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post #1 of 12 Old 07-03-2012, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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English riding boot questions...

So, in the whole time I have been riding I have never been able to purchase a pair of boots. There was always something else my horse needed more. But now, I have set aside the money and am finally going to get a pair... But, I have a few questions; First, Im looking for tall boots, and... should I get pull on, or zipper? < that's my biggest question. I would prefer zip up's, and I would be using them a ton, riding 5-6 days a week, and lots of ground work, and if I ever did kick up some dirt on them (it will so happen) I would kill myself if the zipper broke... Are they prone to breaking? Or should I just stick with pull ons? And, would a soft leather, or a harder leather be better? My budget is 200 dollars max... I just can't personally afford anymore...

Currently, these are the ones I am looking at purchasing. Thanks to my dear friend VanillaBean who showed them to me.
TuffRider Ladies Natasha Field Boot - Adams Horse and Pet Supply

Or, these... (they are BARELY in my price range... $199.99... -____-)
Http://www.amazon.com/Victory-Ladies-Field-english-riding/dp/B001DSSOXS

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In my experience the problem with any zip boot is usually between heel and ankle (provided they're not too tight around the calf) and generally caused by zips being worked while the boot is covered with mud. Doing this wears the teeth.

Pull-ons are better, IMHO because (i) they tend to fit more snugly (ii) they're often better quality leather hence more protective (iii) they're no more difficult to clean (iv) not much can go wrong if they're well looked after.

I admit to bias here - my first pair of leather boots (pull-on) lasted me over 20 years even though I never treated them that well.

However, zip boots are MUCH easier to get on and off :)

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My personal preference is for zip ups, because pull-on boots are just too much trouble to get on and off for my liking.

In your price range, you should expect that you will need to replace the zippers in any pair of boots you buy if you choose zip ups. One of the ways that bootmakers cut costs to sell in the introductory price range is by using cheap, plastic zippers. They tend to break almost immediately, but once replaced with a quality metal zipper, you're good to go.

I have been pretty impressed with the quality of Hispar boots for the price, but I would caution against buying brown if you can only afford one pair, because if you're going to do any showing, you're probably going to wish you had black boots. Not that you *couldn't* show in a brown field boot, but black is much more traditional.
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In my experience the problem with any zip boot is usually between heel and ankle (provided they're not too tight around the calf) and generally caused by zips being worked while the boot is covered with mud. Doing this wears the teeth.

Pull-ons are better, IMHO because (i) they tend to fit more snugly (ii) they're often better quality leather hence more protective (iii) they're no more difficult to clean (iv) not much can go wrong if they're well looked after.

I admit to bias here - my first pair of leather boots (pull-on) lasted me over 20 years even though I never treated them that well.

However, zip boots are MUCH easier to get on and off :)
I always thought the zip up boots would be a tad tighter, as you wouldnt be stretching them each time you pulled them on, like you would a pull up boot! I learn something new on this forum daily :3

And, your saying the zippers break when you mess with the zipper when they are muddy? So cleaning off the zipper before and after you use your boots would be the way to go?

Yeah, I was thinking the pull on boots looked pretty good... Hard to get on, but their is no way they can break like a zip up boot might...

Twenty years, my goodness!!! What brand of boot?

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My personal preference is for zip ups, because pull-on boots are just too much trouble to get on and off for my liking.

In your price range, you should expect that you will need to replace the zippers in any pair of boots you buy if you choose zip ups. One of the ways that bootmakers cut costs to sell in the introductory price range is by using cheap, plastic zippers. They tend to break almost immediately, but once replaced with a quality metal zipper, you're good to go.

I have been pretty impressed with the quality of Hispar boots for the price, but I would caution against buying brown if you can only afford one pair, because if you're going to do any showing, you're probably going to wish you had black boots. Not that you *couldn't* show in a brown field boot, but black is much more traditional.
The only reason I want brown, is because every single other piece of my tack is brown... I think black might look a tad strange with it, but in the end I will probably end up with black. And... any idea how much it costs to replace a zipper? I think I will just get a pull on then, simply because replacing the zipper doesnt sound to amazing...

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I always thought the zip up boots would be a tad tighter, as you wouldnt be stretching them each time you pulled them on, like you would a pull up boot! I learn something new on this forum daily :3

And, your saying the zippers break when you mess with the zipper when they are muddy? So cleaning off the zipper before and after you use your boots would be the way to go?

Yeah, I was thinking the pull on boots looked pretty good... Hard to get on, but their is no way they can break like a zip up boot might...

Twenty years, my goodness!!! What brand of boot?
Yes - if you wipe off any mud before you unzip the boots you'll extend their life. If you ride a lot in the wet, on metal-tooth zips wiping them with an oily rag helps. But not too oily or it'll degrade the zip fabric.

Sorry I can't remember the brand - too long ago

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I think I paid about $50 the last time I had zippers replaced.
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50 dollars... Not that bad. Or, I could just buy pull on, and not worry about it :P Most of the pull ons I have seen look strange, as I don't like the way they look around the ankle, though I bet their not all like that, and maybe Im being too picky.

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Well, as a general rule, pull-ons will have to be cut more generously to allow the foot to make the turn to get into the boot. I was also told by the cobbler that I use that certain foot shapes are more suited to pull-ons than others. I have a very flat foot (almost no arch), and he indicated that I have basically no hope of finding a pull-on boot that I can get my foot into without massively stretching the ankles. Just another thing to consider before you buy.
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There is a tack store that sells used riding boots. They are in excellent condition and you can get top quality such as Ariat, Cavallo, for 1/4 of the price. Some have never been used. Most are not zippered. But I'm older so I don't like the zippers. Look on like kytack.com for information.
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