So thanks to Der Dau, I’m having an awesome day.
You see, I have had two pairs of their boots throughout my showing days and I have loved them so much. So much so that they really take a horrible beating. I grew out of my original pair and purchased my second custom pair about ten years ago (yikes, starting to really show my age!). In my opinion, Der Dau tops all – the boots are super easy to break in and become so soft that I can wear them all day long at the horse shows…Maybe that’s my problem!
It might not apply to my everyday life, but when it comes to horse showing, my friends know that I’m super traditional. I’m always in a dark coat, white show shirts and pull on boots. I get made fun of endlessly for still having my pull ons. When asked why I haven’t graduated to the zipper club, I just remark, “Why would I? These fit perfectly!”
My poor boots have endured quite the ups and downs throughout our long term relationship. They’ve been beaten, kicked around and unfortunately left covered in dirt more times than not. They’ve seen rain, snow, sand, mud and lots of wet grass – you name it, they’ve seen it all. This year I was really on the fence about ordering new ones but just couldn’t quite part with my current pair. I wore them throughout the summer, purchasing rubbers to keep the rain and dirt out of the gaping holes that now graced the treadless soles.
Finally, I wound up at HITS in Saugerties, NY and realized that Der Dau was a vendor at the show! After arguing with myself about getting re-measured for new boots, I quietly walked into their shop with my old pair in tow. I figured at the very least, they’d be happy to see how long these boots lasted! I got re-measured (and begrudgingly agreed that I would get zippers on my next pair). I then pulled out my old boots – I kind of laughed but threw it out there, “Would it be possible to re-sole these things?” To my surprise, the answer was “Yes, of course!” I couldn’t believe it – I thought they were done for! I must have had the biggest, silliest grin on my face but I didn’t care, I was keeping my boots!
Just one week later, my boots arrived here at SmartPak and they look absolutely unbelievable! The quick turn around and craftsmanship has to be unparalleled. My boots really do look new. No more holes, brand new soles, they even stitched up the back and re-dyed and polished them to an incredible shine! I don’t know if they’ll last another ten years but I’ll get to wear them this weekend when showing and I’ll see how far they take me!
Thanks Der Dau, for making my day.