Jodhpur/Paddock boots: laces vs zip

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    10-20-2011, 10:57 AM
Jodhpur/Paddock boots: laces vs zip

I am planning to buy my first paddock boots. Having done some research on this and other fora, it seems like Ariat is the most recommended brand.

I have always thought that, traditionally, paddock boots are supposed NOT to have neither laces nor zip. Thus, I am quite puzzled when facing the choice.

I would be grateful for your advice / comments on your experience regarding using zip vs laced short boots. Which ones are better, more convenient, more traditional? Which would you recommend to buy?

Thank you for your comments!

Best regards,
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    10-20-2011, 11:20 AM
When I took lessons in english I loved the tie more then zip. It allowed me to adjust how tight or loss I wanted it without using half chaps as backup. Where as the zip I had to put extra socks in to make my feet feel covered.. I like a tight fit. But half chaps always helped keep them in the right spot without moving..

    10-20-2011, 01:27 PM
I have Ariat paddock boots that lace up. They also had ones that zip up, but my experience with zip-up boots (winter boots) is that if I flex my ankles a lot, the zip starts to come undone. The lace boots are just as easy to put on and they are easier to customize, too. If I am putting them on over riding tights they need to fit more tightly than if I am putting them on over cool-weather breeches.
    10-20-2011, 01:42 PM
I have Ariat tie up paddock boots and I love them. I have had them for like 3 years now and I use them just about everyday and they have no problems. I just clean them with a wet cloth and they look great again.
    10-20-2011, 02:36 PM
Green Broke
I prefer the tie-ups. This way they can be tightened or loosened around the ankle as needed.

The only non-laceups I have seen are the Blundstone (?) Brand.
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    10-20-2011, 03:13 PM
I've always used lace up. A teenager who has been helping me recently bought a new pair of synthetic, zip-up paddock boots, and she's already had trouble with the zippers.
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    10-20-2011, 03:26 PM
I have a pair of ariat zip up paddocks that i've been wearing for *thinks* 11/12 years now. I like them because I like the cleaner look they have and they're easier, imo, to put on (less time lacing).
    10-20-2011, 04:29 PM
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I like snug fit in my paddock boots for the support they offer. I just gor a new pair of Ariats. They lace up the front, for a snug fit and ZIP up the back for easy off and on. The best of both worlds. I love them!!
    10-21-2011, 09:51 PM
I much prefer paddock boots that zip, personally.
    10-21-2011, 11:03 PM
I prefer a zip as well. I find it easier to put on and take off and since my boots already fit me nicely, there is no need to make them tighter at the ankle.

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