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post #1 of 12 Old 05-04-2008, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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English boots, serious help plz 1st time buyer

Alright, I'm a western girl through and through. Well my instructor (that I've been riding with, for the past what? 9 mos?) Had to do vet teching for 6-8 weeks, so know I'm with another instructor. When my current school closes, or they sell all their horses, which ever comes first :roll:, I'll go to her 'hole in the wall' lesson facility. Her words, not mine. Anyways, I'm looking to get into jumping. Anyways to say the least, gas is expensive so I'll probaby have to buy online. I've seen cheap, to the ridiculously priced . I just want a simple pair of jumping boots that will last a while, will break in easily and nicely (once bought a pair of tap shoes, and after 4 weeks of wearing them and getting blisters, needless to say they met Goodwill, they refused to break in), that are moderately priced (say about $200-$300 if not less). To also make my life easier, I've been looking at boots with zippers in the back. Most likely than not their going to have to be men sized, because I have big, and wide feet (not the combo you want when looking for both shoes or boots......) :roll: . The boots I have are from the mens side (skipped right over the womens, I knew they wouldn't fit, so why eye something I can't have..... typical.......) :roll: they are 8 D (I do believe). I hold no shame in my feet, just like I'm short. Just 'cause I'm short doesn't mean I can do things like other people can, I just have my own way of doing it . I'm just really confused about the brands (good vs. avoid like a plague), and types of materials they are all made out of. And if you can point me to a online store that is good, that would be of help as well.

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post #2 of 12 Old 05-04-2008, 05:21 PM
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I LOVE my Ariat tall boots :) They have a zipper - I highly recommend this "feature"


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post #3 of 12 Old 05-04-2008, 06:31 PM
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Ariat's are very nice.

I have Devon Aire boots, they have a zipper too, & are tall.
The zipper really works wonders!!

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post #4 of 12 Old 05-04-2008, 08:22 PM
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I have mountain horse long boots have a zipper at the back and are very comfy they wern't that uncomfortable brand new just took a week or so to drop.
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post #5 of 12 Old 05-05-2008, 01:40 AM
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ariats r awesome boots but they can tend to get a bit dear. also another good boot is dublins they r cheaper and saxons are cheap but they r good not to stylish though
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post #6 of 12 Old 05-05-2008, 05:46 PM
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i use dublins. they go on easy so the fact that they dont have a zipper doesnt bother me :) ariats for show though

another thing to consider is normal paddock boots and half chaps. ive found these way more comfortable than tall boots ;) unless you are planning on competing i suppose :)

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That's a decent budget for boots. I'd go higher rather then lower if you're looking for some quality boots that are going to last (not saying that all cheaper boots don't last...) Ariats are my boot of choice by far. I hear zippers are nice... but I would like to add that the zippers on the back of Ariat's "challenge' (Their most expensive) boots tend to give out rather quickly. And conveniantly their warrenty does not cover it. Just a note, for any kind of jumping you're going to want 'field' boots (with laces) for dressage you're going to want 'dress' boots (without).

Another idea is to get a pair of good paddock boots and half chaps. They look great, are easier to fit hard to fit people, and are much much more comfortable to break in!
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post #8 of 12 Old 05-06-2008, 03:23 PM
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Yeah, another cheap alternative (that's already been said) is just wearing half-chaps over short boots or something, it's cheaper & they look like you're wearing tall boots! :)

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Yeah, another cheap alternative (that's already been said) is just wearing half-chaps over short boots or something, it's cheaper & they look like you're wearing tall boots! :)
yea i love wearing short boots, i find them really comfortable and can genreally be cheaper (depends though) plus you can changes chaps and customise hehe only joking. good luck
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post #10 of 12 Old 05-09-2008, 11:49 PM
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Araits are my favorite. They run about 200-400 I believe. As everyone else has said, I would suggest the zip up.
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