Our reviewer who is a keen cowboy boot wearer loved these botts and has recently invested in a pair for herself despite the fact they took some getting used to and pinched slightly after lengthy usage.
As a dedicated cowboy-boot wearer (I wear them come rain or shine, summer or winter, with jeans or a dress), I was perhaps a little too excited at the prospect of a pair of wellies in my very favourite style, which I would be able to tromp through puddles in without guilt.
I opted for the Urban Snakeskin version in black, but the boots are also available in a range of colourful prints that the company recommends as ideal festival wear.
The boots arrived in a plastic drawstring bag that has proved useful since (always a bonus) and, despite a slightly overpowering plastic smell at first (it faded), they looked great.
The boots are so shiny that, combined with the snakeskin effect, a friend actually asked me whether they were patent leather before a closer inspection.
My feet are a 6 (39) and these came up true to size. To be honest, I did feel slightly clumpy and heavy-footed when I first wore them, but I remember feeling the same way when I first got my leather cowboy boots – there’s something about the heel and weight distribution that takes some getting used to.
I’ve worn the boots to knock about the yard in and, thanks to the heel, they’re fine for jumping on a horse in as long as you’re happy riding in short(ish) boots. I’ve also worn them to the office on a rainy day, but this was the one time that my feet started to ache after a few hours and I had to take them off for a while – I do have broad feet and the toes are quite narrow, so others might not experience the same problem.
I also thought that, in a high-street situation, the calves are slightly narrower than a leather cowboy boot and perhaps not quite as flattering…
However, overall I’d choose a pair of these over traditional wellies any day. In fact, I recently invested in a coloured pair for this summer. Sold.
A versatile boot which after some adaptation time are a real hit