Quite wrong. Many top level riders use them and like them
Yeah! I was quite surprised to find that out. I didn't realize that they were liked by Top Level Riders because I always heard "If they are so good, then why don't I see them used at Top Rated Hunter Barns?" so I assumed they were a "lower level" product or "Western" product.
Then I got to ride under an Olympic Eventer who said she loved them, and found out another 3 star Eventer uses them in her comps and training, and my Coach is Prelim/Advanced uses them in training and comps - then to find out that more feel the same way.
I knew that the porter protector was very popular in Mid - Upper Levels, and I never really saw the SMB - but hearing it from the "horses mouth" re assured my use of them :)
Now that's not saying "EVERY" Mid to Upper Level Eventer uses them. But it is great to hear that the boots I have been using since Pony Club, are favored by riders far above me in levels and experience.
Heck, if Eventers from Prelim and up are using them with no issues, then I guess that means I can continue to use them and stand by them as I have been all along :)
Doesn't mean others have to like them, that's fine. Personal preference.
But I do, and will continue to use them :)