Originally Posted by jinxremoving
Non the less I have to agree with DraftXDressage, it sounds like the leathers are bruising the OP. I had the same problem before I started wearing half chaps... :)
This sounds like the problem as well. I rode once -- just once -- this past year without half chaps or tall boots. My legs were purple for about a week.
I'd also like to point out when I first started riding, it didn't matter if I wore chaps or tall boots. But then as my seat and leg strength improved, I noticed my calves getting worse and worse until I broke down and had to buy some cheap half chaps. They're definitely worth it. I think you can still pick up a basic pair for around $30. Or you can get the nice ones for around $100-ish.