Ariat Hera Expert Review
Ariat has been manufacturing riding and cowboy boots for almost 3 decades now. Founded in Union City, California by the two equestrian aficionados, Ariat managed to expand the merchandise over the years. And today, Ariat offers shoes like work boots, English-style shoes, causal and lifestyle shoes. Pretty much everything that you can imagine. That everything you can imagine statement includes even clogs. Yes, that’s right. Clogs.
Today, Ariat is also the main footwear supplier for the International Equestrian Federation. The company also has a long term partnership with some of the best elite horse jumpers. Jumpers like Hope Glynn, Mary King, Beezie Madden.
And as an interesting trivia fact, plenty of the Ariat merchandise was featured in the 2015 hit movie The Longest Ride. Yes, we’re talking about the film adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel. You know, the one with Scott Eastwood in the lead role. The romantic drama movie featured a handsome PBR athlete (Eastwood) who was training for a comeback after a life-treating horrific injury.
But for now, let’s focus on the Ariat Hera Expert shoe. It’s not a riding boot per se or a cowboy boot. It’s a clog and it’s one of the most interesting shoes in Ariat’s long list of products.
Check it out.
Entirely made out of leather
2-inch high heel
Heavy for the size
The padding in the midsole is light but oh so present and noticeable to the foot. You’ll be able to feel that cushioning, especially in the arch area, and that comfort is bound to last for a longer period of time. On top of the midsole sits the removable insole. Yes, that’s right you can easily remove the insole if you please, and insert an insole that’s more fitted for you. Or you can leave it as it is. It’s up to you and your preference. Right above that midsole sits the cushioned footbed and there’s plenty to be said (and written) about that too. What makes the footbed so special? Well, for one, unlike the insole, the footbed is not removable. Yes, the footbed is fixated to the shoe, but it is cushioned and it features the ATS Technology.
What is the ATS Technology you might ask? Well, it’s one of the 25 (yes that’s twenty-five) different technologies that Ariat uses in the making of their shoes. Each technology is suited for different pairs of shoes, and the clogs are used with the ATS technology. But what does the ATS Technology entails?
Well is the company’s special mid-level shoe technology.
Meaning it’s used on the mid-level part of the shoe, like the midsole. ATS stands for Advanced Torque Stability and it provides the best moisture wicking properties. The technology used in the making of the midsole will make sure your feet are dry at all times. Secondly, that cushioned that we mentioned earlier it’s made out the gel, which adds to the comfy feeling, and the midsole has a heel stabilizer as well. That stabilizer is inserted to provide rebound to the foot, stability and plenty of support to the entire leg, not just to the foot.
The forked shank in the midsole is ergonomic and lightweight at the same time, which amps up the comfort as well. You’ll love every single inch of the midsole.
Because the clogs are classified as work clogs. They’re worn during work and by having the non-metallic technology to key areas of the foot; it allows your feet to be protected at all times.
Everything can occur during your work shift. Heavy objects can fall; sharp objects can harm your feet and it’s best to have this technology on the shoes. It’s great protection, and despite giving the shoes their hefty height (12 oz per shoe), it will help you in plenty of tricky situations.
Yes, this is quite a heavy clog, but that’s the beauty of it. The safety technology that’s been implemented in the shoe is partially responsible for the hefty weight of the clog, but the rest of the features contribute to the weight as well. Namely the rubber upper, the PU midsole that’s also cushioned and so on… All the pieces in the shoe find each other and create one hell of a safe, comfortable and wonderful work clog.