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post #1 of 13 Old 03-24-2013, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Ariat Heritage Contour Zip Field boots?

After searching around, I decided that I liked the Ariat Heritage Contour Zip Field boots, so I'm looking into getting them. Originally, I was going to get the Monacos from my barn if I could get a good price on them (the shop is closing down and everything is 1/2 off) but then I thought about it and realized that I wouldn't be able to ride in them often, just in shows.

I came across the Ariat Heritage Contour Zip Field boots and I like the contour park. I have chicken legs and tee tiny ankles, so the contour is a plus for me. My only issue is that my calf is about 12 1/2"-12 3/4" and the slim for the boots is a 13". Will they be alright? I'm afraid that they will stretch and get too big :(

So, has anyone tried them? Are they good boots? I'm ordering from Smartpak because I like their shipping. If the zippers break, does Ariat/Smartpak cover that? Thanks!
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Do you have anyone at your barn that you can try their tall boots on? I measured my legs at least a dozen times, read different methods, watched YouTube and thought I had the sizing down to a science... until I actually tried on tall boots and I was way off. Just a thought, it might save you a lot of hassle in case you are off.

Ariat will sometimes replace zippers but you gotta mail the boots to them at your expense which is a pain. Most tall boots will stretch a bit, but as long as you keep them in boot trees every second they are not being used it will help minimize that to some extent.
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Do you have anyone at your barn that you can try their tall boots on? I measured my legs at least a dozen times, read different methods, watched YouTube and thought I had the sizing down to a science... until I actually tried on tall boots and I was way off. Just a thought, it might save you a lot of hassle in case you are off.

Ariat will sometimes replace zippers but you gotta mail the boots to them at your expense which is a pain. Most tall boots will stretch a bit, but as long as you keep them in boot trees every second they are not being used it will help minimize that to some extent.
I had tried the Monacos on, they were regulars in the calf and fit perfectly. I am going to order from Smartpak and they have free return shipping on the boots.
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If you tried the regulars on and they fit perfectly why are you going for the slims?
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If you tried the regulars on and they fit perfectly why are you going for the slims?
I know they will stretch a little bit and I don't want them to get all loose and baggy. The regulars were either perfect or just a teensy tad too big, I can't remember. I've tried on the Monacos quite a few times just for kicks but the last time was a few weeks ago.
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Ah. The slims should fit you nicely then! In the event that they are too tight, there are products out there you can buy to help stretch them. :)
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Ah. The slims should fit you nicely then! In the event that they are too tight, there are products out there you can buy to help stretch them. :)
Thanks! I am so happy because originally I was looking at much cheaper boots because my budget was really quite low at the time, and there was nothing good in my price range. Everything at the store at my barn is 1/2 off, and my dad said he would make an offer on the Monacos for $150 because they fit me haha. After thinking about it I realized that I don't want the Monacos, because I wouldn't be able to ride often in them, just show. My dad then said he'd pay 1/2 of the boot, so I started looking at better boots that before. I had seem the Heritage Contours and I really liked them, so I went with them. I can't wait to get them!
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Love riding in tall boots and would never go back to half chaps, lol! They definitely help stabilize your leg so you should see a difference in your equitation. It's just one of those things, once you ride in them there is no turning back. :)
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Love riding in tall boots and would never go back to half chaps, lol! They definitely help stabilize your leg so you should see a difference in your equitation. It's just one of those things, once you ride in them there is no turning back. :)
I do have half chaps, I will probably wear them from time to time :) I'm extremely excited to get my tall boots! Any tips for breaking them in?
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