Vitesse Vulcan boots, 150 Euros (£123)
Miles covered/time: 1200/three months
What’s good? Worn under a pair of riding jeans these boots really could pass for trainers at first glance – which I think is a bonus. The great thing is that they pack a great deal more protection than a pair of Converse All-Stars; there’s a cleverly disguised reinforced toe and heel and Vitesse’s own ‘V-Cockpit’ technology, which is essentially an inner boot that provides a snug fit and feeling of unbelievably security once you’re in. Although no claims are made for the boots’ ability to repel water, the waxed canvas outer has so far done just that, albeit in some pretty half-hearted late summer showers. And let’s not forget the price. For this money you’d struggle to pick up something that’s more protective and so eye-catching. If the idea of conformity makes you feel poorly, these are well worth a look.
What’s not? They do feel a little too snug initially, and the foot-hugging fit does take a week or so of getting used to.