The best winter riding boots will do all the things your regular riding boots can, while keeping you protected from the wet and cold winter weather. There are a few different styles, but the best ones will allow you to ride with as much feel as you would get in your favourite long leather riding boots, despite having the extra layers of insulation.
Although they’re not all designed to be yard boots, many options have features to help them cope with winter life on the yard. You’re more likely to find waterproof, breathable and insulating materials as well as grippy soles, but make sure you look out for flexibility at the ankle and features to help you get them on and off easily, too. These extra touches will make a real difference to your day, especially when it’s -2°C on a morning in January. Last but not least, you want to find a pair that’s comfortable and will stand up to daily wear — riding boots often lead a pretty tough life!
Here’s a selection of the best winter riding boots (listed alphabetically) on the market this season to give you some ideas…
Ariat Bromont Pro Tall H2O Insulated
Colours: Black or waxed chocolate | Sizes: UK 3–8.5 | RRP: £325 |
These boots are made with a durable, waterproof, full-grain leather, have a suede inner leg panel and a waterproof membrane construction. To keep you warm in the winter months, the boots are made with Primaloft insulation, which uses fibres made with recycled materials to make a thermally efficient insulation. They feature an elegant plaid lining, elasticised panel on the lateral side, elastic gusset on the inside knee and a full length YKK rear zip for added elegance and ease. The Duratread outsole has updated traction zones that are designed for maximum wear resistance, while the inner sole incorporates technology that supports and cushions your foot to promote good posture and reduce fatigue. These Ariat boots scored 10/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.
Brogini Monte Cervino
Colours: Brown | Sizes: EU 36–43 | RRP: £95 |
Designed for the colder weather, these Brogini boots are fully lined with a dense faux fur to help retain heat and are made of a water-resistant leather. The rear of the boot features a covered elastic panel that ensures a flattering close fit while still being comfortable. The full length zip at the side of the boot – with zip cover at the top – is designed to make fastening easy.
In the UK? View now at naylors.com
Dublin Pinnacle II
Colours: Dark brown or chocolate | Sizes: UK 3–9 | RRP: £149.99 |
These casual full-leather riding boots from Dublin are breathable for all day comfort with a waterproof lining that will keep your feet and ankles dry. They offer a full-side lace adjustment and touch tape closure, so they can easily accommodate various calf widths. The moisture-wicking footbed system, which is designed for rider comfort, has heel and arch support, plus a double cushioning layer. They have a tough and grippy outer sole, which is ideal for the winter.
Equitector New Classic
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: UK 3–14, with made to measure options available | RRP: From £275 |
These boots from Equitector make use of a climate control system and it’s said that once your foot is inside the boot, the unique insulating system works like a Thermos vacuum flask, making you feel at room temperature even if it’s below freezing outside. The climate control system also helps your feet keep cool in the summer. These boots have a classic design but are made of waterproof leather and have rot-proof soles and stitching, plus additional toe protection.
Grub’s Rideline 5.0
Colours: Black or blue | Sizes: UK 4–8 | RRP: £104.95 |
These boots from Grub’s aim to keep your feet warm and dry whatever the weather with a Nitrocell footbed, which has millions of microscopic insulating nitrogen bubbles. They are also fully waterproof and made with 4mm of rubber at the foot area, making them resistant to punctures and cracking. The Outline outsole grip-grid pad grips the stirrup for better heel position and greater control, while a simple central seam helps to improve all-round foot comfort and the moisture-wicking lining prevents uncomfortable sweaty feet. These boots also have a reinforced toe cap and a shock-absorbing heel to keep your feet protected on the yard.
Colours: Brown | Sizes: EU 36–41 | RRP: £99.99 |
These practical and robust boots from Hy are described as stylish, lightweight and comfortable to wear. Made of a water-repellent oiled leather, they will keep you dry in all weathers and the technical lining will allow your feet to breathe. A full-length YKK zip at the rear of the boot ensures the boots are quick and easy to remove, while integrated stretch panels on the back of the calf for comfort and freedom of movement whilst riding. The PU sole is stitched for double strength and features anti-skid grip, which is ideal on an icy morning. These Hy Equestrian boots scored 9/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.
Mark Todd fleece-lined tall winter boots
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: EU 37–45, with two calf width options | RRP: £109.98 |
These fleece-lined riding boots from Mark Todd have a nubuck leather upper and sturdy rubber grip sole with a full-length rear zip fastening. They feature an elasticated panel for added comfort, spur rests and a leather zip pull. Also available in children’s sizes.
In the UK? View now at equus.co.uk or viovet.co.uk
In the US? View now at amazon.com
Mountain Horse Snowy River Tall
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: EU 36–43, with two calf width options | RRP: £299 |
Made from full-grain leather with a faux-fur foot lining and 200g Thinsulate insulation these Mountain Horse boots will keep your feet plenty warm, while the waterproof foot will also keep them dry. Built-in steel shanks provide improved stability, while the rugged outsole helps maintain optimum grip in slippery conditions and the ergonomic ShockX insole ensures comfort. These Mountain Horse boots scored 7/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.
The Original Muck Boot Company Derby Tall
Colours: Black | Sizes: UK 4–8 | RRP: £90 |
This pull-on style boot from The Original Muck Boot Company has a 3mm neoprene inner bootie, full rubber outer, plus a 3mm built-in footbed for comfort, warmth, and protection. They are described as 100% waterproof and have a breathable liner for seasonal versatility. Durable and protective features include the slip-resistant outsole and a built-in steel shank
Colours: Black/sand | Sizes: UK 3–8 | RRP: £68.50 |
These Rhinegold boots have a hard-wearing upper with three Velcro straps and a side gusset for maximum size alteration. The faux fur lining aids warmth, while the synthetic foot upper will repel rain. They also feature a reinforced heel, spur rest and have a lightweight yet durable sole.
In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk
Shires Moretta Ventura
Colours: Brown | Sizes: UK 4–8, with three calf width options | RRP: £109.99 |
These casual riding boots from Shires are a practical option on chillier days. The fleece lining will help keep your feet warm, while the durable, water-repellent leather will help them stand up to winter wear. The leather-covered elastic calf panel offers responsive fit, while the dressage-cut tops provide an elongated leg line. The boots feature a YKK zip at the rear, non-slip spur rests, an ActiveFlex insole and anti-shock cushioning. The sole provides reliable grip in all weathers and activities.
Steeds Sylka Tender II
Colours: Black | Sizes: EU 32–42, with three calf width options | RRP: £89.90 |
These winter riding boots are made of soft Sylka upper, which is an easy-to-clean, durable synthetic leather, while the inside is completely lined with warming teddy fleece. It is designed with an elegant slim-fit look in the foot area and has elastic lacing, while the elastic inserts on both sides of the shaft ensure a good fit and level of comfort. There is a YKK zip at the rear that is secured with a press stud. It also has a non-slip rubber outsole.
Colours: Black or cheeco | Sizes: EU 36–43, with two calf width options | RRP: £135 |
These nubuck leather riding boots from Toggi are water repellent to provide protection on wet winter days. Described as stylish as well as practical, the Calgary boots feature a full-length YKK zip with elasticated panels that provide an easy fit and offer more flexibility in the leg while riding.
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: UK 3–13, with three calf width options | RRP: £250 |
These versatile boots from Tuffa have a contoured fit – close-fit ankle is complimented by the supple nubuck-leather which provides support with comfort. The foam-backed textile lining incorporates a waterproof, breathable membrane to provide insulation against harsh weather, while the soles are durable without being heavy, and are combined with insoles to provide extra comfort. The boots feature a perforated inner pad, which provides good grip and ensures the correct feel of a close contact when riding. The YKK zip is secured at the top with a top strap and popper.
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