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Why do so many people have tall boots with no laces?

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  • Why do so many people have tall boots with no laces?

    I'm thinkin about getting some new Parlantis, but I don't know if I should get them with or without laces. Let me know the pros/cons of each! Thanks!

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    Back before zippers, you needed laces to get a slim fit through the ankle while still being able to tighten the laces up for support. These were called "field boots." Now with zippers, you don't usually need the laces for fit, so they are slowly becoming more popular again. These boots without laces are called "dress boots."

    You will still see more field boots than dress boots, but both are 100% acceptable.

    Get the nicest and best fitting boots that you can afford. Chances are they'll be field boots, since those are much more common still these days.

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    • #3
      When I ordered my Parlantis in November, I was told that the split between orders of dress boots vs field boots was about 50/50 and therefore really just a personal preference. A lot of the big eq girls have dress boots, but you still see plenty of field boots in every division.

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      • #4
        Technically, dress boots are more formal and more appropriate for the show ring. That said, I prefer the look of field boots. Either are acceptable today.
        Life would be infinitely better if pinatas suddenly appeared throughout the day.

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        • #5
          At least one person has told me they have no laces because it makes the boots easier to clean and polish.

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          • #6
            I like my dress boots because theyre easier to polish and I dont have to worry about the laces becoming untucked or breaking.

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            • #7
              My Parlantis with laces didn't even come with functional laces, they are the fake ones that are really just elastic and don't tie or tighten. I'm glad for it, as they already fit perfectly and I don't have to worry about them coming undone.

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              • #8
                Wait, what? I thought dress boots were for dressage and field boots were for h/j?

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                • #9
                  Dress boots (which are much stiffer) for dressage and Field boots (which are much more flexiable) for Hunters/Equitation. I wouldnt be caught dead showing a hunter/equitation in dress boots just like I wouldnt be caught dead showing dressage in field boots. They are VERY different boots in form an function. It's not about looks, it's about sport.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Flying Hearts View Post
                    Wait, what? I thought dress boots were for dressage and field boots were for h/j?
                    Originally posted by RougeEmpire View Post
                    Dress boots (which are much stiffer) for dressage and Field boots (which are much more flexiable) for Hunters/Equitation. I wouldnt be caught dead showing a hunter/equitation in dress boots just like I wouldnt be caught dead showing dressage in field boots. They are VERY different boots in form an function. It's not about looks, it's about sport.
                    Same here. This was my understanding as well.

                    Also, I was glad to be rid of field boots when I left h/j world as a kid. I've always had dress boots (especially fond of Spanish top and zippers, yes, yes, ) as an eventer and dressage rider. Never ever wore dress boots as a h/j rider. Was taught the same as RougeEmpire.
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                    • #11
                      You can get softer not so tall dress boots. If you go hunting (lots of galloping and jumping efforts) you will see ppl in dress boots, but they are not the same (typically) as dress boots for dressage. they are much more flexible and have more give in the ankles.

                      I love dress boots. I haven't shown h/j in nearly a decade, but it would be nice if I could wear the dress boots I have for hunting all polished up in the ring.

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                      • #12
                        "Dress" boots and "dressage" boots are different.

                        Wearing black dress boots is actually more technically correct than wearing black field boots.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Flying Hearts View Post
                          Wait, what? I thought dress boots were for dressage and field boots were for h/j?
                          That's what I thought, too, but interesting info here.
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                          • #14
                            I earned a USDF Bronze Medal (scores thru 4th level) riding in HJ style Vogel field boots. On a TB. I really don't think anyone cared.
                            The Evil Chem Prof

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Rel6 View Post
                              My Parlantis with laces didn't even come with functional laces, they are the fake ones that are really just elastic and don't tie or tighten. I'm glad for it, as they already fit perfectly and I don't have to worry about them coming undone.
                              Oh my freaking god. It has come to this?

                              When I was a kid, I'll have you whippersnappers all know, field boots only came in brown unless you special ordered them. And all the kewl kids had dress boots. Ideally, super-soft extra tall custom Vogels.
                              If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by RougeEmpire View Post
                                Dress boots (which are much stiffer) for dressage and Field boots (which are much more flexiable) for Hunters/Equitation. I wouldnt be caught dead showing a hunter/equitation in dress boots just like I wouldnt be caught dead showing dressage in field boots. They are VERY different boots in form an function. It's not about looks, it's about sport.
                                I've shown dressage in my super soft custom Vogel dress boots that came from hunterland, and also in off the shelf Ariat field boots. No one cares.

                                Some dressage riders do like the super stiff german style dressage boots. I personally do not. I would go back to my Vogels in a heartbeat for riding all disciplines if I could get them on. :-(
                                If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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                                • #17
                                  The only reason I have field boots is I destroied one of my ankles back in the early 80's. I can not get a dress boot on ( this was pre zipper in the back of boot time frame) if my life depended on it. I still have my Der Daus from that time frame. I probably will not be giving those up any time soon.. They are old enough to still have leather soles..
                                  if I had my choice Id have dress boots even dressage boots and Id wear them in the hunter/eq( If I were young enough for the EQ ring) ring. I like the support etc of them.
                                  Friend of bar .ka

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                                  • #18
                                    This thread makes me feel so old!!!! Back in the day EVERYONE wore dress boots for hunters and equitation and jumpers. Field boots started to come into vouge in the 60's and then they were brown or cordovan; most likely becasue field boots were informal and worn with tweeds. Somewhere in there, fashion dictated they should go from informal brown to more formal black and everyone started wearing them. (in other words, someone star rider got a pair of black field boots, won in them so everyone started wearing them!) With the demise of the appointment classes it didn't really matter. You could get a better fit, and with so many riders with bad ankles, you could get in them easier.
                                    Like someone said, with the advent of zippers, laceless boots look good and easy to get on. Now it is a matter of preference from the rider, judges cant really tell from their booth and probably don't care and if you win or lose because of your boot style, there is a BIG problem! :-)

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by poltroon View Post
                                      I would go back to my Vogels in a heartbeat for riding all disciplines if I could get them on. :-(
                                      I'm sure you know they can be altered. . . I bought my boots in my 20's and funnily enough, my legs were not the same shape (er, they were wider) in my 40's. Vogel added a panel so they fit perfectly again.
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                                      • #20
                                        Style...what fun...and no train wrecks! Novel.

                                        With hunters, you could wear brown/cordovan field boots if your jacket was tweed (something you could cub in). You wore the non-lacing boots if you wore solid coloured jackets or for an appointments class (which was very formal...some of us used "sewn-in" bridles).

                                        Wearing regular riding boots wasn't considered anything odd or unusual. I still ride/show in Dehner boots, either "show boots" or 3-buckle field boots (they're like wearing sneakers, very comfy).

                                        A good boot puller is your friend.
                                        "Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectatos Nunc"

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