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post #1 of 7 Old 03-15-2012, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Question about breaking In Dress Boots

So, after a long and horrible search, I think I finally found a pair of boots to show in, that fit, somewhat. I can zip them ALL the way up and snap them, but they are tight around the calves, even with the elastic (Mountain Horse Firenze). They ARE leather. I did spray shoe stretch on the insides and put a lot of conditioner on the outside to get them to zip and I've been wearing them for about an hour now and they are still relatively comfortable, but do pinch a little when I go up stairs.

My first show this season is March 31, which is just a few weeks away. Should I go ahead and wear them a few days and ride in them to break them in good, or should I not wear them and try to keep them as nice looking as possible, even though they may not be as comfortable for the show? What would you do. Right now I don't think they are even big enough to wear breeches under, although my old show breeches are cut off (done by the previous person).

I've never owned a REAL pair of show boots before (I used to show in rubber boots), so I'm not sure where to go from here with them. I do know I should wear them until the shoe stretch dries or they will be worse than before.
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I bought mine in January, and they are just now broken in. The first show I wore them in was last weekend.

I wore them around the house for hours each day, for about a week. Then I wore them to ride in about 3 times a week. The do clean up really well, as long as you do it each time you ride. You'll want them broken in before you show in them...the first few times I rode in them they were very stiff and was hard to get my legs in the right position. Now that they are broken in they look fabulous!

ETA: I should mention, I wear slim talls, and I had to use all my strength to get them zipped up around my calf. Now they fit perfectly, the calf stretched just enough for me to wear my breeches and boot socks under.

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Wear them around the house. Wear them when you cook. Wear them when you wash dishes, sweep the carpet, make the bed--you get it. IMO, NOTHING is worse than boots that pinch at a show!!
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With real dress boots with stiffner, you don't want to be walking in them. They are riding boots, not walking boots.
With the regular leather ones it doesn't matter so much as they are going to collapse in the ankle no matter what. Personally, I have one pair of boots for everyday and showing and they still look fine in the show ring after a good spit shine. I don't walk around in them though, they are on and off my feet within a few minutes of being on the horse.

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did you try those boots in a wide calf then? I'm just curious that if they are too tight to fit with breeches what your thought process was. I tried the MH Victoria boots in both regular and wide calf and went with the wide as they were comfortably snug with my pants/socks whereas the regular calf would have been stretching it, literally.
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did you try those boots in a wide calf then? I'm just curious that if they are too tight to fit with breeches what your thought process was. I tried the MH Victoria boots in both regular and wide calf and went with the wide as they were comfortably snug with my pants/socks whereas the regular calf would have been stretching it, literally.
Yes, these are wide calf :) We don't really have any local "English" stores that really carry boots so I had to order from Dover based on Measurements. I did previously have the Dublin Aristsocrat but the zipper seems to have a failure issue.... and when I read reviews, I wasn't the only one so I went with these. I LOVE the zipper and that it's sewn on to elastic and then the boot.

I have gotten them over a pair of thick winter riding tights for today.
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I ended up wearing them on a 3 hour trail ride. They were great. I think a few more rides like that should do the trick.
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