09-24-2011, 09:26 PM
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For me, if boots are not comfortable to walk around in, I will not ride in them. My first tall expensive boots, had no brand name on them that I remember (none marked on the boots, maybe at the store or box they were in), they were uber comfy to walk in. That was over 20 years ago. Those boots held up & looked like new. My daughter bought a pair of Ariats, her feet where aching all the time to walk around in them. Before the provincial finals, she asked to borrow my boots, I felt sorry for her & just traded them for the Ariats. Thought I could break them in. Instruments of torture or what???? I tried breaking those things in, wore them in water, doused them in conditions, they bit into my ankles where they creased. Needed a boot jack to remove them, NEEDED, otherwise they would have torn skin. I wanted my 20yr old boots back but moms are moms & we think of our kids 1st, grown kids as well. I bought a pair of Dublin zippered back boots. With tax, came to just under $200, very comfortable. I choose wide calf as not to stress the zipper, as I read its not a matter if the zipper will break, it's a matter of when (for all brands). I tried on many different brands at different stores to find these, as I said, if I don't find comfort in walking in them I won't ride in them. For paddock boots, I have a pair of roper lacers which are over 10 yrs old & cleaned up, they could pass for new. So those are my two recommendations, Dublins & Ropers. I did try on Ariats, both styles, both I could feel that familar bite in the ankle, no thanks jack.