I had to play mid-week chukkas in a pair of Hunter wellies, a showjumping skull cap and a pair of calf skin leather knee pads from the ’80’s. As you can imagine the wellies absolutely ruined my shins, the skull caps was modern, lightweight and surprisingly okay – if not a little hot. The knee pads were a revelation however!
I have a matching pair of calf skin boots, you remember the ones; they have the Velcro guard covering a half zip which wraps around the shin. Now these bad boys are soft, supple and comfortable.
Paired up with the retro knee pads I can honestly say I played my best in a long while. Suffice to say, these retro polo boots and knee pads are now in my every day kit bag. With my new-ish boots playing second fiddle and undergoing a rigorous regime of leather feed and softening.