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Replacing Dansko Paddock boots?

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  • Replacing Dansko Paddock boots?

    Can anyone suggest a replacement for Dankso paddock boots? I was foolish and didn't buy more when they quit making and now am in a jam. I'm not a fan of Ariat's - they're just too skinny and i really like the boxy toes shape of Dansko. Help anyone????

  • #2
    Actually, Ariat makes a paddock boot with a rounded toe that is very close to the Dansko shape. I have the Ariats and love them (and I hate the skinny boots!). I have bony "toe knuckles" (if that's even what they're called), so the skinny boots really hurt the outside of my pinky toe and the top of my middle toes. Danskos and now these rounded Ariats have been my favorites for the past decade or so!

    Here's a link...
    (RT stands for "rounded toe").


    • #3
      Just gotta second the suggestion of the round-toe Ariats ... IMO they're more comfy than the Danskos. The toe box is very roomy and the support through the footbed superior.


      • #4
        Like the Ariat Hanover even better than Heritage:

        For less money, you can do the barnyards: http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=X1-38199

        But if you really don't want to go Ariat, probably Blunnies:
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        • #5
          Originally posted by scubed View Post
          Like the Ariat Hanover even better than Heritage:
          How's the width on these?

          I just received some 8B Ariat Westchesters that lace/zip, and they are too long in the toe and so narrow enough to be an A width. Very discouraging and a real PITA to eat shipping both ways.

          I love round-toe boots, but need to switch to a lace/zip from just a lace-up.

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          • #6
            have you seen this?


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            • #7
              Originally posted by scubed View Post
              Like the Ariat Hanover even better than Heritage:
              Those are also no longer made. Note the limited sizes and colors available.

              I was also a Dansko wearer. I bought these expecting the same fit, but they have an annoying upturned toe that hurt my feet.

              I have heard the Mountain Horse has some comfy round toe boots. Also, the Ariat hiking-type boots are a good fit. They just don't look as good.
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              • #8
                Another vote for the round toe Ariats (zip up). I don't like Ariats in general, but love these boots. Very similar to the round toe zip-up Danskos I used to have.


                • Original Poster

                  THanks everyone for your thoughts - i really appreciate it and didn't know that RT meant Round Toe!

                  Has anyone out there ridden in Blunnies? They look like they would flop around on the foot - so they? I thought it wouldn't be possible to get a snug-like fit in a boot without a zip or lace.

                  My next problem is that i'm in SW Michigan and there are NO tack store nearby that carry quality English gear. Shame.


                  • #10
                    I loved my Ariat hanovers, but I would caution that newer Ariats do not seem to have the durability of the older Ariats. I have had to restitch places on my hanovers and haven't even had them for a year and was careful to clean them often and not do things like clean paddocks in them. So I really was kind to them compared to my old Ariats and they still had issues.

                    I have heard great things about Blunnies but haven't tried them yet as I am trying to keep my hanovers going as long as I can (got a pair of used old ariats to fill in for them lol). I really wish Dansko or another brand would make something similar again....
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                    • #11
                      have you tried classicsaddlery.com, in Galesburg. Carry good stuff (although not ariat) and can get other stuff
                      OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


                      • Original Poster

                        Yes, i've looked at Classic - they tend to carry to lower end boots only.

                        Gee, maybe we should all get a petition signed and send it to Dansko and request that they offer the paddock boots again??? Or maybe another quality manufacturer could come up with a solution. How could we go about asking?

                        I'd love to try on a pair of Blunnies to see how they feel.


                        • #13
                          I do not understand why people still recommend Ariats. The last ones I bought a few years ago fell apart in less than a year. I complained to the rep about it at Equine Affaire and she just said, "well wear and tear on leather will cause them to fall apart." My old Ariats didn't fall apart like this. UGH! Will never buy Ariats again.


                          • #14
                            Another vote for the Mountain Horse Paddocks.

                            Also, I've heard the new Aeros paddocks by Ovation are really really comfy and a really great price!
                            Zips: http://rickstackonline.com/aeros-sho...-p-170244.html
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                            • #15
                              Love my blunnies! I have only have ridden in them once but if felt like any other paddock boot preferred them over my ariat winter paddock boots. I have a pair of the sheepskin lined pair, and love them. Nice and warm without all the bulk and weight of most winter boots, also seem to hold up really well so far. They have lots of styles and colours, but look into sizing they run a little big. I plan on buying another pair for spring and summer because they are the best paddock boot.


                              • #16
                                I was given new paddock boots for my birthday and ended up putting that money towards a pair of Ariat Bromonts. Might be worth it to see if Ariat has a paddock boot built on those lines. It's the first boot I've bought (I've had Perris and Grand Prixs) that don't kill my C-width (right) foot.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by RodeoQueen View Post
                                  Yes, i've looked at Classic - they tend to carry to lower end boots only.

                                  Gee, maybe we should all get a petition signed and send it to Dansko and request that they offer the paddock boots again??? Or maybe another quality manufacturer could come up with a solution. How could we go about asking?

                                  I'd love to try on a pair of Blunnies to see how they feel.
                                  Considering they SOLD the design of their Dansko paddock boot to Ariat, I don't think a petition is going to do much good.

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                                  • Original Poster

                                    So - the Blunnies are great for riding? Not "sloppy" feeling?


                                    • #19
                                      I haven't ridden with Blundstones myself, but my best friend has a pair that has lasted for years and she likes them very much.

                                      I scored a pair of Danskos at a going out of business sale a few years ago, and then managed to grab a pair that are brand new, in the box on eBay. However, that pair may remain brand new forever, because at 7 years old my first pair of Danskos show no signs of quitting.

                                      I do wish that a big seller, like Dover, could convince Dansko to manufacture the paddock boots again.


                                      • Original Poster

                                        I'm in total agreement - i wish Dansko would make them again. But if they sold the pattern to Ariat, then Dansko is probably out for good. As many have posted in this thread, I have heard that the newer Ariat boots are not as long lasting as earlier models.

                                        I've had my Danskos for 10 yrs. Unfortunately, I will foolish and didn't buy a couple more when they quit making them and one could still find on ebay. I've found a few pair for sale but none are in my size which is 37.

                                        I guess i'll have to broaden my horizons and look into Blunnies and Mountain Horse. Thanks for all the input.