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Comfortable, waterproof and stylish too. These everyday boots will see you through Autumn to Spring

Muddy Cornwall’s Sophie gives us the low-down on her fave boots.

Trailback Unisex Rigger Boots

Trailback Unisex Rigger Boots, £225

Since I moved to Cornwall, I’ve been obsessed with tracking down the perfect outdoor boot. So imagine my delight when I discovered – in my home town – 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, love a beach walk… they won’t leave your feet, trust me.

Trailback Unisex Rigger Boots, new Cornish brand

Launched just before last Christmas, Trailbacks are handcrafted, fully waterproof boots, inspired by hardworking rigger styles and designed for the great outdoors.

Founder Sandy Wallis had been hunting high and low for the right boot for daily dog walks with her beautiful Ridgeback Roscoe. Wellies were a bit uncomfy on longer walks and cold on really 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.

Trailback Unisex Rigger Boots, waterproof outdoor boot

Sandy came 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 and rigorous testing, here they are in all their rugged glory. And Trailback’s early adopters have been putting them through their paces on the beaches and cliffs of Cornwall and beyond.

Trailback Unisex Rigger Boots, his and hers

I literally wore them every single day last winter and have had countless comments not to mention a very envious husband (they’re fab on guys too). What’s not to love? They look great – a cool, rugged weekend style, in rich chocolate brown leather that goes with almost anything. They’re also super comfy and endlessly practical. Mine have waded happily through waterfalls, rivers and torrential rain showers.

Putting my Trailback boots through their paces in Sussex this Christmas

Putting my Trailback boots through their paces in Sussex over Christmas

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

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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