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    01-08-2013, 01:17 PM
  #1
Foal
Field Boot Size Issue (with picture!) - Time to Sell?

Hello!

I've recently been through a bit of a shopping nightmare involving my mother and trying to get a pair of tall boots. My mother is not a horse person and her only experience is with fashion boot shopping and despite this (and my insistence that there's a certain procedure) she made her own determination of which boots she got me for Christmas. I am a very difficult person to fit because I have a very small ankle and a wide calf. I hate it. :C

The first pair she originally bought was a pair of Ovation brand 9 1/2 XL calf. Upon trying them on they didn't zip past my calf at all, except one time I used some funky flexibility to worm my way into the boot. I took it off and tried to do the same again and ended up busting the zipper the second time around (didn't break it per se, the teeth just separated below it). Fixed the zipper, but since I popped the zip the first time my mother insisted that the zip would be weak afterward and I should size up to an XXL calf. This wasn't too ridiculous a notion as I'd tried on an XXL Ovation pair in a local store, which fit wonderfully except for where the foot size was a half size too big. She returned them (having to pay shipping and a 15% 'restocking' fee) and exchanged them for a pair of 9 1/2 Ovation "Flex" that were supposed to be an XXL. I never saw the "Flex" pair, as I'd gone home to Virginia at that point (and she is in GA) but she claimed that the calf seemed no bigger in measurement and the XXL must have been an XX wide foot (?) and decided to return them again and order a different pair. Once again, more return shipping fee and another 15% 'restocking'. I wish I'd just asked her to give me the cash for it and didn't let her talk me into the online 'deals', at this point, because I could have gotten the pair at the store for what she ended up spending after all the returns and the percentages in restocking. It really is a deal, if you know you'll get into the boot on the first shot!

But anyway.

I just got the new pair she ordered last night. They're a pair of Treadstone Field Master Zip Back XXW. Having tried them on today with my breeches and socks they fit more tightly than they did last night when I just threw them on bare-legged to see if they zipped but they are not in the "uncomfortable tightness" range that I hear they should be when they're brand new. The only thing that is uncomfortable is that they are jamming me in the back of the knee, but I expected that because they need to drop. My biggest concern is that they aren't tight, because as I've read is if they fit comfortably out of the box they are going to be much too loose when they break in and will get deep wrinkles at the ankle that will cause friction and be even more uncomfortable down the road. There is also the fact that at the knee there is a HUGE gap that's big enough to stick your hand down.

At this point, I don't want to have to send them back and lose even more money, but I'm not sure what to do with them. If I found a cobbler, would they be able to resize them considering they have a zipper or should I just look into selling them on craigslist or something? Even if I made a portion of their retail value, I could put that into savings and shop for boots locally in the future. I'm just about to start a diet and exercise regiment in addition to riding more frequently which my husband has wisely pointed out that XXW boots might be even bigger on me a few months from now!

I've attached the picture, just so I can get a few expert opinions, because I'm totally new to this and I'm thinking these are probably a lost cause. Or at least a much bigger investment than I'm probably willing to take in attempting to size them properly.

     
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    01-08-2013, 06:52 PM
  #2
Green Broke
That is a very big gap. My boots have an elastic gusset at the top & slip on & off easily-which is why I paid a lot to get them resoled after a couple of years, but now they are coming apart a bit & I've moved to another state, so don't have access to him anymore.

I would definetely go the local try-on route to get a good fit.
     
    01-08-2013, 07:21 PM
  #3
Trained
With how terribly it sounds like stock boots fit you, you might look into full customs. I've heard nothing but great stuff about La Casa de las Botas, and the price is apparently not bad either.
La Casa de las Botas - Botas de Equitacion - Riding Boots - Reitsport - Equitation
If you decide to keep those boots, a good boot guy should be able to make them fit. However, at that point you might as well go the full custom route.

Good luck!!
     
    01-08-2013, 07:54 PM
  #4
Showing
You may consider going with a good quality half chap. Most have an elastic gore running the length and come in different sizes. Big diff between a good pair which will be smooth leather vs the inexpensive rough out types.
     
    01-08-2013, 08:55 PM
  #5
Weanling
I would simply take those boots to a good cobbler and have them fit to your leg. They should be able to make the adjustments to the top of the boot and make it work for your leg. They are way too big right now.
     
    01-08-2013, 10:39 PM
  #6
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
You may consider going with a good quality half chap. Most have an elastic gore running the length and come in different sizes. Big diff between a good pair which will be smooth leather vs the inexpensive rough out types.
Half chaps aren't allowed in most sanctioned shows...
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    01-09-2013, 04:35 PM
  #7
Banned
Quote:
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
With how terribly it sounds like stock boots fit you, you might look into full customs. I've heard nothing but great stuff about La Casa de las Botas, and the price is apparently not bad either.
La Casa de las Botas - Botas de Equitacion - Riding Boots - Reitsport - Equitation
If you decide to keep those boots, a good boot guy should be able to make them fit. However, at that point you might as well go the full custom route.

Good luck!!

Those boots are gorgeous. What's a rough ballpark figure price wise?
     
    01-09-2013, 04:45 PM
  #8
Trained
You'd have to get a quote from them. I was looking at the dress boots and full customs were half or less of a pair of Konigs.
Not a cheap boot, but inexpensive for the quality and fit. Apparently they are the thing in Cali and Florida on HITS...
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    01-09-2013, 05:57 PM
  #9
Weanling
Have you tried mountain horse? I would IMO were you. I also have a wide calf, as well as a narrow ankle/heel. My mountain horse boots fit me wonderfully. And I think they are pretty good looking too
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    01-11-2013, 01:38 PM
  #10
Foal
Call your local tack shops and see if they will take them in for you and/or add gussets. That gap is way too big. If you like the Treadsteps then I would get them taken in otherwise keep looking! I had the same problem so I saved my pennies and went for full customs. The best investment!!!!
     

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