Ariat Bridgeport Review
From an equestrian company dedicated to improving fit, performance, and comfort both in the saddle and on the ground, the Ariat Bridgeport sandals offer lightweight comfort, stability, durability, and style you can slide right into. These sandals feature an open toe and heel that provide air flow, a genuine leather upper material, ATS technology insole that provides stability and comfort, soft synthetic leather lining, a side gore V-panel for a flexible and secure fit, an easy slip-on design, a ¾ inch platform, and a Duratread outsole that provides flexibility and durability. These sandals are a great addition to any wardrobe
You can wear them to grab the mail, walk around the block, go shopping, and explore the wilderness (so long as it’s not muddy or rough terrain that requires waterproofing and protection for your whole foot along with ankle support). With multiple features working together to provide comfort, the Ariat Bridgeport sandals are one pair of shoes you can wear all day. No need to stash a spare pair of shoes in the car for when your feet get tired and sore.
- Totally breathable
- Slide-on convenience
- Rugged build
- Supportive sole
- Flexible, suede upper
- Leaves you unprotected
- Fit is not adjustable
Sponsorship agreements with global events and the world’s top riders and teams are how Ariat promotes its products. The FEI (Federation Equestrian International) uses Ariat as their official footwear and apparel supplier. The FEI is the global governing body for equestrian sports, including the Olympics. The United States Equestrian Federation also uses Ariat as their supplier. Ariat is also the sponsor of the Washington International Horse Shows, Tryon Park Equestrian Center, Central Park Horse Show, and Winter Equestrian Festival.
In 2015, Ariat was celebrated in the 2015 movie, The Longest Ride. It is a Nicholas Sparks film about a professional bull rider athlete who is making his comeback to bull riding after recovering from a life threatening injury. Ariat partnered with 20th Century Fox and PBR (Professional Bull Riding) to portray Scott Eastwood as an authentic Ariat-sponsored bull rider.
In this case, that only helps with half of your foot, considering these sandals have an open toe and heel. Leather may take longer to break in than synthetic material, but once they’re broken in, they will mold to the shape of your foot-giving you extra comfort. Since leather is a natural fiber, it is more resilient and will withstand more wear and tear than synthetic materials. Genuine leather is more cost-effective than full-grain leather and is readily available.
A good insole benefits your feet in many ways. If you subject your feet to shock and pressure when standing, walking, or running, your tissues can become inflamed. Your feet may then lose flexibility and become painful. However, with good shoe insoles, you minimize the amount of pressure and shock you’re exposing your feet to.
Quality insoles help to prolong the lifespan of your shoes and provide protection for your feet, keeping them happy and healthy.
Rubber soles are exponentially more comfortable and flexible than leather soles. They are made more for exploring the wilderness and are thicker to accommodate the extra abuse.
Rubber soles may not be the most aesthetically pleasing material, but they are ideal when it comes to shoes that you want to be able to wear for work and play.
Experience hikers advise that “a pound on your feet equals five pounds on your back.” In correspondence, removing a pound of weight from your feet feels like removing five pounds from your back.
With an ATS insole, you’ll feel like you’re walking on air. It is also moisture-wicking, which means that, if you struggle with sweaty feet, the insoles are going to absorb the moisture, leaving your feet dry and cool. The thick ¾ inch Duratread rubber outsole provides support, stability, durability, flexibility, and protection from the elements, thus leading to even more comfort for your feet! The construction of the Ariat Bridgeport sandal allows you to be outdoors all day without having to stop to rub your feet or switch shoes.
Pros: Leather upper material that covers the top of the foot provides protection from abrasion and water. The soft lining protects the top of your feet from irritation. The gel-cushioned, moisture-wicking insole provides support, stability, and dry, cool, healthy feet. A Duratread rubber sole protects your feet from pain, discomfort, abrasion, the elements, and slip dangers.
Cons: The Bridgeport sandals feature a stylish open toe and heel, which is great for appearance, but not so great for protection. They may help your feet breath, keeping them cool, dry, and comfortable; but they will not protect your toes and heels from abrasion, puncture, heat, cold, or moisture.
Since they provide so much extra support and flexibility to the shoe as a whole, you will get a lot more use out of your sandals. Not only is the outsole made of Ariat’s exclusive Duratread rubber compound, but it is also ¾ inch thick. Thicker soles are made to accommodate extra abuse from being outdoors and active. The outsole provides impressive wear-resistance, comfort, and flexibility. Duratread is longer-lasting than traditional rubber compounds, allowing you to spend more time in your sandals and outdoors.
A great feature of these sandals is that they have a flat heel. There are many advantages to having a flat shoe. It will encourage your spine to remain erect; unlike high heels that can cause it to bend. The flat surface helps your calf muscles to relax and helps your body weight distribute evenly across the soles of the feet. Flat shoes are also environmentally friendly, do not make you tired, allow you the freedom to move, and give you security while walking.