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    Default Dress boots in the hunter ring?

    Its been a while, but are dress boots still seen in the hunter ring at all, or has it gone entirely field? To me the black field boots seem funny, as they are not seen in the hunt field...



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    Quote Originally Posted by x View Post
    Its been a while, but are dress boots still seen in the hunter ring at all, or has it gone entirely field? To me the black field boots seem funny, as they are not seen in the hunt field...
    They may be rare, but they're more correct than black field boots!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    They may be rare, but they're more correct than black field boots!
    Yes ma'am!

    Field boots were a kluge-- invented to cope with the difficulty of ankles and insteps in the pre-zipper era. Field boots were a compromise if you were built wrong and/or couldn't get customs. They were not worn in night classes.

    All this means that if you have dress boots that look nice, you are ahead of the game.
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    I wear dress boots in hunters. I got custom boots for fox hunting and was assured that they are fine for the ring - and was darned if I was going to buy field boots just to be like (almost) everyone else.



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    Just ordered custom dress boots. Can't wait till they get here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by x View Post
    Its been a while, but are dress boots still seen in the hunter ring at all, or has it gone entirely field? To me the black field boots seem funny, as they are not seen in the hunt field...
    Field boots are for cubbing/tweeds. Dress boots are for the season. In the ring, dress boots are more right than field boots, or so I was always taught.



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    Do a search, this subject was just discussed within the last several weeks.

    http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...ht=dress+boots



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    Our trainer expects us to wear dress boots (with swagger tabs) in the show ring. It used to be required that anyone who went to the A shows with our barn had custom dress boots; this has been relaxed & some lucky folks who fit off-the-rack can wear pre-made (even field boots), but when we're measured for customs, everyone goes for dress boots - it is the most "correct", though definitely not the most "common" look



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    Dress boots, black coats, what's next -- canary breeches (she asked hopefully)?
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