Attention to detail and quality tailoring for comfort and style and value for money are evident in all of SB Equestrian’s products. Testing the Asymmetric Dressage knee-length boots, made with soft calf’s leather from Argentina, I found them to be comfortable from first wear out, supportive but with great contact on the horse — essential when schooling and dressage training. The boots stretch and mould to fit with body heat, helped by an elastic strip running the length of the calf, next to the full-length zip. The rubber soles are super comfy while walking around the stables, and when your foot is in the stirrup — bending and contracting where needed even when new. The leather is soft, light and really easy to wear — they’re breathable and not too hot on summer days unlike some long riding boots. They might be a bit chilly for prolonged time in the saddle on cold winter days, but that’s not what these boots are designed for. Similarly the ankle boots with pull-back tab are high on comfort — the rubber sole is almost bouncy, it’s the most comfy paddock boot I’ve worn. The central tongue is sued-backed, which combined with elasticated strips over the ankle bones and fabric lining the inside of the boots, makes for extreme comfort. Made with hand-selected calf leather, they are light and ideal for combining with a pair of close-contact chaps to continue the ‘feel’ you get while riding in them. Even off the horse, the design – with a strip across the toe — makes the look stylish around the stables.
The fit and attention to detail continues with the clothing — I’ve tested a polo shirt and long-sleeved zip top both of which made in breathable fabrics, with the SB logo stitched into the garment. I’m a size 10 and the ‘small’ fitted very well — though not too snugly. Even the choice of zipper shows flare. I really like the fact that SB Equestrian’s products are made in compliance with local fair and ethical labour practices, and use only vegetables or chrome in the tanning process, because they kit is extremely well made for the price. This is definitely a brand to watch as it comes out on the market.
Abigail was photographed for SB Leathers by Gillian Hughes, equestrian photographer.