I called them to see if they could order the set I wanted or not and they said they'd get back to me - haven't heard from them since! So when I found somewhere that had something "close enough" to what I wanted I ordered. I only have until May 1 to break them in so I wanted to get them as quickly as possible!
They don't fit skinny people with really short legs either.
I had no less then 5 people at the tack shop standing around going "Uhm, uh, well...." and then finally ended up in boots that cost way more than I wanted (but not quite custom boot price) and only fit with a wedge to raise my leg up higher and really thick socks.
So the big question would be.... who were all these boots designed to fit!?
From what I've priced in custom boots, the best deal I've found was that amazing boot maker that was at the Royal. The boots were GORGEOUS and a full custom boot was $580 measured on site. The Der Dau booth quoted me $1100+.
Problem is, you can't show national level dressage in half chaps. Otherwise I'd school and show in them and that would be it
Yeah that could be a problem haha, I showjump so it's no problem for me although some shows don't let you use half chaps at all, so we have to wear leather gaiters... But if I ever *try* to buy long boots, that will be the day I finally decide I hate tack shops lol.
Problem is, you can't show national level dressage in half chaps. Otherwise I'd school and show in them and that would be it.
I thought I read on Ultimate Dressage that someone got that rule bent with a letter from her doctor saying that she HAD to use 2-piece boots due to an ankle injury or problem.
I think lots of the clothing and boot-fitting problems lately result from the attire being made in countries other than where it's being sold. A thin Oriental woman has an entirely different build and proportions than a large Swede, for example. The manufacturers don't seen to be able to design for curvy instead of straight.
Ok well that's an exception to the role. I'd never even think about showing dressage without proper dress boots - I'd be afraid the judge would misconstrue that as sloppy I guess? And that's the last thing I need LOL.... have enough things to worry about! Haha!
And yeah, I totally agree on the design bit for sure.