Dover Saddlery – The Perfect Riding Boots

One of the most versatile style of boots has to be the traditional riding boot. A style that transcends the space between practical and fashionable, this sort of boot is perfect for a whole lot of different looks and occasions. Worn over skinny jeans, these are great every day footwear that look great with shirts and blazers for the English heritage, Equestrian look. Worn under midi length winter skirts, you get a cool 1970s look reminiscent of Faye Dunaway and Cybil Shepherd in their fashion Icon heyday. These are the sort of boots that defy categorisation, and so become a wardrobe must-have.

Celebs wearing Riding boots

January Jones

January Jones

Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

Celebrities have been quick to follow the trend for English Riding boots, but they are now looking away from ‘fashion’ versions of riding boots, and are instead opting for the real thing.  This makes Dover Saddlery the perfect place to shop for your riding boots this winter. The Dover Saddlery is a popular place for actual riders to find their equestrian apparel, but is also becoming very popular with non-riders who just want a well made, hard-wearing and attractive pair of riding boots. Dover Saddlery stocks a  large selection of English riding boots and chaps from such well-known names in Equestrian equipment as Ariat, Tredstep, Mountain Horse and Grand Prix. You can also choose from a variety of styles including custom riding boots, paddock boots and tall boots.

Tredstep Donatello Field Boot Tall Height $299.95 click to visit Dover Saddlery

Tredstep Donatello Field Boot Tall Height 

Ladies' Mountain Horse® Ice Rider Tall Winter Boot $134.99 click to visit Dover Saddlery

Ladies’ Mountain Horse® Ice Rider Tall Winter Boot 

Mountain Horse® Firenze Zip Dress Boot $238.99 click to visit Dover Saddlery

Mountain Horse® Firenze Zip Dress Boot 

The beauty of buying your riding boots from an Equestrian supplier like Dover Saddlery is that you are guaranteed a high quality boot that will get you through this Winter, and many winters after. These riding boots are designed for comfort, to be hard-wearing, but also to look attractive for shows and competitions. They are often made from fine quality leather, or, like the case of Ice Riders shown above, they are insulated and waterproof, making them a super warm option for those freezing cold mornings. And, because comfort is so important in a pair of boots worn for sport,  many pair have adjustable elastication on the calf for stretch where needed.

Dover Saddlery ship internationally, and I think they are definitely worth a look when you are choosing your next pair of riding boots.




Zatchels celebrates its 1st Birthday in style!

If you were asked to name the hottest British accessory  Brand of the moment, you would probably say Zatchels. You can’t pick up a magazine or turn on the television without seeing a variety of the super special leather satchels being carried by some super hot star. Jessie J has one, Millie Mackintosh has one, Cheska Hull loves hers. Zatchels are ultra cool, totally beautiful in a myriad of designs and best of all, highlight the Best of British design and manufacturing.

White Union Jack Leather Satchel £109 

Zatchels HI Summer 2012 fluoro printed collection

Last week CiCi PR hosted a very special press day at the Backstage Fashion Agency to celebrate Zatchels upcoming first birthday. The brains behind Zatchels, Jan Swain Clarke and Dean Clarke were there to introduce guests through the complete Zatchels collection, from Satchels, barrel bags and saddle bags. Every design was on view, from seasoned favourites like the cracked leather collection and the Union Jack collection, to brand new designs like pastel saddle bag collection and the fluorescent floral Satchel collection. I totally fell in love with the new larger sized saddle bag in the neon green colour – a definite summer must have.

Green Fluorescent Saddle Bag from £55 

Zatchels Metallic Stars Collection bag in red with drinks sponsor Brown Brothers

The press day was a perfect opportunity to see touch and feel all the wonderful bags. It was also great to have a chat with Jan about the collections, including the wonderful new men’s range that is such a fantastic addition to the collection. It was also a wonderful surprise to be able to choose a Zatchel barrel bag to take home, I chose a fantastic orange polka dot bag and squealed when I found it contained Bourjois make-up.

As the day turned to evening, the celebrity Zatchel fans turned out in force for an exclusive VIP event. Celebrity guests in attendance  included Mcfly and their girlfriends, Made in Chelsea star Rosie Fortescue , actress Louisa Lytton, TV stars Phil Turner & Gary Cockerill, presenter and model Lizzie Cundy, Desperate Scousewifes star Ellissa, Actress Sarah Bernard, Radio 1’s The Mac Twins, Chanel 5’s Minnie Stephenson, Itv1’s Day Break Kirsty McCabe, winner of Katie Price’s ‘Signed’ and newly crowned Miss London Amy Willerton , fashionista Quentin Jones, Style icon Prince Cassius, and presenter Laura Hamilton.

E4s Made in Chelsea’s Rosie Fortescue


Dean Clark of Zatchels pictured with Louisa Lytton actress, and Radio 1s The Mac Twins Lisa and Alana

Zatchels house models Georgia and Charlotte

A Place in the Sun presenter Laura Hamilton chooses a Zatchels gift

McFly at Zatchels Press day

All in All, this was a great showcase for a great British brand, and I really enjoyed attending. Thanks to Cristie Herbert from CiCi PR, and Jan Swain Clarke and Dean Clarke from Zatchels.