If you think that Barbour just do wax cotton jackets, then you’d be wrong. Barbour offer everything you’ll need to be comfortable when out in the country, whether you’re walking the dog, shooting or simply enjoying a few green lanes.
The Belsay is a traditionally-styled men’s Derby brogue boot in a really nice and soft burnished leather with Barbour’s signature waxed fabric at the heel. Inside you’ll find a dark green soft leather lining with a classic tartan padded footbed. Tartan tongue tabs and a metal antiqued badge add to the detailing and a rubber commando outsole offers all-important slip resistance.
I was initially worried about the Belsay’s lack of meaty tread, so I risked life and limp and ventured into the mud and unsurprisingly they’re slippy. However, on wet tarmac and rocks I found them surprisingly grippy though walking along a pebbled beach you can feel the pebbles underfoot, but not uncomfortably so.
Splashing through puddles like a big kid my feet stayed dry, and even though they don’t have a gusseted tongue, sand didn’t in either when walking along a beach.
They’re very stylish, and with a pair of decent jeans and nice shirt ‘n’ jumper, I actually felt quite trendy for the first time since my teens!