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Wide toe box field boots? Help my foot be happy!

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  • Wide toe box field boots? Help my foot be happy!

    I have had my left foot reconstructed a few times over the past year and now have a big toe that is fused from stem to stern-- totally non-bending, stiff and straight. Riding is not painful, thought walking in a field boot is. However.... I need to find a field boot that either has a wide-ish toe box or no toe cap seams that run over the edge of my big toe.

    Yes, yes..I could get customs but I really don't want to spend a $1000+ for a pair of boots. Are there less expensive customs?? I can deal with my smaller left calf (from all those foot surgeries...atrophy is real people!) but the pressure from the too-small-across-my-Frankenfoot is painful and annoying.

    My current two pairs are wearing out (and really don't feel good) which are Ariat Volant S and a too big pair of Monacos. I sold my La Mundial customs right after my last surgery as they were never going to fit my funky foot again.

    Ideas? I'd like to keep costs under $700 if possible.
    Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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    About two years ago I tried most of the mid-price range off the shelf boots and to me Ariat felt like the roomiest toe box.
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    • #3
      I have Mountain Horse Sovereigns and think they are fairly generous in the toe box. They have a square toe, which gives you some extra room on the edges.

      Can you fit in a men’s boot? They tend to be wider throughout the entire foot area.

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      • #4
        No Ariat has ever fit my foot, far too low over the instep and toe box. This is in all of their footwear not just riding boots I currently wear size 10 1/2 so I have BIG feet

        I rode dressage and had great success with Petrie in the way the foot bed and arch fit. I cannot for the life of me remember what kind of boots I wore when I rode jumpers, off the shelf popular brand in the 80s

        My big toe on one foot is almost naturally fused so I need even more toe box than most

        Petrie does make field +/- zips. Finding them to try might be a challenge. It might be worth getting some measurements and finding a store that reps. The only one I know of off the bat is The Gift Horse in Woodinville
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        • #5
          I have a big toe fusion and need a roomy toe box too. I sized up quite a bit and got a pair of Parlanti Ocala's. The seam across the toe is sown at an angle and I've found it to be more comfortable than a straight-across seam. The price point isn't great - and I don't think they make this model anymore. Maybe you could find a used pair?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Training Cupid View Post
            About two years ago I tried most of the mid-price range off the shelf boots and to me Ariat felt like the roomiest toe box.
            And if that doesn't work, check their men's field boots.

            And, it would appear, to keep up in the world, they offer free shipping and free returns.


            Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

            Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.

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            • #7
              Try men's boots. They are made wider than women's.

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              • #8
                I have many of the same foot problems as you, and got measured for custom La Mundial paddock boots with a wide toe. They are a perfect fit, with a back zipper so my poor toe can slide right in. They were $400, and I think their tall field boots are $700. Lots of options so I think you could order them without the seam across the toe cap.

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                • #9
                  Why not just get dress boots? You’d still have the sizing difficulty, but you wouldn’t be dealing with the toe cap. I just got Tricolore boots by Deniro. Very roomy in the foot.

                  This is what I have.

                  https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/tr...ess-boot-21328

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                    #10
                    Did some research and ordered Mountain Horse Sovereign boots today. Easy returns with Smartpak, so we will see! Hoping to avoid customs at this point. Thanks for the suggestions. I did try on men’s boots and too big everywhere even in my size unfortunately.
                    Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Calvincrowe View Post
                      Did some research and ordered Mountain Horse Sovereign boots today. Easy returns with Smartpak, so we will see! Hoping to avoid customs at this point. Thanks for the suggestions. I did try on men’s boots and too big everywhere even in my size unfortunately.
                      Were you aware that men's boot sizing is different? There is approx. 1 and 1/2 difference in sizes. A man's 6.5 would be a women's 8.
                      Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                      Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.

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                        Merry- yes, I am aware of the size differences, the fit was so sloppy in the ankle and calf even when it fit my foot that it simply wouldn't work. I have very fine ankles, narrow heels and average calves (14.5 inches). Honestly, customs would be my best option but I simply cannot stomach the $1000+ for a pair of boots that will be my everyday boot and show boots. There are only Tucci and Parlanti available for customs in my area. I would definitely need the foot of the left one to be different than the right and that takes a master rep to get it right. (I had a gorgeous pair of La Mundial boots--they were measured superbly and made perfectly, but sadly that "fit" would never work with my new foot shape).
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Calvincrowe View Post
                          Merry- yes, I am aware of the size differences, the fit was so sloppy in the ankle and calf even when it fit my foot that it simply wouldn't work. I have very fine ankles, narrow heels and average calves (14.5 inches). Honestly, customs would be my best option but I simply cannot stomach the $1000+ for a pair of boots that will be my everyday boot and show boots. .
                          I have somewhat different fit problems, but the same overall experience - it seems impossible to find a pair of ready-made boots that fit in the toe box, the heel, the ankle, the calf, and the height.

                          After my last "There have got to be at least one pair of boots in this &^%$ store that will fit me" disappointment, I resigned myself to Ariat Terrains and half chaps for everyday wear and "they almost fit" Ariat Heritage paddock boots and half chaps for any occasion where I need to look a little more put together. If I ever start showing again, there will be a boot crisis.

                          "Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything
                          that's even remotely true."

                          Homer Simpson

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                          • #14
                            Finding a boot without a toe cap may help, I find the toe cap hits my toes and bunions in the most uncomfortable place, also look for used boots, breaking in boots is bad enough when you have good feet, almost impossible when you have bad feet.

                            I found a used pair Mountain Horse dress boots in a half size too big, while they are a bit too long, the leather is so soft in the foot that they are completely comfortable. I have bunions, a contracted toe and other foot issues but these boots are extremely comfortable and I got them cheap. I have an older model of the Ariat Vortex, if they were a half size bigger they would also be wearable. They do have a bit of a toe cap.

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                              I chose the Mt. Horse ones because the toe cap stitching angles away from the sides of the toe. I think it might work! If not, back they go and the search goes to a dress boot foot. I dislike the look of a dress boot but needs must!

                              I currently have Ariat Volants that I love-- very comfy from day one, except for the pressure on my toe! I might try a pair in a slightly larger foot size if the Mt Horse don't work.
                              Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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                              • #16
                                Ever checked out mounted patrol boots ?
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                                • #17
                                  This may sound off the wall but have you thought about checking with the large tack shops to see if they have any mismatched sizes that may work? Or even the custom makers?

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Calvincrowe View Post
                                    I chose the Mt. Horse ones because the toe cap stitching angles away from the sides of the toe. I think it might work! If not, back they go and the search goes to a dress boot foot. I dislike the look of a dress boot but needs must!

                                    I currently have Ariat Volants that I love-- very comfy from day one, except for the pressure on my toe! I might try a pair in a slightly larger foot size if the Mt Horse don't work.
                                    Not sure what it is you don't like about a dress boot. Perhaps you are thinking of a dressage boot, which is stiffer and wider through the ankle? Anyway, I wear the Tredstep Medici dress boot and find the toe box wider than the Ariat Volant, which is what I previously worse.

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                                      Jo- I just don't care for the look of a dress or plain boot. I do know that there's a difference between a dressage and dress "hunter" boot (several clients in my barn have dress Tucci boots). If that style works better for me, then I guess I'll adjust my opinion!
                                      Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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                                        Update! The Mountain Horse Supremes feel great (so far!) on my foot-- they are a bit big in the foot, which is fine, and he way the stitching runs across the ball/top of the foot area relieves the pressure on the outside of the big toe. The left one fits awesome on my smaller calf...now to stretch the right one so I can zip it all the way up. Damn you, muscle atrophy! My puny left calf is the bane of my existence...
                                        Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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