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    Default How do dressage boots differ

    from regular h/j tall boots? I'm looking for an inexpensive pair of men's dress boots with zip, in size 11 and can't seem to find any out there, but on ebay found these:

    Hispar Men's Dress Dressage Boots

    They seem like what I had in mind except for the dressage part.



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    Dressage boots tend to be much stiffer, because of our longer leg position. Different people life different stiffnesses though, and softer boots are easier to break in. Some say that the stiffer dressage boots keep the legs quieter and make them look longer, but it's a debatable topic.

    So if you like those boots, I would get them... THEY ARE GORGEOUS.



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    Several years ago, I bought a pair of Hispar boots - they were awful. Poor quality, the zipper only went part way down the leg, the leather looked like something bought in bulk from India and felt like plastic, and they didn't measure as Hispar represented. They would take returns or exchanges, but only if I paid shipping - so basically, shipping paid by me both directions. I would lookfor a different brand - there are plenty of other inexpensive boots out there. They are on my "don't waste your money" list.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MysticOakRanch View Post
    the leather looked like something bought in bulk from India and felt like plastic
    Being that the boots are made in Pakistan, you are probably right about the leather's origins.



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    Oddly enough... I have a pair of the Women's Hispar Dressage Boots, and I love them. The leather is WAY nicer than the Devonnaire's I have. It's much softer and more pliable. And the zipper works just fine. My only complaint is that the zipper stops about 1-1.5 inches from the sole and it's a tight fit to get my feet in/out of the boots, but no worse than pull ons.



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    I've heard they improved their quality, lately, but I think I'll pass on them. I couldn't be sure I wouldn't get old stock.



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    These are field boots with no zip, but they will never die on you.

    http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/clo/2610867158.html

    A lot of CL sellers take PayPal and ship nowadays.
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    Hispar are not good quality. Dressage boots are always taller on the lateral side of the leg, so you could not put a cuff on them if you should need to.
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    TheHorseProblem - field boots are easy to come by but I need dress with zips in the $200 - $400 range. Mountain Horse makes some but according to the Dover people they are redoing their line and aren't shipping. I can't find anyone with size 11 in stock.



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    I already did. Note those say "ladies". But I'll email them to make sure. Thanks.



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    Quote Originally Posted by altjaeger View Post
    TheHorseProblem - field boots are easy to come by but I need dress with zips in the $200 - $400 range. Mountain Horse makes some but according to the Dover people they are redoing their line and aren't shipping. I can't find anyone with size 11 in stock.
    Too bad you need zippers! These are on eBay for $150.

    http://tinyurl.com/3bc39t4

    Also, these people are in Canada. Scroll down to the Equi-Comfort dress boots

    http://www.sandridge.ca/Riding_Boots.asp#KONIG%20DRESS

    They are in Canada, so the US dollar price is slightly lower. They take orders over the phone.
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    Equibrit, those sounded good but they jump from 10.5 to 11.5.

    TheHorseProblem -- I'm checking with Sandbridge now.



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    Quote Originally Posted by altjaeger View Post
    Equibrit, those sounded good but they jump from 10.5 to 11.5.

    TheHorseProblem -- I'm checking with Sandbridge now.
    Keep us updated because if the pair I found on eBay doesn't come through, I'm interested in their Ariat Heritage no zip field boots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by altjaeger View Post
    Equibrit, those sounded good but they jump from 10.5 to 11.5.

    TheHorseProblem -- I'm checking with Sandbridge now.
    They have dealers all over who may have the perfect size.
    Like this; http://www.crazyhorsetack.com/badrbomeshbo.html
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    I'm curious. Why does a hunter/jumper male want other than field boots? Is it for an Equitation class?

    My suggestion is to find a pair of boots you like and then have zippers installed. It will cost you about $125 for the zippers.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ToN Farm View Post
    I'm curious. Why does a hunter/jumper male want other than field boots?
    IIRC, altjaeger fox hunts, and field boots are not proper during the formal season.



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    Equibrit - I can work this out by myself. I started this thread asking about what makes a dressage boot different from a h/j boot, and then people started pointing out places I could find what I wanted. I'm only being polite by replying to them.



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    This is my understanding as far as the differences compared to field boots (what H/J use the most):

    1. stiffer shaft
    2. slightly taller outer side of shaft
    3. no laces
    4. no toe cap
    5. always black

    I think they are basically a slightly specialized dress boot.



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