Breaking in tall boots with zipper

       The Horse Forum > Horse Tack > Horse Tack and Equipment

Breaking in tall boots with zipper

This is a discussion on Breaking in tall boots with zipper within the Horse Tack and Equipment forums, part of the Horse Tack category
  • Tall boots rubbing back of ankles
  • Break in tall boots

LinkBack Thread Tools
    09-21-2012, 05:48 PM
Question Breaking in tall boots with zipper

So I just received these boots in the mail: VICTORIA DRESSAGE BOOT Mountain Horse USA

I originally ordered them in a 7 wide calf and had to send them back as the footbed was too big. I now have them in a 6 wide calf and the footbed is better (still have room in the toe and ankle) but the calf fits nice and tight. They rub at the back of my ankle/heel which I suppose is something that will get better with wear? Anyways, these are my first pair of tall boots that 1. I'm actually going to wear (hahaha) and 2. That have a zipper. Any suggestions for breaking them in?
Sponsored Links
    09-21-2012, 06:03 PM
Green Broke
I have Mountain Horse Firenze (the ones with elastic) and they just barely fit my calf, and are a little tight. I too, have a roomy footbed.

For the rubs on your ankles/heels...this is what I did. I went to walmart and I got that rubbery non slip shelf liner stuff...not the thin one, the thicker one that you see other things made of. Cut a strip about 5 -6 inches wide and about 12-14 inches long. Now starting at the back wrap it around your ankle and where it goes over your foot, cut out a triangle to make it fit. You want it to wrap around the ankle and be smooth. Fix with duct tape. Wear these "ankle guards" in your boots for the first month or so until the boots break in. If you make sure they are smooth it should keep you from rubbing the backs of your ankles raw.

For the tight calves (I even have elastic) I dunk the calf part into a bucket of room temperature or cooler water for 10 seconds, then put them on. Zip slowly. As they dry they will conform more to your calf and loosen up.

I have to dunk mine with EVERY where because my calves are actually 1/2 inch bigger than the boots specify....but it has yet to do any damage.

Here is what my "ankle guard" looks like and I have shown in them.

2012-09-21 17.00.13.jpg

2012-09-21 16.59.52.jpg
    09-21-2012, 06:11 PM
Haha - that's super crafty! Smart move. ;) i'll see what I can do.

My boots have the elastic in the calf as well. The size 7 were a perfect fit without the elastic having to stretch any but the size 6 requires a little elastic stretch so I think that's good. I had read about the water technique but I was worried what that could do to the elastic. :/
    09-21-2012, 06:41 PM
Sadly, breaking in boots is a bear of a job. Wear them around everywhere, and the leather will soften up and mould to your foot and calf.
Posted via Mobile Device
    09-21-2012, 07:07 PM
I'm wearing them now walking around the house until I go to the barn later. Thanks! ;)
    09-21-2012, 10:28 PM
Green Broke
Just be careful of too much walking and ankle bending as it can break down the stiffness of the ankles and then your boots can start to slouch.
    09-22-2012, 12:59 AM
On that note - what is the purpose of the "stove pipe" type dressage boot? These are so soft and supple to start it seems like the ankle crease is inevitable. :/
    09-22-2012, 07:58 AM
Green Broke
I know, I don't get it either. They are great for riding but what if something happens and you have to get off your horse...with the ankles stiff my horse would be dragging me haha

boots, breaking in, dressage, zip

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
breaking in tall boots Rachel1786 Horse Tack and Equipment 6 04-25-2011 07:26 PM
Breaking in tall boots without acctually riding in them teafortwo Horse Talk 15 09-15-2010 10:37 PM
breaking in tall boots help!! jumperxo Horse Tack and Equipment 6 04-18-2010 11:09 AM
Breaking in new tall boots: horsea Horse Show Clothing 25 02-08-2010 11:27 AM
Breaking in tall boots blossom856 Horse Tack and Equipment 3 04-09-2008 09:46 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:31 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0