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post #11 of 15 Old 02-18-2013, 07:23 PM
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Originally Posted by boots View Post
For people who ride only occasionally, I recommend a plain roper like the one pictured in BSMS's post. If you will be riding several hours a day, I would upgrade a bit from the Ariat type boot and get a boot with a better shank.

If you have a very flexible or undersized shank in a boot and ride a decent amount of time, it can contribute to your feet falling asleep, leg cramps, wondering why you thought this would be a fun vacation.

I've even seen riders not bear weight through their legs/heels because their feet were uncomfortable, which then contributed to saddle sores on the backsides!
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post #12 of 15 Old 02-18-2013, 07:39 PM
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My boots were custom made so they don’t really have a brand (Id take a photo but they are at home and I’m in the office) but they have a few standard things that make them great for riding 1) leather sole 2) Pegged arch 3) Cuban heel. If you get something with those three things they will, as long as they fit and are well made, make them the best boots for riding.
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post #13 of 15 Old 02-18-2013, 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
Whatever you get, just make sure that the soles are thin and designed for riding. Leather soles are ideal because they will slip out of the stirrup easily and you likely wouldn't get hung up even in a fall. Run far away from those treaded soles that look like hiking boots or sneakers.

These are the boots that I wear. They are the only ones I've ever found that were comfortable for me to walk/stand in. Also, even though the soles are rubberized, they are harder rubber designed for riding and they slip out of the stirrup almost as easily as a leather sole (and they don't slip and slide around walking on grass).
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Oh, and if you have wide feet like me, a square toe will be a lifesaver.
OOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Those are some snazzy boots! After looking at the different colors I just have to ask which ones you have???

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post #14 of 15 Old 02-18-2013, 08:46 PM
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I've just got the plain brown ones. I'm not much into those colorful and loud types. Though, I do want a pair of the rowdy brown/sapphire ones (dark brown with the blue tops).

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post #15 of 15 Old 02-18-2013, 10:50 PM
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These are the boots I have and I LOVE them. I wear them for everything.

Ariat® Ladies Withered Brown w/ Turquoise Caballera Square Toe Wingtip Western Boots | Cavender's Boot City

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