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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan. 25, 2010

    Default Traditions

    I ride hunter jumper but have always been interested in the origins of the sport.

    What is the history of the boots and their colors? What is the "proper" thing past and present?

    This question came up because there are a number of antique stores in the area and they all have all brown leather field boots. - What is the difference between brown leather field boots, black leather field boots, black leather with a brown cap, and black leather with a black patent cap? Who is allowed to wear what? What a bout dress boots, are those seen on a hunt?

    If there is another thread on this sorry, I tried a search.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb. 6, 2007
    Maryland USA


    Where are these stores that always have brown field boots?

    I'd really go a nice patinated pair.

    But in summary, fox hunters:
    never wear black field boots
    wear brown field boots on informal days
    wear tan tops on formal days if male and granted the right to
    wear patent tops on formal days if female and granted the right to
    wear black dress boots on formal days

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan. 14, 2002
    Cave Creek, AZ


    Are the tan tops & the patent tops affixed to black, or brown?
    Approved helmet: Every time; every ride.
    "When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - RAR's wise brother

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May. 20, 2003
    Middleburg, VA


    Quote Originally Posted by Risk-Averse Rider View Post
    Are the tan tops & the patent tops affixed to black, or brown?
    Affixed to black dress boots only. Tops are worn for formal hunting, and formal hunting = black dress boots. Informal hunting = brown field boots.
    Cherry Blossom Farm - Show & Field Hunters, Side Saddles

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan. 28, 2008
    MI via NC via CA


    don't wear field boots, sticks get stuck in them... dress boots only... from the practical sense, it was true in the past and is true today ETA: I don't know about the tradition, just mean I don't ever wear field boots due to the experience above.
    "Bold Words was classier than all his competition. Straighter knees and a slim, elegant neck." -Nan Mooney My Racing Heart

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug. 3, 2004
    San Francisco


    in my day (sitting in the rocking chair)
    men wore the tan tops and women wore the patent leather tops when they had received their colors.

    of course that was before women had the right to vote. . .!

    I question some of the gender based traditions. I love tradition but not when they are based on same antiquated gender views.
    A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame or money, but even practices it without any hope of doing it well.--G. K. Chesterton

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct. 1, 2005
    Sandy, Utah


    Actually, I've never owned the patent tops, they are 'optional' for ladies w/colors but not required if you are wearing a standard melton coat. The very practical reason for the patent tops is that ladies won't get shoe polish on their breeches when they demurely cross their legs at the breakfast.

    The brown tops on gentlemen's boots are the vestige of boots worn way back in the day, which went up above the knee on the front- when rolled down they showed the brown or tan interior and things evolved from there.

    Field boots were 'always' brown, the black field boots became popular in the show ring first and then folks started wearing them out hunting, they are pretty well accepted these days though you will still see clenched teeth among older MFHs and turnout police.

    I have, once, seen a MFH-huntsman sporting tan tops on black field boots. But as has been noted, I wouldn't do that, fashion traditions aside, because yeah, those laces 'can' be a pain when galloping in woods or heavy brush.

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