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Keeping Feet Warm and Dry
I live in New England where our winters STINK! But I need to ride all winter
to keep my horses in shape and to keep from going insane. I have two pair
of boots that I use: a pair of Sorels and a pair of LL Bean duck boots
(well, that's what I call them, rubber bottom, leather top). The Sorels
have a felt liner that is removable (which I never remove) and they are good
down to about 10 degrees F at keeping your feet toasty warm, even lower with
a good pair of wool socks. They are waterproof all the way to the top of
the boot. They are a rubber bottom and nylon top. The LL Bean boots are my
favorite, they are good to about 10 degrees F as well, waterproof boots
also. The LL Bean boots fit better than the Sorels, but I got a pair of
ladies Sorels, and mens LL Beans. I also have a big, wide foot (11 EEE), so
men's stuff tends to be wide enough. Neither pair of boots were cheap, both
were close to $100, but it is well worth the money to not be in agony over
cold feet. However, make sure that you don't get a pair that have a steel
shank or steel toe. That will radiate the cold into your feet. I know, I
got a pair of duck boots with a steel shank and I can't stand them.
I have a girl friend who bought the Ariat winter tall boots from Dover
Saddlery (www.doversaddlery.com) and loves them. I find that the Ariat
Expedition winter boots, while very nice, are good only to about 30 degrees
F and are leather and not water proof. My definition of water proof is that
I can step into 8" of water and not a drop of water gets through.
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