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Dressage.For.Life.
Sep. 7, 2009, 09:05 PM
I don’t show my current horse (he has, issues, which is sad, as it’d be awesome to see him beat some warmbloods in 2nd and 3rd level) but I do dressage clinics once a month and I thought it’d be nice to have some dress boots (I can’t stand riding in my field boots :().

So, what is your favorite brand(s) for boots? I like Ariat, but I’m not liking their dress boots very much. I like boots with a high Spanish top. Am not wanting to go custom, but I may consider saving up over the winter to do so.

And, who here schools in tall boots?

TheHorseProblem
Sep. 7, 2009, 11:00 PM
I school in my tall boots. My leg feels heavier and more stable with them on. Some days I'll wear my half chaps if I'm just goofing off. But I always wear boots for lessons. I have the Ariats I bought four years ago and they have held up well. Before that I had some Cavallos that I bought in Germany and those were great, they just eventually shrank from storing them in my hot tack trunk.

kealea31
Sep. 7, 2009, 11:10 PM
I love schooling in dress boots, but sometimes they are uncomfortable to walk around in between rides. I have found they are much better if I put the ariat insoles in them. Right now I have Konigs.

Ambrey
Sep. 8, 2009, 12:06 AM
I'm dying for some Mountain Horse dress boots for every day. Just a hint, $59 Dublins are not high end ;)

For show, I covet Petries.

albigears
Sep. 8, 2009, 01:49 AM
Have you seen the new Ariat Westchester tall dress boots? They have an elongated Spanish topline. I got some for my birthday and love them.

http://www.bitofbritain.com/Ariat_Westchester_Tall_Dress_Boot_p/53063.htm

HollysHobbies
Sep. 8, 2009, 08:31 AM
I have the Ariat Westchesters also--they aren't a typical dressage boot with the boxy-bottom though. More flexibility in the ankle, which means less leg stabilization in the dressage saddle. VERY comfortable, however, around the barn and in the saddle. I wore mine for the first time Saturday and there's no break in time required on those (I have a show in 2 weeks and wanted to make sure they weren't going to rub, etc.)

scubed
Sep. 8, 2009, 08:38 AM
I school in my ariat field boots and show in Dehner's that I got off of the internet for under $200.

mbarrett
Sep. 8, 2009, 09:02 AM
Save your money and buy customs. Believe me, it is TOTALLY WORTH IT!

I saved for 3 years to purchase a pair of Dehners. They are the most beautiful, well fitting boot I've ever had. It was worth the wait. I had them made with all the features I wanted - Spanish top, gussets, fully lined, ridged sole.

You'll never regret getting customs. You'll look great in the show ring and they'll last forever if you take care of them.

I wasted my money on ariats and other brands of tall boots for years. They never really fit, or were tall enough, or the leather was subpar. Save and go for customs.

Fire_fly
Sep. 8, 2009, 09:26 AM
I agree with mbarret. I am just now replacing my custom Konigs from 22 years ago with....new custom konigs !!! While the price may make you feel a little ill, you wont be sorry if you get them, and they will outlast many other boots.

dwblover
Sep. 8, 2009, 09:35 AM
I had the Petrie Anky boots. They are super nice. They are really stiff though, so if you don't want them as stiff you could go for the 3000s.

mypaintwattie
Sep. 8, 2009, 01:25 PM
I school in Devon-Aire field boots- they are very supple and easy to get in and out of, or paddock boots and half chaps. For shows I have a pair of Konigs- easily 10 years old but still look brand new. Well worth the initial investment.

mp
Sep. 8, 2009, 01:34 PM
Dehner boots here, too. Only I lucked out and got mine on eBay.

NJRider
Sep. 8, 2009, 04:18 PM
I love my Mtn. Horse Classic High Rider w/ the Spanish tops. With shipping was only $250 with a VTO sale coupon!
http://www.vtosaddlery.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=VTO&Product_Code=MHCHR&Category_Code=BOOTS

ace**
Sep. 8, 2009, 04:33 PM
Save your money and buy customs. Believe me, it is TOTALLY WORTH IT!

I wasted my money on ariats and other brands of tall boots for years. They never really fit, or were tall enough, or the leather was subpar. Save and go for customs.

Agreed! I have a pair of semi-custom Cavallos I bought in Germany for approx. $800 that are 10 years old, and they are still going strong, despite heavy use for the first few years I owned them (they went on my feet at 8am and didn't come off until 6pm - while grooming and riding 6-7 horses per day). When I first got to Germany I had a pair of $250 tall boots (can't remember the brand now), that fell apart in less than 2 months with the kind of use I described above.

When I'm ready for a new pair of tall boots, I will definately be getting Cavallos again ( I have no experience with Konig, Petrie or Dehner).

Think of it this way, you can spend $800 - $1000 on gorgeous, well fitting boots that will last you 10-20 years, or spend $250 every couple of years to replace the cheapies that keep falling apart.

FancyFree
Sep. 8, 2009, 04:47 PM
I have a pair of Effingham's that I school in. I've had them for almost twenty years and they are still going strong. I heartily recommend them.

I'm going to get new show boots one day. I'm thinking of Dehner's or Konigs. I have to do more research.

dressagedevon
Sep. 8, 2009, 06:29 PM
I have a pair Konigs now, and they are eight years old been wore almost everyday and chewed by a dog and messed up on the inside by a shoe guy who didn't know what he was doing and low and behold they still look great, wear them every time I ride. I just ordered another paid of konigs that should be here in a couple of weeks, full customs for around 500 dollars. I stepped down a model, but I am not showing as much as I use too, nor am I doing alot of recognized shows. These are the best boots, save up and get them or another pair of custom boots you won't regret it.

camohn
Sep. 8, 2009, 08:21 PM
I just got the Ariat Westchesters which at "under 400." was not horridly priced but better than the super el cheapos with a decent Ariat footbed on it. They do have the back zip and Spanish tops. The first 3 times I wore them I did get minor bisters (location varied with each wearing as the ankles broke in) but after 3 wearings they are already better....so pretty short on the break in period. I got these because you can pick from 3 boot heights and 4 calf sizes. As a person with long legs but indelicate calves I can get a tall boot with a fuller calf cut that way at a non custom price.

camohn
Sep. 8, 2009, 08:23 PM
I have a pair of Effingham's that I school in. I've had them for almost twenty years and they are still going strong. I heartily recommend them.

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Effingham went out of business a couple years ago though

joiedevie99
Sep. 8, 2009, 08:27 PM
My trainer prefers that we wear stiffened boots for ankle support. Make sure you decide if you want that, since some of these brands don't come stiff- like Mountain Horse (as far as I know) and Effingham (assuming you find some old stock or used).

Valentina_32926
Sep. 9, 2009, 09:20 AM
I'm dying for some Mountain Horse dress boots for every day. Just a hint, $59 Dublins are not high end ;)

For show, I covet Petries.

I have Petries for show and whatever inexpensive brand for schooling. Petries seem more comfortable to walk in than Konigs yet are stiff enough to work well on the horse.

GallantGesture
Sep. 9, 2009, 10:18 AM
I have Valentini boots. They were semi-custom, so I was able to get them at a local tack shop but they come in so many different measurements (like the Koenigs) that they fit me perfectly. They were around $450 or 500, and are the stiffer type of ankle that takes a bit longer to break in. I've been really happy with them, they are very pretty, good quality leather, and a good quality zipper in the back. I don't know how hard these would be to find though, they come from Italy and I haven't seen them too many places here.

Invite
Sep. 13, 2009, 06:32 PM
I have Ariat Maestro Pro Zip dress boots, but I much prefer the Mountain Horse dress boots I bought. I have a nerve disorder and the Maestros hurt me. I know it sounds weird, but stiff things are very uncomfortable. Also, the zippers on the Maestros are too small for me. The zippers are pretty darn cheesy. The Mountain Horse dress boots are much more comfortable to walk around in and they have a nice big, sturdy zippers!!! I will admit the calf sizing is a tiny bit too big for me in the M H boot, but they are stiff enough that they have not gotten that yucky baggy look to them. I am extremely happy with the MH dress boots and highly recommend them. An added plus is they are inexpensive enough that it won't take a huge chunk of change out of your custom boot fund. I managed to get mine for $207 at Dover during an in store sale. Because they are inexpensive, I am not all paranoid about schooling in them.

whitewolfe001
Sep. 13, 2009, 06:46 PM
Mmmm, this thread makes me want to get customs!

It doesn't matter what boot I try on.... expensive, cheapie.... none of them fit right.

Apparently I must have a rather wide calf at the widest point, but small everywhere else... so by the time I find a boot I can squeeze my calf into, it is totally loose at the top, and I'm swimming in the ankle area. It's very frustrating.

How have you guys gone about ordering customs? I am deathly afraid of messing up taking my own measurements for the 'custom order' Konigs or Cavallos. After working in a tack shop, I saw firsthand how sometimes the 'measured' size didn't seem to equate with the actual fit when they arrived.

Fire_fly
Sep. 13, 2009, 09:51 PM
Go to a tack shop that has a dealership for the boots, they should have somebody trained that can fit you, and let you know all of the options. I would not order online for these boots.

Rival
Sep. 14, 2009, 11:42 AM
To get around the measurement issues.... Do you have any local tack shops that sell used boots? I just went around and tried them on until I knew what foot, height and calf measurement worked.