It was the array of bright, shiny and rainbow coloured stirrups that caught my eye as I spent a happy time perusing the saddlery trade stands at Equifest, Hawkesbury recently. Bright? Colourful? And stirrups no less - I had to know more. Augusta Clarke of The Italian Saddlery (find them on Facebook) was able to enlighten me on the Italian designed and manufactured range of Makebe Wave Stirrups she was now importing.Makebe Wave ergonomically designed, solid aluminium stirrups are seriously interesting. They not only look good but they appear to resolve a number of issues that riders commonly experience. Their design has moved the stirrup arch forward and both widened and angled the footplate down, enabling the rider to naturally and easily put their heel down, eliminating the need to press or force the heel down into position (and so forward). The wide foot bed design shares the riders weight more widely across the whole foot minimising discomfort that can often occur when using standard English width stirrups. Makebe Wave stirrups come in both Showjumping and Dressage styles and a wide range of gorgeous colours. I think I'll go for the purple!