Okay cold-climate dwellers of the Horse Forum, I have been shopping.
Long boots, as you will know, must fit on foot and calf. Over the years I have frequently been frustrated by the tendency of boot manufacturers to make boots for thin-calves only. Indeed, my smart long boots were custom made because I couldn't fit my chunky calves into ANY of the smart boots in the shop.
However, I was optimistic about my winter boot purchase because.... I am an eternal optimist when it comes to shopping
May I say at this point that I am 131 lbs (just did a quick calculation from British 9stone 5 lbs there) and therefore most definitely a regular shaped person.
First the mountain Horse ones. Looked the ticket, could I get that back zip done up? Of course not, not a snowballs chance in Texas.
So nice shopping assistance pointed me to the more expensive version that (among other things) had a side, curved zip - specially for those of us with calves on our legs. Still couldn't do them up
So I tried on the sexy looking Bromant's which actually looked slimmer in the calf, but hey! you never know. Of course I couldn't put them on, I'm 43 not 13 and therefore I have calves. Grrr
Soooooo over to the jodhpurs boots I went.
I now have some Ariat Brossard Jodphur boots which are going to keep my tootsies toasty warm. I bought them a size too big for me as I wish for plenty of airspace around my feet. I also bought some lurvely black half-chaps, which actually look very nice with the boots.
I would have liked some long boots! but beggars with cold feet and thick calves can't be choosers.
Tomorrow (unless the wind chill takes us below riding temperature. Today it was -25C with windchill down to -31) I will be riding, trying them out.
For the sake of all those interested in keeping their toes warm; I will report back.