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post #1 of 12 Old 10-22-2011, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Need some advice for Christmas

I am a financier of my wife's horse habit. I joke about it but it makes her happy and I need some advice. What are a good brand of english boots for her. I want to get her a pair that will last and are good quality that she can school in and also do small local shows.

Thank you in advance for your advice.

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post #2 of 12 Old 10-22-2011, 10:29 PM
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I love my Saxon paddock boots. They aren't exceedingly expensive but I've found them to be of very good quality. I ride once a week every week and sometimes more. The only thing is there's a small scratch from when I got bucked off a horse, but otherwise the only thing wrong with them is they're dirty from me being too lazy to clean them at all

A thing to keep in mind is that if you want your wife to be surprised and not have to go try them on, you probably just want to take her regular shoe/boot size and get paddock boots and maybe a pair of half chaps that match if you know what size she takes in those. But if you don't mind the surprise being taken out of the equation take her to get fitted for some tall boots.
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post #3 of 12 Old 10-23-2011, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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So does this mean that knee high boots are not the same size as a normal size boot?
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post #4 of 12 Old 10-23-2011, 12:34 AM
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The "knee high" boots (generally called Tall Boots) are fitted by the shoe size, the height of the boot and the width of the calf.

Tall boots need an almost exact fit. If the boots are too short it's not the appropriate look, too tall and they will bruise and cut the back of your knee open. If the calf is to wide, they won't provide proper support, too narrow and you won't be able to put them on.

Unfortunately, riding boots aren't something that you can pick out for another person because if they don't fit right, they will be excruciatingly miserable. Tall boots aren't comfy to break in when they fit properly, I can't imagine how painful an improperly fitting pair would be.
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post #5 of 12 Old 10-23-2011, 12:48 AM
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Yes, fitting them can be problematic-I have a small foot, a short leg, but muscular calves from all the years of riding. So,when I get a great fit, I keep getting them repaired!
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post #6 of 12 Old 10-23-2011, 01:35 PM
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Maybe instead of outright buying the boots, you could give her like a gift certificate to her favorite tack shop so that she can go and pick out the boots herself, that way it would ensure a perfect fit, and you would still be getting her boots :)

Just a thought. Anyhow, good luck on the search!
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post #7 of 12 Old 10-23-2011, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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I like the thought also but she has mentioned that when I buy gift certificates for others it shows a lack of thought. Don't want that to happen on her.....
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post #8 of 12 Old 10-23-2011, 05:32 PM
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Ariats are great boots. They come in tall and paddock boots to suit her preferance.
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-23-2011, 05:44 PM
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I don't think you can win. Or you could ask her to make a list of ten things she might want for Christmas. Leave some surprise in there.
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post #10 of 12 Old 10-23-2011, 06:10 PM
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I'd go with Ariats.

Perhaps you should make a mold of her leg and foot while she's sleeping? But seriously, make your best guess and buy a pair from a local store that has a good return policy. If they don't fit, she can take them back and exchange them. As long as she doesn't wear them outside and exchanges them within 30 days, she should be fine. You get the credit for getting her something that she wants, and she'll get a pair that fits one way or another.
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