My Ariat Paddock lace-ups are awesome! I bought them slightly used and cleaned 'em up, added a new liner with an arch support and I've ridding about 20+ lessons in them, where I've gotten them totally drenched in the washrack after EACH LESSON, (hot here so post-riding hose-downs are mandatory...I then take em home, stick em in my husband's shop and after a few DAYS I'll buff off all the mud and crud, polish em up again with a good quality leather polish, and they are perfect! No cracking, H2o damage, or problems where the stitching comes together . I'm totally impressed with their quality.
However I "liked" someone's post on this thread due to their 100% right on comment regarding WALKING IN THEM! It's awful if you need to walk or stand around in them for any length of time, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE FLAT FEET! Even my expensive arch supporting insoles don't help...they're worse in that respect (literally) than my 3 inch stilleto tall-boots which I wear out with dresses and such...its really odd!
My 1/2 chaps I think are Grand Prix brand in medium. They fit GREAT and I have short legs and really muscular calves which were ALWAYS DIFFICULT to fit as a 20-something person(when I was tiny!) so I was very worried...these are perfect tho and were like, $50!
They're the zip kind not the Velcro kind I'd been used to AND they're leather not sueded, which I was also not used to, but they feel/fit great and the bottom snap stays closed always!
Hope this helps!! :0)
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