I have found that the Mountain Horse Firenze in wide calf (15 3/4inch) works great because of the full length elastic, hurrah!. However I do net to break them in. The only way I found to get them to zip and be comfy is to immerse the top 7 inches in warm water before putting them on, then wearing them all day. I did that and they were great for my shows. But then I had a few months between shows, Cin got injured so my boots sat unused because I wanted to keep them "nice" for shows. When I did put them on a week before a show to work them in a little they were tight again and then POOF, a tooth broke on one of the zippers.
Luckily Dover sent me another pair. They are a slightly different design (I guess newer model) and once again, after immersing in water they fit fine.
So now, how do I keep this happening again? What do you guys suggest?