The Raphael is the newest boot. Besides for the very creepy ad that they are running with the glaring eyes- anyone see these in person? I know LaMundial makes a similar boots sans laces, but are still considered a Field Boot. Thought about getting the DaVincis, but at the same price point I might be swayed.
These look like a nicer version of the Donatellos with the elastic in the back. I'm liking these! They have the same sizing as the Donatellos too so I might be persuaded to upgrade after I wear out my Donatellos.
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I have seen the Raphael in person and it is an incredible boot! We met Aiden (CEO of Tredstep) when we attended the American Equestrian Trade Association trade show in January. We asked him why the Italian names given that his company is Irish. His response was that the names are all of artists...He considers his work (boots, etc) an art. A bit of mindless trivia for ya. Grab those boots as soon as you find them. I already placed my order and will sell out as soon as they arrive. Great company but the demand at times is greater then the inventory (which I have told they are working on.)
^^^Renn-it may be worth a try. The Donatellos didn't fit me like the Da Vincis.
I tried two different calf sizes of the Da Vincis and neither worked. They were oddly bulgy over the calf. Going down would have meant not being able to get them over my ankles. Sent both back to SmartPak (actually they're in my car waiting to go to the UPS store). IMHO, they fit kind of like the Grand Prixs (or is that Grands Prix)?
So I went off to my semi-local tack store and tried the only Mountain Horse boot they had in a field boot (Venice) and didn't love those--calf not close enough fitting; foot not too comfortable (realize that may well be fixed by going upwards in price).
So I tried the Donatellos and those fit nicely in the calf. They're not available in a tall and they drop much at all they may not be tall enough, but I'm getting a good price (about-to-become old price* plus if I pick it up at their annual sale I get it at the sale price). I figure I can always use them at home in lieu of paddocks and half chaps. This makes me wonder if part of the calf issue with the Da Vincis was that they were taller and the bulgy part of the calf was located in a different place. Or maybe they just fit different.
It may have been a HUGE mistake to pull my ancient Vogels out of the closet a few weeks ago as I have been reminded how nicely custom boots fit.
*According to the people at the tack store, the price is going up by about $50 soon. Very soon.
So....does anyone actually have these yet? I have no need for them as I love my MH boots, but they've always been a little short, and I have a birthday in two weeks, so.....!
I can't speak to the Raphael's, but I just bought the Da Vincis and love them for the price. A very pretty boot. Not as pretty a finish on them as the Ariat Monacos...but for under $500 I'm OK with that!