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  • Ariat Crowne Pros

    Ok, I know these are being discountinued, and I always thought that I wanted a pair. Well I oredered form Dover and when they came they looked cheap, the holes for the eyelets were not even all the way punched out. I went to the Dover store and found a nice looking pair, still the Crowne Pros but appeared to be more finished looking and better leather, of course they were no in the height I needed. So I returned the ones that I had bought and decided to order from somewhere else.

    I placed an order for the Crowne Pros through Smart pak, got them and now I have one boot that looks finished an the other not. They don't match!! One of the punched toe caps is shorter then the other!! It almost appers rounder then the other.


    Anyone have experiences like this. Should I just return them and try another brand?

    If so what is a comparable size to ariat 8RT?

  • #2
    yuck! Hate you're having this experience. I have the Ariat Crownes and love them. They are beautiful boots and very comfortable.
    "ronnie was the gifted one, victor was the brilliant intellect, and i [GM], well, i am the plodder."


    • #3
      The older Crowne Pros were really beautiful boots. I think at some point they must have downgraded them though - the leather wasn't anywhere near as nice and the workmanship was ... awful.

      I'd return them and keep your eye out for another pair; maybe you will come across someone's NOS somewhere.
      We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.


      • #4
        I recently went to the Dover store in New Hampshire to buy a new pair of Ariat Cobalt XR paddock boots. Right out of the box, the toe caps on each boot were different lengths. The leather seemed drier and not as supple, too.

        I ended up getting an older model (regular Ariat Cobalts, not the XRs) at my local tack shop on clearance for 50% off. They seemed to be MUCH higher quality.

        I hope this isn't a new trend with Ariat....


        • #5
          Wow - that's strange. I LOVE my crown pro's. :-\ Although I bought mine at a tack shop (they were also on sale then), and I do remember the sales lady telling me that they were changing the way they were made. Mine have looked beautiful since day one, but I only wear them for shows/clinics/occasional fox hunting.


          • #6
            The older Crowne Pros were made in Italy and the new ones are made in China. The difference is pretty obvious between the old ones and new ones.
            The ultimate horse mom



            • #7
              I have a pair that are at least 5 yrs old and they are lovely!


              • Original Poster

                Ugh, I must have fallen in love with the old ones.

                My husband is telling me to suck it up and keep them. He says no one will ever be able to tell that the toes are different, plus my feet won't be together when I ride in them anyway! He also says that it will not interfer with the function of the boot. True, but still!

                Why do men think this way?


                • #9
                  Originally posted by LeeB10 View Post
                  The older Crowne Pros were made in Italy and the new ones are made in China. The difference is pretty obvious between the old ones and new ones.

                  I went on a several year search (with a couple of snafus) to find Ariat Crownes made in Italy in my size (of course, this was after they had switched over production to China, which made it quite a bit harder... I seem to have a penchant for discontinued items...)
                  I finally found them (and for a great price!), so I can definitely relate to you! I wish you all the best of luck - and ebay is your friend!
                  If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
                  Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous


                  • Original Poster

                    I saw some on ebay, but they aren't zip ups. Will that drive me insane?

                    Pros/cons of pull ons and zip ups. It might be worth it to get a better boot!


                    • #11
                      I have the older ones that were made in Italy. Mine are not zip ups and fit me so well that it wouldn't matter if they did. Zip ups can be a bit more tailored at the ankle which is particularly fashionable. If it were me then ideally I'd go for Italian zip ups but if I found Italian pull ons then that'd be ok too.
                      "ronnie was the gifted one, victor was the brilliant intellect, and i [GM], well, i am the plodder."


                      • #12
                        The Italian-made ones didn't come with zips... BUT zips break
                        If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
                        Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous


                        • #13
                          My custom Der Daus have different length toe caps.. doesn't make any difference unless you stand square at all times.. and even you have to point it out for anyone to notice. Your husband is right. If you like the boots otherwise, keep them. I have the oldddd Italian crowne pros with holes galore and I love them.


                          • #14
                            I have a pair of Ariat Heritages that aren't zip ups to school in and a pair of Ariat Crown Pros with the zippers to show in. The Ariat Crown Pros with the zippers are much more comfortable and stylish. They actually look and feel like a custom boot to me.

                            I don't like having tall boots without zippers nearly as much.


                            • #15
                              how can you tell if they are made in Italy or China?

                              And OP, I know you want them to be perfect, but if you got them for a good price, I have to agree with your husband. I promise I that I won't stand by the side of the ring and laugh at you because your toe caps don't match.
                              "Half the failures in life result from pulling in one's horse when it is leaping."



                              • Original Poster

                                On the inside where it says the sizing, it will say Made in....

                                I know, I did get them for a good price, Paid $400, I just want them to be perfect.


                                • #17
                                  Diehard Ariat Fan

                                  I have had two pairs of Ariat tall boots and two pairs of Ariat paddock boots.I too am wondering how to tell the difference between those made in China vs. those made in Italy. I am assuming mine were the Italian version I have had my pair (tall boots) for 10 years now and have really only worn them for showing so they still look and feel great. My mom just recently borrowed them and fell in love with them as well so we have been talking about getting another pair.


                                  • #18
                                    If you look inside the boots there will be numbers for the style, height of the boot, calf width, and it will say either made in Italy or made in China.
                                    The ultimate horse mom



                                    • #19
                                      I have a pair that just love, the leather is super soft and supple and the fit great. They are the pull on style, I knew to stay away from their zippers. Sad to hear that the quality is going downhill, sounds like it is on all Ariat's boots.


                                      • #20
                                        I tried them on at the store and hated them. The leather was far too hard and I could tell would require A LOT of conditioning and well as break in time.

                                        I tired on just about every boot out there and I found the best of be the Mountain Horse Supremes. I wouldn't not recommend them for schooling for I think they might wear out fast, however for shows they are perfert. Super soft leather, all hand made, no break in time required, and I'm a Tall/Slim and could never find anything tall enough or slim enough that these fit like a glove!

                                        Also, if you spent the $500 on them and your not happy with them, return them. That is way too much money to be spending on something that is going to bother you!