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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb. 28, 2001

    Default Any 'barefoot' or minimalist runners-riding boot question

    I have recently made the leap to zero drop shoes (Altras, Vibrams, etc) and it has helped my tired aching knees.

    I could actually LIVE in my Altras 24/7

    The problem is I wear my riding boots most of the day.

    I wear Redbacks or Blundstones.

    Does anyone know of a horse safe zero drop shoe that could be used around the barn and for riding?

    Would you brave these?

    Or would Blunnies/Redbacks/Rossi come the closest?

    I have seen some hiking boots but worry the soft minimalist nature would just be an accident waiting to happen around horses...but man I love the comfort.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug. 24, 2006


    I bet you would love the freejump boot/chap combination.
    This was just the first website that came up when I googled it. I'm sure they have an official site, just too lazy to find it!

    Those who ride in them never turn back!
    I'd rather be riding!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb. 28, 2001


    Those look so SOFT.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr. 15, 2010


    I just wear my vibrams. If I'm going to hop in the saddle, I switch to something with a heel. If I don't switch back quick when I'm done, my back reminds me.

    I haven't had any problems. My kids are all barefoot and I haven't been stepped on in years. They are the calm QH type. If I'm turning out my friend's high strung horse that does have shoes, I'm just extra careful.

    I did get a pair of the hiking vibrams, I think they're KSOs or something, but usually I don't even bother to switch. Though i should, would save me washing my regular shoes every other day. Lol

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct. 12, 2001
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    the heel is only intended to help you from getting your foot caught in the stirrup, and many endurance riders ride in non-traditional footwear (aka no heels) plus wide-platform stirrups with a toe-cage (look up EZ rider stirrups for an idea).
    why couldn't you ride in your barefoot shoes in something like that?
    as to not getting your foot squashed when stepped on, well, I have no ideas.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb. 28, 2001

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