I'm having a fun time trying to find some decent boots for under $1000 that actually FIT.
So I ordered some semi custom Rectaligne Hannovres. the porblem is the trees they are made on are very basic so you pretty much have to fit the mould. They measure perfectly in the ankles, but because I've had to order them "short" they are going to be 1.5cm (1/2") too big around the top. Because of the custom short order, they are already costing me $950. The factory wont add gussets to make tem fit in the calf and if I do them aftermarket I would have to get them shipped to my boot guy 4 hours away and then get the probably $100 alteration and I would have to wait another few weeks for them. They want to know if I want to cancel the order for a full refund.
I could also order Konig K4000 s which aren't as nicely styled, but they are full custom from Dressage Extensions for $900. And if they're full custom I hopefully won't need zips - But they don't have the same ankle support as the Rectalignes.
I could also probably find a Cavallo dealer and get those but I don't know what the quality is like.
Or I could go back to Petries. I have a pair of 3000s so I know my sizing already and I could get the 7000s for $900 and put factory zips in or get the elegance for $1000.
Help!!! What would you do? What kind of boots do you have (and like)? What do you think as far as quality for each of the boots? I am very attracted to the Rectalignes but I wonder if it's worth it to make them fit!