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Tall boots for a tall guy?

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    Tall boots for a tall guy?

    So I'm in the market for tall boots, after riding in paddocks and half chaps for many years. I'm a 6'4 guy with 13-14 sneaker size feet. The Ariat paddocks have fit me well throughout the years but don't seem to hold up particularly well. I decided to look into tall boots again, and am rather discouraged by the options available. It basically seems like the Ariat heritage contour zip or nothing. I was hoping for different colors, or a design similar to the Ariat capriole. Is my only option to go for custom boots then? I was going to drive out to Dover, but they don't have a lot of stuff in stock for men traditionally. Wish I could just shoot over to Europe in situations like this!

    Higher end boots tend to have more off the rack options than what you find at Dover. Parlanti, Tucci and Fabri work well for tall people (although I’ve never gone shopping for a 6’4” man ). I would start there if they are in your budget.


      I am a tall woman (6 ft) and most of my height is in my legs. I am not sure what men's off the rack boots top out at height-wise, but I have to buy custom for the height. I need 54 cms to fit my legs and have NEVER found an off the rack option that is that tall.

      If you do decide to go the custom/semi-custom route you can get DeNiros for around $850, and they are fabulous. I'm on my 3rd pair and mine are all still in great shape!
      A blonde & her hunter:


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        Originally posted by HJdaydream View Post
        I am a tall woman (6 ft) and most of my height is in my legs. I am not sure what men's off the rack boots top out at height-wise, but I have to buy custom for the height. I need 54 cms to fit my legs and have NEVER found an off the rack option that is that tall.

        If you do decide to go the custom/semi-custom route you can get DeNiros for around $850, and they are fabulous. I'm on my 3rd pair and mine are all still in great shape!
        Do you have pictures of your boots? I'm actually interested in the Deniros but on their website it doesn't seem like you can order customs on there. How did you get yours?

        Glad to meet another tall rider with my struggles though!


          this is where you go to your local tack store for measuring. There are far more "off the rack" options available than any store can possibly inventory. They can look at your measurements and see what vendors have ready made boots that suit. They may have to order it in special, but they are not needing to be custom.

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            Hey fellow tall rider! The below link has pics to my first 2 pairs (as well as tons of other info about them!) They are pretty basic field boots in brown and back, no extra customization outside of the measurements.


            My newest pair is more custom (brown dress boots with oxford accents) and I ordered through Wyldewood Tack. They aren't local to me (I'm in Texas and they are in Michigan) and we did it all through email. Lisa was amazing to work with and helped me 'design' exactly what I wanted. Can't recommend them enough!

            pic of new boots:


            P.s. you CAN order directly from Deniro (just email them) but I found the language difference a bit worrisome, and I was worried I wouldn't be getting exactly what I wanted/thought I was getting. I felt more comfortable ordering through a US store this time around to walk me through the customization process.

            Hope this helps!!
            A blonde & her hunter:


              It sounds like you want higher-end, but for a schooling boot the TuffRider men's "Baroque" dress boot may work ($160 on Amazon). I got these for my slim 6'4" size 13 husband who is a casual rider, and he's happy with them (he does military reenactments and is particular about his gear, so I was surprised he didn't find something "wrong" with these).

              I have a pair of Brogini tall boots, which I think is Deniro's plain sister brand. I call them my "magic boots", because they fit my very short, very wide calf, off the shelf. I need to get the soles reinforced because of some separation near the toes, but otherwise I love them.


                I would like to put my hat in the ring for Parlanti. I see a lot of the taller men at shows in them as well as other custom brands. Parlanti has a lot of height options and to me, their craftsmanship is barn none if you buy their standard boot or the pro option.
                A lot of people in my barn ride in Deniros and adore them! I love the look but am a die hard Parlanti girl, tbh.
                I think a brand that does a huge selection off the rack (Parlanti) or a semi custom would be your best bet!
                Savannah College of Art and Design Equestrian


                  Off the rack Ego-7’s. They are made by parlanti and come in a ton of sizes. My students and parents love them for the fit and the price point, ~$500.00.


                    I feel your pain! My son is a little over 6'4" and wears a 13/14 as well. Everyone has given you some great suggestions, but unfortunately all of the semi-custom boot companies I have reached out to (Ego, Parlanti, etc - directly and through several tack stores) DO NOT make a boot in mens 13/14. The height actually wasn't the problem for my son as much as the actual foot. The cost for fully custom wasn't an option for us, as he isn't showing as much as he used to and is only 15 years old. We had to go with the Ariat Heritage Contour as well. If he goes back to showing more seriously (and stops growing!) we might go the custom route in the future.

                    I'm a little comforted to hear about another person in his predicament! Lol.


                      You will be hard pressed to find a pair of boots waiting on a shelf for you somewhere.

                      Look into German and Dutch manufacturers, as German and Dutch people tend to be quite tall. Konig, Cavallo, Petrie. Depending on where you are, you might be able to get sized up at a horse show. My partner gets his boots from a mobile tack retailer that goes to a lot of major dressage shows, although the name of the shop escapes me. At any rate, they can figure out what size you need and order anything, not just stove-pipe dress boots.