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allintexas
Apr. 10, 2012, 12:26 AM
Well, my paddock boots finally wore out, and when I went to try on a new pair of Ariats, I hated them (and I tried every model in the store!). They were very stiff and uncomfortable. Then I learned that they are now being made in China! Like just about everything else, I guess.

I would like some boots to wear to the barn, and I don't need to ride in them, since I always wear my tall boots.

So I was thinking of looking at some western/cowboy boots, since I've always wanted a pair. Any suggestions/favorite brands for comfort and some degree of durability? Nonleather would be good, but the only ones I've tried have been very uncomfortable or they fall apart quickly. Made in the US would be a plus. I thought of looking at the Ariats, since they are cute, but I thought they might not be any better than the paddock boots. Thanks in advance!

saddleup
Apr. 10, 2012, 12:34 AM
I have Anderson Bean boots for my everyday riding boots when I'm riding western. I love the fit, and they're super comfortable. I have four pairs of Lucchese boots that I adore, but they are pricey.

Tee
Apr. 10, 2012, 12:50 AM
I have 3 pair of Ariat western boots. 2 pair of lace ups and a pair of Pro Babys. I love, love, love them. Also have the Terrains and Telluride H2Os for icky winter wear (mud). I use the heck out of all of them and they have held up well over several years. And are so comfy I can wear them all day riding or walking.

I understand that they aren't alway so comfortable for everyone tho. Different feet builds don't sit as well with them.

sirbeastmom
Apr. 10, 2012, 10:12 AM
I looooooooove my Boulet boots.

SuckerForHorses
Apr. 10, 2012, 11:11 AM
I have these and they are the most comfortable boots I have EVER owned! Very lightweight and comfortable to be in all day long. They don't have the best gripping tread (they are the crepe soul) so don't expect to stay standing on slippery snow or ice!

http://www.justinboots.com/boots/Womens_Tekno_Crepe.html?424fccf8=L5008

OveroHunter
Apr. 10, 2012, 11:15 AM
I love Tony Lama boots. I currently own this pair: http://www.tonylama.com/en/gals_3r.html?424fccf8=33579

If green isn't your thing (as most people think I'm crazy for owning lime green boots) they come in a lot of other colors: http://www.tonylama.com/en/gals_3r.html I love the look of the white ones. They hold up great. I have been riding in mine at least 3 times a week for 2 years and wear them all day long and they are still holding up like new.

Also, whenever you get the urge to tuck your jeans into your boots just.don't.do.it.

zakkandtoto
Apr. 10, 2012, 11:31 AM
I have a pair of Ariat ProBaby's that are as comfortable as slippers and also a pair of Ariat Caballera's http://www.onlineshoes.com/womens-ariat-caballera-weathered-brown-p_id221222?adtrack=gpa&term=Women%27s+Ariat+Caballera&offer=

The Caballera's are almost as comfortable as the ProBaby's* and are absolutely adorable. I clean them up and wear them to the Rodeo each year.

*Both pairs of my Western Ariats are much more comfortable in the foot bed than my MH dress boots.

The reinforced toe cap on the ProBaby's saved me from a severe injury when a huge draft stepped on my foot - gave me just enough time to curl my toes out of the way.

I've worn the heck out of both pairs (cleaned stalls, washed horses in them, etc...) and they've held together very well.

sk_pacer
Apr. 10, 2012, 01:13 PM
First step in getting western boots is to get fitted properly as every style fits differently and so does every brand. I can only recommend Tony Lama and Justin because there is no way in hell I can get into either Boulet or Ariat - with the latter two, I am into a men's 10 before I can almost get my foot through the throat and I wear women's 6.5. I would LOVE a pair of Boulet - they are elegant, can still get real riding heels on them, and they are tough, but not for people with a high instep. So shop around, and get fitted by someone who knows how to do the job

lilitiger2
Apr. 10, 2012, 02:15 PM
tony lama.
have had my riding boots since 1986 with HARD WEAR, resoled a bunch of times, patched, best.boots.ever.

hated ariats. have several pairs of TL for riding now, big sorels for barn work (put the toe heaters in them!:))

AZ Native
Apr. 10, 2012, 03:18 PM
I've had 3 ( currently 2 ) pairs of these Twisted X All Around:
http://www.twistedxboots.com/class/All%20Around.htm
My all time favorite. I have other western boots, but these are the most comfortable for day to day riding and chores.

Belg
Apr. 10, 2012, 03:21 PM
Love my ariat ropers. Wear them all day at day job, have a pair I wear around the farm... broke that pair in hiking in the rockies. Love em.

Preposterous Ponies!
Apr. 10, 2012, 04:03 PM
Did you try on the Ariat Tellurides or Terrians? I just got a pair of the Tellurides and they are the most comfortable shoes ever - no break in period and waterproof too. Love them.

allikat819
Apr. 10, 2012, 04:17 PM
I have a great pair of Justin's that I love. They have a square toe and pretty aqua colored uppers. I'm of the philosophy that a western should really have a nice pretty colored upper :)

Unfforgettable
Apr. 10, 2012, 04:22 PM
I have these and they are the most comfortable boots I have EVER owned! Very lightweight and comfortable to be in all day long. They don't have the best gripping tread (they are the crepe soul) so don't expect to stay standing on slippery snow or ice!

http://www.justinboots.com/boots/Womens_Tekno_Crepe.html?424fccf8=L5008

I have the exact same boots, and love 'em. Comfy and durable.

allintexas
Apr. 10, 2012, 04:35 PM
Thanks for all the ideas.

I do have a pair of Ariats that I think are terrains, but they get pretty beat up at the barn.

For those of you who have Lucchese's - I tried on a pair, and they fit well (snug, not tight) but they felt like I had a golf ball in my instep. Is that normal, or were they too small, or might they just have too much arch support for my foot??

allintexas
Apr. 10, 2012, 04:36 PM
I have these and they are the most comfortable boots I have EVER owned! Very lightweight and comfortable to be in all day long. They don't have the best gripping tread (they are the crepe soul) so don't expect to stay standing on slippery snow or ice!

http://www.justinboots.com/boots/Womens_Tekno_Crepe.html?424fccf8=L5008

Good looking boot! I'll have to try

candysgirl
Apr. 11, 2012, 12:01 AM
I hate Ariat English boots, but I love my Ariat Probabys. They're extremely comfortable and I have several pairs. The newest pair is my every day pair, then there's the riding pair, then there's the messy chores pair. I wear mine like sneakers in cooler weather. They're what I wear to school every day, shopping, etc.

Guin
Apr. 11, 2012, 07:55 AM
Go try on some Justins. They are made in AMERICA, not cheap Chinese crap, and they have a "Roper" style similar to paddock boots.

http://www.bootbarn.com/Justin-Women%27s-Justin-Basic-Lacer-Boots/1016272,default,pd.html?dwvar_1016272_color=Black% 20Cow&start=10&cgid=root&prefn1=brand&prefv1=Justin%20Boots&prefn2=gender&prefv2=Women

HunterLady
Apr. 11, 2012, 08:02 AM
I love my Justin boots! They are very comfortable and look good. I am on my 2nd pair. My first pair lasted 3 1/2 years and this pair is almost 3 years old which is amazing for me because I wear them everyday. I had a couple pair of Ariats and they were comfortable but they just didn't last very long.

Far_North_Equestrian
Apr. 11, 2012, 08:35 AM
I got a pair of Justin Gypsy's for christmas - they've been through wet, snow, on and off horses and still look pristine. Some Justins are made in China though (these are) the quality and comfort is still amazing though.

Heinz 57
Apr. 11, 2012, 01:37 PM
For those of you who have Lucchese's - I tried on a pair, and they fit well (snug, not tight) but they felt like I had a golf ball in my instep. Is that normal, or were they too small, or might they just have too much arch support for my foot??

They ought to be a bit tight at first. Like most anything leather, they will stretch and mold to your foot. Are you saying the footbed was poking you in the arch? I don't have particularly high arches and never noticed that feeling in mine. Maybe it's just in the wrong spot? Did you try on a larger size, or a different width? That would be my first suggestion.

Love my Luccheses.

allikat819
Apr. 11, 2012, 04:58 PM
Luccheses would totally be at the top of my list if only it were in my budget right now.

For now, I'll just have to drool over the ones at the local shop.

lolalola
Apr. 12, 2012, 12:44 AM
I have a pair of Luccheses bought secondhand from a friend. I don't wear them to ride, but they're my footwear of choice with almost all slacks. Very comfortable. For riding, I'm still an Ariat fan, although I agree they aren't as well-made as they once were.

allintexas
Apr. 12, 2012, 01:31 AM
Heinz 57, thanks for the suggestions. It did feel like the footbed was poking me in the arch . It could be a fit issue. I ordered these online and have returned them (for the price, I'd need to love them). I'm going to have to give in and go the store and try on some Lucchese's and Justin's.

I think at least some Tony Lama's are made in the US, so I might try them, too.

Trakehner
May. 7, 2012, 08:43 AM
White's lace-up ropers/packers are great. Semi-custom, lots of support and you can really adjust them, via lacing, to what you need at that moment.

This sort of thing: http://www.whitesboots.com/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=30806

Very comfy boots. They have a cheaper line called Hawthorn, still great boots.

7HL
May. 7, 2012, 08:53 AM
Great Boots! Got mine at TSC. I had to special order them.


http://www.georgiaboot.com/products/3685/1600G4943/Georgia--Wellington-CC-ST-Work-Boots/



Oil, heat, & slip resistant non-marking rubber "Chevron" outsole
Steel Toe
Taped & Stitched Side Seams
Covered Comfort Core insole
Electrical Hazard
Hand Corded Medallion
Carbo-Tec Construction

lilitiger2
May. 7, 2012, 09:58 AM
Just this past week had my Tony Lamas upgraded-customized the heel and toe-ALL MADE IN THE US!! I get the cheap, blingy boots for dancing but for real, holds-up-in-all-weather-and-you-can-even-walk-distances-in-them boots, Tony Lama. It'll take 3 months to get them but after 26 years, I guess I can wait!!! Boots are the most essential item, gotta have happy feet!!!