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post #1 of 5 Old 05-06-2011, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Talk to me about tall boots...

Laugh all you want. There are 2 riders in my house and 5 pair of tall field boots. You see, when I got back into riding, I was determined to have those tall boots that I never got as a child. So I bought a pair on e-bay. They are as stiff as wood and may never break in. So, I also have an old pair from my sister (too big!), a used pair I bought from a friend(sort of fit),a decent pair of newer ariats I bought to show in, and just this week I purchased a pair for my 14 yo daughter at a used tack store.

The pair I wear to show in are low end ariats, but they are nice. I think they are technically too tall for me, though. The ones from my friend are lovely soft used high end ariats that have stretched and dropped, but the foot size is a half size too big.

Here is the first question: Both of those ariats are about 3" too tall compared to my leg. (my heel to back of knee is 15.5", both pair of boots are about 18 - 19"). Even the lovely soft broken in boots are higher than the break in my knee, so when I wear them, I get that kind of folded over look behind my knee. Is that a total NO NO?

Here is my second question: I intend to find a good cobbler and have the used quality boots I bought for my daughter cut down. It's the only thing I can think of, as her leg to knee measurement is 15", and there just aren't boots out there that short. And of course she has a wide calf, just to make things interesting. What should I tell the cobbler for fit? The boots have a lot of drop, and I don't know whether to say just 15"from the heel, or what. Maybe 16.5"?

Luckily we only show local, because both of us are going to be walking around with baggie boot ankles.

Here is my third question: What is really the preferred look in a hunter show for the tall boots? Do you just have to show in stiff as a board boots? I know the boots are supposed to drop, but I doubt they are supposed to look like an accordian around the ankle and then be crumpled behind the knee.

Please also feel free to add your boot stories. I'll bet I'm not the only one who has multiple pairs just trying to find one that works. ...
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-06-2011, 09:08 PM
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I wear a pair of ariat short boots with goat skin half chaps. I don't know if that might help you... especially in the show ring, but it might be something to try. The half chaps are very soft and comfortable, and it's great because you can just take them off, pair your short boots with jeans rolled up a bit at the ankles and you've got a really cute look. I am complimented on my boots all the time by my non-equestrian girlfriends.

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post #3 of 5 Old 05-07-2011, 10:33 PM
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+1 on the Ariat paddock boots with half-chaps. Probably if you have a formal show environment this won't work, but it's worth checking out. I have muscular calves and dreaded the thought of having to find good hard tall boots that 1) would fit and 2) be even the least bit comfortable. Thank heavens I can just go with the paddock boots and half-chaps (at least for now).
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-10-2011, 12:04 PM
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Do you have a picture you could post of the boots? It might be easier to evaluate by looking at a picture. For hunter shows you don't want a super stiff boot. You need to have a lot of ankle flexibility to get your heels down. It is normal to have wrinkling at the ankle and a fold at the back of the knee. But you don't want A LOT of that. You also don't want the top of your boots to cover your knee cap either! Most boots once broken in will drop about an inch, and should still cut into the back of your knees. They should be as snug around your calf without cutting off your circulation. IF you can stick your hands down them they're too loose. If you only show locally do you know if half chaps are acceptable? You can get a more custom fit by getting a good pair of half chaps. They aren't acceptable in some local shows though.... what size shoe does your daughter wear? i wouldn't think a 15 wide would be that hard to find....
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-10-2011, 12:43 PM
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to have them custom fitted you need to measure the widest part of the calf, and from the heel to right underneath the knee(when the knee is bent).
If they are not broken in then they will drop about an inch or 2.
I perfer my boots to be soft and supple. A trick someone told me was to oil them outside and inside. It worked for me. Just becarful and make sure they dry before wearing them again.
Here is a good sizing chart for referance
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