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Cutting Down Dressage Boots

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  • Cutting Down Dressage Boots

    I found a pair of ancient Koenig boots at the consignment store that I wouldn't wear to ride in the Olympics but are certainly in nice enough shape for the showing I would do. I'm not sure if they're technically dressage boot as there's no metal stiffener down the outside. The cut is more Spanish style than I'm used to seeing in an all-purpose dress boot, though. The leather is very thick and an extremely heavy leather stiffener runs down the back seam. There's a well-executed zipper that I imagine was not original.

    They alllllmost fit. The calf is a little loose and I might need to have them cut down slightly. (I'm going to take my boot lifts with me to try them on again. Two questions Is it Ok to have the calf slightly loose? It stands by itself due to the heft of the leather.

    There's a very skilled leather worker in town and for what the boots are priced at I should just buy them and take them to him and see what he says about the height. I wanted to get COTH opinions about the calf being a little loose, though. Thanks!
    Last edited by Wanderosa; Jun. 14, 2019, 06:49 PM.

  • #2
    Are they comfortable? Could you wear thicker socks? If the price is right and they can be cut down a little (take in), do it. If they sag while you walk around, then they will sag while riding and you will be miserable. I have had that happen before with boots.
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    • #3
      Sure, cutting down the height can be done. I've done it on Cavallos and Koenigs that I found on sale. I like the idea of wearing heavier socks -- even knee highs if they'd take up the extra room. Cavallos are great boots, so if they're priced right -- I say go for it!

      All the dressage boots I've seen have the stiffener in the back of the boot, not on the side.


      • Original Poster

        I tried them on again today wearing my thickest breeches and socks and took them on trial. Will see what the leather worker says. These are in what I consider to be decent shape. But there's a second pair that are identical but in absolutely pristine condition - they haven't even dropped at the ankle! Which is crazy because both pairs have to be at least 30 because they're stamped Made in West Germany. I guess someone had one pair for daily use and the other for shows. They were priced above my budget but someone will get a bargain!