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post #1 of 17 Old 06-09-2012, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Boots lace ups or slip on?

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I have a great pair, super comfortable boots. They are lace ups and I have always worn lace ups. I am thinking of switching to slip ons (traditional cowboy boots). I hear horrible stories about people getting hung up and breaking their legs or worse. My boots are getting a bit long in the tooth and are not as comfortable as they use to be. I am considering retiring them to work boots and buying a new pair of boots for in the saddle work. I ride western (trail riding primarily) but really what I want is comfortable and ankle support. What do you ride in? What company do you like? Do you like lace ups or slip ons?
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post #2 of 17 Old 06-09-2012, 05:15 PM
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I have a pair of Justin lace up's & I love them. Very comfortable & they support my ankels

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post #3 of 17 Old 06-10-2012, 07:54 AM
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I've ridden in many things. Cowboy boots, sneakers, steel toed army boots, and my Ariat paddock boots. Honestly I was most comfortable in my Ariats. They provide support and my feet don't get tired or sore wearing them.

I haven't heard horror stories of slip on boots, nor from laced up boots. Whatever is most comfortable for you :)

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post #4 of 17 Old 06-10-2012, 09:45 AM
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I really hate my lace up ariat ropers. The tongue moves to the side and they are not water resitant at all. Walk in wet grass and my feet are wet. My current riding shoes are the new Justin gortex lined waterproof endurance shoes. Ariat endurance shoes are nice also if you can find the waterproof. I never could in mens sizes.

I wore western pull on boots for years riding before I got into endurance and doing lots of gaiting and cantering. They are ok until then. Since the opening is bigger they can move around and will rub you raw unless you tuck pants into the tops, Which is ok for girls but pretty stupid looking on a man..
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post #5 of 17 Old 06-10-2012, 02:27 PM
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When I would go to barrel races I would wear my lace-ups because I liked the extra support to my ankle that it gave. When I'm around the barn, I prefer slip ons for the ease of slipping them on and off in a hurry. Plus, the slip on styles are easier to clean when they get too mucky or dusty, whereas the lace ups have a lot more places between the tongue and such that need cleaning.

So. I would suggest the lace ups for the extra support in the saddle.

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post #6 of 17 Old 06-10-2012, 02:32 PM
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Slip ons! I'm too lazy to tie any shoes! Lol!
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after a long search I have a pair of Justins pull ons

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post #8 of 17 Old 06-10-2012, 04:02 PM
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Me, personally, I like lace ups because I think they look nice. I have two pairs of Ariat boots, the waterproof hiking/riding sneaker type ones and one of their paddock boots. I do not like the look of almost all cowboy boots, especially the ones where the leather where the stitching is wider than the heel..

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For all day riding I wear tall Olathe's. I have a shorter pair of Olathe's for schooling green horses. Also have a pair of Boulet boots that are really large on me, but I wear them for schooling green horses in the winter. Finally, I have a pair of DD brand lace ups that I only wear to town or when visiting someone.

I don't wear lace ups to ride because of the hang up factor.

But, one shouldn't count on being able to kick free if hung up just because they are wearing slip ons. It's good to know about rolling and kicking the caught foot free with your free foot.
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post #10 of 17 Old 06-11-2012, 09:21 AM
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I have a pair of justin lace ups that are so comfy!!!!!!! BUT I usually wear a pair of cavallo slip on paddock boots because I hate shoes and its so much easier to slip in and out of them. The lace up ones seem to take forever........

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