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  • Casual tall boots? Trail riding etc.

    I am thinking of trying something different from my usual paddock boots and half chaps. When I occasionally ride western I wear jeans and cowboy boots but cowboy boots look stupid with breeches. I'm looking for a casual tall boot that works with breeches, is durable, and hopefully not too expensive (preferably less than $200). Waterproof is a plus. I want easy on off and something I can wear while driving.

    http://www.statelinetack.com/item/du...boots/E002854/

    These look like they might fill the bill (though not waterproof) but I'm not sure they have a size that works for me. Also there are no reviews so not sure of the quality.

    They also have these boots but the reviews on this site for the river boot are pretty negative. People complain of the lining wearing out quickly and that they can be difficult to get on.

    http://www.statelinetack.com/item/du...ots/SLT900372/

    From reviews the dublins run big and many people order from 1/2 to 1 size smaller. Also it looks like they are shorter than knee length. I wear a tall (normal width) in my ariat crown pros.

    Any ideas or other boots I might consider? Also I am not looking for a winter boot as I would hope to wear the boots in the summers which can be hot out here.
    Last edited by Mukluk; Jan. 23, 2012, 01:54 PM.

  • #2
    I don't have any boot suggestions, but whatever you get, make sure that the toe is narrow enough for stirrups. I was riding in a friend's muck boots once and actually got my foot hung in the stirrup because the toe of the boot was too wide.
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    • #3
      Ariat's Windermere has done very well locally (think PNW) & SmartPak has a few pairs left in limited sizes for ~$170

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        #4
        Originally posted by alto View Post
        Ariat's Windermere has done very well locally (think PNW) & SmartPak has a few pairs left in limited sizes for ~$170
        Thanks for the suggestion, it looks like a nice boot but I don't like the plaid (even though my girl has a baker sheet in which she looks very spiffy!).

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          #5
          Oh wow, went to smartpak site and found these. I think they are soooooo coool and have very good reviews. More than I wanted to spend but I definitely want some!!! Will have to wait until I have spare cash to spend on a luxury item.

          http://www.smartpakequine.com/cordob...oot-9004p.aspx

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mukluk View Post
            Oh wow, went to smartpak site and found these. I think they are soooooo coool and have very good reviews. More than I wanted to spend but I definitely want some!!! Will have to wait until I have spare cash to spend on a luxury item.

            http://www.smartpakequine.com/cordob...oot-9004p.aspx
            Wow, good think Smartpak doesn't ship to Canada! I love those!
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            • #7
              the plaid stopped me too - the UK version was made sans plaid & I keep waiting for it to surface here ...

              The Cordoba Andalusian boot is lovely but I really want (need) waterproof
              I completely agree with spending more for something that fits & will last (had such a negative experience with MH & their response that I will never buy there again).

              The Dubarry's are veryy nice but (fortunately) do not fit me or the kid

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                Originally posted by alto View Post
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                The Cordoba Andalusian boot is lovely but I really want (need) waterproof
                I suppose nothing with a zipper can be considered waterproof (at least the type of zippers used on riding boots (high tech outdoor gear does have waterproof zippers- they just need to figure out how to make one heavy enough for a riding boot. I think you could put a waterproof treatment on the boots which would help. And maybe a shoe repair buy could put something behind the interior of the zipper to discourage leaks (not sure if it could be done or how much that would be). Or if you just want to keep your feet dry it is possible to buy goretex "socks." Try REI or campmor.

                http://www.rei.com/product/688268/ro...versocks-socks

                here are the REI ones, they may be cheaper elsewhere.

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                • #9
                  I have the Ariat winter boots from a few years ago, and love them. They are a little wider in the foot than regular boots, but I have not needed to switch to wider stirrups to accomodate them. They're comfortable, and durable and waterproof. They are very warm, so I wouldn't wear them in the summer. I don't know if they make an uninsulated version.

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                    Originally posted by Mukluk View Post
                    Oh wow, went to smartpak site and found these. I think they are soooooo coool and have very good reviews. More than I wanted to spend but I definitely want some!!! Will have to wait until I have spare cash to spend on a luxury item.

                    http://www.smartpakequine.com/cordob...oot-9004p.aspx
                    I think I might wear them........ with the tassel out!!!!

                    And as the Queen of rationalization......
                    $274.95 price works out to 27,495 pennies
                    Assuming riding an average of 4 days per week that works out to riding 208 days per year.
                    So in the first year the daily ride cost is....
                    132.98 pennies per day or $1.33 per use. (I would rent these boots for $1.33 per day!)
                    After the 2nd year the cost per ride is about 66 cents per day (for the two years).
                    After the 3rd year the cost per ride is about 45 cents per day (for the three years)
                    After the 4th year the cost per ride is about 33 cents per day (for the four years).

                    What a bargain (of course as a non-math major I welcome anyone who wants to check my calculations).

                    ANNNND if you clean 'em up and wear them around town here and there, that makes it even cheaper.

                    I have now convinced myself that I absolutely positively must have these boots!!!!! I start saving today!!! (yes I could buy them today but since it's a luxury item, I have to save for it). There's nothing quite like delayed gratification......well except for instant gratification : )
                    Last edited by Mukluk; Jan. 23, 2012, 03:16 PM.

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                    • #11
                      :Ugg makes a "water resistant" spray that might help depending on how submerged you plan on getting them! Of course, the second you decided you don't need waterproof you're going to end up leading a horse through a stream

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                        Originally posted by Rel6 View Post
                        :Ugg makes a "water resistant" spray that might help depending on how submerged you plan on getting them! Of course, the second you decided you don't need waterproof you're going to end up leading a horse through a stream
                        I would imagine this stuff

                        http://www.google.com/products/catal...94609115453983

                        would work much better than the ugg stuff (which is probably designed to treat suede). Also I always ride my mare through the stream- but if its a deep stream my feet get in the drink too!!!

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                        • #13
                          I lov my Mountain Horse high rider boots. They have a zipper but they are surprisingly waterproof. I have waded through many a creek and as long as I go fast my foot stays dry.

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                            I clicked on that link and got the following suggestion:
                            http://www.smartpakequine.com/granad...A&cm_vc=UpSell

                            Which I think I like a little more than the ones you posted. They seem a little more ... aggressive. (Not that I need anything else to buy, of course.)
                            The dude abides ...

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                            • #15
                              Try a local consignment shop. I have boots in your price range - I am sure other consignment shop will also have them in stock.
                              http://STA551.com
                              845-363-1875

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                              • #16
                                What about these? Sorry if someone already suggested them...

                                http://www.smartpakequine.com/dublin...A&cm_vc=UpSell

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                                • #17
                                  These are really nice; http://www.horsefair.co.uk/product.p...6&cat=0&page=4

                                  There are multiple choices for fitting and an elasticated gusset in the leg. As they are oiled leather you don't have to take much trouble cleaning them (just brush them off a bit). The thing that made mine perfect was gel inserts.

                                  If you buy from the UK you don't have to pay the 20% VAT tax which means they come out about $210 depending on the exchange rate. These folks are quite efficient at shipping to the US.
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                                  • #18
                                    The Dublin River Boot is not meant to be ridden in. The other ones, with the lacing on the outer leg and wear patch on the inner leg, is.
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                                      Originally posted by Rel6 View Post
                                      What about these? Sorry if someone already suggested them...

                                      http://www.smartpakequine.com/dublin...A&cm_vc=UpSell
                                      Interestingly, on smartpak all the reviews are extremely positive, but on stateline tack, folks complained that they did not stay up. Hmm. They are nice but I think I really like those other boots better. The ones with the groovy tassel thang.

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                                        Originally posted by Opus1 View Post
                                        I clicked on that link and got the following suggestion:
                                        http://www.smartpakequine.com/granad...A&cm_vc=UpSell

                                        Which I think I like a little more than the ones you posted. They seem a little more ... aggressive. (Not that I need anything else to buy, of course.)
                                        Actually, I think they are a little less but I like the other ones better.

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