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I'm about to wear my tall boots as dress boots...

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  • I'm about to wear my tall boots as dress boots...

    So, several years ago, I had an opportunity to buy someone's custom Parlanti tall boots that did not quite work for her. Since that time, my life has been such that showing has not been an option. The boots are collecting dust, and either I need to sell them or wear them.

    I need some dress boots. All the dress boots I see that I like look strangely similar to my Parlanti boots. So, I am thinking that there is no reason to keep these absolutely gorgeous custom Italian leather boots in hiding! But will I regret it? Has anyone ever crossed over their riding boots to everyday-wear boots?

    I have to be honest - as much as I would love to show, if I do, it's going to be a while from now. Plus, what I REALLY want to do is join a local hunt. It's a life-long dream and really, and if I do, I'll need to buy dress boots (I think).
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  • #2
    Go for it! Most boots are emulating riding boots now. I've done it. Though I always remove the manure first.


    • #3
      I've worn my Vogels with a skirt before. I think the wear marks inside the calf give them that certain je ne sais quoi. d;

      They're not super-comfortable for a lot of walking though... my heels always get rubbed! Wear band-aids...
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      • #4
        Wear mine all the time in the fall and winter. Just clean 'em up. They work well with long skirts/dresses.


        • #5
          I can't imagien walking around for very long in my riding boots- they are broken in to ride in, not to walk and I would not want to soften them up too much by walking in them, however, I heard italian boots are soft, mine are not- good old Koenigs...
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          • #6
            Not tall boots, but I bought a pair of full black leather lace up ariat paddock boots as daily workplace (office) boots for the winter because they are nicely insulated and they were on clearance at a great price. I figure when I wear them out past casual dress wear, I will actually ride in them


            • #7
              My only issue (I've used my dress boots for costume pieces) has been the soles are NOT meant for supporting the foot for walking. I would put in innersoles of some sort, especially if you're like me and have a high arch or if you have flat feet.
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              • #8
                My daughter went out and bought a pair of men's riding boots on sale for just that purpose. She bought men's because the legs are wider so she could get her jeans tucked into them easily. The compliments and 'where did you get those boots' are plenty, especially as she lives and works in Toronto, where the fake riding boots in the Holt-Renfrew window are upwards of $600.00.
                What you allow is what will continue.


                • #9
                  dress boots - the real thing...

                  Been at the WEG in the hospitality tent all weekend. Dozens of ladies walking around in very pricey looking equestrian style boots. The gent's, on the other hand (read reiners) are all walking around in their clean, but obviously well used riding boots. Wear your tall boots, put inserts in them for your feet comfort, shine the heck out of them and go for it! Note - when worn with long skirt makes the legs look longer, when tucked into jeans, not so much - not the look I'm going to sport, as I am built more like a connemara than a TB. LOL
                  Just remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, only backwards and in high heels.


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                    Well, it appears my calves have grown in circumference. I am not happy about this, er, development. I felt like one of Cinderella's step-sisters trying to squeeze my sausage-like legs into those beautiful boots. I then told myself "you are a fat girl, and you need to quit eating!" - we'll see how far that negative self-talk takes me.

                    On the up-side, prior to the birth of my child, the boots were actually too big for my feet, so I was planning to stuff the toes with lamb's wool to help them to fit more snug. Now, my feet have grown due to the pregnancy (yes, it happened, and had I not had to completely replace my entire shoe collection, I would doubt it myself as well!), and the boots fit me like a glove!

                    Why can't my life work out so that I'm fit enough to ride in the boots AND have the money to ride again at the same time I also have the TIME to ride again!? YIKES!! Just typing that is making me hyperventilate! Ok, deep breaths - someday, it will all work out, right??
                    Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.
                    W. C. Fields