Ariat’s Devon Nitro Boots may have been highly commended in the rider clothing and footwear category at this year’s BETA International Show, but these boots are so sleek and stylish you’re not going to want to just wear them around the yard. These boots – an updated, improved version of the Devon VX – are described by Ariat as being engineered like a fine sports car – and they aren’t wrong.
The sleek design of the Devon Nitro Boots means they stand out from the crowd. Whilst they are designed for the practicalities of riding and yard work, they’re also stylish and can be worn everyday. I’ve been wearing mine with jeans when I have been out and about, and I haven’t once felt like I am in my riding gear. They look like something you’d be able to buy on the high street.
It’s always a worry when you get new boots as to whether they will match with other riding wear, particularly gaiters. The colour of these boots is amazing – with a real gloomy shine to them – and they perfectly match the Ariat gaiters that I have had for years. It’s small touches like this that really make the brand stand out.
The weather over the last few months has been changeable to say the least. But in these boots you’re safe in the knowledge that you’ll always have dry feet when it rains, but also, that when the weather gets warmer you’re feet won’t get too hot and sweaty. That’s because they’re made from a premium waterproof leather and have Ariat’s Cobalt™ VX technology which provides greater temperature management.
And whilst the Duratread™ outsole holds its position when you’re in the saddle – no slippy out of the stirrups when you’re wearing these boots – the X-static® lining in the footbed makes them extremely comfortable you’ll be able to wear them all day long. They also have the added benefit of Shock Shieldâ„ technology for maximum shock absorption so you’ll be able to wear them all day long without realising you’re wearing riding boots. And unlike so many other boots, they have worn in well – they have a secure fit that has maintained its flexibility and there has been no creasing over the top of the boot from being in use that you sometimes get with other riding footwear.
If you’re going to be replacing your old paddock boots this year, then I definitely recommend Ariat’s Devon Nitro Boots – you’ll feet will thank you for it.
Cost: RRP £200.00
Colours: Black & Waxed Chocolate
Sizes : UK 4 – 7.5
For more information: www.ariat.com