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post #31 of 44 Old 03-06-2013, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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The boots aren't cheap, but they are well worththe money.
I bought a cheap pair of boots at big 5 for $37. They lasted 8 months.
I spent $250 for my custom boots.
They lasted ten years.
Which boots were more cost effective?
The cheap boots cost me $4.82/month.
The custom boots cost just over $2 a month.
Essentially, I saved enough by buying top quality to pay for a new pair when the originals wore out.
Yes, the startup cost is a little high, but my health, comfort, and longevity of the footwear more than paid for themselves in the long run.
In fact, for my birthday this year, my old, battered, worn, and torn boots are going back to Stewart's, so they can make me a new pair using the old ones as the pattern.
They still remember me from when I bought myfirst pair there many years ago.
Can't beat that with a stick!
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Oh, I believe you. I just can't take these Ariats back and I can't afford another pair. Maybe when these wear out. Lol. I've had my Terrains for three years (got them at Goodwill for $10, but they still had the tags on them) and have worn the crap out of them. Those are my every day boots...literally. I even wear them to work because they're waterproof. The Tombstones will only be for shows and for special occasions, so I'm not too worried about them wearing out fast. For every day (non work), I wear my Adidas running shoes.
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I like either one of those shirts. Honestly I am so jealous since I have nowhere to shop in person for western stuff. AT ALL. Love the color.

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We have three places for western clothes, but they really don't have great selections. At least not like the big cities.

As for pants...I'm at a complete loss...
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Jeans-then just nice chaps (western style of course). That would be my suggestion......

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They make chaps that will fit my fat self?! O.o

I was wondering more do I go black or brown (got that saddle blanket yesterday, which is brown/tan).
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I would match the blanket, but I don't remember what color your hat is? It is tan, isn't it? JMHO

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It's straw (light cream):


It matches the cream/sand on the saddle blanket almost perfectly (stupid camera distorted the colors...they're all darker than they look):

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I think you could go with any of the browns in the blanket for chaps or pants, whichever-i probably would head toward the darker tan myself because I am a slob and a total dirt magnet. I also think you could do black easily, especially if your boots are black like mine are. (plus your horse has black.....) Black may be easier to find, and-personally I love black pants. I feel like the Goodyear Blimp in other colors.

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I'll probably try to find a pair of decent medium-dark brown pants. I love the idea of chaps, but unless I lose a great deal of weight between now and show season (next month), they don't make them big enough (unless I have them custom-made, which I can't afford).
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The boots aren't cheap, but they are well worththe money.
I bought a cheap pair of boots at big 5 for $37. They lasted 8 months.
I spent $250 for my custom boots.
They lasted ten years.
Which boots were more cost effective?
The cheap boots cost me $4.82/month.
The custom boots cost just over $2 a month.
Essentially, I saved enough by buying top quality to pay for a new pair when the originals wore out.
Yes, the startup cost is a little high, but my health, comfort, and longevity of the footwear more than paid for themselves in the long run.
In fact, for my birthday this year, my old, battered, worn, and torn boots are going back to Stewart's, so they can make me a new pair using the old ones as the pattern.
They still remember me from when I bought myfirst pair there many years ago.
Can't beat that with a stick!
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A real life example of

the Captain Samuel Vimes “Boots” theory of socioeconomic unfairness

“The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.
Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.
But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years time, while a poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.
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