Warm socks and nice boots make winter worth working in. Socks can make or break a winter-barn experience, needing to be not too bulky but not too thin and still a fun-enough print to make you feel good. (Find all of those qualities below.) And this year's new boot styles are fashion-forward, which is nice for pre-ride errands and even nicer when you're looking for versatile boots to wear to happy hour afterward.
Kerrits Shoe-In Wool Sock
Put all the warmth of wool on your feet with none of the natural-fiber itch. Kerrits' low-profile, wool-blend socks are slim to fit comfortably into your riding boots. They're also breathable and antimicrobial, because you know your feet are going to sweat when you get working, regardless of the temperature outside. Find these knee-highs in barn red, kale, ebony, and black. For more information visit kerrits.com.
Dublin Nordic Socks
Three pairs are better than one—or that's the idea with Dublin's versatile new winter socks. Each pack has a pair of diamond-print socks, a pair of nordic-print socks, and a pair of solid-colored socks. For more information visit dublinclothing.com.
Dublin Clyde Boots
Tall, brown boots will long have a place in the barn and in town, as Dublin proves with its new Clyde Boots. These waterproof and breathable leather country-style boots also deliver comfort, with a new memory-foam comfort and arch-support footbed, EVA midsole, and durable rubber outer sole. Women can purchase these boots in sizes 6 to 11. For more information visit dublinclothing.com.
Ariat Wythburn H20 Insulated Boots
You are sure to get noticed for wearing Ariat's Wythburn H2O Insulate Boots. They have all of this brand's innovative comfort in a great new front-lace package. Don't let this look fool you into just wearing them to town. The waterproof, full-grain leather; suede upper; 200g Thinsulate insulation; barnyard-acid-resistant and stirrup-friendly Duratread outsole; and 4LR supportive, cushioning footbed make them perfect to wear to the barn. Get these in women's 5.5 to 10 and 11 in black or java. For more information visit ariat.com.
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