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  • Economical tall boots

    I have Ariat Heritage tall boots right now which I'm really not too happy with. They're way too big in the ankle and just don't fit right. I'm a somewhat awkward size (normal feet, short, muscular calf) I can really only spend around $500 so I'm not expecting perfect but I really need something that fits better because I'm only lasting in these for about 30 mins top.

  • #2
    Try the Middleburg boots in the Dover catalog. Very reasonable price and I've known several riders who are extremely pleased with theirs. Do be aware that the foot size runs large, I have a pair of the paddock boots and I had to get them in a full size smaller than I would normally.
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    • #3
      Try a consignment shop in your area.


      • Original Poster


        Can anyone tell me anything about Trestep Donatellos or Tredstones?


        • #5
          I got a pair of Donatello boots a few weeks ago and love them. They fit like custom and broke in nicely. Be sure and try them on first though - the first pair in my size wouldn't zip but the second pair fits (and looks) like custom.


          • Original Poster

            Thanks for the info! I just don't want to buy anything and then have the same problem as my Ariats.


            • #7
              My daughter has short, muscular calves, too, and she found that the Mountain Horse boots (short-regular) fit her better than the Ariat Heritages, which she had before. There are several MH models in your price range.

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              • #8
                I tell all my juniors to look on eBay until either their foot stops growing or they are in danger of qualifying. Spending a ton of money on boots when you'll outgrow them shortly after you break them in is silly. The strategy is applicable to anyone on a budget. You can pick up a nice pair of customs (for someone else) and if you luck into finding someone similar to your size, that's a jackpot. Besides, I have to be honest . . . I'm unimpressed with a lot of the boots out there now. They cost a lot and don't hold up very well (in my opinion).


                • #9
                  Mountain Horse! I'd always had Ariat tall boots and really didn't think I'd like the Mountain Horse but I tried both on and felt that the overal quality and the quality of the leather was much nicer in the Mountain Horse boots. Also, mine were under $300! I have the Richmond High Rider Field Boot and I really like how the side of the knee comes up making your lower leg look longer and more elegant. I've had them for almost a year and ride multiple horses a day in them. I've also gotten lots of compliments and people asking what brand they are

                  I only have two complaints: breaking them in sucked. I have long calves and got the talls, they dug into the back of my knee and left bruises until they finally dropped in the ankle. Second complaint, now that they have dropped in the ankle they rub my heel when I walk in them for too long. Not sure if I just have little heels or what not but it can be a pain, literally...Especially when you get bucked off 1/2 away from the barn!


                  • #10
                    I really like my Dublin Aristocrats. I beat the hell out of mine on trail rides, endurance rides and hunting. I am not nice to them. At all. I leave mud on them for weeks at a time. I do chores in them. I drive my stick shift car in them, etc. They still shine up to look brand new after a year of abuse from me.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Gnomeland View Post

                      Can anyone tell me anything about Trestep Donatellos or Tredstones?
                      I have the Treadstone Tuscany boots. For the price, they've been great for me. They are very slim throughout the ankle, and have a pretty wide range of heights. I'm very tall, so finding a 20" off-the-rack boot was a godsend for me. I got mine for $350.00, I'd recommend them for a boot in your price range


                      • #12
                        Middleburgs all the way! The foot does run large. But mine are buttery soft and I get tons of compliments and a lot of people ask if they're customs


                        • #13
                          I have the Mountain Horse Supreme and love them! Rode in them the day I bought them and they were pretty much broken in the next day. Super super soft, the calf can get a bit crinkly looking because they're so soft but they're very comfy. Not super comfortable to just wear around but I haven't had any zippered boots that were. The zippers tend to dig into my achilles area in any boots, so it's not just the Mountain Horse fit. I couldn't wear my ariats with zippers for any time off of the horse because the zippers rubbed so bad.


                          • #14
                            I have to tell you, I love my Ariat Quantum Crowne Pros! Much more substantial than the Monacos, and seem like they will last a while. I never thought I could wear Ariats, as they usually run so slim, but they actually fit beautifully! I got Smartpak to price match, and managed to get them just around or under $500, so it might be worth a look!


                            • #15
                              I have many friend who have tredsteps and got the for about $200! They have been holding up well for them and fit very nicely because the sizing is so nice and almost semi-custom like. I have der daus, but definitely recommend tredsteps!!!


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by kashmere View Post
                                I have the Treadstone Tuscany boots. For the price, they've been great for me. They are very slim throughout the ankle, and have a pretty wide range of heights. I'm very tall, so finding a 20" off-the-rack boot was a godsend for me. I got mine for $350.00, I'd recommend them for a boot in your price range
                                Thanks for posting this! I have Ovations (and am completely blanking on the name of the actual boot) in tall, which was either 19.5 or 20 inches tall. I really like them but will keep those in mind for my next pair.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Gnomeland View Post

                                  Can anyone tell me anything about Trestep Donatellos or Tredstones?
                                  I adore my Tredstones. I'm short with a larger calf muscle that is set higher up than where most boots calf sits (they say it's from my yrs of gymnastics) plus I have a narrow ankle and high arch.

                                  The Tredstones fit like a glove, a bit tight at first (I needed a friend to help zip them up the first time) but they broke in after only 3 rides and weren't painful to break in either. I have a size 5.5 foot in tall boots, ended up with the slim talls (they seem to fit shorter than other boots). They've dropped slightly but not a lot and now sit perfect at my knee. LOVE THEM
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by bits619 View Post
                                    Thanks for posting this! I have Ovations (and am completely blanking on the name of the actual boot) in tall, which was either 19.5 or 20 inches tall. I really like them but will keep those in mind for my next pair.

                                    sale price!


                                    • #19
                                      Without a doubt Mtn.Horse Supreme's. Got them for 450. @ Victory Canter. My trainer got some too & we both love them. So soft. Like kid skin leather no real break in time. LOVE THEM.


                                      • #20
                                        I have the same type of tall boot size as you, and the Tredstep Donatellos fit me perfectly. It can be hard for me to find boots that are slim enough in the ankle and wide enough in the calf (I don't have fat calves, just not very slim ones), but these fit right off the rack. Plus, they look absolutely stellar and the leather is nice and soft. You can get them shipped for free if you order from Smartpak... and they're only around $250 if memory serves (but they look like they should cost way more than that)