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Dressage boot fit

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  • Dressage boot fit

    I went to the Land Rover 3 day this year and splurged on some custom dressage boots. This is my 1st pair of dressage boots as I came from the hunter ring. So my boots finally arrived on Saturday and they are absolutely gorgeous. The foot and ankle are a perfect fit. Unfortunately I can't zip them all the way up over my calf. However, they are very stiff on the outer leg as they have the extra stiffeners added in so I feel like there is more room in the leather, I just can't close them without pinching my skin. Is this normal for brand new stiff dressage boots? Also, the back of the boot doesn't quite go into the fold of my knee. I'm thinking dressage boots probably don't drop as much as field boots so is it ok for them to be a little below my knee fold? I plan to call customer service tomorrow but just wanted to hear others' experiences on new dressage boots.

  • #2
    It probably is. I looked at a couple pairs of Koenig recently that were made in West Germany. So they had to be at least 30. Even the pair that looked like they'd been someone's daily schoolers (spur scuffs, worn leather in the zipper guard) had barely dropped at the ankle due to the weight of the leather.

    Also tried a pair of Treadstep Dressage boots recently. I had room in the calf in the Slim whereas the Regular in the field boot is a glovelike fit. I'm not sure *how* they're supposed to fit, but I do think it's differently from a field or AP dress boot.


    • #3
      They should do up all the way right out of the box. The added stiffness means that they will not stretch out so if you can't get them up all the way now, you're going to be cursing later when your zippers pop. Whoever measured you should have also added 2 centimeters to the height to allow for the heel so that they go up all the way behind your knee. They will drop slightly so you want them up as tall as possible. You can add heel lifts to them during the "break in process" so that you don't get blisters.

      If you have some kind of fit guarantee, I would go back to the company. These are an investment that should last you many years...they need to be perfect for you.


      • #4
        I wonder if adding heel lifts will allow you to zipper them closed, as it will move your leg up in the boot.

        I worked at a tack store for several years, and when I was fitting customers for tall boots, my saying was "if you can't bend your leg, they fit perfectly!"