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Another boot topic - cheap(ish) paddocks?

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  • Another boot topic - cheap(ish) paddocks?

    I'm a fairly easy fit and have been buying Ariats for many years, but am no looking elsewhere due to diminishing quality and rising prices. What brands have you found that don't cost the earth yet can hold up to reasonable amounts of abuse?

  • #2
    Grand Prix.


    • #3
      dublins, surprisingly.
      Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
      you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.


      • #4
        I love my Dublins. I abuse them and they last just fine.


        • #5
          I've had good luck with Perri's.


          • #6
            Tredstep Giotto's. $120, and the most comfortable SHOE that I have! I wear them everywhere, bought a pair for my non-riding daughter and she wears them to practice in marching band (and everywhere else).


            • #7
              I bought my mom Dublins like 4 years ago and she was just saying that despite daily wear, they're in great shape!


              • #8
                If you don't need them to wear with halfchaps for shows (i.e., you don't need really nice-looking ones), I recommend Blundstones. I just replaced a pair that died after 13 years, and so far my new ones are holding up very well (about 6 months old now). Super comfortable, no laces or zippers.


                • #9
                  double post that says it will delete but does not actually delete

                  (multiple times!)
                  Last edited by alto; Apr. 11, 2013, 12:38 PM.


                  • #10
                    Note that Blundstone does not advocate riding in their boots - certainly they lack the close "feel" & the extra width means you need an appropriate stirrup; great boots if they fit your foot.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by hundredacres View Post
                      Tredstep Giotto's. $120, and the most comfortable SHOE that I have! I wear them everywhere, bought a pair for my non-riding daughter and she wears them to practice in marching band (and everywhere else).
                      I agree with all this, unless your foot is narrow. But I thought they were $99 @ Smartpak?
                      The armchair saddler
                      Politically Pro-Cat


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by alto View Post
                        Note that Blundstone does not advocate riding in their boots - certainly they lack the close "feel" & the extra width means you need an appropriate stirrup; great boots if they fit your foot.
                        Meh, I had a pair of these back when they were well made. They weren't *that* wide; no need to use different stirrups. But they didn't have much arch support and that made them (surprisingly) uncomfortable for walking around all day.
                        The armchair saddler
                        Politically Pro-Cat


                        • #13
                          you must use a wider stirrup - or not mind the limited clearance ... there is a good 1/2in - 1in width increase between a "close contact" riding boot & the "barn boot" styled Blunnies

                          We have a local shop that carries loads of the Blundstone models, unfortunately they all fit much the same & I don't have the right foot, trainer does & she loves, loves them; that said, she'll hop on a horse in them, but does not actually ride in them nor suggest them for her students as riding boots.

                          I don't know if they really qualify as "cheapish" though
                          - these Smith Worthington paddocks (on clearance) are a great deal


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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mvp View Post
                              I agree with all this, unless your foot is narrow. But I thought they were $99 @ Smartpak?
                              Mine were $99 too, but the price went up just before Christmas, when I bought my daughter a pair.