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    04-25-2014, 03:50 PM

So apparently I have an odd foot size. Size 7 1/2 boots (ariat) are too small for me. This is the size that I wear in all my athletic shoes, work shoes. Everything. And size 8 is too big. My trainer recommended insoles. Anyone else had this problem? Im going to go get a pair of insoles to see if that helps. My boots tend to slip a little. I can't get my heel down in them the way Im supposed to. Its fine until I go to give the horse a cue.
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    04-25-2014, 06:04 PM
Funny, my Ariat boots are the only ones I don't have this problem with. I wear an 8 for everything, but with boots I sometimes have to go to a 8 1/2 and then they are just slightly too big. I have tried insoles, but they have not worked very well for me. Since the foot is lifted up a bit, too, the pressure on top is uncomfortable. And it doesn't help that most boots are made in China. You may want to try the HH brand - I know a lot of folks who swear by them.
    04-25-2014, 07:14 PM
I use ariats and always get a half size bigger. I use the insoles in the summer and they really snug up your boot. I work in my boots (landscaping) and sometimes hike in my riding boots because the fit me better than most sneakers, so the insoles really help when I am on my feet all day. In the winter I like an extra pair of wool socks, so take the insoles out.
    04-25-2014, 09:01 PM
I agree with Horseluver on the choice of Ariat. I also reluctantly bought a half size larger and I'm really glad I did. I have the Performer lace-up model, so it's easy to adjust the comfort level. In the winter I also wear ( much needed) thicker socks.

I would try not to go the insert route.
    04-25-2014, 09:20 PM
Try something other than Ariats. I have found them to run small, but on the narrow side more than short.
    05-01-2014, 03:54 PM
I have a pair of Justins, with the same problem. Had to go up a half size. I tried the insoles, and it just made things tight. I've never heard of the HH brand. I do have a pair of lace ups But I rarely wear them. My ropers are just so much easier to get in and out of. I have the lace ups from right after I broke my ankle for the forth time. I figured I would wear my brace when I rode. Did for awhile but now I just wear it when I run.
    05-01-2014, 03:56 PM
I forgot to mention, I do have hip problems, I know this doesn't help. I've broken my left ankle four times in he last ten years. I'm not always able to get my heel as far down on that side as I would on my right. My right hip also sits higher then my left, and I have pretty severe sciatica on my right side. I see a chiropractor when I can, but It makes my right side quite stiff.

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