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  • Tall Boots that stand up to everyday riding.

    So it seems that calfskin is all the rage now among the high quality boots, but I've heard so many things about calfskin not being very durable. What boots, calfskin or not, have you had that stood up well to everyday riding?

    Edited: I currently have Ariats, and the zipper's actually have held up for years. It's the leather that cracked around the top. Other than that they are still gorgeous boots when they're polished up. If they weren't way too big around the calf I probably wouldn't be getting new boots.
    Last edited by forestergirl99; Jun. 4, 2011, 09:06 PM.

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    I can tell you what does NOT hold up to everyday wear, Ariat (any) and MH Supremes. If I didn't need a slim calf, I think the heavy-duty MH boots would probably wear for a long time, but they just don't fit me I currently have a pair of MH Supremes - because they're gorgeous and fit and feel fantastic, and a pair of Rectiligne Maryland. The Rectiligne boots I bought on advice of other COTHers to be a durable everyday boot. So far they are AWESOME, super comfy and they feel like they've got a better chance to last more than 6 months.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by *Liz* View Post
      I can tell you what does NOT hold up to everyday wear, Ariat (any) and MH Supremes.
      sigh, agreed. yet another busted ariat zipper on my crown pros that are perfectly worn in. and i'm a long way away from my amazing "zipper fixer guy" in sunny CA...
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        I have some Ariats right now. Other than the fact that they are way too big, I thought they were great boots. Until one day I realized the little rolled area around the top of the boots had cracks all the way around it...... And they haven't been abused in any way. They've been babied more than any of my other tack.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by *Liz* View Post
          I can tell you what does NOT hold up to everyday wear, Ariat (any) and MH Supremes. If I didn't need a slim calf, I think the heavy-duty MH boots would probably wear for a long time, but they just don't fit me I currently have a pair of MH Supremes - because they're gorgeous and fit and feel fantastic, and a pair of Rectiligne Maryland. The Rectiligne boots I bought on advice of other COTHers to be a durable everyday boot. So far they are AWESOME, super comfy and they feel like they've got a better chance to last more than 6 months.
          I have a pair of Rectilignes and they are incredibly resilient. I have literally put thousands of hours riding in them (about 20-30 hours a week), and they have been great. I just had new zippers put in after 4ish years but the leather and stitching are very durable.

          I also have mh supremes. The fit and look are absolutely gorgeous for the price but they will not hold up to everyday wear and tear.

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            I can't seem to find Rectilignes boots anywhere. Where should I look?

            Nevermind! Just found a place. These boots are gorgeous! Which models do you have?

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            • #7
              Wow - that is a bummer about the MH Supremes. Several of us wear other models of MH boots daily. I have the Sportives and two others I know have the High Rider and all wear beautifully and are comfortable for all day wear.

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              • #8
                Effinghams. Mine are going on 10 years, though for a while they stayed in a show bag and only came out for shows. Since my last pair of half chaps bit the dust last spring, I've been using them exclusively! Hunting, schooling and they still shine up nice for showing! They don't have any zippers or gussets, but they sure are durable! My trainer had a pair for close to 20 years if that gives you any idea!

                Course I don't know if they're even made anymore...

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                • #9
                  I started wearing my Beval Puissance boots for riding at home all the time about one year ago and they are still holding up really well. However, everyday riding for me isn't literally everyday, but one horse 3-4 days a week. I'll be curious to see if others think the Beval's are durable.

                  I did have to get my local shoe repair guy to cover up the soft gusseted piece on the inside of the calf with something more durable when the seam started to separate. I think that's kind of inevitable regardless with that type of construction, though. I also had him clean and oil the zippers, which will hopefully help those last longer.

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                  • #10
                    I can tell you more of what doesn't:

                    Sergios, Vogel's high end leather, Monacos, Ariat Crownes, Bevals and MH Supremes.
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                      Originally posted by SmileItLooksGoodOnYou View Post
                      I can tell you more of what doesn't:

                      Sergios, Vogel's high end leather, Monacos, Ariat Crownes, Bevals and MH Supremes.
                      "Doesn't" is helpful!!

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                      • #12
                        Just when my second Ariat zipper broke, a COTH member tipped me off to the deal of a lifetime--perfect fit Vogel field boots (pull on), just barely broken in, for $75 on ebay! I still can't believe it. Before that happened, I had discovered Saxon Equileather boots for wet everyday conditions. They're not bad, really! I'm hoping they will extend the life of my Vogels which I can't resist using for schooling.
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                        • #13
                          For heavy riding, I'd avoid a zippered boot altogether. I have an older pair of Ariat's high end boot, no zipper, and they've held up very well. I ride 3-4 times a week (so not the pro level of abuse) but they are nice enough, after 4 years, that I can slap on a bit of polish and head to a schooling/B show and be good to go.

                          I know they're old school, but I love my pull on boots. I've seen too many folks with their fancy-schmancy zippered boots electrical taped on at shows when the zipper failed.
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                          • #14
                            My Ariats non zipper have held up very well again 3-4 rides per week and mid range style. In fact when Ariat went to only zippered boots I bought a pair of pull on Crownpro as back up/show boots. That zipper is made to fail and will only last about 18 months according to my research.

                            Untill my boots have holes in the calves-and they get there eventually-they are perfectly good !

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                            • #15
                              Dehner's are awesome, but I would go with their more resilient leathers (there are 2). They seem to hold up extremely well to everyday, HARD use. My friend and I have them.

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                              • #16
                                I ride several a day, and I have worn tall boots for years. After several breaks and tears I shut my eyes and bought a pair of paddock boots and chaps. Love them.

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                                • #17
                                  Ariats only come in zippered now? I was going to recommend the NON-zippered one but I guess not.

                                  My Heritages lasted 15 years, much of which was heavy riding and some of those years were occasional. I am STILL using them as a daily riding boot -- sure they leak a little if I step in water, and they have dropped so they are too short for shows, but darn, those have been durable boots. I haven't replaced a thing, just regular polishing with boot polish only. Well, I did replace the laces around year 8.

                                  My new Crowne Pros also seem to be doing well -- but again, no zipper. One less thing to break. Zippers wear out fast, particularly when they are holding something together that is at tight as good boots need to be. The teeth can't last and your zippered boot is only as strong as the weakest teeth.

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                                    Originally posted by peachy View Post
                                    I started wearing my Beval Puissance boots for riding at home all the time about one year ago and they are still holding up really well. However, everyday riding for me isn't literally everyday, but one horse 3-4 days a week. I'll be curious to see if others think the Beval's are durable.
                                    Nope.

                                    I bought my Puissances on the advice of a friend. I've had them for maybe two and a half years and treat them like gold. They are falling apart. The calf is about to spring a hole, the zipper is trying to break, the leather around the zipper is shredded, and there are holes between the sole and the side of the boot. I am not impressed and won't be getting another pair.

                                    Before that I had a set of pull-on Ariat boots which wore like iron (old Ariats; don't buy the new ones,) and before that I had a pair of Koenigs that probably would have been awesome if I hadn't outgrown them.

                                    I'll be interested in how the Tredstep boots hold up.
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                                    • #19
                                      I accidentally got a pair of MH....winter? Heavy duty? boots four years ago. I figured I would use them for every day. They have held up wonderfully. I get them wet, dirty, don't take care of them, and they are still going strong. They were kind of big and clunky, so I was hoping to wear them out. Now I'm tickled that I accidentally bought them!
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                                      • #20
                                        Dehner boots

                                        You can get custom Dehner boots in the sturdy Voyager leather for $750, in either a dress boot or a field boot. You will be able to have them resoled many times, Dehner will repair them if you manage to wear through the legs or the side of the foot, and they will fit like you cannot believe. They will outlast off the shelf boots, and will repay your initial investment in two or three years. Unless you have really funky legs, or a really high instep, you don't need zippers-just one more thing to go wrong.

                                        http://www.dehner.com/customboots_riding.html
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