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  • Most equestrians have a good selection of boots for every occasion and a good pair of country boots should be the perfect balance between functional and fashionable, while yard boots or wellies will be suited to harder work and your riding boots are a better option for when you’re in the saddle.

    In general, they should be hardy enough to endure a morning of yard chores or a long dog walk, but stylish enough that you can hop in the car and head to the pub for lunch or to your local point-to-point. Some are more practical than pretty, while others fall on the other side of the fence – it’s important to decide what you need from your boots before you buy them. As equestrians, we’re used to spending the day on our feet, and the best country boots will make that time comfortable and provide your feet with plenty of support.

    Can you ride in country boots?

    Although many country boots are designed with equestrians in mind, not all are safe for riding in. Some pairs of country boots are designed to be worn in the saddle and will be suitable for a quick hack, but often this is not their primary purpose. If you’re looking for a new pair of riding boots for wearing primarily in the school, you would be better to invest in a pair of long leather boots or winter riding boots. These will give you a much closer contact and feel with your horse’s side and will be safer in the stirrup.

    Are country boots worth the money?

    Country boots can be a really significant investment (but definitely a worthy one), so you need to be sure on your purchasing decision. The best country boots are comfortable, waterproof (or at least water resistant), have a robust sole with a good grip and be stylish in appearance. If they are designed so they can safely be worn in the saddle, then that’s an added bonus.

    They need to remain comfortable when being worn for hours at a time, and should be tough enough to cope with the regular challenges that a busy horse owner will throw at them, such as walking the dogs, traversing cross-country courses, standing at ringside, and we want them to look great when we happen to bump into our friends along the way. If you were thinking of wearing them for heavier yard chores on a regular basis, it would be worth considering whether a pair of specifically designed yard boots or wellies might suit your needs better.

    If you’re thinking about getting a new pair of country boots, but aren’t quite sure which ones are your best option, we’ve rounded up a great selection to help you take a step in the right direction.

    Best country boots

    Mark Todd Country Boot MKII

    Fit: Unisex | Colours: Brown | Sizes: EU 37–45, in standard or wide | RRP: £154.99 | H&H review: 9/10, H&H Approved |

    These Mark Todd boots are described as fully waterproof, lightweight and comfortable. They are made from full-grain and nubuck leather and feature a technical, waterproof and breathable lining. We found they gave good support and stood up well to regular wear. They fitted well, were true to size, kept our feet and worth spending the extra money on. These boots are also available in children’s sizes.

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    Bareback Footwear Quebec

    Fit: Ladies’ | Colours: Brown | Sizes: UK 3–12 | RRP: £219 | H&H review: 9/10, H&H Approved |

    The Quebec waterproof mid-calf boots from Bareback Footwear are made from full-grain waxed leather and edged with piping detail through the whole boot. They are finished with contrast stitch detailing and a brass buckle to the rear, which makes them adjustable and so easier to take on and off. They feature a waterproof and breathable lining, anti-slip sole as well as a gel heel insert and shock-absorbing insole for added comfort and support.

    Read H&H’s independent Bareback Footwear Quebec Boots review.

    Brogini Warwick country boots review

    Brogini Warwick

    Fit: Unisex | Colours: Chocolate brown | Sizes: EU 36–43, in regular or wide calf | RRP: £120 | H&H review: 8/10 |

    Crafted in a hard-wearing buffalo leather, the Brogini Warwick is described as ideal for wet weather at any time of the year. These boots have a breathable, waterproof membrane and moleskin lining, so are waterproof up to 16cm, while the oiled leather used on the foot is naturally water resistant and will help to deter staining. They have a cream contrast stitch throughout, and a classic brass Brogini tab on the side. The lightweight sole is durable, shock absorbing and widely recycled, plus has an integrated riding steel shank.

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    Brogini Winchester lace-up country boots review

    Brogini Winchester Lace-Up Country Boots

    Colours: Brown | Sizes: EU 36–42, in two widths | RRP: £110 | H&H review: 8/10 |

    Designed to be a seamless transition between a riding boot and a country boot, the Winchester is 2cm taller than other Brogini country boots to stop the top catching on your saddle. The lace up sides offer a wide adjustment so you can adjust the boot easily depending on your choice of legwear and socks, and the foot and ankle are lined with a breathable, waterproof membrane and perspiration control lining. The steel shank in the sole provides support and reduces foot movement to improve position and stability

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    Ariat Wythburn Tall waterproof boots

    Ariat Wythburn Tall Waterproof Boots

    Fit: Ladies’ | Colours: Dark brown | Sizes: UK 3–8.5 | RRP: £200 |

    These country boots from Ariat are made of waterproof leather and feature a soft faux shearling on the inside. They have a stirrup-friendly outer sole, removable cushioning insole, padded collar and a front lace system to offer the perfect fit. The Duratread sole is stirrup friendly. Also available in a shorter version.

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    Derby House country boots

    Derby House Long Country Boots

    Fit: Unisex | Colours: Brown | Sizes: UK 3–12 | RRP: £89.99 | H&H review: 7/10 |

    Crafted from quality buff leather with an anti-skid rubber sole, these waterproof and breathable boots from Derby House are designed to keep you dry and comfortable in style. We found these boots really easy to keep clean and a great option if you’re looking for country boots on a budget.

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    Dublin River boots III review

    Dublin River Boots III

    Fit: Unisex | Colours: Dark brown, chocolate, black, dark brown/green or charcoal/navy | Sizes: UK 3–11, with three calf width options | RRP: £149.99 | H&H review: 7/10 |

    These boots from Dublin have a waterproof lining to keep your feet and ankles dry and a breathable nylon lining that makes them suitable for all year round. Like other Dublin boots, they include the RCS (rider comfort system) memory footbed that has a memory foam cushion layer, a padded shock-absorbing heel and arch support for the ultimate comfort. They also have a tough rubber sole and elasticated top gusset for a great fit.

    We found these boots have a snugger fit in the foot than some of the other country boots we tried. They look really smart, sturdy and softened with just a few wears.

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    Dubarry Galway Boots

    Dubarry Galway Boots

    Colours: Black, walnut, black/brown, navy brown, brown or ivy | Sizes: EU 35–48 in three widths | RRP: £379 |

    These are undoubtedly Dubarry’s most popular country boots. They are made of a “dry fast, dry soft” leather and are 100% waterproof with a Gore-Tex lining. There’s also a handy finger pull fitted inside the boot.

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    Hy Equestrian Buxton short country boots

    Hy Equestrian Buxton Short Country Boots

    Fit: Ladies’ | Colours: Brown | Sizes: EU 36–41 | RRP: £89.99 |

    These mid-calf country boots from Hy are made from premium buffalo leather and suede. They have an elasticated V-shaped insert at the top of the leg to aid pulling on and ensure a comfortable fit on the calf. The lightweight yet sturdy sole is reinforced with a steel shank for improved foot stability. The boots are fully lined with a technical fabric that wicks away moisture to keep your feet and legs warm and dry.

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    Le Chameau Jameson country boots

    Le Chameau Jameson Country Boots

    Fit: Ladies’, men’s, unisex | Colours: Caramel or marron (men’s only) | Sizes: UK 4–8½ | RRP: £300 |

    These smart leather boots from Le Chameau are described as perfect for long country walks due to the lightweight fabrics and Michelin-designed sole. The high-quality leather is durable and long-lasting, and its strength will protect your feet from the elements. The calf has been redesigned to offer a more flattering and feminie shape for those with slimmer calves.

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    K*TY Lake Country Boots

    K*TY Lake Country Boots

    Fit: Ladies’ | Colours: Brown or black | Sizes: UK 3–10, in four widths | RRP: £59.99 |

    These country boots come in a wide range of widths. Made from nubuck leather with a breathable and waterproof Viltex inner membrane in the foot, the boots have a water-resistant outer material at the foot. They feature a non-functioning lace and a small elasticated gusset at the top of the boot for a little flexibility.

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    QHP Daan country boots

    QHP Daan Country Boots

    Fit: Ladies’ | Colours: Brown | Sizes: EU 36–42 | RRP: £99.95 |

    These waterproof boots from QHP have a full-length zip with a lining to keep wind and water out on the outside of the leg. The boot is made of a combination of leather and imitation leather, with a soft, warm lining, insole and grippy rubber outer sole.

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    Requisite Granger country boots

    Requisite Granger Country Boots

    Fit: Ladies’ | Colours: Brown | Sizes: UK 4–8 | RRP: £99.99 |

    These Requisite boots are made from soft, durable leather and are fully lined with a breathable, waterproof membrane to keep your feet dry. The tough rubber soles are lightweight and flexible, while the cushioned insoles are designed to provide all-day comfort. The boots also feature a subtle calf gusset and drawstring at the top to offer a more individual fit.

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    Rhinegold Elite Harlem country boots

    Rhinegold Harlem Country Boots

    Fit: Ladies’ | Colours: Brown | Sizes: UK 3–8 (ladies’) in two widths or 7–12 (men’s) | RRP: From £104.50 |

    Made from waxy grained leather, these country boots from Rhinegold are waterproof and breathable thanks to a Wiltex membrane. They are fully lined and feature a drawstring and reflective piping detailing, and have an energy-returning rubber sole that provides stability and comfort.

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    Shires Moretta Alessandra country boots

    Shires Moretta Alessandra Country Boots

    Fit: Ladies’ | Colours: Chocolate | Sizes: UK 4–9, with four calf width options | RRP: £155.99 |

    These Shires country boots have a stirrup-safe sole and are made of an oiled, water-repellent leather, which is designed to hug the leg and taper at the ankle. The upper edge is curved to flatter, while the tassels add movement and interest. A waterproof membrane covers the feet to keep them dry, while the boots also have a wicking lining and supportive insole.

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    Toggi Quebec country boots

    Toggi Quebec Country Boots

    Fit: Unisex | Colours: Chocolate | Sizes: EU 37–46 | RRP: £185 |

    The Quebec boot from Toggi is a handmade milled leather boot with a waterproof, breathable membrane that ensures you remain dry in all conditions. They have a dual-density cushioned insole and an all-terrain rubber sole.

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    Harry Hall Denton Long Country Boot

    Harry Hall Denton Long Country Boot

    Colours: Brown | Sizes: UK 4–7 | RRP: £179 |

    These boots offer the classic country look. Made from leather with suede detailing, they have a water-resistant membrane built into the foot.

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    Waldhausen Country Boots 

    Waldhausen Country Boots

    Colours: Brown | Sizes: UK 3–8 | RRP: £99.99 |

    These long country boots are lined for added warmth and are water repellent with a non-slip sole and reinforced heel.

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    Tuffa Country Rider boots

    Tuffa Country Rider

    Fit: Unisex | Colours: Brown | Sizes: UK 3–8, in regular or wide calf | RRP: £200 |

    The Tuffa Country Rider is the riding version of the Suffolk boot, but with a more shapely ankle and a tapered toe shape. It’s made of a nubuck leather with grippy rubber soles and has a natural wool lining to keep your feet warm. They have an adjustable fastening system of elasticated, touch and close straps so you can fit them just right for you.

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    Mountain Horse Devonshire country boots

    Mountain Horse Devonshire

    Fit: Ladies’ | Colours: Dark brown or navy | Sizes: EU 36–42 | RRP: £249

    These warm and waterproof full grain leather boots from Mountain Horse are described as perfect for the cold and wet winter, damp springs and rainy summers. They are ergonomically designed and have a shock-absorbing insole for added comfort.

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    Welligogs Sloane country boots

    Welligogs Sloane Boots

    Fit: Ladies’ | Colours: Navy or mocha brown | Sizes: EU 36–43 | RRP: £255 |

    These tall Italian leather waterproof boots from Welligogs have a high-grip rubber sole as well as a waterproof and breathable membrane that helps to prevent sweaty feet. This membrane maintains warmth in cold weather and helps to cool feet in hot weather. They also feature a removable pre-moulded footbed that can provides extra instep support.

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    F&F Explorer country boots

    Fairfax & Favor Explorer

    Fit: Ladies’ | Colours: Mahogany or oak | Sizes: UK 3–9, with three different calf widths | RRP: £450 |

    These hand-crafted waxed leather boots are lined with a waterproof membrane and finished with a comfortable and hard-wearing Vibram sole. It’s described as a stylish alternative to an everyday welly, perfect for tackling any countryside excursion. This is the third update to the Explorer, making it Fairfax & Favor’s most technical boot to date. They’re waterproof for up to eight hours and have a 12-month guarantee.

    Spanish Riding Boots Classic country boots

    The Spanish Boot Company Classic with tread sole

    Colours: Brown, tobacco or green | Sizes: UK 2½–12 | RRP: £355 |

    These handcrafted boots from The Spanish Boot Company can be worn to style up a dog walk or give a classic chic look to the school run. They are made of waxed leather and feature brogue detailing and detachable tassels. If you keep them waxed they will stay water-resistant but you can use Sno-Seal to waterproof them. They have a full-length zip, durable rubber sole, and cork footbed, which aids breathability as well as providing support.

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