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  • Need boots for course walking

    So, after trekking around the cross country course in my Mountain Horse jodphur boots, I was incredibly sore the next day. Now, I run and I also ride bikes (mountain and road), so this was extremely unusual. I was also experiencing incredible foot pain during the second course walk as well, so much so that I was seriously considering completing it barefoot. It was COLD, in the 40s, with spitting rain, so that didn't help my misery any.

    I need a good pair of boots for course walking. I've tried sneakers (get soaked in the dew), rubber boots (no support, but dry feet), and paddock boots (see above). I've come across an unexpected windfall of cash, due to meeting our TIFF grant status with student achievement in school, but I'd really like to NOT have spend copious amounts of cash just to be comfortable at shows!

    What do you all walk your courses in and hang out at shows in? I have been drooling over some boots in the Eddie Bauer catalog, but I think they're winter boots and since it doesn't get THAT cold around here (NC), I need a pair of boots that I can wear all year round comfortably. I have high arches, tend to roll to the outside, with narrow heels, and have discovered that if I don't have complete support in my foot, they fall asleep in the stirrups. My Ariat paddock boots seem to work pretty well for me, but I don't want to course walk in them since they can get soaked quickly.

    So, waterproof, comfortable, and supportive boots for shows, anyone?
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  • #2
    Well I was going to say Ariat paddock boots since I also have foot problems and need good supportive shoes if I'm going to be hiking all over the place. Maybe if you add Tingley overshoes they would stay dry enough?
    ... and Patrick


    • #3
      I would go for the Ariat H20 boots that the endurance riders wear. You can ride, walk, etc, and they're waterproof. My first pair lasted 2 years, daily wear, washing horse, riding, mucking, etc.
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      • #4
        I decided that it was worth spending money on waterproof hiking boots to comfortably walk courses and spend hours on my feet at events. The brand that you buy depends on your feet, but it is worth it to buy Gore-tex boots to be comfortable. I like the Merrells or the Keens, but there are lots of nice brands. Any REI or similar store can fit you.

        If that doesn't do it, you might need orthotics or superfeet.


        • #5
          If you want to support your feet in wellies, just get some good insoles like Superfeet. If you're wearing them for long stretches of time, it really makes a difference.


          • #6
            what about those Dublin leather boots? they seem expensive, but a good value.


            • #7
              It might not be a boot issue per se....

              you may want to consider shoe inserts that provide support, they can easily be exchanged from shoe to shoe, or boot as the case may be and provide comfortable, supported walking in whatever foot wear the weather and terrain demand


              • #8
                I find Dubarrys surprisingly comfy to course walk in.


                • #9
                  My footwear of choice for shows and course walking is hiking boots/shoes. Good against water, muck, different terrains, and great support!
                  "Last time I picked your feet, you broke my toe!"


                  • #10
                    Salomon trail runners with the Gore Tex liner. They aren't boots, but they're fantastic trail running shoes. They run about 1/2 size too big. I'm a part-time caddie, so I walk for 5 hours with a golf bag on my back, on a variety of terrain, and in all kinds of weather. These shoes have literally saved my feet.
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                    • #11
                      CROCS. I never wear anything on my feet but CROCS for course walking. They are light, you can tromp through any water complex and be dry in 2 minutes, they have good support and are incredibly comfy. If your horse steps on your foot, it doesn't hurt. I know they are hideous but clearly eventers aren't entering any fashion contests. Plus, you can save your 'windfall of money' for other more fun things.
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                      • #12
                        Check out REI or your local outdoors shop. I have http://www.rei.com/product/726092 these for hillwalking in Scotland (read: no paths, rugged & very boggy) and LOVE THEM. My feet do get wet...but Scottish rain is special. In NC you should be absolutely fine. They are definitely the most comfortable boots I've ever worn, and seem to hold up really well. I've never had blisters from them, and we go on day long fairly hardcore hikes. I use them pretty much every other weekend and have had them for 3 years now. They seem to do well all year round. Just get good socks - I like Darn Tough (the hiking ones), or anything smart wool.
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                        • #13
                          I love Crocs, but they rub my feet!. Like wearing thongs, too (oh, all right, flip flops or whatever youse lot calls them). problem is, we have lots of Brown snakes on our courses, so boots are a better bet.


                          • #14
                            Gore-Tex hiking boots all the way. They're lighter and flex better than paddock boots, will allow your feet to breathe, will keep them dry through morning dew and thick wet grass, and will support you climbing up and down those hills. I am someone who walks xc at a power pace and usually two or three times - hiking boots leave me with no sore feet, no shin splints.

                            The only time you will need something else is if you have to walk through serious water. If that's the case (outside someplace with multiple stream crossings e.g. GMHA), I usually trek back in wellies on a second spot-walk.

                            Well worth the investment. I seldom use mine outside of events and they've lasted a few seasons.
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                            • #15
                              I have the Ariat waterproof barn boot (I think that is what it is called) and it is very comfy in addition to really being waterproof. Mine are just now starting to leak after 18 months of hard wear.


                              • #16
                                I have walked literally hundreds of courses in my Ariat paddock boots. They are so comfortable!


                                • #17
                                  Dubarry's are great, but be forewarned, they can't take heavy water for long periods of time. I was kicking myself at Fair Hill for only bringing my dubarry's and not bringing my wellies. My one foot was SOAKED right through after all that crap. I can't course walk through the water in that boot anymore! Sucks... but it lasted a few years without getting unwaterproof.

                                  I wore them all day, every day at Fair Hill while grooming and my feet (other than having a plastic bag in one of them) were very comfortable. The dubarry people gave me some insoles as well and that coupled with already comfy boots made for some happy (and mostly dry) feet.


                                  • #18
                                    I use rubber boots. I bought them one year at Rolex when the weather was awful, and found myself nearly crippled after I walked the xc course in them because they didn't offer nearly enough foot support. Off I went to the vendor area, bought some great shoe inserts, and have worn them comfortably for long stretches ever since then.


                                    • #19
                                      It's a shame that it was Mountain horse paddocks that hurt your feet because I was going to suggest the Mountain Horse Mountain Peak paddock. http://www.mountainhorseusa.net/wint...e_paddock.html

                                      They are fairly waterproof and look like hiking boots, but are lightweight and super comfy. I went on a several hour hike in the Adorondaks the very first time I wore them and no sore feet or rubbing at all. I had been kicking myself for being stupid and bringing un-broken-in boots to hike in, but was pleasantly surprised. I have since retired the Ariat paddocks and wear these full-time for barn work, hiking, and even some trail riding.
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                                      • #20
                                        Think outside the "horse gear" box. There are 100s of styles of hiking shoes out there, many of them waterproof and all of them designed for walking over terrain, wet, etc.. I have a pair of Vasque hiking shoes that are mandatory for longer course walks, like Rolex or if I'm walking multiple courses in a day.

                                        Zappos is your friend. Free shipping back and forth, you can order 10 different types of shoe, pick the ones you like, and ship back the other 9 pairs at no charge.
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