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  • yet another "wide calf" field boot thread

    hi all, I *may* have the opportunity to do some showing this year, first time in oh about 20 yrs. I do not want to spend a fortune on boots since I don't own a horse and I'm talking about maybe using them a handful of times. I will spend up to $300, maybe more if they're really nice boots.

    Problem is my lovely leg measurements
    • I wear a size 8 shoe in Ariats, can go up comfortably to 8.5 in some boots.
    • I have teeny tiny ankles
    • I have a 16" calf, *measured bare leg*
    • I measure 18" from the back of my heel to the back of my knee.



    I ***hate*** boots that are too short. I see the Mountain Horse Richmond version looks like it may fit in the calf but they look really short, only right around 18" which I assume will end up quite short after a break in drop.

    I also hate low quality hard as rock boots.
    I have already scoured ebay for someone elses customs that might work but nothing as of right now. I will need them within a few weeks.

    So - any ideas?

  • #2
    try the treadstone tall boots. They are so easy to break in, great quality, and I believe the wide/xwide will fit you!
    "to each his own..."

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    • #3
      Ok, I know this is totally, like "not allowed" in the HJ world... BUT. I love my Saxon boots. They are fake leather (don't really look it) and the wides fit me very well. I was having the hardest time finding boots. I'm tall and have big calves, but am little near my knee. The people at the store kept saying "go custom, go custom" But I said that I wanted to give the Saxon's a try. And the fit! I was so excited. My other show boots had broken that day (stupid zipper) so I was in a panic. And I didn't want to spend over 200 on a pair of field boots that didn't fit super well. So I bought these ones for 50 (they were one sale) and until they don't work any more, I'm wearing them. And then I'll get semi custom LOL

      Also wanted to add, they are very comfy and soft!
      Last edited by crazyhorses; May. 9, 2010, 08:14 PM. Reason: adding info

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        #4
        Originally posted by jewll27 View Post
        try the treadstone tall boots. They are so easy to break in, great quality, and I believe the wide/xwide will fit you!
        The store i was at today suggested these as well but didn't have them in stock. She suggested a size 9 (not sure how that will work)...but they are pushing $350 and the measurements look borderline to me, 16 1/8 for a 9. I am a 16 bare leg...so worried that it's not enough space for me. I know they have the elastic gusset, but how much give is there. should I do the 8.5s which are 15 3/4 plus the elastic gusset?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mayaty02 View Post
          The store i was at today suggested these as well but didn't have them in stock. She suggested a size 9 (not sure how that will work)...but they are pushing $350 and the measurements look borderline to me, 16 1/8 for a 9. I am a 16 bare leg...so worried that it's not enough space for me. I know they have the elastic gusset, but how much give is there. should I do the 8.5s which are 15 3/4 plus the elastic gusset?
          were they willing to order them for you? The tack shop where my barnmates got theirs, Im pretty sure they didnt pay above $300 but I cant be 100%. See if they will order you a pair of both and try them on when they come in. They are def. worth every penny!
          "to each his own..."

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            #6
            I will ask them, she was going to talk to the owner I believe. Thanks

            Any other suggestions? Do we think the MH Richmonds will be too short with my measurements?

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            • #7
              also, just looking at a pic of the boot, looks like it has a small elastic panel down the back near the zipper that will provide some give for you.

              http://www.treadstone-inc.com/productdetails.php?Id=22
              "to each his own..."

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              • #8
                I have a pair of Dublins. They were about $200 ( a little less) and I have them in wide. I like them BUT I couldn't tell you my calf length...

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                  #9
                  yeah I saw that and I read that they will allow an additional .5 inch to the sizing. So I think I'll try these but need to find a good vendor when I can return them if they don't fit

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                  • #10
                    Remember to allow for at least 1 1/2" for the boots to drop. So if you measure an 18" in height you will want a boot that is 19 1/2" in height minimum.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by JA View Post
                      Remember to allow for at least 1 1/2" for the boots to drop. So if you measure an 18" in height you will want a boot that is 19 1/2" in height minimum.
                      That's what I thought, thanks, so the MH Richmond will not work, which is a shame because the calf looks like it would!

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                      • #12
                        try finding a size 2 boot for someone with a 14 1/2 " calf and 15 " length!!! I've ended up getting a size 3 without a zipper -- then having a zipper installed and stretching them slightly to get them on!!
                        So--- if you can manage to find a tall boot that doesn't have a zipper -- hard to do nowadays - and then have a zipper placed in that will give you some more calf room. I went up a size and have 2 pairs of thinker anklet socks that I wear to take up the space in the shoe part. An insole will also help with that.

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                        • #13
                          Another vote for Dublins. I have gorilla calves, and long to boot. They fit great and are normally around $160. They do come in extra tall as well as extra wide calf. I wear mine every ride and they're holding up great almost 2 years later. Very soft and comfy.
                          A proud friend of bar.ka.

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                          • #14
                            Try the Richmond's before you rule them out on spec. I've had mine for 6 months and they haven't dropped much at all, and the sides are SO HIGH that even though the measurements were correct for me, the boots still look extremely tall on me. In fact, I have the size you were probably looking at. If you want to try a broken in pair, let me know lol

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by NorthFaceFarm View Post
                              Try the Richmond's before you rule them out on spec. I've had mine for 6 months and they haven't dropped much at all, and the sides are SO HIGH that even though the measurements were correct for me, the boots still look extremely tall on me. In fact, I have the size you were probably looking at. If you want to try a broken in pair, let me know lol
                              can I borrow them for a few shows JK. I do think I am going to try both these and the Treadstones and compare. Thanks for the feedback!

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                              • #16
                                As I pointed out on another thread, one of the tricks re tsll boots with zips when you have a bigger calf is to pull them on the old fashioned way. I have a pair that is too wide at the top but sill have to pull them on instead of using zippers.

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                                • #17
                                  I have a pair of -gasp- Devon Aires that were just about the only things that fit me. They look pretty good too-my IHSA coach thought they cost about twice as much as they did. I was in the same situation as you-not interested in paying tons of money for max 10 IHSA shows per year.

                                  ETA: shot of said boots
                                  "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." ~John Wooden

                                  Phoenix Animal Rescue

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                                    #18
                                    kateh, those look nice, which model are they?

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                                    • #19
                                      Mine are the Nouvelle, they come in zips and pull-on but I think the pull ons give a slimmer look. Stupid tack shop near my house is an Ariat dealer-Ariat doesn't believe my calf/foot combo exists
                                      "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." ~John Wooden

                                      Phoenix Animal Rescue

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                                      • #20
                                        I love my Treadstones. My calves are monstrous but my ankles are normal, and they're the first tall boots I've found that fit well. They've been comfortable from the first ride and this is coming from someone who HATES tall boots. I think mine were less than $250 full price. I will say the foot size runs a little big--I'm a 10 1/2 or 11 and the 10 fits pretty well. The Dublins are also quite nice for the price. I was disappointed when they didn't run wide enough for me.
                                        I love my Econo-Nag!

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