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Forte
Jul. 26, 2011, 12:15 PM
My Konigs Grand Gesters are finally on death's door. They have served me well, more than 10 years, but they are finally worn through completely on the inside calf. I was thinking of just getting another pair of the exact same boots, but another rider recommended Petrie boots (ordered online from Dressage extensions) and they are a lot cheaper than Konigs. Anyone have experience with these boots? I was also looking at the Ariat Tempo dressage boot which looks very nice. Does anyone have these? I am looking for a stiff boot which will last a long time.

Covergirl15
Jul. 26, 2011, 10:47 PM
I have Petries that I got from DressageExtensions. I can't say too much on durability because I got mine 2 years ago come September and only wear them for shows (besides riding in them when I first got them). But so far they seem to be great and are still in great condition. :)

Lost_at_C
Jul. 27, 2011, 08:24 AM
I've had Ariats for years, but not tempos as mine are an older model.... they hold up really well and the sizing just seems to work for me. I wear mine on a daily basis and they're still nice and stiff and clean up very well.

jcotton
Jul. 27, 2011, 10:24 AM
If you wanted to keep your boots and not buy new ones, you could get a large patch (from the top of the calf down to the ankle) sewn on by hand or by a boot repair/cobbler with a long arm shoe machine.

I sewed a new outer piece on the calf on my daily riding boots because of the daily use and horse sweat had destructed (cracks in the leather and worn through) my boots and I wasn't willing to get rid of them yet. It was the best thing I have done to save my boots.

Camstock
Jul. 27, 2011, 10:33 AM
You might consider Dehners. Pricey, but fabulous.

Camstock
Jul. 27, 2011, 10:34 AM
You might consider Dehners. Pricey, but fabulous.

http://dehner.com/customboots_riding.html

ace**
Jul. 27, 2011, 11:11 AM
I've had my Cavallo boots for 11 years, and would get another pair in a heartbeat, I love them! Not sure if they are any cheaper than Konigs though, depends on what model you get I think.

http://www.cavallo.info/en/produkte_reitstiefel_dressur

Valentina_32926
Jul. 27, 2011, 11:29 AM
I own the Petries (the least expensive version I could get - the 3000 model I think? that I got from DE) and ride in them daily - have for years. They really hold up well. Have read in the past that Konigs are stiffer than the Petries. My Petries are the stiffest boot I've ever ridden in BUT I have never ridden in Konigs.

I broke in my Petries by riding in them twice a week for about a month. Then I bit the bullet and started riding in them daily. Very little discomfort during the break in period. :D

I have heard that the more expensive Petries are supposed to be stiffer - call DE - they really know their boots and should be able to compare. :yes: But I have found the Petries to be stiff enough to be effective without the torture of breaking in a stiffer boot like the Konigs. :winkgrin:

Mary in Area 1
Jul. 28, 2011, 01:08 AM
I have an old pair of Konigs that I ride in everyday. I love them beyond belief, but they are dying. I bought the highest end Petries to replace them a few years ago, and in spite of breaking them in very well, they are NOT as comfy as the Konigs. The difference is in the foot and where the ankle seam hit on me. For some reason, the Petries continue to be too tight over my ankle bone, and I get rubs!

If you've got the bucks, stick with the Konigs. The leather shines up better, too.

high hat
Jul. 28, 2011, 01:11 AM
You might consider Dehners. Pricey, but fabulous.

http://dehner.com/customboots_riding.html

LOVE mine. Would buy again. Just be sure someone does a good job measuring you and err on the large size for your calf.

JazzIT
Jul. 28, 2011, 09:58 AM
I own the Petries (the least expensive version I could get - the 3000 I think? that I got from DE) and ride in them daily - have for years. They really hold up well. Have read in the past that Konigs are stiffer than the Petries. My Petries are the stiffest boot I've ever ridden in BUT I have never ridden in Konigs.

I have heard that the more expensive Petries are supposed to be stiffer - call DE - they really know their boots and should be able to compare. But I have found the Petries to be stiff enough to be effective without the torture of breaking in a stiffer boot like the Konigs.

Same here.
I own my Petries for 4 years now, riding 6-10 times a week with them, still look brand new. I own the ones with the zip.

Dune
Jul. 28, 2011, 01:19 PM
I'm in the same boat, time to replace my OLD, OLD Konigs.:sigh: I'm considering going rogue and replacing them with the Ariat Volant (the RED ones!!!).:lol:

Manni01
Jul. 28, 2011, 03:08 PM
My opinion...

I rode in Königs Gran Gester for all my life. Some years ago I thought about saving some money and got a pair of Petries...

All I can say.. There is a huge difference and its not possible to compare those Petries with the Königs. I still only wear Königs...

swgarasu
Jul. 28, 2011, 03:24 PM
I can't speak to the Petries. I have Ariat Maestros that I've worn for about 5 years, but not every week- more like a couple of months out of the year. I don't take great care of them, but they have held up moderately well. There's a seam that is coming undone along the back of one boot, and the leather lining has holes in one boot, and there are some small cracks on the top on the inside of one boot (the flaws are spread between the boots ^_^). The thing I hated about them was the footbed is multiple pieces, and I had to glue down the part that fits in the heel because otherwise it would move around.
I decided to get boots with zippers after I got a charlie horse pulling them off one day, and then I happened across a good deal on some Konigs. Even though they didn't have zippers I bought them anyway. Turns out they are about a half inch too big in the calf, so I'm going to have them taken in and zippers put in. I'm almost afraid to do it though because they are SO NICE. The quality of the ariats can't hold a candle to them. I'll know more when I can actually ride in them, but at this point the konigs appear to be a much better boot.
I actually did a survey when I was considering boots- it's here:
http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/poll.php?do=showresults&pollid=2023 My survey only includes 4 brands though, and ariat is not one of them. Hope it helps though. :)

Rooty
Jul. 28, 2011, 04:03 PM
I wear Konigs...
Got a great deal on them used a few years ago, I ride in them all the time and they are holding up just fine. Did take me awhile to get used to them, though, they are my first dress boot. I rode in field boots until it was no longer optional

Po-Po
Jul. 28, 2011, 04:59 PM
Anyone have the Ariat Hunter Dress boot?

JRG
Jul. 28, 2011, 06:19 PM
My list of Dress Boots:

First pair (8 years ago) Ariat Hunter dress, replaced zippers 3 times and wore them through in under 2 years and not stiff enough.

Second pair: Ariat Meastros, replaced zippers 2 times and leather cracked apart, again under 2 years and not stiff enough.

Third:Custom Dehners:Love the stiffness, leather cracking and wearing through on inside, outside looks great, replaced zippers twice. Going on 4 years.

Currently looking for a new pair. Love Konigs years ago but the one dealer in the area went out of business. I don't think I am hard on my boots. I am in and out of them 6 days a week and wear them for a couple of hours at a time. So I will be watching this thread with interst..

pluvinel
Jul. 28, 2011, 10:19 PM
Kroop Boots....better & cheaper than Dehners
http://www.kroopboots.com

JLR1
Jul. 28, 2011, 11:49 PM
I love my Cavallo's....and save a bundle by purchasing them from online European retailers.

http://www.panache-equestrian.co.uk/

http://www.calevo.com/cgi-bin/calevo/process/locale/en_US/page/index.html

mickeydoodle
Jul. 28, 2011, 11:51 PM
I bought Mountain Horse (yes, I know this is a low life non custom brand) Firenze boots, they have elastic with the zipper, heavy duty zipper, and are the most comfortable dressage boots that i have ever put on ( I have $900 custom extra stff, medial calf cut out Koenigs) Unless (and maybe not even then) I were going to the Olympics ( or even had 1.100000000000000 chance, but probably not even then) I wouls still go for the Mountain Horse Firenze

Donella
Jul. 29, 2011, 12:27 AM
Cavallos all the way. Nothing outlasts those things.

ljo
Nov. 19, 2011, 11:03 AM
I just got new Petries. Any suggestions for breaking them in? They sure are stiff!

cadance
Nov. 19, 2011, 11:28 AM
I just got new Petries. Any suggestions for breaking them in? They sure are stiff!

Put heel lifts in for the first week of riding, then the boot can drop a bit and break in without rubbing you raw. Or until you feel like they've dropped enough for you to ride in them comfortably without the lifts.

Dune
Nov. 19, 2011, 11:31 AM
I just got new Petries. Any suggestions for breaking them in? They sure are stiff!


Which ones did you get? I got the cheaper ones and they broke in after only a few rides. Now I'm not happy with them, as a seam in the back is already coming apart, they are NO where near stiff enough, and they have NO shine to the leather either. Next time, I'm either going back to Konigs or trying Cavallos. :(

ljo
Nov. 19, 2011, 11:34 AM
I bought the Polo's with the zipper in front. They're STIFF!

ljo
Nov. 19, 2011, 11:35 AM
DE has them on sale. Search for Petrie Polo Boots.

ljo
Nov. 19, 2011, 11:36 AM
Thanks, I'll try the heel lifts.

esdressage
Nov. 19, 2011, 11:14 PM
DE has them on sale. Search for Petrie Polo Boots.

Ooh, thanks for passing that on! I'm also looking for new boots and that's a great deal! :D

mishmash
Nov. 19, 2011, 11:24 PM
I had a pair of the less expensive Petries semi custom, and hated them. The ankle was way too big, and had to wear a pad inside the shoes to keep them from slipping. But mainly they were so stiff, I felt like I had no feel in them.
I sold them and bought a pair of Mountain Horse Victoria, and love them. Ankle is appropriate to shoe size, stiff enough, but comfy from get-go. I would not want to go for a hike in them, but easy to adjust to in the saddle. $300

cadance
Nov. 20, 2011, 12:56 AM
Which ones did you get? I got the cheaper ones and they broke in after only a few rides. Now I'm not happy with them, as a seam in the back is already coming apart, they are NO where near stiff enough, and they have NO shine to the leather either. Next time, I'm either going back to Konigs or trying Cavallos. :(

Did you buy them from a dealer? If so, you should contact them about warrantying the boots, always worth a try.

I'm about to get myself some Anky Elegances for a steal brand new...I'll be taking some advil before the first few rides for break-in

ljo
Nov. 20, 2011, 12:59 AM
Ooh, thanks for passing that on! I'm also looking for new boots and that's a great deal! :D

I hope they have your size. You have to call.

Dune
Nov. 20, 2011, 12:17 PM
Did you buy them from a dealer? If so, you should contact them about warrantying the boots, always worth a try.

I'm about to get myself some Anky Elegances for a steal brand new...I'll be taking some advil before the first few rides for break-in

They're the Elegance model and I bought them from Dressage Extensions. Their solution? Send them to DE and their leather guy will fix them, no length of time given as to how long it will take. Or I can take them to Anthony's in Del Mar, which is an hour's drive and they will pay for the cost of repair. Sound all right until you factor it all my time/effort/no boots to ride in and it will probably only cost $10 to fix. I'm a little miffed...

Dune
Nov. 20, 2011, 12:24 PM
I don't see the Petrie Polos on DE website?:confused:

ljo
Nov. 21, 2011, 03:06 AM
You have to put in Petrie polo boots in the search link.

ljo
Nov. 21, 2011, 03:12 AM
I just checked, look in super closeouts-apparel