The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe hosted the public launch of an innovative development from Hunter Boots. The team at EWW were lucky enough to view their new collection of riding and field boots under the new Hunter Field label.
The range will be launched fully in Spring 2016 but Hunter is keen to show the public just what they have been up to. Known globally for their classic wellington boots, Hunter has always been the go to brand for wet weather footwear. However, recent developments have seen a move towards more of a fashion edge, for festival and town wear. With this in mind Hunter realised that their original country market needed the same injection of style, but also a product that could withstand the rigors of the field or yard. With this came Hunter Field… a sub-collection forming part of the Hunter family that brings an equestrian presence back to the market.
Talking to the Hunter Field team, it is clear that Hunter has thought very carefully about their customer’s needs and what makes the perfect riding clothing. The footwear collection falls into two strands, inspired by the Duke of Wellington and the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Granted exclusive access to the family archive to create the pieces, working in conjunction with the Earl and Countess of Mornington, the collection for men and women features Hunter signatures alongside details of the Duke’s original riding boots. Dating back to 1814, the Duke’s boots have evolved to become the iconic Wellington of today.
The first is a range of robust, yet highly stylish, wellington boots, with or without insulation form the core of this collection. The newly revamped ‘green box’ logo, has replaced the classically famous red banded one. This collection is a refined take on the classic Hunter wellie. The brand have worked closely with manufacturers Vibram to produce a range of cleated and technical soles suitable for walking in mud, snow and any other terrain that the countryside will throw at you. Hunter has ensured their research was as thorough as it could be and the collections have been tested endlessly by a crack team of reviewers. They most certainly place innovation, style, durability and design at the centre of their manufacturing process.
They boots have been styled for men and women, allowing for more generous calves and shorter feminine legs. Made from 28 individual parts, each boot has some classic detailing such as side buckles, or a flatter sole and spur rest for riding. The insulated rubber riding boot will be a definitive winner when winter hacking and spring fittening work come into play. We also loved the shorter rubber boot which would be ideal for yard work when you require something lightweight, yet waterproof. In subtle greens and browns, and with natural textures the new range of wellies hark back to hunter classics but have a ramped up quality and a simple, contemporary edge. We feel sure that they will go down a storm with eventing fans, riders and country field enthusiasts alike. With a starting price of around £95 they also offer an affordable option to those wanting a robust and hard wearing winter boot.
In a very new departure Hunter Field will also be launching a collection of long and short leather riding boots. Styled in classic brown and black these boots offer a really fresh take on a boot that can be worn for riding at home, training or competition.
The design team at Hunter Field have taken some of the best features from classic boots such as simple zip fastenings with leather strappings at the top and combined them with laminated leather soles and innovative grip inner calves. Their boots have a contemporary edge, but unlike other manufacturers more ‘cutting edge’ designs, they would not look out of place in the Hunting field, as their name implies. Nor would they look out of place if worn into town which is a godsend for busy riders. The overall look is pared down elegance with luxurious, yet robust detailing, combining innovation for performance, not just for gimmick. Again the boots will be available in a standard or a wide calf fitting, but the designs are unisex and would not look out of place on any gentleman’s or ladies foot!
The EWW team will be reviewing the Hunter Field leather riding boots in the spring and can’t wait to show you more. We have feeling that they will be a must have brand for SS16 and by the remarks noted as top riders perused the stand at Gatcombe they will be a hit with both amateur and professional riders alike. For further information visit