Field boots that won't break apart but won't break the bank either !

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    03-15-2014, 03:00 PM
Field boots that won't break apart but won't break the bank either !

I need field boots for my daughter - she rides everyday so I need some that will last but yet her feet are still growing so I can't afford to invest in an overly expensive pair, any suggestions ?
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    03-15-2014, 04:02 PM
The best thing to do is go online and look at the least expensive field boots out there. Once you have a brand and model in mind you can price shop using that as your search. Some places to start: Big Dees, Schneider's, Chick, Valley Vet Supply, Dover Saddlery, State Line Tack.
There are only so many companies that make hunt/field boots and most of these places carry the same brands.
Be careful to read the description. Some are synthetic and are less expensive but they aren't always a good choice.
Synthetic boots look nice and keep their shine. They are also waterproof but they do not break in at the ankle. This makes them quite uncomfortable to ride in and your daughter will have a lot of trouble keeping her heels down.
When you buy real leather, she will be able to clean them and oil them. I like Neatsfoot NF as it isn't as greasy as some. The oil pushes the moisture out of the leather and keeps it supple. When she outgrows them you probably can find another parent at the stable who will buy them from you.
Good luck and have fun shopping!
    03-16-2014, 09:53 AM
I would not even consider synthetic boots of any kind for one of the exact reason stated above, plus others...point being not to buy them. Personal preference but your/their feet will love you for it.

Suggestion that has worked well for me with my customs...
When I bought my boots I also bought good quality boot rubbers...think men's galoshes but for riding boots.
I use them whenever I am just walking around the barn, stomping through protects the sole from wearing out, sides from getting encrusted with "crap" {literally} and them getting wet, soaked, then dry.. then the entire process over again.
I REMOVE those rubbers every day to let the leather breathe and any foot moisture to dry.
Never store your boots with rubber boot protection on will do the opposite and destroy the leather instead of helping it to last.
I also faithfully use foot & boot trees...good ones not garbage. My boots look as good today as the day I received them except they have the ankle drop now in them...
My boots happen to be fully lined which I desire and love...most people have a cuff lining. I have softer leather than most but went for full lining so a toss up "in feel"...

I also have done this with my paddock boots and have never had the sides of my paddocks get "dry rotted" and crack...stitching wear out, yes... but the leather was still good so a new sole stitched on and good to go.

I also will only purchase boots with a stitched on sole not glued on...seen to many of them that the sole unglued from.

Take good care by cleaning, polishing carefully and they will take good care of you.

Good luck and happy shopping.
    03-16-2014, 10:40 AM
If her feet are still growing, I would simply stick with paddock boots and get a nice pair of half chaps for now. That's the best way to save the bank.

If you must go with tall boots though, eBay is a great site that has hundreds of ads up always. I just bought a brand new pair of crownes for $100 plus shipping. But, as horselovin mentioned above, it's really about the care they get. I have an eight yo pair that looks pristine because I'm meticulous about them- and I still wear them every day. And when you do the math, the good quality that lasts a while really pays off.

But, for now while she is still growing, I really think a nice pair of paddock boots and half chaps (they do make leather ones) would be fine. Children's feet grow like weeds!
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    03-16-2014, 11:40 AM
I agree with Ninamebo. However, if she really wants tall boots, I would suggest the Baroque Field Boots. They are $150 from SmartPak and they are what I currently have for schooling. They instantly broke in, they are super light weight, And the leather feels soft and supple. They tend to wrinkle a bit, so they probably aren't best for shows, but they would be fine for schooling shows.
    03-16-2014, 12:32 PM
What exactly is your budget? I have customs for showing, but I ride in Tredstep da Vinci's for schooling. I like them well enough. I'm sure you could find some used ones for about 250 (maybe even less) or go with the step down model the Donatello's. Are you planning on buying new or used? With a lower budget I would say go used, you can buy a better quality boot and the breaking in has already been done.

And well cared for boots will last your forever, my schooling pair is still show quality because I am OCD about taking care of my tack, and I abuse those things at the barn. Although another poster said to use Neatsfool oil, you absolutely do not want to oil boots, boots get conditioner and polish.
    03-17-2014, 11:05 AM
Green Broke
Agreed, half chaps and paddock boots may be your best bet for now.

However, still has some Tredstep DaVinci boots for sale for like $150 (originally $500) and they are WONDERFUL! Beautifully made and excellent quality. I think their sizes are limited by now though.
    03-17-2014, 11:20 AM
Green Broke
You can also buy used. Some people are against this because shoes sort of 'mould' to a person's foot... But if she's going through a growth spurt, it may not be a bad idea.
    03-17-2014, 11:33 AM
Originally Posted by upnover    
Agreed, half chaps and paddock boots may be your best bet for now.

However, still has some Tredstep DaVinci boots for sale for like $150 (originally $500) and they are WONDERFUL! Beautifully made and excellent quality. I think their sizes are limited by now though.
They're super limited now... especially in smaller sizes.

I'm going to somewhat disagree with some of the above posters. I'm not too familiar with most synthetic tall boots, but I've run across a few pairs that were pretty nice. Namely, a friend of a friend that only rides a few times a year has some. Very attractive, inexpensive, and DID break nicely at the ankles. Since she only rides for fun a few times a year I can't comment on their lasting ability or the position they put her leg into, but something like that seems like it may be a good option for a kid that's growing like a weed. I don't know what brand hers were, but I was really surprised when she told me they were synthetic and cost under $100!

Still, I would recommend getting leather if possible. Just don't discount the possibility of synthetic if they're only going to last her half a year and boots/half chaps aren't an option.
    03-20-2014, 04:09 PM
Saxon Equileather ones at SmartPak for around $80. Look real but they're fake leather!

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