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  • Pretty, not-wack-expensive paddock boots? Like, now?

    I live in a tack wasteland.

    I haven't bought paddock boots in a long time.

    I have some brown Ariat Monacos that I bought a long time ago on sale. They set the aesthetic standard... but yikes on the $275 retail price!

    Can y'all just hook me up with the right supply of nice black paddock boots that I can order from the comfort of my keyboard?

    More on the size/shape of my feet if you want. I know, for example, that Grand Prix thinks feet are more narrow than they are.
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    I have no interest in wearing anything other than my Monacos.....ever again (okay, until I find something else I like as much). I bought my first pair in a tack shop with the ridiculous price tag. I bought my second (backup) pair on tack of the day for $100(ish). I've seen them on e-bay regularly since that initial TOTD offering around that price range. If you really like them that much, maybe camp out there for a few days and see if anything pops up?

    I've tried on and owned a lot of pairs of paddock boots and never tried or owned any that I liked as much as the Monacos (hence the backup pair for if/when my current Monacos hit the end of their life span).
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    • #3
      I have the Tredstep Giotto (zip) paddocks. I got them for under $100 at SmartPak: http://www.smartpakequine.com/tredst...x?cm_vc=Search

      I have been really happy with them. They looked beautiful right out of the box, broke in quickly, and have held up well, although I've only had them one season (they just came out last year).
      I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.

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      • #4
        oooh I've been looking at those paddock boots... have tredstep field boots and love them.
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        • #5
          I really like Dublin's paddock boots. They're only about $70. I find them really comfortable and they wear really well.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by candysgirl View Post
            I really like Dublin's paddock boots. They're only about $70. I find them really comfortable and they wear really well.
            I had a pair of Dublin's that lasted me 3ish years of daily use - and by use I mean working 8-10 horses, mucking stalls, treading through mud, sitting in water, and occasionally being eaten by barn dogs. I bought them spur of the moment when my Ariat's fell apart, and liked them so much I didn't get new ones until my foot went right through the bottom of one.
            My current pair are Ariat Heritage and they're really comfortable, but I can't speak for how they hold up because I've only had them for about 5 months and rarely wear them now that I have tall boots that actually fit.
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            • #7
              mvp, from one tack snob to another, the Tredstep Giotto boots are a great option at a reasonable price point.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Lucassb View Post
                mvp, from one tack snob to another, the Tredstep Giotto boots are a great option at a reasonable price point.
                They are definitely gorgeous, but I'm curious about how much flexibility they allow through the ankle with only the small elastic panel. I'm used to my ancient Ariats which have the elastic all the way down the side.
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                • #9
                  I LOVE my tredstep Giotto's! I want to wear them everywhere . Mine rubbed my ankle bones the first time I wore them so I let those heal and the next time I wore them they were fine. The first time I wore them with my half chaps (also tredstep) they wore a little bit again at the ankles but no blisters, and now they're super, super comfortable both to ride in and walk around in. The leather is SUPER soft and the ankles are very flexible.

                  FWIW, I have this problem in my ankles with every new pair of boots I get.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Lucassb View Post
                    mvp, from one tack snob to another, the Tredstep Giotto boots are a great option at a reasonable price point.
                    Thank you all for your Giotto recs. I take this one, especially.

                    But one review says that these won't take a shine. Are they the same sorta coarse-grained leather as Treadstep's half chaps?

                    They do sound like a good option. It seems like these, at $99, are a good answer to really pretty ones that are around $300. Anyone have another option?
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                    • #11
                      No, they're not coarse, just not a hard, slick leather that will buff to a shine. Very, very smooth with an almost satin finish.

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                      • #12
                        Can I add another wrinkle into the quest? Does anybody have Ariat Breezes? Or what would you recommend for handling lots of water?
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                        • #13
                          I love my Giotto's. They are super comfortable!

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                          • #14
                            I love the look and feel of the Treadstep Giotto paddock boots, unfortunately I have a small foot (size 6 or 6.5) and the smallest size they carry (37) is too big for my foot.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mvp View Post
                              Thank you all for your Giotto recs. I take this one, especially.

                              But one review says that these won't take a shine. Are they the same sorta coarse-grained leather as Treadstep's half chaps?

                              They do sound like a good option. It seems like these, at $99, are a good answer to really pretty ones that are around $300. Anyone have another option?
                              Not coarse at all... and you can get a nice shine on them, or I should say perhaps a sheen. They are quite a bit prettier than my customs.
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                              • #16
                                I adore my Ariat Heritage III Zips. They are BEAUTIFUL, fit nicely, super comfortable, and, best of all, only $99.95 from SmartPak!

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                                • #17
                                  Needed a pair of padock boots NOW, so bought a pair of Dublins-$60 I think. Comfortable, yes, sturdy no! Ovation has some decent priced ones that fill the bill but I have to say I like the various Ariats best.

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                                  • #18
                                    I've always been an ariat person when it came to boots. They were so comfy and hardy! After busting through my last pair after many years, I got a new pair. Had worn em but a few times and ended up misplacing them (along with my new pair of GP Half Chaps!!!)..... Grrr! That was a few months ago :P I rode in some Justin western style boots the few times I could ride before I had to take a break. Returned from break and my saddle and girth rubbed my calf till it bled! The other day I went to get myself a pair of birthday boots and half chaps. In the same boat as you- on a budget. The Ariats have gone up in price quite a bit....ick. I was a little weary of the Tredsteps at first as I had never seen anyone with them nor wore em myself. They thankfully had one in my size (huge! haha) and I tried it on. It was very comfy! They looked good, as well. Ended up buying them (along with a pair of GPs on consignment! In my size! What are the odds! Yay bargain shopping!!!) I'm headed out to ride in them for the first time today. Im pretty excited to do so! haha!
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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by Prime Time Rider View Post
                                      I love the look and feel of the Treadstep Giotto paddock boots, unfortunately I have a small foot (size 6 or 6.5) and the smallest size they carry (37) is too big for my foot.
                                      Dammit, Beavis!

                                      I have that small (but wide) foot and reviews say they run a 1/2 size big.
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by mortebella View Post
                                        Can I add another wrinkle into the quest? Does anybody have Ariat Breezes? Or what would you recommend for handling lots of water?
                                        I have the Ariat Breezes. I wear them when I volunteer at a therapeautic riding center, and they are pretty great for the price. The field I work in is often extremely muddy, especially after rain or snow, but the boots have held up nicely considering what they go through.

                                        After breaking them in, they are bearable for walking around a ring for 2 or more hours.

                                        I usually just hose them off and occasionally use a leather conditioner on them, and they still look good after using them for a year of volunteering and riding in during lessons.
                                        Oh, and I wear the Breezes with Tredstep Deluxe half chaps when I'm taking lessons, and they are a really nice as a pair. I personally find Tredstep's leather durable, and overall nice for the price.
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