Need field boots that won't brake the bank for 16inch calf!
Title says it all. I wear a size 8 but even when I was 100lb I had the largest calfs in the world. Short and stocky and tons of jumping makes the calf grow large Need a non expensive boot as I buy 2 pairs at a time, one for everyday work a nother for show. TIA
The wide elastic gusset in the back lets them fit pretty well, at least for me. I also have a wide calf, and had trouble not breaking zippers before I got these. I only ride about once a week in them, so not sure how they will hold up to heavy use, but I am happy with them for me, and only spent $189.90 for them from my local Dover shop.
forget boots and just do paddock boots and a nice pair of full leather half chaps.
Since when has it been easy to find half chaps for the wide calf/short leg? I have an easier time finding boots!
OP, you have my sympathies! I tried Mountain horse boots, the problem was that the short leg was a bit too short, so the widest part of the calf was too low and the zipper was still hard to do up. I have one pair of Ariat tall field boots that fits well, but they were close to $500 - yes, at that point I was desperate show season was on me and I had NO BOOTS.
I try different kinds in every tack store I visit. The only half chaps that fit are Dublins - I have bought two pairs and I wear them for day-to-day use. Save the $500 Ariats for clinics and shows only.
ETA: I'm 5'2 (5'3 on a tall day) and have calves just like the OP apparently! You can help the problem of slightly-too-tall boots by putting in heel lifts - this will also prevent major dropping at the beginning.
Last edited by Blugal; Mar. 17, 2011 at 06:44 PM.
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forget boots and just do paddock boots and a nice pair of full leather half chaps. Easier to fit and will still look like you are wearing boots.
Could never do that. Not only do I train and ride for a living, but I prefer the look of tall boots. I am very traditional. I do have half chaps that fit, but none of the full leather ones do since I am short short short
I, too, have Hulk/Eastern-European-shot-putter calves, so I feel your pain. I would definitely check out Mountain Horse, as they have a lot of options with 16+" calves, get good reviews, and are (mainly) affordable.
I just ordered the Tredsteps, we'll see if they fit my tree-trunk calves!
I have a pair of leather half chaps that look really nice. I got them at my local tack store for like $60. They are Thornhill brand. They zip up the back and even have the fake tab sewn on the outside. They have the elastic gussets in the back for a nice close fit. You have to be pretty close to notice they aren't real tall boots.
I am 5"4 on a tall day with one calf that is 16 3/4 and one that is 17.
I do like the look of the Camdens.
I saw the Fuller Filly ones in person and they look nice but I think for a professional they looked a little clunky in the foot to me. Not as sleek and polished. They do look like a nice everyday boot since they look like they may have more support in the foot bed.
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