Ariat Bridgeport Review

7.7
7.7 score
[Editors rating (7.7)] = (WalkJogRun) score (7.7)/10


0
Editor rating: 7.7 / 10
User's rating: based on 0 user ratings
1 star
0%
2 star
0%
3 star
0%
4 star
0%
5 star
0%
Add your Rating

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.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Totally breathable
  • Slide-on convenience
  • Rugged build
  • Supportive sole
  • Flexible, suede upper
Cons
  • Leaves you unprotected
  • Fit is not adjustable
Brand

Brand

Ariat International is a luxurious performance footwear, apparel, and accessories brand. The products are intended for equestrian sports and other outdoor activities. Beth Cross and Pam Parker founded Ariat in 1993. They saw a chance to revolutionize footwear for equestrian riders by creating boots with advanced technology and construction to improve fit, performance, and comfort both in the saddle and on the ground.

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.
Upper

Upper

The material used for the upper of the Bridgeport sandals is made from genuine leather. Genuine leather is not as high-quality as full-grain leather, but it still has the advantages that come from having real leather vs. synthetic material. Genuine leather is pleasing to the eye because it has no grain marks and a very smooth surface. Sometimes it is pressed with artificial texture to add a natural, grainy look-but not for these sandals. Genuine leather is not as tough as full-grain leather, but it still performs well in water and abrasion resistance, flexibility, and breathability.

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.
Insole

Insole

Ariat offers an innovative technology that warrants stability and comfort, called ATS (advanced torque stability). The ATS footbed cushions and supports your foot as you’re moving, which encourages better posture and reduces fatigue so that your feet can last all day. The innovative insole will deliver cool, cry comfort because the ATS footbed possesses a moisture-wicking quality. The footbed is also gel-cushioned. A heel stabilizer and lightweight, ergonomic design helps the cushioning deliver support, rebound, and stability.

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.
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Ariat Bridgeport sandals is synthetic rubber. It’s not just any kind of synthetic rubber, though. Ariat’s exclusive Duratread rubber compound was culminated to provide premium wear-resistance, comfort, and flexibility. The flexibility is ideal for ergonomic performance. This rubber notably outlasts traditional rubber compounds and is incredibly resistant to barnyard hazards, such as acids and oils. It will also provide protection against slips on slick surfaces and abrasions from rocks and other objects you’re likely to run into outdoors.

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.
Weight

Weight

Having a pair of comfortable shoes is a necessity in any wardrobe. The weight of your shoes contributes largely to the overall comfort of extended use. Thanks to the stylish, modern look of these sandals, you don’t have to sacrifice fashion to achieve comfort with a lightweight shoe. The Ariat Bridgeport sandals are only 8 ounces, resulting in less pain, strain, and discomfort by the end of the day. Lightweight shoes provide additional support, especially when the outsole is made of thicker, more durable material. Bruising, discomfort, swear, and odor are all minimalized with lightweight shoes. It makes sense. The less energy it takes to lift your foot, the less impact it has on your feet.

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.
Comfort

Comfort

The Ariat Bridgeport sandals have multiple features that contribute to overall comfort during a day spent in them. The flexibility and secure fit of the genuine leather upper that includes a side gore V-panel provide comfort during all of the movements your feet perform while walking. The open toe and heel design provides unparalleled air flow, which of course keeps your feet happy and able to breathe. The synthetic leather inner lining feels soft against the top of your feet, lessening any irritation that may come from your foot rubbing against it during movement.

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.
Protection

Protection

There are some areas in the realm of protection that the Ariat Bridgeport provides excellent performance in, but others that it is very lacking. Protection is an important subject when it comes to shoes. It ultimately depends upon what you need the shoes for. In the case of the Bridgeport sandals, you will not be able to go for rigorous hikes, trek through mud, or wear them in a storm.

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.
Durability

Durability

Overall, the Ariat Bridgeport sandals perform pretty well when it comes to durability. Let’s break it down by parts and materials. The genuine leather used for the upper of the sandal is more durable than the faux leather alternatives that could have been used. Faux leather may be attractive because they’re easy to clean, but genuine leather has been known to last for 10 to 20 years longer! Extremely comfortable insoles don’t sound like they would provide durability, but they do!

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.
Fit

Fit

The Ariat Bridgeport does not have laces, which means no room for adjustability. You won’t be able to tighten and loosen them to fit a wider or more narrow foot, or to satisfy your preference. The only taste of adjustment you get is from the V-panel that allows a little bit of "give" to it. There are not many reviews on these sandals yet, but the only negative thing that has come up so far is that there is a seam right under the arch of your foot that may be irritating. Simple solution though-buy an insole or a gel pod and slap it on there! A bothersome seam is not reason enough to turn down these sandals. The reviewers also claim they have great support and that wearing them feels like walking on a cloud. For those qualities, I’d cover up an itchy seam.

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.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

It is no secret that Ariat International is a marvelous brand that has proven over the years to be absolutely trustworthy, with many of the world’s leading equestrian riders and teams sporting and endorsing their logo and products. Their reputation has been earned through years of research and commitment to producing durable, flexible, breathable, practical, eye-pleasing, affordable products. And they made no exception when planning the design for the Ariat Bridgeport sandals. If you’re looking for sandals that can handle a lot more wear and tear than your typical flip flop or strappy sandal, you should really take the time to consider these. Suitable for many environments and situations, you can wear them to any casual occasion, to work around the house/farm, walk to the mailbox or around the block. Stay away from extreme weather and rugged terrain that may lead to an ankle sprain or stubbed toe, because these sandals don’t offer ankle support or toe protection. For certain people, the Ariat Bridgeport could become a staple in their everyday wardrobe.