First impressions: Conquer and explore

Autumn is here, winter is coming, and while that means lashings of rain and plenty of mud, the Conquest Explore boots from Ariat couldn’t care less

Fraction, stability and comfort are the Holy Trinity of desirable features for any outdoor boot, and they’re put further to the test when you throw in slippery, uneven or muddy ground.

But according to outdoor bootmaker Ariat, tough terrain will be no match for the Conquest Explore 8” boots – and having carried out some initial testing first-hand, we’re inclined to agree.

These boots have rugged waterproof full-grain leather uppers in addition to a shock-absorbing EVA midsole and a Duratread outsole, all protected by a high rubber rand.

They’re breathable, thanks to their Gore-Tex membrane construction, and feature Thinsulate insulation to keep the feet warm, but without overheating. Being a high boot, they also excel at keeping mud and crud where it belongs – under your boots, not inside them.

Ariat Conquest Explore 8” boots cost £245 and are available in half-sizes from size 7 to 12 in medium width. We’ll be bringing you our own findings in a future issue, but in the meantime you can find out more by visiting or Ariat’s Instagram page @ariateuropecountry.

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