Brogini Boots - two thumbs up
I just received a pair of Brogini boots, the company that also makes DeNiro boots.
They have a number of foot/height/calf size combinations, including wide calves, short heights, and tall heights. My calves are short and wide (GM's ideal I am not!) and I have never, ever found off-the-shelf boots that fit. I was lucky enough to get a pair on sale that happened to be my exact measurements for 83 pounds (100 before VAT was removed).
Shipping from the UK was 50 pounds and took less than a week, which brought my total for these these boots to just over $200. A steal! Yes, I know they are dress boots and have a square toe, and neither of these things are the current norm in the hunter ring. When the trend of dress boots reaches my area in a couple years I'll be ahead of the curve.
I also ordered a pair of zip paddock boots, which look very serviceable. Those came out to $53. Shipping on the tall boots may have been less if I hadn't ordered the paddock boots.
I was about to order a new pair of customs, but there is no need to now. The leather is soft - probably not as soft as DeNiro's, but not as expensive, either. Can't wait to ride in them!