as easy to get on & off, waterproof, warm, lets me ride in a stirrup (OK, a pretty big one ), but doesn't cause the toe "stuff" I get from the MBs.

                          I'll keep looking at this thread in hopes of inspiration!


                          • #14
                            I 'ummptenth' the Sorels & Muckboot brands. LOVE both brands. I now use my Muckboots year around (in the winter, I add one of those little instant hand warmers) and never have any issues with them, whatsoever. I'd use my Sorels, but they are too small... so I use the Muckboots (plus warm socks and those heat packs) .
                            Proud owner of Gus & Gringo.
                            See G2's blog


                            • #15
                              I find Sorels & Mucks to be nice...until you hit about 0 degrees. Ariats are great for riding...but not rated for enough cold.

                              A couple of years ago I bought a pair of men's black Cabela's hunting boots. Boots were rated to be comforable to -60 degrees. My feet have NEVER been cold in them. They hold up great in snow and water.

                              Don't even think about trying stirrups- but if you are doing chores- holding horses for the farrier for 8 hours in miserable weather...you WILL be warm!


                              • #16
                                Also recommending Sorels, and the old LL Bean boots designed like them (they both have the replaceable wool liners). I have had my Sorels for about 20 years, they are an old style that wears like iron.

                                This may be the wrong time of year to try it, but I found the LL Bean boots at Goodwill for $7.00 last spring. That older style, on Ebay, now sells for $30-$75+... If you, or some friends can hit your local thrift shops every few weeks, lots of times you can find fabulous shoes/boots there-and many are brand new. Either there are some people who wear shoes like 3 times, or, they like to purge closets!! I found a pair of Aussie made Blundstones at a thrift shop a few weeks ago for $4.00. After you sanitize them, you're good to go!

                                My sis and a friend try to go in a cycle, and if we see a bargain in the others' size, we grab it. I have also found Ariat clogs, and Danskos there too...


                                • #17
                                  Sorels. When I first moved to Montana my friends here told me to get them. I'm going on 5 yrs with my first pair and I literally LIVE in them 4 months out of the year! (you can get replacement liners, next year I may be ready for those)


                                  • #18
                                    Sorels. And if you're lucky like me and have small feet, the kids' sizes are lots less expensive and just as good! I have one pair that I got as a hand-me down probably 15 or 16 years ago, and they were well-used then. Treads are worn some (not good anymore for slippery stuff but deep snow or where there is traction is fine!) and need new liners.


                                    • #19
                                      I like my Dubarrys. Very warm, and waterproof to almost the knee.


                                      • #20
                                        Another vote for Muckboots and Sorels. I wear the Sorels when it's bitter (well below 0) and the muck boots the rest of the time.
                                        I just got the winter riding boot (Colt boots) from them for this winter. Nice and warm!