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  • Bought new field boots, opinions much appreciated!

    My new Tredstep Donatellos *finally* came in! They are not a perfect fit but after some store credits and discounts I had I only paid $133! Since they aren't a perfect fit I was hoping to get some 2nd opinons on if everyone things they might work out or not. Since my local tack store did not have my exact size in store I did my best to guess which to order. I bought a 39 (US size 8-8 1/2 foot), Regular height, Slim calf. I was able to try on the 39 Reg/Reg in store and they seemed to fit but the calf was big. The new pair is a bit snug in the calf but since there is an elastic panel in the back I am able to zip them without fighting to get into them and although they are tight they are not cutting off my circulation. I am thinking that even if they stretch the tiniest bit they will be fine. As far as the height goes the top of the boot hits the back of my knee when I bend my leg in a riding position. I was able to snap a quick pic at the store. However, there are some other things that concerned me:

    The tack store employee helping me recommended I go with a Tall height. My previous pair of Ariats were Talls and I was not happy with them. I do have a longer shin but I am only 5'4 1/2". My old boots did not drop as much as we previously thought and while they fit appropriately while I am in the saddle, any time I am standing or walking in them they hit my kneecaps and are very uncomfortable. I had multiple knee dislocation injuries in the past (not riding related of course lol) and I don't want these boots to have the same issue. The employee said the Donatellos appeared to have already dropped slightly since the leather was so soft and was guessing since they calf was so snug that they would not drop a huge amount the way a stiffer leather boot would. However, I don't want to look like I am wearing my little sister's riding boots

    The boots were rubbing my Achille's tendon while I was walking around the store. It's hard to tell if that is simply the breaking in process or that's how they will be. My previous tall boots never stopped rubbing me v. I bought a pair of paddock boots last summer that were hell for two weeks (blisters and bleeding rubs) then ever since they broke in they're the bestest boots ever.

    Now I know no one is able to predict the future, but any thoughts/personal experiences in the matter would be very helpful! As far as the boot height Regular v. Tall goes I am looking for opinions on how the boot height looks now and opinions on whether people thing it would look inappropriate if they dropped a bit more.

    I typically show in non-rated but very stiff competition schooling shows with the occaisional rated show (trying to be budget conscious). I show in a variety of classes depending on what rides are available, usually Adult Eq, Adult Hunter, or Low Hunter. Doing a 2'6" Derby class this weekend!

    Thank you everyone as always

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    They look a little short in the front but I'm not sure if that's just because of the angle of the picture.

    As for the achilles rubbing, both pairs of zipper boots I've had rub me there. But my regular pull ons never did. I think it's my conformation plus the way the zipper folds in the back when they break in. That wrinkle never gets soft like in the non zipper boots so it always rubs me. I just try and wear thicker socks with a higher ankle part and some moleskin.

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    • #3
      My first thought was....I think they might be a bit short.

      Can you order a tall and try them out? By looking at your straight leg, it seems you could take on at least another inch or so of height.

      I would also be concerned that as they do stretch in the calf, they may drop more than you'd expect.

      I don't have much to recommend regarding the Achilles tendon issue except to perhaps by some moleskin patches to where to prevent your skin from being rubbed while they break in.

      Did you go to Dover in DE? They've been pretty good at boot recommendations....for me and my barnmates.

      PS....Love the stuffed animals in the background

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      • #4
        I agree with the other posters. I think the Regular height is going to end up being a little short on you. You look like you can easily fit the Talls, and I would definitely try those out before committing to the Regular height. You can buy a pair of heel lifts to help with the break in process. I got a pair of boots last year that were very slightly too tall (the regular height looked ridiculous) and the heel lifts were life savers!

        Regarding the rubbing issue, I've had that problem as well. They make gel sleeves (someone on this board mentioned them awhile back - I think they are made for figure skaters?) and are very useful in the break in process. If this is still an issue after your boots have broken in a little, as it was for me, I would highly recommend putting a jar (think a jam jar) in the boot overnight and letting it stretch around that slightly. I did this with aforementioned pair of boots and never had another problem.

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          #5
          Thanks, I will definitely try out some moleskin to avoid the rubs!

          My concern is that I think I am somewhere between on off the rack Regular and Tall, and with my knee condition I would prefer to err on the side of caution and not have talls that are too tall again! In a perfect world I would order custom boots but since even the more budget friendly customs are out of my price range it is not an option. I am hoping for a boot to get me through 2-3 years in some schooling shows and maybe one or two B or C rateds.

          Do you think I can "make do" with these or do they already look much too short? My biggest worry is going with something too tall... as I've said my Tall height boots look gorgeous in the saddle but are painful on the ground

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          • #6
            OP, for the rubbing issue I'd highly recommend getting these gel bands from SmartPak http://www.smartpakequine.com/equifi...x?cm_vc=Search or these "leggings" from Dover http://www.doversaddlery.com/leg-aid...ng/p/X1-35105/.

            I have the leggings from Dover and they really do help prevent rubs and blisters, even when the boot is digging into your leg.
            RIP my beautiful Lola, ????–August 29, 2014

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            • #7
              When they break in, those boots are going to be shorter than ideal.

              I personally would get lifts for the heels if the tall height bothers you until they break in. You can expect to have them fall at least a half inch if not more over time... which will likely make the talls fit then the way the regulars fit now, new out of the box.
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              • #8
                As far as the tightness, that WILL get better. I was very skeptical when I bought the same boot. I wore them in the house two days and rode in them two days and then they fit very well. So there is hope on that end!
                “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                • #9
                  Just to put in my two cents...

                  I have these boots and I adore them!! I love the tapered ankle. I have a regular height boot and they did drop some, but not very much. So, you might want to think about that if you are in between a regular and a tall height.

                  I, too, had Ariats before I got these boots. The Tredsteps are SOOOO much softer than my Ariats ever were. With that said, there is a spot on the ankle that will sometimes rub me even now that my boots are broken in. They don't give me a blister anymore, but they can still rub occasionally.

                  Good luck with the boots! I hope you like them as much as I do...
                  ALP
                  "The Prince" aka Front Row
                  Cavalier Manor

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                    #10
                    Thanks to all the new posters I'm glad to hear how much you all are liking this brand of boots and how quickly they broke in and softened up!

                    It looks like we have narrowed the issue down to the height. I am not sure what to do here... even if I decide to give the Talls a try it took over 2 1/2 months to get these ordered since Tredstep is really backed up in shipping. Plus if I order the Talls hoping they will drop to fit like the Regulars do now I am in no way guaranteed they will drop enough.

                    Argh! What a guessing game lol.

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                    • #11
                      They're really pretty boots, but talls would be better. These will drop to be too small.
                      Mendokuse

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                      • #12
                        So just to add my $0.02...

                        I -- like most of us -- adore a nice tall boot. However, I've been seeing a lot of boots on a lot of people -- pros included -- that are what I would consider to be a teeny bit shorter than what I would have usually called ideal. I'm not sure why (and maybe no one else is noticing this) but maybe it's because with all these zippered boots with super tapered ankles, people are buying them to fit right away and then being fine with it when they drop a half an inch.

                        So anyway, if they'er comfortable, and super tall boots bother your knees, I think that they will be fine.

                        Just look at the Parlantis off the rack. The "talls" aren't that tall on average people, so I've seen. So I'm thinking that people are just going with a nice spanish top and then a tiny bit shorter and more comfortable height everywhere else.

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                        • #13
                          I have these boots as well and love them. My measurements were exact for the tall and they have not really dropped since I got them. I think because the leather is so soft from the start. The only problem I had for the first couple of rides was rubbing on my ankle bone, that stopped. I think you are fine with what you have. If they are too tall with your knee issues you will be very uncomfortable.

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                            [QUOTE=AmmyByNature;6617459]So just to add my $0.02...

                            I -- like most of us -- adore a nice tall boot. However, I've been seeing a lot of boots on a lot of people -- pros included -- that are what I would consider to be a teeny bit shorter than what I would have usually called ideal. I'm not sure why (and maybe no one else is noticing this) but maybe it's because with all these zippered boots with super tapered ankles, people are buying them to fit right away and then being fine with it when they drop a half an inch.

                            So anyway, if they'er comfortable, and super tall boots bother your knees, I think that they will be fine.
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                            Originally posted by laurel3644 View Post
                            I have these boots as well and love them. My measurements were exact for the tall and they have not really dropped since I got them. I think because the leather is so soft from the start. The only problem I had for the first couple of rides was rubbing on my ankle bone, that stopped. I think you are fine with what you have. If they are too tall with your knee issues you will be very uncomfortable.
                            Thanks to you both, since they are primarily for schooling show use (and I can't afford fancy customs yet hehe) I think I will stick with these and ride in comfort

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by tua37516 View Post
                              as I've said my Tall height boots look gorgeous in the saddle but are painful on the ground
                              Don't worry about how your boots feel on the ground. Either take them off or just unzip them half way when you're walking around. It's much more important that they fit right while you're riding.

                              These look too short to me. But I prefer them super-high.
                              ~ Citizens for a Kinder, Gentler COTH...our mantra: Be nice. ~

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by snaffle635 View Post
                                Don't worry about how your boots feel on the ground. Either take them off or just unzip them half way when you're walking around. It's much more important that they fit right while you're riding.

                                These look too short to me. But I prefer them super-high.
                                I usually do unzip mine on the ground right until I get on. And I know they are riding boots meant for riding (lol) but I have to accomodate those darn knees too :P If it was just uncomfortable I'd keep dealing with it for the show ring but the height moves my kneecaps around (ick!) and I have had some near-injuries walking around it those blasted boots at the show grounds because it interferes with my knees so much.

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                                • #17
                                  It sounds like you may have already made up your mind, but I have Tredstep Donatellos for the same reasons you are getting them so I thought I'd share a suggestion. I'm also a size 8 1/2 foot, 5'8" tall, with a 13 1/4" calf measurement on the wider leg. When I went to Dover to try the Donatello's, I left disappointed because the slim was a hair loose at the top and seemed short. The Dover associate actually recomended I try a pair of the Mountainhorse boots instead, but they just felt way too stiff after trying the soft Donatellos. At home I checked on Smartpak's site though, and I found that they have an extra slim (not really your problem, but bear with me) that in a size 9 would be right on for width AND the height measurement would be a half inch taller. It actually made perfect sense, since I prefer to wear a little ankle sock then pull my zocks over top when riding, so the little extra room in the toes isn't an issue. Although they don't have that super high custom looking height on me, I think the height is acceptable now given how perfect the calf and ankle look. I will say though I think that they are a tad higher on me than the ones in your picture, so if it makes any sense at all for your foot size I would suggest trying a size 9 foot. Also, mine did cut in on my one ankle bone pretty badly when I first got them. I wore a bandaid after the damage was done, put some conditioner on the inside of the boot in that area, and made sure to use boot trees when not wearing them. I don't have a problem anymore unless I do a lot of extra walking on foot in them. Good luck!

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by snaffle635 View Post
                                    Don't worry about how your boots feel on the ground. Either take them off or just unzip them half way when you're walking around. It's much more important that they fit right while you're riding.

                                    These look too short to me. But I prefer them super-high.
                                    Actually, don't just unzip them half way, either unzip them completely, keep them zipped up, or take them off. NUMEROUS cobblers, boot companies, and tack stores have told me that this is the quickest and easiest way to break a zipper.
                                    Mendokuse

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by hunterrider23 View Post
                                      Actually, don't just unzip them half way, either unzip them completely, keep them zipped up, or take them off. NUMEROUS cobblers, boot companies, and tack stores have told me that this is the quickest and easiest way to break a zipper.
                                      I've heard that as well from an Ariat rep. I never wear mine with the zipper half-way because of this concern. I just wear paddock boots at shows until right before I go, then change back into the paddock boots when I'm done.
                                      Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion.... ~ Emerson

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                                      • #20
                                        Didn't read all the replies. I suggest going with the tall. I'm only 5'3.5'' and my regular Treadstones are a titch short, and they didn't drop that much.
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