I have never shown, but I am on my school's IHSA team this year so I ordered tall boots. They were supposed to come in more than a week ago, but they just came in today. We leave for TN at noon tomorrow and I show on Saturday.
So now breaking in is a problem. I've been wearing them since about 1:30, walking around in them and stuff. I plan on wearing them for the rest of the day (and may even go to gym on campus and walk on the treadmill in them if I need to!). They are starting to fit better around the ankle and don't hurt quite as much when I push my heel down, but the part around the knee is TIGHT. I can still feel my feet and everything so it's not cutting off circulation, but it pushes into my skin and makes the fat/extra skin around my knees bulge over the top (NOT pretty lol). What can I do about this? I'm praying they're the right fit, they were the only decent boots I could find in my budget. I'm only showing for a year, then hopefully transferring up north where I won't be riding at all, so I didn't want to spend 300+ on boots. Mine were 180, I think. Ariat Challenges. Thanks guys!