Hiking boots vs riding boots

Over the last week or so, I have really realised how unsuitable my shoe collection is for cold weather – long story but most of my boots have been ruined, compensation is an ongoing battle issue with my estate agents. Sometimes a girl just needs to make a wardrobe investments purely for warmth and comfort reasons…but that doesn’t mean said investment needs to be purely functional.

I’ve been debating between the slightly boring but classic riding boots and fashion’s new shoe du jour the hiking boot. Both imply outdoor pursuits which I really won’t be undertaking anytime soon. I love the classic nature of riding boots and most of them are knee length which means thick rugby socks can be worn undetected when temperatures really plummet. But on the other hand, hiking boots are pretty cosy too, especially the sheepskin lines ones. Both boots are very practical, though riding boots may be flat which is good for frost and ice, most hiking boots have a grippy sole and so combine a heel and practicality. I think I’m sold on that last point!

Are you going to be a riding boots or hiking boots kind of girl this season?

Reena Rai

Reena Rai is a 30-something London-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for 10 years (!), previously at fashiondaydreams.com before launching her self-titled blog.



  1. The doll on fashion
    November 1, 2010 / 5:11 pm

    Im bought a decent pair of riding boots last year, the Dune ones with gold stirrup on the heel and I still love them as much this year. I'd invest more on a pair of riding boots as I think they'll last longer and maybe a cheaper pair of hiking boots from New Look?!The doll on fashion

  2. Danniella
    November 1, 2010 / 7:03 pm

    Love your blog Reena, I have recently started my blog again and seeing your comment from a year ago has really pushed me and put a smile on my face. Oh if I have to choose, will be trying the hiking boot out this season ;o) x

  3. Penny Dreadful
    November 1, 2010 / 7:52 pm

    I love both styles, and I think they are different enough to be good for different occasions – so in this case, I don't think it is over the top to get both types

  4. Leeann @ Join the Gossip
    November 1, 2010 / 9:34 pm

    Riding boots for sure! I just posted about them today. Bought a pair but they don't fit 🙁 I need to get back on the hunt for another pair.

  5. daisychain
    November 2, 2010 / 7:22 am

    I've been non-commital and embraced both haha. Oops.

  6. miuranonconcept
    November 6, 2010 / 5:10 pm

    i wanna try hiking boots.. it's look so unique 🙂

  7. linda
    February 28, 2011 / 6:51 am

    hiking boots are the way to go!!!,you look fabulous and these are just cool collection of boots

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