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  • breaking in tall boots UPDATE and more questions! post 18

    So how long (how many rides) does it on average take everyone to break in their tall boots?
    I have beautiful customs but for the job I will be doing this summer I ordered a pair of one of the lower priced Ariats to use so I won't wreck my customs. I went to Dover, tried boots on, found ones that fit me great but it was decided it'd be best to get them in Talls instead of the regular height. They didn't have the talls in my foot and calf size in the store, but they told me they were in stock so I'd have them within 10 days at the very latest, most likely sooner. So I ordered them. Then when some of the other stuff I ordered arrived the other day, a week after I'd ordered everything, there was some fine print stating that my boots were back ordered and I wouldn't get them for another week and a half to 2 weeks. This is NOT okay because it would only give me a week to break them in, and I have no idea how much I will be riding that week. This past week I rode 3-4 a day every day, but for all I know I might not have anything to ride that week at all. Of course I would have bought them from a different company had I been told they were not in stock. When I told this to the manager of the store all she had to say was "I know" as if that was much help. Tomorrow when everything opens I will start calling other stores to find out if someone else has them, but just in case I really do only have a few rides to break them in, how long does everyone find it takes to break in boots. I'm just afraid I will be slipping around in slick, stiff boots my first couple weeks on the job which I certainly don't want. My customs were great right from the first ride, but the only other off the shelf tall boots I've bought and broken in were from when I was 12 so I don't remember what it was like to break them in. So how many rides does it take to feel pretty normal? And thanks for listening to my frustrations, I won't even mention what else they messed up on the order.
    Last edited by Roxy SM; Apr. 26, 2009, 05:53 PM.

  • #2
    I got the Ariat Challenge field boot, and they felt pretty good after the 2nd ride. I did wear them around my apartment before I had the opportunity to ride. I wouldn't stress too much
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    • #3
      That happened to me, too, with the fine print saying it was backordered after I had already ordered. I complained and got my shipping fees refunded, so that was nice, but I wasn't in desperate need of them so it was ok.

      It really didn't take that long to break them in when they did get here. I wore them around campus a couple days and then rode in them and breaking them in more than that wasn't really an issue.


      • #4
        My daughter just got a new pair and rode in them twice before they felt good. She also wore them around the house a lot.

        Good luck.


        • #5
          I have Ariats and custom Dehners - My Ariats were actually easier to break in. My customs are, of course, nicer leather and actually FIT better but the Ariats really were fine after the first ride.
          friend of bar.ka


          • #6
            I have fully-lined Ariat Heritages (old model-thicker leather) and Vogels. The Ariats really didn't take much more to break in than the Vogels. If you do the bathtub trick, plus rub the inside ankles with Lexol and ride in them, wear them dry around the house, or whatever, you should be fine by your second ride. Don't be afraid to buy heel lifts or Saddle Tite just in case you need a little extra help.


            • Original Poster

              Thanks guys you are making me feel a lot less worried! My customs were not a problem to break in I guess I just thought since they were just off the shelf quality they would be stiffer and stuff.


              • #8
                Originally posted by Roxy SM View Post
                Thanks guys you are making me feel a lot less worried! My customs were not a problem to break in I guess I just thought since they were just off the shelf quality they would be stiffer and stuff.
                When you receive them, they'll feel and look stiff. Soak them with the Lexol and you'll be shocked how quickly the leather softens.


                • #9
                  Mine took maybe two rides to break in. Just wear heavier cotton crew socks for the first couple of rides/days.
                  A proud friend of bar.ka.


                  • #10
                    DON'T put the lexol (or any saddle soap/oil type stuff) on the outside, inside yes outside NO. I highly recommend Vogels leather conditioner if you can find it. you can use that on the inside and outside of the boots. My boots were hell to break in and I needed them for sidesaddle - nothing like a tall boot digging into your leg when it's flopped over your saddle

                    You can also do the tub/water trough trick which works pretty well too. Most of the boot leather is much softer now as they don't really fully line boots as much as they used to.

                    best of luck


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by gottagrey View Post
                      DON'T put the lexol (or any saddle soap/oil type stuff) on the outside, inside yes outside NO. I highly recommend Vogels leather conditioner if you can find it. you can use that on the inside and outside of the boots.
                      Actually, Vogel recommends using Lexol (I have Vogels) because they unfortunately no longer make Vogel leather conditioner.


                      • #12
                        My Ariat's took a ride or two to break in comfortably. I know that seems like it's way too fast, but it is possible, I promise! Good luck, and I'm sorry that you got stuck in this frustrating situation to begin with.


                        • #13
                          I hunted in my Ariats after only riding in them one time... 4 hours later I could still walk when I got off!


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by AliCat View Post
                            I got the Ariat Challenge field boot, and they felt pretty good after the 2nd ride. I did wear them around my apartment before I had the opportunity to ride. I wouldn't stress too much
                            Same boots. Same experience. They were fine by the second ride. I also wore them at home a bit.


                            • #15
                              This makes me so happy to hear as I have a show in 2 weeks and I haven't had a chance to break in my new boots and my old ones cut off the circulation to my feet.


                              • #16
                                I've had both Ariat Heritage field boots and Ariat Crowne field boots, and honestly, neither pair took any "breaking in" at all, so hopefully you'll be OK!

                                As well as the bathtub trick, or the Lexol trick, you can try spraying boot stretcher down inside them, and then wearing them right away - that'll help soften the leather and mold it to your legs and feet.


                                • Original Poster

                                  Thanks a lot guys! I am a lot less worried now


                                  • Original Poster

                                    I am reviving this thread because I FINALLY received my boots on Wednesday, over a week later than should have, only giving me a week to break them in. I've ridden in them 9 times, and they're still not feeling really broken in. The part at the back of the knee is ok now, and they no longer feel like they are cutting off my circulation when I put them on, but my ankles really hurt a lot for most of the ride, like I actually have to take my feet out of the stirrups and take a break every few minutes!! The pain is hard to describe since I generally experience pain with both my customs and my paddck boots, it goes from the ankle and up the outside and front of my calf, some people have told me what I describe sounds like shin splints. So it is the same pain, only magnified by A LOT. Over the years I have gotten used to dealing with the pain but this I cannot ignore. How could the boots be causing this? Is it possible the calf is too tight? When I tried them on they were certainly snug but the bigger size would've been too big especially after breaking in not to mention they part around the ankle would've been huge. They are not difficult to get on and off. Any suggestions? And also, to those who reccommended the bathtub thing, how exactly do you do that? And it really doesn't hurt the boots? I am scared to try it. Thanks for all your help!


                                    • #19
                                      I bought those exact same boots and had the same pain issues. After 6 rides, one boot was still hurting A LOT. I did the "water in the boot" trick and it worked perfectly. I took the boot off, filled it with hot water to about 5 inches above the ankle and let it sit for a few minutes. Then I poured out the water, put the boot back on, rode in it and wore it until it dried (about 4 hours later). It has been perfect after ever since! Good luck.


                                      • Original Poster

                                        So you didn't fill it all the way up? And you put the water in and THEN put them on? I thought I was supposed to put them on and then step in the bathtub with them on and then wear them til they dried. Do you think you have to ride in them while they are still wet or can you just walk around in them and stuff?