Their are 2 women at my barn with your same issue! I believe GP comes in a 5.5. They complain that Ariat kid's boots are too wide and fall apart when subjected to adult abuse... I know one of them wears customs
Ariat comes in a 5.5... now if any tack store actually carries a 5.5, that would be wonderful! I hate going into a shoe store and having them look at you like you're crazy because you want anything under a size 6!
Ariat has 5.5, but their zippers suck, so I hate recommending them... I have had Saxon synthetics in a 5 or 5.5 before, and some other synthetics that I can't remember... but those might have been a kid size.
I feel your pain; I wear a 5 or 5.5 and so many stores nowadays don't carry anything under than a 6.
Try kids sizes. A youth 3.5 is the same as a women's 5.5.
This. I love getting kids shoes for the reason someone else mentioned - they're less expensive!
I wear a 5 1/2 but a 6 in paddocks. I have wider feet, though, so that makes a difference. Have you tried any of the size 6 boots on just to make sure they don't fit? Width may make the difference for you.
I had GPs and the elastic in them died really quickly, so I'd only recommend them if you are getting laces. I wanted laces anyway, but the elastic/zip ones were all that the store had. They were extremely comfortable, though, and I used to walk 3 miles in them to/from the barn with no problems. (Which could also explain the death of the elastic!)
My horse is a dressage diva so I don't have to be.
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I wear a 5.5 too so I feel your pain! I was lusting after the Treadstep paddock boots, but of course they only come in a 6. Same with the Grand Prix ones. Although if you email or call Smartpak, they will check to see if the mfgr makes a 5.5. I did this when I was searching for tall boots and wanted to order some that only came in a 36. (Ended up with the Sergio Grasso ones, which apparently run small and fit great, although I do use a Dr. Schols heel pad thing (replaced my original heel lift with that). I think they would be slightly loose if I just wore them plain (although that speaks more to my narrow foot than the size).
Anyway, I just (literally in June) bought a pair of 5.5 Ariat Colbalt whatever (or Performer now?) IDK, they are the ones that are around $175. Very well built. Super comfortable and great zipper. Bought them off one of the traveling tack places at a horseshow at the Oaks, but IIR Smartpak also carries them in 5.5
Before that I went cheapie and got the Dublin ones ($60) which also come in 5.5 (I ordered from Smartpak). They were nice and lasted about a year and a half with my daily wear and tear, but they weren't as comfortable & the soles were kinda slippery (I'm pretty picky about soles being grippy). Plus the zipper started to come undone when I put my heels down. The Ariat ones seem much more durable (ironically).
Most Ariat paddock boots come in a size 5.5 (a few zips don't, the zip paddocks also seem to fit larger than the lace model), several Ariat Tall Boots also start at 5.5 - just call Ariat & ask which boots fit narrower etc: I've found them very helpful & knowledgeable about the boots they sell & different leathers used.