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post #1 of 17 Old 08-17-2011, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Synthetic tall boots - just as comfy?

I'm considering purchasing a pair of synthetic (faux leather) tall boots because of the lower cost. Like Saxon Equileather or Equistar. I was just wondering, from those of you who may have them, are they as comfortable and flexible material as leather? And do they hold up as well? It seems like they look nice enough for a show. Would be great if I could save myself some money.
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post #2 of 17 Old 08-18-2011, 04:35 PM
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I used to have a pair of synthetic feild boots, no idea what the brand was but they were comfy, and I showed in them. The only thing I ever had a problem with was as they started to get worn out the fake leather started flaking off, but I used them for at least two show seasons before that started happening. I am considering getting another pair because I simply cannot afford nice boots right now. I'm interested to hear more opnions on them

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post #3 of 17 Old 08-18-2011, 06:04 PM
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I think we were in the same boat.. I have been looking into buying some Saxon field boots because I don't really have the money to get a pair or Ariats. but i don't know if the are comfy or if they are nice enough to show in.. Hmmmmm.
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My mom bought me a pair when I was "in between" boots when I was younger. My foot and leg were still growing so we assumed they would be a good option before she spent money on a nice pair. I wore holes on the insides of the calves within 4 months. You could see my socks through the hole. While they might be cheap off the bat, it is better to invest the money into a good leather pair and take care of them. My trainer has had the same pair of tall boots for 20 years and they still look fantastic. Just cheap, minor repairs over the years.
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Ok, thanks for the feedback! So it sounds like: comfortable, but don't hold up near as well as real leather. So it would actually save me money to invest in one $150 pair of leather boots that will last me 10 years rather than 3 pairs of $50 faux leather boots that each last a few years before falling apart.
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they are more comfy because they are softer and don't need broke in. I had a pair that the zipper broke on (after a couple years) and I just bought some real leather ones and they are painful to break in!!!

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post #7 of 17 Old 08-25-2011, 04:51 PM
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I bought a pair of Saxon equileather boots two years ago and I love them! I have used them for schooling and show and they've held up amazing! I actually had someone on my college equestrian team use them when she couldn't find hers and she said they were way more comfy then her $300 ariats! Also a good bonus is they are veryyyy easy to clean just rinse off! Or use armor all to make them shine for a show! Hope I helped
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post #8 of 17 Old 08-27-2011, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm yeah good point, mollybolly! Thanks everyone for your feedback!
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post #9 of 17 Old 09-30-2011, 10:09 PM
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I have only had synthetic paddock boots before, and they are comfy, but it took mine less than 6 months before the soles started peeling off and the pleather was flaking off. I don't know about synthetic boots.
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post #10 of 17 Old 10-01-2011, 07:39 PM
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How often do y'all ride?

I ride maybe once a week and don't do anything extreme, and always take care of my boots. Maybe they fall apart faster when you ride 3x+ a week plus seriously compete? Or perhaps some of you jump?

Hmm... I'm just thinking faux would be better for my situation since right now I do smaller shows & schooling shows plus only ride once a week currently. (Until I finally get to lease/own which is hopefully soon.) I'd much rather pay $50 than $300. But if y'all ride about as much as I do then it isn't worth it.
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