Boots Fit For Olympians
USA, Der Dau Brings Classic And Fashionable Footwear To Wellington
By Eleanor Bourne
Founded more than 50 years ago by Jose Der, Der Dau Custom Made Boots & Shoes incorporates the skills of master leather artisans to thoughtfully craft the best riding boots for customers.
Der Dau has built its reputation throughout the decades, and the company is highly regarded by top riders for exceptional quality and comfort. Now operated under Jose’s son, Joseph Der, Der Dau continues to help dedicated equestrians of all levels create boots that match their riding needs and personal style.
Each boot is hand-crafted to fit the individual customer, using a wide selection of the finest leathers with an array of designs available to ensure that each boot captures the specific needs of every client. Der Dau boots are designed to the exact measurements of each rider and molded to ensure a “second skin” fit.
Over the years, Der Dau has been known for its remarkable hands-on customer service. In addition to the firm’s thoughtful care during the creation process, the company also offers alterations and repairs for every Der Dau customer. The team of experienced leather craftsmen will repair any damaged boot so that customers can avoid the expense of replacement. They work closely with every rider to ensure product longevity, so clients don’t have to worry about the inconvenience of repeatedly breaking in boots.
Der Dau boots have been the top choice of riders of all levels, including Olympians.
“Der Dau has been a partner of mine for most of my career,” five-time Olympic medalist and professional show jumper McLain Ward said. “Not only is their product first-grade and enhances our performance, but they’re a great group of people to work with.”
Ward has worn his Der Dau boots to countless championships and maintains a loyal relationship with the company.
“We won the Grand Prix of Geneva in December in the boots I’m wearing today,” Ward said. “For us, it was one of the biggest achievements in the sport.”
Der Dau boots are worn by many other well-known professionals, including champion hunter rider Peter Pletcher, who has worked with Der Dau for many years.
“I’ve known [Joseph Der] for as long as I can remember — since the first Der Dau stand started,” Pletcher said. “I think everybody should give Der Dau boots a try.”
In an effort to give back to the equestrian community, Der Dau has partnered with the Rider’s Closet to make riding boots accessible to more equestrians. Through a trade-in program, customers receive credit toward a new, custom pair of Der Dau “Dream Boots” when they trade-in a pair of boots of any brand. The old boots are then repaired as needed by Der Dau’s expert craftsmen before being donated to the Rider’s Closet.
Show jumper Georgina Bloomberg, founder of the Rider’s Closet, works closely with Joseph Der in order to help more riders.
“I have known Joseph Der for years now and always respected his work and his involvement in the horse show community,” she said. “I am thrilled to be able to work with him and his company, as well as humbled and overwhelmed by his generosity toward my program.”
In addition to the company’s popular tall boots, Der Dau also offers custom paddock boots, half chaps, dressage boots, western boots and more in order to fit the needs of every rider, no matter the discipline. Der Dau also offers customizable leather belts and bags using a variety of exotic leathers in various colors for accessories that are functional and fashionable.
While Der Dau’s home base is in New York, they travel to the country’s most prestigious shows to exhibit products, including the Winter Equestrian Festival at Wellington International. Located in Vendor Village, the company offers on-site fittings, as well as drop-offs for repairs or trade-ins.
To learn more about Der Dau and designing a “Dream Boot” with Joseph Der, visit www.derdau.com or visit the vendor booth at WEF.