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Adding zippers to your dress boots

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  • Adding zippers to your dress boots

    Okay, another thread about boots made me sit up and take notice since a lot of people said they had their zippers add AFTER they bought them. Who does this work and does it well? I just can't imagine it's that easy to do. Then again, maybe it's simple.
    "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"

  • #2
    I did it to a pair of Petries....the ankle is not quite as tight as I wanted but overall they came out fine. I had the industrial zippers put on the inside. I use a cobbler who does a lot of dressage boots.
    Humans don’t mind duress, in fact they thrive on it. What they mind is not feeling necessary. –Sebastian Junger


    • #3
      EuroAmerican did it for me after I got my boots (Konigs). The ankles are still very tight.


      • #4
        I did it myself. I put the zippers down the back, but only halfway down the boot. I didn't want to cut into the ankle. They still require boot pulls and a boot jack, but they zip right up behind. I used the strip of leather up the back to hide the zipper a bit. It velcros over the zipper, so you don't see the zipper at all.


        • #5
          Woody in Wellington put zippers in my Koenigs. He did an excellent job.


          • #6
            I have used the local shoe repair "Anthony's" in Corona del Mar for about 15 years. They work on everything from Redwings to Hermes bags. I figured they could handle my boots.

            I asked them to use luggage zippers so they can stand up to some abuse. They just open the back seam and put the zipper in. Costs about $80.

            Zippers sure are nice when the weather gets hot.
            See those flying monkeys? They work for me.


            • #7
              My personal opinion is that when zippers are added to dress boots, they are no longer dress boots.
              Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.


              • #8
                AR, why are they no longer dress boots?
                Humans don’t mind duress, in fact they thrive on it. What they mind is not feeling necessary. –Sebastian Junger


                • #9
                  They are UNdress boots , bogey. You are dumbing down dressage with your tacky zippers!

                  (LOVE the zippers. never going back!)


                  • #10
                    Here's a second vote for Woody in Wellington! And yes, I live in Virginia and sent my Petris to Florida to have it done.
                    Siegi Belz
                    2007 KWPN-NA Breeder of the Year
                    Dutch Warmbloods Made in the U. S. A.


                    • #11
                      Timely thread and thanks for the tip on Woody. I recently purchased a pair of petries and the previous owner had a zip put in, very nice on and off, but the zip they got is very poor quality plastic and comes undone easily, I need to have it replaced.
                      Being terrible at something is the first step to being truly great at it. Struggle is the evidence of progress.


                      • #12
                        Contact info for Woody? I have a pair of Cavallos that must get zippers!


                        • #13
                          Here's the website:

                          I'm interested in having this done as well - noticed on the price page that they only list putting zippers on the inside calf. I've only seen boots with zipper on the back - how would zipper on the inside work do you think?


                          • #14
                            I have heard zippers up the back can break near the ankle (like the Ariat Maestro Pro). Zippers on the inside front don't wrinkle there and can't be seen.


                            • #15
                              I was anti-zipper until I was forced to change my mind. I had to have the zippers put in because following a huge DVT in my right calf my leg would swell (the valves in my veins were damaged). On a good day, it would be 1.5 inches larger than my other calf.
                              The other advantage of the zippers is that your boots can air out more quickly. After I take them off I wipe out the inside and leave them unzipped until I am ready to leave the barn.


                              • #16
                                I prefer the zipper in front- a little to the inside but not far enough back to be in the way. Easier to use and does not mess with the shaping of the boot.


                                • #17
                                  For those who have zippers on the inside (either toward front or back), do the zippers interfere with your aids, or poke you at the wrong way?


                                  • #18
                                    You won't even know the zipper is there if you do it to the inside like eggy explains..I also have customs with zippers and I usually have them replaced with the zippers that the state police use, they last a long time.
                                    (Zippers in the back would interfere with the stiffness)
                                    Humans don’t mind duress, in fact they thrive on it. What they mind is not feeling necessary. –Sebastian Junger


                                    • #19
                                      I bought a beautiful pair of Konigs at DAD this year and they were a tiny bit tight (could get them on not off ) and I had zippers put in along the inside of the calf and they turned out fantastic. I took them to a shop that had a lot of experience with riding boots.


                                      • #20
                                        Ahhh glad to know that there are happy stories to have zippers on the inside. I have been considering getting one just like that because I thought they look nicer, and easier to zip up, but didn't know whether there were some unforseen problems. Thanks a bunch.