Hi Everyone, my name is Daphne and I work for Hollands Country Clothing in the Customer Service department. If you ever need to give us a call, it will likely be me you speak to, for friendly, expert advice!
Having lived in the beautiful, scenic Peak District for much of my life I have enjoyed various country pursuits, from horse riding to walking in the Peaks with our dogs, to feeding the birds and taking endless photographs of an ever-changing landscape. I also like to bake, cook, and make jams, preserves and have even taken to growing my own vegetables which I am loving - top tips are very welcome!
As I work, eat and sleep country living, working for a country clothing company is fantastic! I love the brands we stock and find that they offer quality and value for money. I have tried most of the brands although not all the products…yet.
I thought some of you would like to read my thoughts and experiences with our brands and products. And today, I'll focus on the brand Ariat.
A Little Introduction to Ariat Clothing and Footwear
To start this series off, I thought I would take you through one of the latest brands we have started stocking; the highly admired and sought after Ariat clothing and footwear.
Launched in 1993 by Beth Cross and Pam Parker, Ariat has become synonymous with unequivocal style and quality progression within equestrian footwear and clothing. By 2020 Ariat had become the largest equestrian brand in the world and is still at the forefront of equestrian footwear and clothing innovation.
Taking its name from one of the greatest racehorses in history 'Secretariat', Ariat is racing ahead in its field of expertise.
Proud to Use Premium Material for Lasting Wear
The durability and quality ensure you will be wearing your purchase season after season, reducing your carbon footprint whilst not compromising on style. With Planet sustainability at the forefront of the company's thinking and values, you can be assured that you are buying products with careful consideration behind them. From High Performance riding clothing, Western style boots and traditional English Country boots you can rest assured you're covered.
Created with every attention to detail carefully considered, Ariat boots are comfortable and uncompromised with Duratread™ outsoles and cushioned footbeds; you get a premium feel even on the longest days in or out of the saddle.
Ariat has come a long way in the last 28 years and now produces a wide range of products which all have an essence of equestrianism but also can be worn in mainstream society.
Although many companies dilute their products once they start to expand their ranges this has not been the case with Ariat. Plus, with a wardrobe of Country, Western and Equestrian for Men, Women and Children the choice is growing.
Some of our Favourite Shoes Made by Ariat Footwear
As a lover of Ariat for many years, when I heard we were to become stockists I was over the moon. I love Ariat! I have had boots, shoes, sunstoppers and baselayers and have never had a problem. So far we stock thirteen Ariat products and I am slowly getting round to trying them all!
1. Mid-length boots for the winter months
As we are now going through Spring, I have found that I have started to wear my long boots less and started to wear my short boots more. I am still hanging onto my Ariat Wythburn Waterproof Boots, as these have been on my feet most of the winter and I am loathed to stop wearing them just yet…Never cast a clout until May is out and all that! Made of beautiful full grain leather, these boots are now a staple of my country wardrobe.
Mid length is good for me as I am only 5ft and I feel that sometimes a longer boot can be too close to the back of my knees without heel risers. The weathered brown is such a classy colour and goes with jeans perfectly. The hooks and eyelets make them easy to put on as they go down to mid-calf and open all the way up allowing you to get your leg inside which then helps you to push your foot deep into the comfiness.
2. Shorter length boots to sport all year round
As I said I have started to wear short boots now we have gone into spring. At Hollands we do a lot of short boots and I do like the look of a Chelsea boot with jeans, blazer, white shirt; it's very smart yet feminine. I have tried the Wexford and although I first thought it looked a bit long, I have since found that I quite like it. I think it is the colour that I mostly like. I went for Java. A multipurpose boot; it has the exceptional comfort of all Ariat boots. The twin panels and pull-on back tab make these an easy slip-on boot.
As with most leather boots although they can feel a bit hard at first, they soon soften up as you wear them in. With excellent waterproof protection, they are great to wear regardless of the weather.
3. Waterproof walking boots for all of your walking adventures
Ariat Women's Skyline Mid Waterproof Boots are smart, durable and practical. They feature great protection with extra wear layers at the toe and heel. They are not only good for the elements, but they make for an extremely stylish hiking boot too. As I love country living, these boots make a wonderful addition to my footwear options. These walking boots are particularly good for the rainy, wet weather we get so much in the UK.
4. Rainy days aren’t so bad with a great pair of wellington boots
These Wellington boots are a must have in my opinion! Ariat Burford Wellington Boot are an elegant and attractive Wellington boot with shock absorbing EVA midsoles. The duratread outsoles and adjustable leather buckle strap is complete with a fully waterproof interior and exterior. These are essential for country living. Whether you’re dog walking, farming, or strolling around the country in the rain, these high boots will keep you covered. What I love about these boots is that once you’re done outside, you can easily wipe them down and they’re as good as new.
Are You Interested in Ariat Footwear?
I think you will agree that the quality of these products speak for themselves. All of the products I have bought from Ariat footwear have lasted for so long and I'll be sure to try out more products in the future.
We look forward to introducing more lines from Ariat in the Autumn so watch this space for more information. Once I have tried them, I'll be sure to share my experiences with you again! As always, feel free to get in touch with us and we will be more than happy to answer your questions about Ariat products.