I am on the search for a new pair of tall boots, & I need some help. My old boots were destroyed after they had to be cut off after an accident (not horse-related Ė I got in a car crash on the way home from the barn last Spring), so I definitely want something that zips up the back. I do Eventing & Jumpers, which traditionally calls for field boots, although Iíve ridden in dress boots in the past, so I really donít care which kind I end up with, I just want them to fit.
My legs are really awkward to fit, & since I canít afford to go custom, Iím trying to find something affordable that will at least fit somewhat decently. I have a size 9-9.5 foot & Iím 5í5 with pretty short legs (although my boots in the past have all been regular height), & right now, my right calf is 15.5Ē & my left is 15Ē (I think they were bigger when I was riding more regularly?), so I need something that comes in ďWideĒ. Iím big-boned, which means my lower leg is also wider than average, so boots that taper in too much at the ankle do not work for me.
I do all of my schooling now in paddock boots & half-chaps, so these boots will only be used for shows & hunter paces. I do not want to pay over $400, & the less-expensive they are, the better.
Please do NOT suggest Ariats Ė I have to go XW in order to compensate for the narrow ankle, which leaves them absolutely gaping open at the top. Iíve tried on all the Ariat field boots in my price range. Theyíre the only brand (minus the super cheap synthetic boots) that my local tack shop carries, so since they donít work, I will most likely have to order something online.
Iíve heard people raving about Mountain Horse boots, so I ordered some a while back, but had to send them back. The ďwideĒ size fit the lower part of my leg, but were HUGE on top Ė I could literally stick my entire fist inside. The tops also did odd things to my legs...I canít really explain it, they just werenít flattering & hit me in a weird spot. This is the style I tried - Dover Saddlery | Ladies' Mountain Horseģ Classic High Rider Dress Boot.
Does anyone know if different styles will fit differently through the calf? I was looking at this style as a possibility, since they donít have the Spanish tops (which might eliminate the weirdness from the others), but Iím still concerned about them being too wide in the upper-calf. Any thoughts/experience with these boots? Dover Saddlery | Mountain Horse Sportive High Rider II Tall Boots .
My old boots were some sort of Devon Aires Ė not exactly high-end, but they held up really well (I bought them 8 years ago, & rode in them quite heavily). They werenít zip-ups, & I have no idea what model they were, but I know I got them in XW & could pretty much just step into them after they were broken-in, so they were obviously too big, but I made them work. I was looking at these, & thought if I got the W with the zippers, they might fit? Has anyone ridden in them? Dover Saddlery | Camden Zip Back Field Boot .
I havenít been in a show since 2005, & I have my first show since them coming up on March 26th. Itís just a small hunter/jumper schooling show (& I actually think Iíll be entering some Hunter classes for the first time ever, just to get my show legs back), so even though my trainer says I can get away with half-chaps, Iíd REALLY like to actually dress the part & have some new tall boots by then.
Iíll probably update this thread if I find any other boots that Iíd like opinions on.
Does anyone have any suggestions for me, or comments on the boots above?