It should come as no surprise that the top name in polo equipment also makes the most cutting-edge boot on the market. Unlike other run-of-the-mill offerings, Casablanca's handcrafted, zipper-front beauties feature an additional layer of calves' leather to offer extra protection and durability. But when it comes to leaving a game without bringing home bruises that last for months, the real difference is what the company calls synthetic elastomeric polymer D30: a bizarre orange putty of freely moving molecules that solidifies when hit offering shock absorption before returning to its natural, gooey state (you may recall such gels and non-Newtonian fluids from physics class). Just make sure to order them at least a month before your next big match. Each pair of black or brown boots is handmade, so you'll need to speak with customer service agents and fill out a form of measurements before you can saddle up. [$1,800; casablancapolo.com]
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