Almost 5 years ago I was introduced to Celeris boots whilst training in Portugal. To be absolutely honest, I had no idea what to expect and didn’t expect a lot. I had waited patiently (for those that know me, know this in itself is quite unusual), whilst Artur (bootmaker extraordinaire, although I didn’t know it at the time), took 24 measurements – uniquely, from both my legs and feet. I walked away and didn’t think much more about it – I certainly wasn’t excited. However, a few weeks later, when I received my new boots, everything changed. When I first stepped into my boots I knew they were special, not only did they fit like a glove, but the quality was outstanding and I couldn’t wait to ride in them – ‘now’ I was truly excited and my constant pursuit of the perfect boot, ended (just like that).
I couldn’t get in my boots, and on my horse, quicker the following day. Even during the warm up, I felt more secure in the saddle than I ever had before. Due mainly to the unparalled fit, literally enveloping every contour of my foot and leg, they felt incredible and my ankle wasn’t going to move anywhere (anymore) and you’d know if they did – my first boots were red! Whilst a super-tight squeeze on the first fitting, within half a day they felt like a second skin. Riding for 3 hours a day, in 34 degrees, was going to test these new boots and, at the end of day one, they felt like slippers, with no pressure points anywhere – perfect.
I personally loved the high arches, which gave a super lean look and feel, and the longest leg line possible – something I had always aimed for, but never quite got with a ready-to-wear boot off the shelf. Nothing came close to the boots I now owned and this is when I knew I wanted to bring these boots to the United Kingdom. However, as someone who is not content with ‘just so’, I wanted to thoroughly test them first! I spent the next year (as an amateur rider), riding 3 hours a day, day-in-day-out (a couple of weeks at a time), in extreme heat – so that they were truly tested and hardly ever polished (shameful). I also wanted to know if these beautiful red boots were a ‘one-off’ so bought a second pair (like you do) and they too fitted identically, so I started to put them under pressure. If you’re wondering, these boots were Claro – one of my favourite colours.
I still own these boots today and they still fit as they did when I first tried them on and, whilst a little faded around the edges, they are as good as new – the leather hasn’t thinned, the zipper and poppers haven’t failed and they are the height they were at the start (yippee). I believe, without a doubt, that the unique fit of these boots is the key to their outstanding performance – the zips are not put under pressure (through poor fit), and they don’t drop (beyond your natural ankle bend) putting pressure on different parts of the boot.
There are no standard sizes used in the Celeris made-to-measure range and all boots are handmade, so sadly there is a bit of a wait for them – you can’t rush art! From a truly luxury brand, Celeris will create a boot that is not only made-to-measure, but tailor-made to your exacting requirements, from a range of super stylish designs, exquisite leathers and 19 standard colours. We can also source and supply almost anything your heart could desire – just ask!
I am a true perfectionist (those that know me probably think this is an understatement) and I believe Celeris boots are as perfect as they can be and I genuinely believe in the quality, the workmanship and, without a doubt, the performance. I hope you will join me in creating your own Celeris memories and adventures!