Has anybody else found that yard boots only seem to last about 6 months? Well in the uk that is the general “recommended lifespan” of country boots.
We discovered this lately when we tried to return my friends pair of boots for either refund or exchange. I, being the one with 10 years retail experience am currently trying to get more than the £20 gift voucher they have offered.
So the boots, they cost £150 pounds and were bought in April, most of you horsey folk will now be thinking “they haven’t even reached winter yet” it got to the end of July and the boots were literally falling apart. The sole had worn through and the leather upper was coming away from the footbed. In case you hadn’t notice, my ten years retail experience has been spent selling footwear.
We approached the retailer with these boots to be told that it was “reasonable wear and tear” and generally they would not expect any of their country boots to last more than six months. Did you also know that even certain Dubarry boots are no longer covered by the warranty if worn for equestrian use? These boots were not Dubarrys, but they did still cost £150. They have lasted four months and if you do the maths…even if they had been worn everyday this would be they have approximately 120 days use in them, so to make your boots last one year you must only wear them ten times a month, or 2.5 days a week. Brilliant.
These boots in particular have been advertised for use “horse riding, beating, shooting, dog walking and yard duties” they are also specifically said to offer “all day comfort”. Now how many times to you go to the yard in a day? How often are your dogs walked? And how often do you ride? More than twice a week I am sure!! Now I do all those activities and so if I had bought these boots say this month, I doubt they would even see me through to the new year.
I would say we need to start fighting out against boot companies who are making poor quality boots just because they have “equine” in the description. Yard boots have the incorrect ratio of carbon and rubber in the soles to ensure they do not last you very long. How else will the boot companies make their money? If you were to compare walking boots to yard boots which are under considerably more stress, not as regularly I agree but I would say they still cover the same amount of steps, how long do your walking boots last? Why is these boots which can quite often be cheaper and contain goretex last longer than yard boots?
I should add the boots in the picture are NOT the boots being discussed, it’s just a picture I found on Google.