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These boots were definitely made for walking. And splashing and stomping. Plus - bonus! - they look pretty cool too.

Confession time! Despite the name of this blog, I pretty much NEVER wear stilettos. My winter footwear repertoire consists of wellies, slightly soggy high tops and an occasional hiking boot. In the colder months, practicality always trumps style.

Trailback Unisex Rigger Boots, £225

Tracking down the perfect outdoor boot has become something of an obsession so imagine my delight when I discovered a brilliant new brand of unisex leather rigger boots that you can splash through puddles in all day long.

If you’ve got a dog, like gardening or love traipsing through fields, they won’t leave your feet, trust me.

Launched just before Christmas, Trailbacks are handcrafted, fully waterproof boots, inspired by hardworking rigger styles and designed for the great outdoors. Founder Sandy Wallis had been hunting  for the right boot for her daily dog walks in Cornwall. Wellies were a bit uncomfortable on longer walks and cold on wintery days, trainers and hiking boots weren’t up to puddles and rock pools and she wanted a boot she could happily run errands, pick up the kids and go to the pub in. She’d come to rely on an old pair of rigger boots, which were bomb-proof and easy to pull on and decided to go about making her own. After two years of development, here they are in all their rugged glory.

Trailback Boots Unisex Rigger Boots, his and hers waterproof outdoor boots

Impressively technical in construction, Trailbacks are handmade in Spain from soft yet durable, treated leather and are designed to withstand the elements. They come armed with German waterproofing technology from Sympatex and Italian, Vibram Commando soles.  They are also Goodyear welted and triple stitched for durability. Which basically means dry, comfy feet and boots that will last you for years, getting better with age.

Boot problem solved! I’m off for a walk (to the pub).

Sizes from 5 – 13, other sizes available via special order. Get yours at Trailback.co.uk

A note on sizing: Trailbacks are very generous – with plenty of room for thick winter socks and tucking trousers in. If you tend to be between sizes, I’d advise going down rather than up.

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