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Dress Boots... New trend in the hunters/eq?

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  • Dress Boots... New trend in the hunters/eq?

    Tried on some "smexy" contoured dress boots on sale at my local tack store. The ankles are very fitted and sport the spanish top as well. They fit amazing and the lady at the store said Dress boots are now trending in the Hunters and Eq and that everyone is getting them.

    True of False?

  • #2
    I've seen them. Not the majority, but they have absolutely gotten more popular since the introduction of zippers. Field boots with zippers are pretty unnecessary, really. (Although they DO still give you more flexibility of fit.)

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    • #3
      Not a new trend, it is an old trend. Dress boots were probably worn by at least 50% of the entries in hunter divisions in the 60s and 70s and were just as popular in the eq and jumper rings as well. Just like in everyday fashion, if you wait long enough everything always comes back in style.

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      • #4
        I love boots without laces and plan on getting a pair. They offer a much nicer fit through the ankle and are quite popular in the jumpers and equitation.

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        • #5
          I've seen them. Not the majority, but they have absolutely gotten more popular since the introduction of zippers. Field boots with zippers are pretty unnecessary, really. (Although they DO still give you more flexibility of fit.)
          Unless you're like me, with little stick calves and average sized feet. This means that if I want boots that fit nicely in the calf, the zips are a must if I want to get my foot into them. Or out of them, as the case may be... I remember being pulled across an indoor ring by three people because my *#)!#(!) boots wouldn't come off.
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          • #6
            I apologize! I didn't make that statement clear... What I meant to say was that if you had zippers, you don't need laces -- not that if you had laces you don't need zippers.

            I, too, had to get my boots made with a few extra eyelets just so I could get my feet in them. Zippers are a godsend!

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            • #7
              Heres a dumb question, whats the difference in "dress" boots and "dressage" boots?

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              • #8
                Love my custom dress boots which I wear in the hunters!

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                • #9
                  H/J Mom, sometimes "dressage" boots are made more stiff than the ones you'd typically see for hunters, otherwise they're pretty similar in shape.

                  And Ammy, yes, I agree! I was SO happy when the zips came out... I kept my old field boots as spares but don't think I've worn them since.
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                  • #10
                    Dressage boots are stiffer and sometimes even have a stiffener down the spine to keep them from dropping. Very different look. The only similarity, really, is that neither has laces.

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                    • #11
                      I like them! Only if they are done right of course!

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                      • #12
                        Dressage boots also have a squared-off toe. Some of the field boots have copied that feature.

                        IIRC it is only in the last ten or twelve years that field boots were worn at shows. When I started riding at a H/J barn in the late '90s, everyone had dress boots for showing and field boots were for schooling.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by TheHorseProblem View Post
                          Dressage boots also have a squared-off toe. Some of the field boots have copied that feature.

                          IIRC it is only in the last ten or twelve years that field boots were worn at shows. When I started riding at a H/J barn in the late '90s, everyone had dress boots for showing and field boots were for schooling.
                          Could be regional, then. My first tall boots were field boots, and everyone I knew had field boots. This was on the east coast in 1991.

                          (Also, what region calls them "long" boots, 'cause that sounds SOOO weird to me...)

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                          • #14
                            I've had dress boots for all these years, and suddenly I'm trendy??

                            Sweet!

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                            • #15
                              I started riding in the rateds in 1992, and it was all field boots here in PNW, you rarely see a dress boot. I had some in my 4-H days and HATED them. Granted they were pull ons. I can see with zippers, how appealing they might be. I am so old school, I've never had field boots WITH a zipper. No zipper, no broken zipper to deal with minutes before your class.
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                              • #16
                                I have seen quite a few of the big Eq kids at WEF wearing a modified dress boots the last few years... Square toe & no laces but many still have a swagger tab.

                                Check out the Parlanti Olympia in black.... they are lovely on the leg.
                                They have another model (can't recall the name( with a zipper that wraps around the ankle that seeems to be showing up in jumperland a fair bit....Euro chic!

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                                • #17
                                  I grew up when everyone wore dress boots. Sometime in the mid-70s, the popular style became black field boots. This predated on-the-rack field boots, so people who could afford them got custom Dehners or Vogels. I remember the longing I went through before I finally got mine in 1978. I should mention that I did Pony Club and Combined Training, not hunter/jumper stuff then. I'm not sure what people wore in the show ring.
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                                  • #18
                                    Tredstep has a pair coming out this year that are to die for! We (my shop) are going to carry them. Will totally be sold for the hunter/jumper ring. Saw that trend starting when we attended Devon last year. Many of the junior riders had dress boots. Of course I will still carry field boots but I totally see dress boots making more of an appearance in the hunter/jumper world this year. Soft shell hunt coats in a bigger way as well.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Hunter/JumperMom View Post
                                      Heres a dumb question, whats the difference in "dress" boots and "dressage" boots?

                                      Since attire in hunter ring is supposed to be based on attire in the hunt field - dress boots were to be worn for more formal hunting and many hunts required dress boots for hunting season period and field (often brown) were worn during cubbing season.

                                      In the show ring dress boots used to be the always acceptable boot for showing in any class where field boots were to be worn in less formal classes. In ladies side saddle its only dress boots.


                                      and Trixie I too remember the days of being dragged all over the place trying to get out my boots including the parking lot of some Chinese restaurant in New Jersey! Oh my those were the days- slip on or baby powder, boot pulls and boot jacks. Oh my I remember working in a tack shop and getting some people out of boots pre-zipper days, once I swear this woman was doing child birthing exercises to get out them Hilarious

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                                      • #20
                                        I am not a fan of dress boots, they look like rubber boots to me! They look better on, especially from a distance, but I prefer field boots.

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