Thanks for the advice tinyliny! I do have a pair of fashion boots that darn near fit the bill, small heal, no raised tread, slightly rigid over the toe, but I'm not sure how they would actually work as riding boots in a pinch. My plan is to take both tennis shoes and the boots and she can tell me which she prefers when I get there. I'm not afraid to put the money on expensive boots, but I kind of want to wait on getting nice boots of any kind until I've been riding a bit and know just what I want to do. I'm thinking hunter of some type, but that's putting the cart before the horse, pardon the pun. I'm looking for a pair that will last a few months until I know more about what I want to do... and I won't feel bad about putting in the back of the closet when I do decide. Thankfully, the place I'll be starting is paid by the lesson, and they are very affordable, so if I don't like it, I can walk with few consequences.
@Shabutie1990 Driving lessons are something I am so happy to have behind me. Thankfully where I live driving school costs are covered by somebody else(I guess the state?) so long as the student is enrolled in a public high school. No matter who paid for them, the classroom part was boring and the hands on driving made me into a wreck. I hated it. Best of luck on your test! I so narrowly passed mine- actually, I still have no idea how I managed it.