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Help: Without Effingham what do I do? Need semi custom boots.

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  • Help: Without Effingham what do I do? Need semi custom boots.

    I have semi custom Effinghams. Bought them in 1999 for $500.00. : )

    They are not looking great and last week I ripped a boot pull loop off one of them. gasp.
    And there are holes in the creases of the ankles.

    I'll have them fixed but it's just temporary.

    I was able to fit into a stock woman's 11 Effingham foot but the length on them is 23 inches in height.
    Me needs custom.

    Note. I prefer field boots (laces) and hate zippers. No zippers.

    Who should I check out?
    I wish Ariat still did custom. boo.
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  • #2
    There are some people in Maryland (not DerDau, but they also do semi-custom) whose name, I believe, is Koop or Kroop. They do lots of jockey boots.
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    • #3
      I'd suggest that you first do a search on line to see if you can find any. Probably not, but wouldn't hurt. I work at a tack store in Houston and we had some - still have a few pair, but not your size - that we got when the company went out of business. Perhaps another shop might still have a pair.

      Sounds like short of customs, the best you can do is the Ariat in Tall height, but that only gets you to 20.5", which I think is the tallest height available in an off the rack tall boot.

      Good luck.



      • #4
        Save a search on eBay -- I was fortunate enough to come across a nearly new pair of semi-custom Konigs for about $200... Granted they're not the super-fancy Spanish cut type, but they fit my long legs as well as my budget.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by purplnurpl View Post
          I have semi custom Effinghams. Bought them in 1999 for $500.00. : )

          They are not looking great and last week I ripped a boot pull loop off one of them. gasp.
          And there are holes in the creases of the ankles.

          I'll have them fixed but it's just temporary.

          I was able to fit into a stock woman's 11 Effingham foot but the length on them is 23 inches in height.
          Me needs custom.

          Note. I prefer field boots (laces) and hate zippers. No zippers.

          Who should I check out?
          I wish Ariat still did custom. boo.
          Probably worth a call to Dehner to see if they have any of their "mistakes" that fit your needs. Those are the customs that don't fit the person first time around. I know a lot of people who have gotten great boots this way.

          Or if you can swing it, order a custom pair from them. Mine are 16 years old and still in great shape.

          ETA: I know you prefer field boots but if you are thinking of doing FEI stuff where you might need to wear a shadbelly you might want to get dress boots.


          • #6
            My old semi-custom Effinghams are toast too.
            It's tragic.

            I lucked out and got some on ebay.

            If your issue is height (mine was!) I got men's. Tall enough (much taller than the stock ladies'), men's slim calf was much like the standard ladies', foot was a little wider. I think the conversion is 2 sizes down from your ladies' size (I'm usually a 9 and got a 7 in men's).


            • #7
              Here are some places that seem to advertise semi-custom under 500:


              http://www.foxhuntingshop.com/catalog/product154.html?__utma=1.1027316964.1257966726.125 7966726.1257966726.1&__utmb=1&__utmc=1&__utmx=-&__utmz=1.1257966726.1.1.utmccn%3D%28organic%29|ut mcsr%3Dgoogle|utmctr%3Dsemi-custom%2Briding%2Bboots|utmcmd%3Dorganic&__utmv=-&__utmk=59208110
              OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


              • #8
                I too miss Effingham. My boots are still around but I'm not sure what I'll do when they die (I wear a ladies 12).

                Anyway, you might want to try looking into these:


                They can do custom height options. Also, most of the big custom boot companies do semi-custom boots for reasonable prices and ordering sans-zipper and non calf leather saves $$.

                Good luck.
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                • #9
                  You're going to cruise over to the H/J forum and read the thread about La Casa de las Botas from Argentina. Semi-custom for about $500 shipped and supposedly very lovely.

                  Alternately, you could save another $180 and spring for the Vogel Young Rider boots. You don't actually have to be a young rider to order them. http://www.vogelboots.com/product_de...ategory_idno=4

                  And if you are feeling very brave, you could list your calf width and height, and maybe someone could find you an off-the-rack boot?
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                  • #10
                    Hey Purplnurpl! Thought I'd maybe found a pair for you when I stopped at a small tack store near my house, but they were size 10, not size 11. Darn!!

                    Hope you can turn up a pair somewhere in cyberspace.



                    • #11
                      Have you thought about getting a new pair that fits and then having them topped to add height?
                      I had a pair topped, and you could not even tell that they had height added after the fact.
                      Effingham used to be down the street from me so it was great to just take stuff that needed to be repaired to Beth and have her work on it. I do miss them. They were the sweetest people.
                      Good luck


                      • #12
                        Since everyone seems to be mourning the loss or wearing-out of their Effinghams, I did well by making a bid on this nice-looking pair on eBay?

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                        • #13
                          I was in the same boat a few years ago, adoring my Effinghams who's soles were nearly off and insides were lacy! I bit the bullet, bought the zippered Ariats I had always loathed, put them on, got into the hot tub, wore them till they were dry and now am completely sold. I LOVE my now-custom boots.
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