Leather boots have always been popular, but these days it seems that they have seen a massive increase in popularity; some would say there has been a mini craze for these stunning pieces of footwear. As many other things come and go in terms of popularity, there is little doubt that leather country boots are on the up, with sales increasing over the past year.
There’s no doubt the country has gone to town when it comes to fashion in recent years, Barbour, Hunter and Dubarry are just 3 of the traditional Hunting and Shooting brands that have made it big on the high street, and here we take a look at the craze for Country styled leather boots, epitomised by the classic Dubarry Galway boot.
I’m sure you all know the style of boot I’m talking about, a rugged leather boot, finishing just below the knee, generally with a combination of nubuck and full grain leather, something of a hybrid between a traditional riding boot and a pair of wellingtons!
Irish footwear brand Dubarry are undoubtedly the market leaders and their boots have been spotted on scores of celebrities, the royal family and Bruce Springsteen has even been seen wearing a pair in concert, a world away from the damp fields they were designed for.
The trend started with those that need the practical performance of the boots. The Dubarry Galway and many of the other top end versions are made with a Gore-tex lining inside the leather outer. As a naturally breathable, yet very durable fabric, leather combines with Gore-tex very well to create water proof, breathable and extremely rugged boots.
Aside from Dubarry there are many other brands making great versions of this boot. French Wellington brand Le Chameau do a range called the Jameson, which offers a number of subtle varied styles to suit most tastes.
British Sailing brand Musto also make a great men’s boot the Bucken, and the ladies Deepdale. If you’re looking for a really tough and rugged look, Scandinavian brand Harkila make a really strong, chunky version.
There are of course dozens of cheaper lookalikes available and Dubarry in particular suffers from dozens copies being on the market, however you can never beat the real thing, especially as the real thing includes the all important Gore-tex lining which makes these boots literally a cut above the rest when it comes to comfort, durability and design.
Leather boots are great for many types of weather, although you do need to extra care in the more harsh conditions of winter. Saying that, these boots are known for their durability, so as long as you look after them and you treat them with leather wax from time to time, you can pretty much rely on your leather boots to see you through many climates and seasons for the year ahead.