Derby House long country boots
- Good value for money
- Easy to slip on and off
- Taller than other country boot brands
- Only one leg width
- Not that grippy
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Derby House long country boots
When I first took the Derby House country boots out the box I was rather sceptical, as they felt flimsier in the leg than other country boots I have been reviewing – such as the Brogini Warwick boots – and so I wasn’t sure how I’d get on with them. However, I can safely say that my first impressions were wrong!
At 5ft 10in, I often find that country boots and wellies come up rather short in length, which isn’t always a flattering look. These Derby House boots were noticeably a couple of inches taller, which I was very happy about. The soft leather that makes up the leg part was also very comfy, and meant the boots didn’t need too much breaking in. The boots only come in one leg width, but at a UK size 12 the width was spot on for me. The laces allow you to pull the top in if needed; however, while there is a small stretch panel at the top, I wouldn’t say this gives much extra room if you do have wider calves.
I found the foot sizing accurate in terms of fit, though the boots felt fairly narrow across the top of the foot. While I didn’t find this a problem in my initial testing, on further use of the boots I did find them too narrow when wearing thicker socks. The sole is sturdy enough, but does not look designed to be particularly grippy as the tread is fairly smooth compared to a wellie or other country boots. I did find myself slipping around when dog-walking through muddy fields; however these boots were perfectly waterproof through puddles, and they were certainly breathable as well.
The dark leather colour is smart and the boots are a traditional style – I felt like I could pop to the shops in these after riding without being scowled at! The style of these boots, combined with the non-chunky sole, makes them look smarter, rather than for rough country wear. I would definitely slip them on to go for a rainy stroll to the pub on a Sunday, or to change into after riding, but I wouldn’t use them for traipsing through muddy fields on a daily basis.
These boots are a cheaper alternative than many other country boots on the market, with an RRP of £89.99 – while they perhaps don’t have a luxurious feel, the boots feel appropriately priced and are more than up to the task.
A good, value-for-money boot that looks smart and is easy to slip on and off.
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Who tested these boots?
Victoria Rea is Horse & Hound’s chief sub editor. She lives a real country lifestyle, riding regularly and walking her German Shorthaired Pointer, Maple.
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