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Trailback: The Perfect Outdoor Boots

Comfortable, waterproof and stylish too. These are the boots I wear every day, from new Cornish footwear brand Trailback

Confession time! Despite the name of this blog, I pretty much NEVER wear Stilettos. You see, I live in Cornwall… have kids… and spend half my life outside, trying to ignore the mizzle. So my winter footwear repertoire consists of wellies, slightly soggy high tops and an occasional hiking boot. In summer, I have beautiful, two-tone Salt-Waters and my beloved Birkenstock Arizonas to see me through but in the colder months, practicality always trumps style.

Trailback Boots Unisex outdoor Boots based on rigger style. Cornish brand, handmade in Spain

Trailback Unisex Rigger Boots, £225

In fact, 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 Boots Unisex Rigger outdoor Boots, new Cornish brand

Launched just before 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 Boots, Unisex Rigger Outdoor 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 Boots Unisex Rigger Boots, his and hers waterproof outdoor boots

I’ve literally worn them every single day since I picked them up 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.

Trailback boots. Unisex waterproof leather boots, outdoor boots, dog walking boots

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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7 comments on “Trailback: The Perfect Outdoor Boots”

  • Danielle Thome October 17, 2018

    I’d like to order a pair to get me through the Chicago winter and want to be certain of size. I’m a US women’s Size 8…would a UK 8 (42) be the same?

  • Amie Malt January 31, 2018

    Hi I have been searching for these boots my whole life!!! They look amazing!!! Do you stock them in any stores so I could try sizes??
    Thanks Amie

    • Sandy Wallis January 31, 2018

      Hi there Amie thank you so much for your interest in the Trailback. I am so sorry to say that the Trailbacks are not sold out of any stores yet, you can only buy them through us direct. It is of course much better to try them first but if you do buy them and they are not right you can send them back via our free returns and exchange service. If you do decide to order please take a look at the size chart there are some measurements you can look at and measure your feet to try to get the right fit for you. I know it is always better if you can try them and you don’t have the hassle of sending them back if they are not right, but we cannot offer this at the moment as it is early stages for us. Thanks Aimie anyway for your interest. Kind regards Sandy Wallis – TRAILBACK

  • Fran January 20, 2018

    I’m a size 4/37 so how long would I have to wait to get a pair if I ordered a pair now?

    • sophiebaker January 21, 2018

      Hi Fran, thank you for your message. I’ve emailed Sandy who will comment with an answer really soon I’m sure.

    • Sandy Wallis January 21, 2018

      Hi Fran, thank you very much for your enquiry regarding the Trailback. We have just started production on the size 4’s, they will take around 6 weeks to make. I would be more than happy to put you on my growing list of size 4’s, we are making only 10 of these.

      Please let me know if you would like me to reserve a pair for you. You can contact us direct on

      Many thanks

      Sandy Wallis

  • jess January 16, 2018

    drooling! better start saving.


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