Ariat has launched a new technology for riding boots, which “follows the anatomy of the foot for perfect harmony between boot and wearer”.

Cobalt VX technology uses a honeycomb shank to “stabilise the foot and promote balance,” said Phil Duff, managing director of Ariat Europe.

Other features include a cushioned midsole to absorb shock and a moulded heel cradle, to support the arch and heel.

Ariat claim that the technology can also help reduce lower limb fatigue.

“The VX are simply the most comfortable boots I have,” said Olympic eventer Mary King. “I feel surefooted in the stirrup and secure in the knowledge that my boots will perform as required.”

Cobalt VX technology will be used in a number of boots in the Ariat range, including Devon Pro Paddock boots.