In 2007, Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell bought a 19th century country estate in upstate New York and dove head first into modern farm living. On Beekman Farm, they garden, raise animals, advocate for small farms, and star in their reality series The Fabulous Beekman Boys. Now, the newlyweds are trying their hands at design. The Muck B. 1802 was created in partnership with The Original Muck Boot Company and brings a dose of city style to the classic Wellington boot.
"We've been wearing Muck Boots every day for the last seven years and are rarely out of them," Ridge says, "but they're not always stylish. We wanted a slimmer profile and more modern look."
Named after their lifestyle brand, Beekman 1802, the limited-edition boots come in black with grey or red trim. Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell stripped away some of the rubber overlays so their boot has a narrower shaft and isn't as heavy. It's waterproof, has rubber pods for traction in the mud, and features an XpressCool liner for added stretch. If you have larger calf muscles, the boot won't serve as a heat seal against your leg.
The couple says farm-fit fashion is a relatively untapped market. "Our running joke now is that you have an equal chance of stepping in muck in the city as you do on the farm, so why not be prepared for it?" Ridge says. "Sometimes we use a different word for 'muck.'" [Muck B 1802 ; $170; beekman1802.com]