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  • durable tall boots

    so I've recently had two pairs of tall boots literally fall apart. One was of undetermined age (Mountain Horse)- I inherited them and who knows how long they were in the barn. The others, were about 7 years old, had been worn to maybe 7-8 shows. Always cleaned/stored in air conditioning. The soles literally turned into flip-flops. These were Devon-Aire pull ons.

    Exactly how common is this? I'm still casually looking for new boots, preferably pull ons. Which means most likely used= but if my boots fell apart, it's not exactly worth the $$/risk to buy used. Are certain brands more durable?

  • #2
    Are you looking to show or just ride casually?

    I’ve had great luck with my tredsteps but they aren’t pull ons. I’ve definitely noticed some brands hold up better than others. I know many riders have great luck with ariat as well.

    I think Dublin makes pull on tall boots that are show appropriate and I have a pair of Dublin work boots that have lasted me years.


    • #3
      What size areyou? I have some good boots but I never wore them, Only in house to soften them up a little.


      • #4
        After trying lots of different brands my go-to for everyday boots are Mountain Horse. I have a pair of really nice old-school (i.e. thick leather) boots I had made for me in Argentina that I use only for shows, but my MH are nice enough to show in, and they don't fall apart immediately.
        You can take a line and say it isn't straight- but that won't change its shape. Jets to Brazil


        • Original Poster

          fried- local/unrated shows

          sheri size 7 - i measure 14.25c/16h, so I figure that would mean 14c/17h, as pullons drop more than zippers
          Last edited by luckymaverick; Jul. 13, 2019, 04:20 PM.


          • #6
            The soft calfskin boots made for close contact will wear out faster. Nature of the beast.

            I've said this before, but I have the Ariat Volant S. They are pigskin. They took 6 months to break in and it's a bear to put a shine on them, but I will be wearing those boots come the apocalypse. I won't make it through, but those boots will.
            "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep." - Harry Dresden


            • #7
              best that I have heard of are Ariats and Parlanti. I don't own any myself from any brand but I have friends in my barn that ride/work/show in them and they have had them for close to 10 years.